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Festival D’été De Québec Announces Details Of 2018 Season July 5 – July 15

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Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) today announced the details of its eagerly awaited 51st season, which returns to 10 indoor and outdoor venues in the world heritage UNESCO site of Québec City from July 5 – 15. One of the oldest music festivals in North America, the programming for this summer’s musical extravaganza will once again present a dedicated diversity of international headliners, Grammy Award-winners, Billboard chart-toppers, and tomorrow’s big names, as well as a unique opportunity to discover top Canadian and Québécois talent. FEQ has also enriched its venues by the recent addition of more screens and enhanced sound on its outdoor stages, all while maintaining a phenomenally affordable ticket price. New in 2018, the Festival has redesigned its Gold and VIP Front Stage Zones to accommodate an extra 1,500 seats for general ticketholders in these sought-after front stage sections.

From the opening weekend featuring the alternative R&B of The Weeknd, the classic rock icon Neil Young, pop wonder boy Shawn Mendes, and veteran rocker Jethro Tull, to electro nights with The Chainsmokers, the hip-hop of Future, and Brockhampton, and indie rock with Beck and Phoenix, there are evenings dedicated to jazz, French song, blues, folk, and world music in intimate after-hours shows, daily free performances, and headliners on Canada’s largest outdoor venue, the Bell stage. It’s a season with something for everyone.

The Festival pass (transferable) provides entry to all shows during the entire 11-day Festival for less than $80 U.S. ($100 CAN) until June 5, and less than $85 U.S after. In addition, the Festival offers daily FREE PROGRAMMING at the Hydro-Québec Stage at Place D’Youville and FIBE Stage at Cœur du FEQ (Heart of FEQ).

Highlights of programming by venue follow below. For a complete list of artists and further details, visit

Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham
The Bell Stage is one of the largest outdoor stages in North America, located on the Plains of Abraham, an historic battlefield park overlooking the St. Lawrence River. FEQ’s 2018 edition launches on July 5 with Canadian artist The Weeknd, who stars at the Coachella Music Festival in April and was featured on the soundtrack of the wildly successful film Black Panther. Rap band Brockhampton and electro-funk from Chromeo will open the evening. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, sons of Willie Nelson, open the next night for Heart of Gold rock legend Neil Young – now 72 and still adding to his catalog – in his only Canadian appearance this year so far (July 6). On July 7, an all-rap evening starting with Canadian artist Loud is followed by American rappers Busta Rhymes and Future, of double platinum fame for Lowlife. Wrapping up the first weekend on the big stage is electro-pop from Oh Wonder, who fronts the stage for 21-year-old folk-pop platinum hit-maker Shawn Mendes (July 8). U.S. rock revelation Greta van Fleet and U.K. folk singer/songwriter Frank Turner precede the four-time Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters in a return to the Festival as part of its world tour on July 9, followed by a carte blanche evening offering the unique electro Latin sounds of francophone singer/songwriter Patrice Michaud on July 10. The Canadian pop of Young Bombs, the electronic music duo of Gorgon City, and the hip-hop sensation Tony Lanez warm up for The Chainsmokers, the chart-topping electronic dance music duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, who perform with a full band in support of their debut album Memories… Do Not Open on July 11. Indie pop bands Phoenix (French) and Girls in Hawaii (Belgium) start the music for Beck, who sings and plays an incredible variety of instruments on July 12. Hot on the heels of her latest hit album Melodrama, New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde kicks off her world tour at the Festival with an opening act by Canadian electro pop duo Milk & Bone, in addition to a performance by pop culture icon and composer of the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper on July 13. For the closing weekend, heavy metal reaches a climax with Avenged Sevenfold on July 14. The final night of the Festival on July 15 belongs to Australian roots and jam band John Butler Trio; Sturgill Simpson, winner of the 2017 Grammy for Best Country Album; and Dave Matthews Band, who recently announced its North American tour and the upcoming release of a new studio album for the summer.

