Festival d’été de Québec: The Perfect Getaway for Music Lovers

Each summer, Festival d’été de Québec brings 11 days of live music to Quebec City. The lineup always features a variety of international big-name headliners, popular local artists, and talented emerging artists from all over Canada. With 11 days of action and a drive or train ride away from Toronto or Montreal, the festival is the perfect getaway for music lovers.

With Festival d’été de Québec’s live return in 2022, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite artists we can’t wait to check out at the festival.



Canadian punk band The OBGMs has been making waves in the local rock scene. Self-described by vocalist/guitarist Densil McFarlane, “This is rock music that hits differently. It’s Kurt Cobain shit. It’s Jimi Hendrix shit. It’s the Steve Jobs of this rock shit.”

Don’t miss what’s sure to be an incredible set on July 15.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8J4ZkVt6Yc]



“I wanted to play this type of music but there wasn’t a lot of women who wanted to play it. I wanted to be in the most kick-ass all-female band ever,” raves Kathryn McCaughey, vocalist and bassist. Inspired by the likes of Jay Reatard, The Damned and Royal Trux to name a few, NOBRO is unafraid to wear their influences on their sleeve.

NOBRO have lived up to their promise of being one of the most kick-ass all-female bands ever. Make sure to check them out on July 15.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GZ9PKPlKrA]


Lido Pimienta 

Afro/Indigenous/Colombian/Canadian/punk/folklorist/traditionalist/transgressive/diva/angel. There are so many layers to Canadian-Colombian singer Lido Pimienta’s identity that you might get lost in them. But if you did, you’d be missing the point. Don’t miss Lido Pimienta’s debut at FEQ on July 12.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2gzNR1RwUk]



If you ask renforshort what kind of music she makes, her response may surprise you. “Tastefully weird,” she’ll say. And yet, no descriptor would be better suited to characterize the enigmatic rising pop star’s personal brand of deeply reflective, yet undeniably relatable, left-of-center alt-pop. Catch Renforshort on July 16.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bDHaeni1tI]


Milky Chance 

The album Stolen Dance (2013) from German folk-pop duo Milky Chance is what put them on the map in Europe, with music that invites you to travel through hypnotic choruses. In the space of just a few albums, the magic continues to work, with songs like Daydreaming, Long Run and Oh Mama confirming their talent is still very much alive.

Don’t miss their set on July 16.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX-QaNzd-0Y]


There’s lots more to discover at Festival d’été de Québec! Check out the full lineup and get your tickets.

Festival d'ete de Quebec lineup



Cassandra Popescu

Cassandra Popescu

Contributor at ADDICTED
Cassandra is a writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015, she picked up a camera and dove into concert photography. Since then, she has covered events like Festival d'été de Québec, Wayhome, Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Field Trip, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, and many more.
Cassandra Popescu