Quebec City Summer Festival: Halsey, a pop star on a mission

Singer Halsey was making an abortion plea at a concert in Phoenix two weeks ago when she noticed people leaving the venue. ” I don’t care. If you don’t like what I’m saying, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey show. »

This tirade says it all about this pop star like no other.

If you’re thinking of silencing her or locking her in a box, go ahead.

“This girl has a mission,” said Louis Bellavance, program director of the Festival d’été, who received her on Monday night’s stage at the Plains of Abraham.

The now 27-year-old artist was discovered in 2016 through a collaboration with the Chainsmokers on Funkbomb Closer.

“It was the voice of a great collaboration, but for a while it wasn’t more than that. It was so big blow that it almost worked against them. She had to find her place, her sound,” says Mr. Bellavance.

She initially made a name for herself on albums in an electro-pop niche Hopeless Well Kingdom and Maniclaunched in 2017 and 2020.

In particular, the success of the song is on the wave Without meHalsey established herself among the big stars of mainstream pop when she surprised everyone in 2021 by teaming up with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to record the scrapbook When I can’t have love, I want powerbrilliant and dark excursion into the world of industrial pop.

“She makes a pop that doesn’t follow a line. She feels just as comfortable in an electro universe as in a rock universe. It’s a free spirit that manages to speak to a category of people who are passionate about everything they do,” says Louis Bellavance.

Halsey’s concert at FEQ will be the last of her tour.

“They play in California and take a plane to do one last one in Quebec. We already had the opportunity to experience the beginning or the end of the tour. There’s always an extraordinary energy,” says the festival’s programmer, which in 2016 expects a crowd the size that was set to meet Selena Gomez.

“I think we will put on a great performance. She is also a contender for the show with the most pyrotechnics with Marshmello. They’re pretty nose to nose.”

Halsey on the Plains of Abraham, Monday night, 9:30 p.m. The opening acts are provided by American group Cannons and Canadian singer Lights.

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A rock theme featuring the music group Three Days Grace is on display at the Festival d’été de Québec at the Parc de la Francophonie on Monday night.

“We are so happy to be back. We always tell ourselves that among the most memorable shows of our careers, there are several in Quebec. We played here several times, I remember a show we did at Red Bull Crashed Ice among others, it was really fun,” says Neil Sanderson, the band’s pianist.

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