The 46th edition of Festival d’été de Québec, Canada’s largest outdoor music event takes place in historic Québec City. Presenting more than 1,000 artists and offering more than 300 performances spread over twelve outdoor and indoor venues, the eleven-day Festival is one of North America’s most important summer celebrations. The Festival features some of the most notable names in the international music scene, provides a chance to discover rising stars and new talents, and showcases a wide range of genres including rock, pop, hip-hop, French song, electro, jazz and world music.
The 2013 artist roster includes The Black Keys, Tiësto, Bruno Mars, Wu-Tang Clan, Def Leppard, Weezer, Rush, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Foreigner, Bad Religion, Bassnectar, Belle & Sebastien, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Passion Pit, The Joy Formidable, Ellie Goulding, Solange, Ra Ra Riot, The Sheepdogs, Down With Webster, Mariana’s Trench and Monster Truck, as well as hundreds of artists from around the world. The Festival’s last days feature performances by Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe) on 12 July at Francophonie Park, and music legend Stevie Wonder on 14 July at Plains of Abraham— the Festival’s main outdoor stage set in a historic battlefield park overseeing the majestic St. Lawrence River.
A citywide event, Festival d’été de Québec also features various street performers, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, and family activities. In 2012, the Festival attracted 345,300 unique attendees, with a total of more than 1 million festival goers, and an average daily audience of 100,000.
On 4 July the Festival kicks off with Quebecois icons Paul Piché, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Séguin, Michel Rivard and Laurence Jalbert, performing their most-loved hit songs in French and accompanied by 400 choristers.
On 5 July, hip-hop and rap artists including the legendary American group Wu-Tang Clan, rapper Wiz Khalifa and Classified (known for the hit single Inner Ninja), Anodajay, Dramatik, Koriass, Manu Militari and Samian perform. The Black Keys return to the Festival on 6 July, with Eagles of Death Metal and Father John Misty taking the stage earlier that night. On 7 July, the Francophone band Les Trois Accords will perform, preceded by M and Caféïne.
The 2013 edition of ElectroFEQ offers an ever with shows at four different venues on four consecutive nights. Running July 8 through July 11, ElectroFEQ will feature Le Matos, Keys N Krates, Austra, Mexican Institute of Sound, 3Ball MTY, A Tribe Called Red, Zeds Dead and Bassnectar. The grand finale on 11 July will present Tiësto, Madeon, Martin Solveig, and Wolfgang Gartner on the Plains of Abraham.
For metal fans on 7 July, the fifteen musicians of the German band Avantasia, known for their symphonic metal sound, will perform a grandiose rock opera and Voivod will be celebrating its 30th year, immediately following Never More Than Less.
Festival d’été de Québec 2013 Website