Canada's Largest Outdoor Music Event, FESTIVAL D'ETE DE QUEBEC, Kicks Off 2014 Edition Today
The 47th Festival d'été de Québec-Canada's largest outdoor music event and one of North America's most important summer celebrations-will present some 1,000 artists from today, July 3 to 13 in historically picturesque Québec City. The Festival will offer more than 300 performances in 10 unique indoor and outdoor venues over the course of 11 days, from intimate blues to after-hours electro shows to rock and pop superstars on North America's biggest outdoor stage-the Bell stage, on the Plains of Abraham.
The world-class 2014 roster will showcase a wide range of artists that includes A$AP Rocky, Cypress Hill, The Kills, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Tegan and Sara, The Bloody Beetroots, Gogol Bordello, Gary Clark Jr., Daniel Lanois, Phantogram, Jake Bugg, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Pretty Reckless, The Crystal Method, Vintage Trouble, Serena Ryder, John Mayall and hundreds of others from around the globe.
A city-wide event, the Festival also features free access to many concerts, street performers, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, and activities designed for the whole family. In 2013, Festival d'été de Québec attracted nearly 300,000 concert attendees for a total of more than 1 million visitors overall at the Festival.
"Festival d'été de Québec 2014 is a truly exciting season that we're all very proud of," said FEQ General Manager Daniel Gélinas. "From music fans with a thirst for new discoveries to trend followers, nostalgia buffs, the young and the not-so-young-there'll be something for everyone at this non-stop, 11-day music event."
"We remain dedicated to one all-important goal each year, and that is to make sure all Festival goers, regardless of their musical tastes, are happy from the first day to the last," added Program Director Louis Bellavance.
OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS
The Plains of Abraham (Bell Stage)
None other than pop icon Lady Gaga will open the first weekend on the Plains of Abraham (July 4), the Festival's main outdoor stage set in a historic battlefield overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The show, entitled Lady Gaga's artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball, is part of her world tour launched only days ago in New York.
On July 11, the sounds of legendary pop singer Blondie will fill the air, followed by American superstar Billy Joel, who will give his first-ever performance in Québec City and his only Canadian show scheduled for the summer.
Five more big headliners are slated to flood the Bell Stage: the pure rock of The Killers (July 8), guitarist Josh Homme's Queens of the Stone Age and its very modern garage rock (July 10), a foray into classic rock with Journey and Steve Miller Band (July 6), the punk and heavy metal of Soundgarden (July 12), and wrapping up the Festival with a ton of hits, the award-winning husky vocals of Canada's biggest rock star, Bryan Adams (July 13). Additionally, the main stage will feature indie rock from Young the Giant (July 8) and The Kills (July 10), and the hard rock sounds of New York City from The Pretty Reckless (July 12).
The Bell stage will also follow the footsteps of last year's hugely successful hip-hop event with a visit from legendary rapper Snoop Dogg, New York rappers Bas and Joey Bada$$, and the BET Award-winning Harlem native A$AP Rocky (July 5).
In the category of French music, Louis-Jean Cormier will take up the challenge on the Plains this year (July 7). A longtime darling among critics and music-lovers alike, he's become a revelation for the Québec public in recent months. After Vincent Vallières in 2012 and the Trois Accords in 2013, it's Cormier's turn to have carte blanche with his own show in 2014. And to kick off the Festival, a concept tribute show to Félix Leclerc will bring together numerous artists from Québec and the French-speaking world.
Parc de la Francophonie (Loto-Québec Stage)
The Parc de la Francophonie is a venue known for its magical encounters between artists and audiences. This year, the must-see folk/rock evening will be the show featuring Daniel Lanois and Jake Bugg (July 9)-a sensation in England, where he's regarded as the new Bob Dylan. Other musical genres are also on the docket: Local Natives (July 3) will open the Festival with an indie rock/new fangled folk night; hip-hop fans have a not-to-be-missed date with the Latino-American and multi-platinum disc group Cypress Hill (July 10); and the British rock band Marillion will play the music that generated sales of 15 million albums (July 12).
Place d'Youville (Hydro-Québec Stage) Free Concerts
More than 30 artists and a lively program of world beat, blues, and French music will have spectators up and dancing at Place d'Youville, where it's all free all the time. The names to watch for this year include afrobeat groundbreaker Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (July 11), Gogol Bordello with its eclectic Eastern European-sounding music (July 9), and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue in an evening infused with Louisiana rhythms (July 7). For blues enthusiasts, there's Vintage Trouble and its retro blues rock sound (July 4) and the sultry voice of Texan guitarist Gary Clark Jr. (July 6). French pop music will also have pride of place with Émilie Simon (July 12), among many others, plus there will be world music from the Nigerian group Bombino and Ivory Coast reggae from Tiken Jah Fakoly (July 10).