Loto-Québec Stage at Parc de la Francophonie
The Parc de la Francophonie is the open-air amphitheater next to the Parliament Building on the Grande -Allée, a venue known for its engaging encounters between artists and audiences. This year’s line-up kicks off with Netherlands rock from Altin-Gün, and the edgy underground sounds of Montreal’s Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, fronting for fabled flutist Ian Anderson and his Grammy Award-winning hard rock British band Jethro Tull (July 5). Montreal-based rising star Geoffroy will bring his distinctive electronica/trip-hop sound on July 6, followed by British DJ and producer Bonobo, whose electro music incorporates hip-hop, jazz, house, and many other genres. An evening of sublime French song opens with Lou-Adriane Cassidy – a finalist in Apéro FEQ, the Festival’s contest for emerging artists – and the French band Lo’Jo, followed by infamous British actress and singer/songwriter Jane Birkin. Birkin will sing a number of orchestral works arranged by composer Nobuyuki Nakajima with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec in a night dedicated to former husband and Gallic popstar Serge Gainsbourg (July 7). For folk and rock fans, the next night starts with another Apéro FEQ finalist Casual Rites, and American singer/songwriter and guitarist M. Ward. The evening closes with the American indie rock band The War on Drugs, which won Best Rock Album for A Deeper Understanding at the 2017 Grammys (July 8). The music continues with Québec-Acadie, an evening regrouping several francophone artists merging their various cultures together on July 9. Known for her sold-out shows, one of Québec’s most popular singer/songwriters, Charlotte Cardin, will offer her electro and jazz inspired sounds on July 10, preceded by the Québécois chanson of Aliocha and the funk pop of The Spencer Lee Band, which contributed to the soundtrack of the recently released film Fifty Shades Freed. On July 12, rap and hip-hop heat up the stage with Montreal newcomer Zach Zoya and July 13 presents the South African garage rock duo Make-Overs, cheered for their noisy, frenzied shows; the unorthodox performances of the New Brunswick francophone rock band Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire; and the alternative French rock band with a psychedelic flair, Galaxie. July 14 rolls out an evening of chanson beginning with the folksy sounds of Montrealer Pierre-Hervé Goulet; continuing with Alexandre Poulin, winner of SOCAN’s No. 1 Song Award for his chart-topping song Comme des enfants en cavale; and winding up with 2Frères, the two-brothers-with-two-guitars duo whose first album Nos Autres became the top-selling Francophone album in Québec (July14). The final night showcases stoner rock from the duo Rouge Pompier (Red Fireman) and the Canadian punk band PUP (short for Pathetic Use of Potential), before Sum 41 brings its complex pop punk to the audience on July 15.

Hydro-Québec Stage at Place D’Youville-Free Concerts
The place where FEQ started 51 years ago, this stage presents a hip roster of world music. Highlights begin on July 5 with the American soul of St. Paul and The Broken Bones, led by flamboyant frontman Paul Janeway and a group of seven musicians. July 6 is “Espoir FEQ” night, featuring multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Matt Holubowski, the winner of the 2017 Espoir FEQ award, given to an artist by the Québec government for exceptional artistry and potential international influence. Also on the docket on July 6 is Rebecca Noelle, whose sultry three-octave range voice was heard last season at the Ottawa Bluesfest. On July 8, French pop singer Jain will be a Place D’Youville headliner. Her mix of reggae, electro, and groove won her the 2017 Female Artist of the Year at the French Grammys and a platinum for her first album Zanaka. The next night features Israeli-Canadian singer/songwriter Yael Deckelbaum with the Prayer of the Mothers ensemble, a group of women dedicated to the emancipation of women that infuses its music with a political message (July 9). Québec’s singer/songwriter of the year, Klô Pelgag, tops Franco Night on the stage (July 11), and on July 13, the Afrobeat of Femi Kuti (son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti) & The Positive Force combine traditional Nigerian drum patterns, American soul and funk, and political lyrics that use music as a weapon to fight for justice and freedom. The Afrobeat fusion of Gabacho Maroc will be heard on July 14 in line with its new album, Tawassol. With its cross-cultural mix of musicians from Africa, Morocco, and France, this eight-piece band went on the road for more than 200 concerts in world music & jazz festivals on four continents in 2017. On July 15, Brazilian singer/songwriter Flavia Coelho’s voice and her world music touches of forró, ragga, and frenzied ska rhythms take the forefront.

