Festival d'été de Québec

 

July 6 to 16, 2017

CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUSICAL SHIVERS WITH US!

Every year, the Festival d’été attracts over one million festivalgoers to Quebec City's historic district for concerts by international superstars and top new talent. 300 shows, 10 venues and 11 days of music make the Festival d’été de Québec one of Canada's biggest music festivals.

Early July sees international stars and top new talent playing every style of music coming together for a special time in a special place ─ historic Old Québec! There’s music for everyone: rock, folk, hip-hop, electro, French song, jazz, world music and much more!

Over the years, the Festival has seen big-name stars and emerging artists alike play its main venue, the Bell Stage. Located on the historic Plains of Abraham battlefield, the site boasts North America's biggest self-supporting stage and has room for 80,000 spectators. The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters , Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Tiësto, Bon Jovi, The Black Keys, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Sting, Charles Aznavour, Rammstein, Elton John and a host of top names have all taken the Bell Stage by storm!

If music is the core of the event, the popular street performers on Saint-Jean St., one of the city's oldest and busiest streets, and a host of fun family activities add a colorful accent to the celebrations. In 2016, 120,000 passes go on sale. The all-inclusive transferable pass gives you 11 days of performances for just $90 CAD.

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Some events not to be missed:


ISABELLE BOULAY

July 6, 2017 (9:00 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

The Festival d’été is pulling all the stops for it’s grand opening night on July 7th. Two of music’s most iconic artists – Sting and Peter Gabriel – will unite for a once in a lifetime event on the Plains of Abraham Bell Stage. This very special concert is part of Rock Paper Scissors, a tour produced by Live Nation Global Touring, slated to visit select North American cities from June to July. Having first toured together in the eighties for Amnesty International, Rock Paper Scissors will find them performing both separately and together, playing their own songs as well as melding their bands to explore each other’s most celebrated hits.


KENDRICK LAMAR

July 7, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

Without a doubt the most influential rapper of his generation, Kendrick Lamar is following in the footsteps of the legendary Tupac Shakur and Eminem. The new standard-bearer for the West Coast sound stands out because of his inimitable flow and introspective, beautifully nuanced lyrics. After becoming known with his album the great Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, he literally reinvented himself with the classic To Pimp a Butterfly, an album in which he addresses, without the slightest complacency, the problems of society and his community. Hits like Swimming Pools, Money Trees, King Kunta, and Poetic Justice definitely make him one of the pillars of today’s hip hop scene, all categories combined. So it’s no surprise to learn that this new chapter of his career is as urgent as it is socially committed. An artist who is already among the greats of our time.


P!NK

July 8, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

A rebellious, extravagant and indomitable star of the radio waves, P!nk has risen to the ranks of the Madonnas, Britney Spears and Rihannas of the world. In addition to winning several Grammy Awards, the rebel with the husky voice has sold tens of millions of albums and singles. Since she first came on the scene in 2000, she has been merging her resolutely punk attitude with rock halfway between pop and melodic R&B. Besides participating in Lady Marmalade, with Christina Aguilera for the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge, she has recorded many hits, including So What, Just Give Me A Reason and Get The Party Started, to name just a few. In 2013, Billboard magazine awarded her its famous Woman of the Year honour, after Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.


BACKSTREET BOYS

July 9, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

There’s no doubt that it all started in Québec for this boy’s band that has sold over 130 million albums so far. With hits like I Want It That Way, Quit Playing Games (With My heart)and Everybody, the quintet paved the way for bands as popular as NSYNC, 98 Degrees and One Direction. When they made a big stage comeback to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2013, the fans’ response to the infinite charm of Nick, Brian, A.J., Howie and Kevin was still as euphoric as ever. With a sold-out residency in Las Vegas this year, besides seducing the critics, the Backstreet Boys will be an exceptional gift to a whole generation, who’ll be humming nostalgic tunes during a night of magical reunions on the Plains.


LADY ANTEBELLUM

July 10, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

With her shift to country-rock, Taylor Swift opened the way for Nashville trio, Lady Antebellum. In 2008, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary quickly made country charts, including fourth place on the presigious Billboard. With Need You Now getting international recognition, the band was honoured at the Grammies and the American Country Awards. In a flash, Own The Night became number one in Canada and the U.S. With their albums Golden and 747, Lady Antebellum continues to rise, in the footsteps of big stars like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Keith Urban.


LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS

July 11, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham


FLUME

July 12, 2017 (10:15 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

Barely 25 years old, Australian-born Flume is fast becoming the new electro-pop prodigy on the international scene. The young man who gained a wider audience with his remix of the piece You & Me des Anglais Disclosure surprises us again with a second album Skin, a daring mixture of trap, electronica and hip-hop. With guests like Vince Staples, Little Dragon, the Canadian Kai and AlunaGeorge, we’re betting that this producer of bass music, already in high demand, has secured a place of choice among the new generation of sensational beatmakers.


THE WHO

July 13, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

Somewhere between the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, The Who belongs to what could be called the foundations of purely British rock. Besides being the symbol of the British mod movement, with the anthem My Generation they also proclaimed angry youths’ cry of revolt in the mid-1960s. With four personalities as strong as those of the Beatles – the soaring voice of Roger Daltrey, the spectacular guitar of Pete Townshend, the clever playing of bassist John Entwistle, and the destructive pulsing of late drummer Keith Moon - The Who is a source of inspiration for much of American garage rock. Many hard-rock and punk bands are also inspired by their supercharged onstage energy and spirit. The celebrated rock opera Tommy remains, to this day, one of the most ambitious works in the whole rock repertoire. Exclusivity for the 50th edition of Festival d’été de Québec.


METALLICA

July 14, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

Having sold more than 110 million albums worldwide, Metallica is one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, the Californian group has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. In December 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The band shares a unique love story with Québec City, ever since its first visit in 1985 to one of the biggest crowd ever seen on the plains of Abraham in 2011. We can say that this new stop in the city, as part of their WorldWired tour, promises to be as grand and spectacular for the 50th anniversary of the Festival d’été de Québec.


GORILLAZ

July 15, 2017 (9:30 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

A true phenomenon from the British music scene, this virtual band, led by Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, is making a big comeback on stage with the creation of their own festival called Demon Dayz. After the release of their solo album Everyday Robot in 2014, the singer from Blur joined the ranks of Gorillaz again with the help of the legendary Jean-Michel Jarre, De La Soul, and many guests, such as British musicians Benjamin Clementine and rapper Vince Staples. As elusive as ever, this band has fun blurring the tracks of brit-pop by pouring genres like hip-hop, rock, electronica, and reggae, into is musical mix. This joyfully subversive group composed of fictional animated members, also offers a critical look at the current world situation. A first and much anticipated visit to Festival d’été de Québec.


MUSE

July 16, 2017 (9:00 PM)
Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham

For the closing show of this 50th edition on the Plains of Abraham, none other than the British rock band Muse will be treating their many fans an unforgettable night.

The return to Québec of the classically influenced Teignmouth trio, often compared to Queen and Radiohead, positions them among the essential artists of the past decade. Regulars at major festivals around the world with thirty million albums sold, their progressive-alternative niche is at its peak with the release of their concept album Drones, where lightning and extravagance collide beautifully against background of totalitarian conspiracy. As melodious and epic as you could wish for!


Route between Hôtel Manoir Victoria and the Plaines of Abraham

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