In the age of environmental responsibility, festival-goers have very few options for refilling their water bottle at Festival d’été de Québec. Worse, music fans risk dehydration in queues to see their idols while charging stations outside of performance venues are non-existent.
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Rébecca Therrien and Émilie Beaulieu, two girls accustomed to large crowds who were interviewed yesterday at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham site, said the situation on Friday and Saturday was far from funny, as several festival-goers were evacuated on stretchers because they suffered from dehydration.
“It fell like flies,” they say. Rébecca Therrien attended the Maroon 5 show on Saturday. She explains that festival staff were distributing water bottles on the grounds in front of the stage to avoid the carnage.
Émilie Beaulieu, who travels a lot to festivals, asks for gas stations and mobile stations.
Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay
Water filling stations are rather rare on the festival grounds.
“It was also very hot at Luke Combs, but there was no water nearby except on the grounds. The water is not that accessible,” she says.
She gives the example of the FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières, where an impeller rides on the quay and in line to fill the water bottles.
Pay machines are located in the alley near the entrance to Place des Grands Spectacles, but they are not very popular.
The thing is that people who came very early to see the stars up close don’t want to lose their place.
Photo Louis Deschenes
Pay machines are available at the entrance to the Plaines site.
The newspaper take the test
The newspaper went to the FEQ site and it is clear that the water refill stations cannot be found. Unless you visit a paid site to watch a show.
In the queue at Parc de la Francophonie it was impossible to get water.
An employee also confirms that the situation is problematic. She advises festival-goers to wait at the entrance to the sites before getting rid of their bottles, which are forbidden inside the enclosure.
At the site of the National Assembly, where the wristband is not necessary, the terminals are also absent.
However, since there are usually no lines, it’s easy to buy water and return to your seat.
Photo Louis Deschenes
Marianne Carrier, Émilie Beaulieu, Rébecca Therrien and Marc-Frédéric Fiset stand in line on the Plains but cannot get their water supplies.
Girls working at a beer kiosk near the stage hear criticism from people searching for pubs.
The staff also had a 4 liter container of water for their own consumption on what promised to be a very muggy evening.
On the VIP terrace, behind the armory, still no charging station to be found.
And yet, as we enter the premises, the security guards kindly ask to empty our water bottle, but arrived on the terrace, nothing. In order to hydrate, you have to pay and consume an additional plastic container.
Skip it or buy it
Same on Grande Allée, no place to get water. Hikers and cyclists have to do without it or buy it.
The Festival d’été de Québec did not respond to our interview request before press time yesterday.