A Musical Getaway at Festival d’été de Québec

Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) has been bringing legendary headliners and top tier indie artists to Québec City for 52 years. Running from July 4th-14th, 2019, the 11-day long festival is packed full of unforgettable moments for music fans. We hopped on a plane to experience the FEQ magic July 5th-7th. Below are some of our favourite moments from the weekend.

With winding cobblestone streets and historic architecture, Québec City provided a cozy atmosphere for the larger-than-life festival. FEQ brought the city to life with free stages, street buskers, and interactive games among the streets.

We started the evening on July 5th by catching East Coast singer-songwriter T. Thomason, winner of CTV’s The Launch, at one of the free stages. His inviting stage presence and warm vocals pulled the crowd in to sing along with his set. We jammed along to tunes like the uplifting Hope and his latest single Pleasure. 

Following his set, we entered the Plains of Abraham to scope out the main stage. Thousands of festival attendees flocked through the hilly field to wait for CHVRCHES and Alt-J to hit the stage. CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry floated about the massive stage as her airy vocals carried through the field. Alt-J closed the night with a mesmerizing light show, and even more hypnotic sounds.

We started the second day on July 6th with an emotional electro-pop set from Swedish duo Flora Cash. The night brought classic rock to the Plains of Abraham with a headlining set from southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. After 41 years since the band’s inception, it was clear that the band can still shred.

Our last night at the festival featured a stacked lineup of high-energy acts on the main stage. YUNGBLUD kicked things off (literally) with high-kicks and politically charged protest songs in a genre-bending set that had the crowd jumping and shaking. The Glorious Sons took the stage next, opening with their latest single, Panic Attack, a fast-tempo heart-pounding number.

Twenty One Pilots busted out gymnastics and pyrotechnics for their unforgettable set. The duo performed backflips, jumped off the piano, and even ran through the crowd to climb atop the giant spotlight tower in the middle of the field.

The fun wasn’t over yet. As Twenty One Pilots closed the evening, we followed the crowds of late night festival attendees looking to extend the party. We headed to After FEQ, the festival’s official after-party, to dance to the jazzy tunes of Busty and the Bass. The perfect weekend ended with a DJ set from JUNO Award winners Milk & Bone, who got us dancing all night to our favourite throwback jams.

Festival d’été de Québec continues in Québec City until July 14th. If you’re looking for a last minute getaway, it’s an experience that’s definitely worth the road trip! You can check out their full remaining lineup here.

À l’année prochaine, Québec!

 

Cassandra Popescu