After an aborted edition in 2020 and another, entirely Québec, presented at the Armory in 2021, Québec’s Festival d’été is finally reunited with the big names in international music. But the flagship event of 418 will once again give place of honor to local artists, for twelve days, from July 6 to 17.
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Charlotte Cardin, Loud and Half Moon Run will show their colors on the main stage of the Plains of Abraham during the Carte blanche shows. Among the entire program presented on Wednesday at noon, 53 artists, of the 120 names that appear there, are Quebecers or French Canadians.
Among them: Hubert Lenoir, Lydia Képinski, Lisa LeBlanc, Patrick Watson, Alicia Moffet, Ariane Moffatt, Safia Nolin, Émile Bilodeau, Claudia Bouvette, Louis-Jean-Cormier, Laura Niqay, Vincent Vallières, Gros Mené, NOBRO, Fouki, Sarahmee and Koriass.
Thanks to a clumsiness by the team of the Swedish punk band Millencolin, who published part of the poster on their Facebook page on Tuesday that would not be revealed until the following day, festival goers already knew that Alanis Morissette, Sum 41, Garbage and Pennywise, in particular, would tour the capital in July.
“We reacted furiously, but unfortunately it was already too late,” FEQ programming director Louis Bellevance explained in an interview. “The band team thought we were a day later. Is a honest mistake, as they say, but it destabilized us. We’ve been keeping confirmations secret for a year, in some cases. That it comes out twenty-four hours after the official announcement is depressing, but the consequences are not disastrous. »
Recover lost time
Canadian Alanis Morissette, who will also stop at the Bell Center, is one of the artists who was going to be part of the 2020 edition, torpedoed like so many other events by COVID-19. Shakers from Rage Against the Machine, surfer Jack Johnson, marshmallow-headed DJ Marshmello and Australian band Tash Sultana also renewed their engagement called off two years ago.
We really fought to save the safe values of the 2020 program, which never happened. There were essential elements like Jack Johnson that we had been working on for five years.
The great events of the plain in many cases resemble themed evenings, designed for lovers of country pop (Luke Combs and Matt Lang on the 8th), American rap ($uicideboy$ and 2 Chainz on the 10th), ‘EDM ( Marshmello and Alison Wonderland on the 13th), Latin pop (Luis Fonsi, none other than Monsieur Slowlyon the 14th) female alternative rock (Alanis, Garbage and The Beaches on the 15th) and explosive guitars (RATM and Alexisonfire on the 16th).
Other headliners include Maroon 5 fops, indie rock legends Spoon, Pakistani-American jazz musician Arooj Aftab (who won a Grammy last weekend), Afrobeat founder Femi Kuti’s son, the band’s rebel FM Halsey, Ukrainian folk group DakhaBrakha, cheeky beauty Charli XCX, sunny Belgian rapper Roméo Elvis, Ivorian reggaeman Tiken Jah Fakoly and the unhappy gentlemen of Three Days Grace.
Not too early, not too late
Last February, Louis Bellavance co-signed a letter with a dozen of his counterparts from the most important festivals in Quebec addressed to Prime Minister François Legault, demanding greater predictability regarding the sanitary measures and sizes that would come into force. summer.
“We got the answers we wanted in a respectful time frame. It wasn’t too soon, but it wasn’t too late either”, says the programmer today. The return to strict sanitary measures could have “very harmful” consequences [sur la santé financière de l’évènement]but we have had guarantees from the governments that this year we are learning to live with [le virus]. »
Did the Festival d’été de Québec have to give up the presence of great musicians, because the way in which the new waves of COVID-19 would be received in Quebec seemed too unpredictable? “It is true that in certain cases, the situation was too uncertain to engage in more difficult negotiations. He made artists more cautious. There are some who preferred to go to Europe, because they were convinced that it was not going to close there. But in general, we can say that the result we have is very satisfactory. »