The Hydro-Québec Stage will also present soul from Con Brio and Hannah Williams and The Affirmations (July 5); Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (soul), Da Cruz (world music), and The Soul Rebels (soul) on July 7; French jazz hip-hop with Sax Machine (July 8); La Chiva Gantiva and Marinah/Ojos de Brujo (world music, July 9); the blues of Angel Forrest and Mississippi Heat (July 10); Québec pop with Hubert Lenoir (July 11); Pale Grey (indie from Belgium), Brooklyn-based collective Megative (dub punk), and The Skatalites (Reggae) (July 12); Barry Paquin Roberge (pop rock) and Papagroove (Afrobeat) (July 13), and the world music of Gato Preto to round out the final night on the stage (July 15).

FIBE Stage at Cœur du FEQ (Heart of FEQ) – Free Concerts
Located in the Coeur du FEQ (Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale), this outdoor stage presents FREE local and international music discoveries during happy hour. Names to watch include Toronto native Scott Helman and his pop vocals, often compared to Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran (July 6); and Sax Machine, the hard bop, afro beat, funk and hip-hop brass trio from France (July 7). The Spencer Lee Band, which also appears on the Loto-Québec stage the next night, shares its hit debut song Kissing Tree; followed by Partner, the gay and really funny duo of Josée Caron and Lucy Niles, described as “part-musical act, part-teenage diary, and 100 percent queer.” A favorite with the LGTB community, their viral hit The ‘Ellen’ Page has expanded their popularity to a wide audience (July 9). Canadian electro band The Funk Hunters, which can claim more than 10 million track streams of its original productions and remixes for likes of Selena Gomez and Imagine Dragons, will celebrate the release of its debut album, TYPECAST (July 11).

Other FIBE stage artists include chanson with Lila and Ariane Roy, along with folk from Maude Audet (July 5); Liza Anne (indie pop) and Altin-Gün (July 6, also July 5 at the Loto-Québec stage); The Pick Brothers Band (indie pop, July 7); Texas King (rock, July 9); Dany Placard (July 10); Pale Grey (indie, also July 12 at the Hydro-Québec stage) and Bad Dylan (electro) (July 11); Make-Overs (rock, also at the Loto-Québec Stage July 13); Gaspard Eden (indie rock) and Birds of Bellwoods (folk rock) (July 12); Seba et Horg (rap and hip-hop, July 13); Jason Bajada (folk pop) and Modern Space (indie pop) (July 14); and closing out the Theater’s Festival season roster are Hillsburn (indie rock), Sam Tucker (pop), and Tintamare (folk rock) (July 15).

Impérial Bell
The landmark Impérial Bell concert hall rolls out an exciting schedule of artists that goes beyond the boundaries of any one musical genre. The venue offers two shows and one late night performance each evening. British singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, will join the lineup with his folk-infused indie pop on July 6. Frank Turner brings more British folk on July 8 and Québécois megastar Pierre Lapointe hits the stage on the same night. American indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, whose album Teens of Denial was fourth in the 2016 list of Rolling Stone’s Best Albums, takes the limelight on July 9; while post-punk South London band Shame, which just released its debut album Songs of Praise, heads up the July 11 evening. The Impérial’s closing weekend launches with a big splash of Canadian artists featuring the crowd-pleasing pop rock band The Box; followed by Glass Tiger, celebrating 31 years of music making with a Canadian tour and a new album; and closing with the vocals and guitars of Montreal rock duo Les Deuxluxes (July 13). July 14 presents a chance to discover the Canadian Alaclair Ensemble and its unique sound incorporating hip hop and electronic music, which is inspired by traditional Quebécois folk music.

The venue’s lineup also includes jazz from Mélanie De Biasio (Belgium) and Lizz Wright (USA) plus pop from Canadian Random Recipe (July 5); Mappe Of (folk, Canada July 6); Félix Dyotte (chanson, Québec, July 8); the folk music of Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project and Canailles (Québec, July 10); Canadian rock artists METZ and Le Nombre (July 11); rock from Québécois Raphaël Dénommé; chanson with Mononc’ Serge (July 12); a Canadian night with FouKi (Québécois rap) and Chixdiggit (punk rock) (July 14); and indie-pop with Montreal band The Franklin Electric (July 15).

District St-Joseph
To keep on celebrating after the shows, the District opens its doors at night from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for more live music and dancing. This season features two nights of pop rock with U.S. rockers Bella’s Bartok (July 5-6); Toronto-based singer Elise LeGrow, whose debut album Playing Chess offers modern covers of blues and R&B hits and immediately caught media attention (July 7-8); two nights with the Toronto soul group Julian Taylor Band (July 12-13); and Canadian indie synth pop from Hey Ocean! (July 14-15).

