The Festival d'été de Québec, taking place July 5-15 in Québec City, Canada this year, is heading into its final weekend. With artists like Beck, Promise of the Real, Lil Yachty, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Jethro Tull, Jane Birkin, The War on Drugs, America, Sebastian Bach and Air Supply already having played, it’s hard to say that the festival has saved the best for last. But for sure it’s going to be an amazing weekend of music.
Notables who will perform July 13-14 include Cyndi Lauper, Lorde, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Silverstein, Bullet for my Valentine, Alexisonfire and the long-running Calgary-based punk band Chixdiggit. Bringing the festival to a close on July 15 will be Sum 41, the John Butler Trio, Sturgill Simpson and the Dave Matthews Band. In total, about 75 performances will take place over closing weekend. Kuti’s show will be free and other acts performing world music will play for free too, including Reunion’s Votia, Brazil’s Flavio Coelho and “Afrofuturistic” band Gato Preto, whose members come from various nations in Africa and Europe.
Adding to the fun at the Festival d'été de Québec are surprise “pop up” shows that are announced on social media shortly before show time, street performers, vendors showcasing products made in Québec, and the fact that most shows take place in and adjacent to “old” Québec City’s historic walls and ramparts that some fans scale to obtain lofty views of shows. Festival d'été de Québec is a great place to get to know the locals too; an estimated one-third of the city’s population comes out for the event.
This year marks the 51st occurrence of the Festival d'été de Québec, one of Canada’s biggest and most-beloved festivals, which has presented superstar acts like the Rolling Stones, the Who, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga in past years. Naturally, festival-goers are already imagining who might turn up in 2019.
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