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5 Reasons To Put Festival d’été de Québec On Your Summer Bucket List

photo credit: renaud philippe / feq

Now that “summer” has become synonymous with “festival season,” deciding which events to dole cash, time, and travel for has become an increasingly difficult decision. Canada has no shortage of music festivals and it seems like a new ones are popping up every other week. After checking out Festival d’été de Québec this past weekend, we’re ready to make our case for why this one deserves a spot on your summer bucket list.


It Won’t Break The Bank

For starters, this fest is an absolute mammoth: There’s 10 venues, over 250 shows, and the main stage located in the Plaines D’Abraham is the largest outdoor stage in the country, holding up to 80,000 people. But luckily, FEQ doesn’t have a huge price tag to match. For $110, you get all-inclusive and transferable access to 11 days chock full of music, which is roughly the same price as a nosebleed seat (plus service charges, of course) at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.


There’s Something For Everyone

Boasting over 250 shows over the course of the festival, you’re bound to find a few artists you’re willing to check out. Lineups are strategically organized, so if you’re only in town for a few days, you’ll likely get to see all the artists you’re interested in.

This year’s lineup had nights catered to fans of pop (Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Oh Wonder), rock (Foo Fighters, Greta Van Fleet, Car Seat Headrest), and metal (Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu).


See Music Legends And Up-and-Comers On The Same Stage

FEQ’s diverse lineup melds together past and present icons of music on the same bill. Where else will you ever see Lorde and Cyndi Lauper on the same stage, back to back? This year’s lineup also included some of the most exciting new talent, like rap collective Brockhampton and London post-punk outfit Shame, who will inevitably be working their way up the bill in the next few years.


Old Quebec City Is Minutes Away

When you’re not roaming the grounds in search of your new favourite artist, the historic neighbourhood of old Quebec City is just a few blocks away from the festival site. Rich in landmarks and museums, history buffs have a bunch to sight see—just make sure you’re wearing shoes that are suitable for trekking up and down the winding hills of the area.

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It’s Francophone Friendly

Taking place in Quebec, the festival obviously featured some of the biggest and best French-Canadian artists, like Charlotte Cardin, Milk & Bone, and Patrice Michaud. FEQ even attracted indie rockers and Versailles-born band Phoenix, who happily bantered with the crowd in their mother tongue.

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