L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
L’Anti Bar offers an opportunity to discover an eclectic mix with numerous new Québécois talent. Featured artists include The Dreadnoughts, a 6-piece folk-punk band from Vancouver (July 6), and the French hardcore punk of Tagada Jones (July 11). Also in the line-up are Behind the Revolver, Sufferize, and Feels Like Home (metal, July 5); Go Great Guns (punk rock)and Lockwell (indie rock) (July 6); the metal bands Bhatt and Rope plus The Death Wheelers (stoner rock) (July 7); a night of rap and hip-hop with Morpheus’ Arms, Gramofaune, and Watts (July 8); metal from The Outborn, Meet the Mailman, and Morgue (July 9); rock from Élégie, Sweet Tooth, and Tiger Tea Club (July 10); Universe Effects (rock) and Inner Odyssey (progressive) (July 11); The Johans (folk) and metal from Kaotik and Outre-Tombe (July 12); more metal from Saccage and Atroce (July 13); Maestronautes (rap),and the metal of Squidmilk and Endless Rebirth (July 14); and with Twice on Tuesday (pop punk), the power pop trio Dany Laj & The Looks, and Red Sideburns (rock) closing out the Festival at L’Anti on July 15.

The indoor performances at Impérial Bell, District Saint-Joseph, and L’Anti Bar & Spectacles are presented by Groupe Voyages Québec.

Théâtre Petit Champlain
A new Festival venue with cabaret-style seating located in the charming neighborhood of Petit Champlain, this theater brings jazz back to the Festival line-up with six shows. Highlights include the Juno Award-winning sounds of Canadian saxophonist/composer Chet Doxas (July 5), the eclectic, jazzy vocals of Paris-based singer ALA.NI, whose 2017 debut album You & I reimagines traditional cabaret (July 6), and the virtuosic Canadian guitarist, bandleader, and composer Matthew Stevens (July 13). More jazz will include Israeli pianist Shai Maestro and his trio(July 6), Québécois pianist/composer Gilles Bernard and his Quartet (July 12), and Com.On.Jazz (Québec, July 14). Festival Pass holders can attend concerts for free.

The Festival is committed to promoting the visibility of new voices. An ongoing contest for emerging artists titled Les Apéros FEQ is currently running at the District Saint-Joseph venue through May 2018. Performances are FREE to the public and judges from the Festival and other organizations select four new talents to play the FIBE Stage this summer. Each of the four finalists will receive a $1,000 CAN prize. The ultimate winner, selected by the audience and the jury, will receive a total prize of $7,000 CAN and a performance date at the Festival. In addition, the Les Nuits FEQ series at the Imperial Bell Theater showcases Québécois and Canadian talent, keeping the Festival alive until the summer.

Complete 2018 details and lineup can be found at

The Festival pass will be on sale starting on March 8, 2018 for $100 CAN (less than $80 U.S.) until June 5, 2018. Starting on June 6, 2018, the Festival pass will be available for $110 CAN. Festival Passes (transferable) can be purchased at and by phone at 1-855-800-3347 (toll-free), with a limit of eight passes per transaction. They will also be available at the box office during the Festival, pending availability. Children up to 11 years old accompanied by an adult may enter for FREE. Additional info for Front Stage and Signature Zones can be found here.

Festival d’été de Québec also features FREE entertainment city-wide and outdoor activities for children.

Free Access at All Times
D’Youville Square (Hydro-Québec Stage)
Family Place
Coeur du FEQ (FIBE Stage)

Press Materials
Festival images, 2018 streaming video highlights and poster are available.

Expanded Front Stage Zone Seating
Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) has reconfigured its Gold and VIP Front Stage Zones (FSZ) this season by dedicating the entire front stage section to regular passholders. The change offers an expanded total area of more than 4,300 square feet to general admission, making it possible for 1,500 additional people to see the artists up close with an enhanced view of the stage and screens. FSZ cardholders enjoy additional advantages, including guaranteed access to a privileged area on the Plains of Abraham, as well as exclusive bar and restroom services. The card also gives access to all other Festival stages – for general admission – during all 11 days of the event. The Bell Signature Zone card offers comfortable seating with an elevated viewpoint of the Bell stage.

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