Neil Young, Jethro Tull and The Weeknd to play Festival d'été de Québec opening weekend
Courtesy of Reprise Records

One of the oldest and largest music festivals in North America has announced its first round of performers. The Festival d'été de Québec (FEQ) will take place July 5-15 at various venues around historic Québec City, the capital of the Canadian province of Québec. More than 250 performances will take place over the course of the festival’s 11-day run and the lineup will be diverse and spectacular. Some of the players for the festival’s opening weekend are Neil Young, The Weeknd, Future, The War on Drugs and classic rock star Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull who’ll present a special “50 Years of Jethro Tull” show.

The biggest venue at FEQ is the Bell Stage which is set up on the Plains of Abraham, a massive park that overlooks the St. Lawrence River and that was the site of battles during the French and Indian War. Playing on the Bell Stage during opening weekend will be Brockhampton, Chromeo, the Weeknd, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Neil Young, Loud, Busta Rhymes, Future, Oh Wonder and Shawn Mendes. Young’s performance at FEQ is the only one set to take place in Canada this year and the native Canadian also has a new album, the soundtrack to the film "Paradox," set to drop on Apr. 20. No doubt Young will play some of the new music along with hits and favorites from his sizable body of work.

Anderson will present his Jethro Tull show on the Loto-Québec stage, which will also host opening weekend shows by Bonobo, Jane Birkin, The War on Drugs, Montreal’s Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Mr. Ward and others. Opening weekend shows on the midsize Hydro-Québec stage will include sets from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Jain, The Soul Rebels, and Ottawa Bluesfest FEQ Award winner Rebecca Noelle. Numerous other stages will see acts like Frank Turner, Passenger, Random Recipe, Lizz Wright and hard bop/deep funk trio Sax Machine entertaining fans.

Some of the performers set to appear at FEQ after opening weekend are Foo Fighters, Beck, Sturgill Simpson, the Dave Matthews Band, Avenged Sevenfold, Cyndi Lauper, Femi Kuti and the Chainsmokers. While shows by the big names will require a festival wristband to get in, FEQ also always presents a bunch of free shows at various venues. Stages are set up so that they are not far from one another and it is relatively easy to walk from one show to the other.

Festival d'été de Québec ticket information and the lineup as announced so far can be found here.