Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

During a high-calibre concert that marked the end of the summer festival last night, the adoptive Montrealers of Half Moon Run celebrated their Quebec affiliation with undisguised pride at playing the Plains of Abraham for the first time.

Drummer Dylan Phillips best summed up the “impossible to describe” feelings the trio had during what felt like a consecration to them.

“We come from all over Canada, from Ontario, from British Columbia. Quebec is our home now. To be accepted here, to feel love, that touches us. »

However, after Saturday’s memorable and explosive encounter with Rage Against The Machine, it was fair to assume that the Plains of Abraham would be hungover on this final night of the summer festival.


Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

PHOTO MARCEL TREMBLAY/ Agency QMI


Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

PHOTO MARCEL TREMBLAY/ Agency QMI


Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

PHOTO MARCEL TREMBLAY/ Agency QMI


Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

PHOTO MARCEL TREMBLAY/ Agency QMI

That was not the case.

Admittedly, the venue wasn’t nearly as full as the day before, but it was a more than respectable crowd who embraced the Montrealers’ soaring and delicate indie rock.

sophistication

Known for their intimate shows, the trio quickly proved they belonged on this massive site. On judgementthe first track on the program, Devon Portielje’s sharp and enveloping guitar chords erased any doubts about it.

With Pilou’s directing assistance, Half Moon Run used his carte blanche to inject a nice touch of sophistication into his songs, mostly those from his 2012 debut album. Dark eyesvery present throughout the evening and always received with fervor.

On several occasions during the concert, this desire to increase their repertoire was translated into the use of one or even two string quartets, each composed of three violins and a cello, which perfectly played their role of musical support.

Her contribution was particularly noticed and noted during the bondage Give up and during Favourite boywhose unifying effect could not be denied.

French guests


Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

To seal its Quebec takeover, Half Moon Run, which sings exclusively in English, had decided to invite two headliners with French-language songs.

The Boulay sisters came to play first us after us before adding to the delicious vocal harmonies that rocked sun leads me on.

At the end of the course, the presence of Daniel Bélanger gave another beautiful moment of community as the audience joined the artists on stage to sing with one voice The two sources.


Half Moon Run at FEQ: a beguiling music festival

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Finally, after a final trio session for full circleanother favorite of Dark eyesHalf Moon Run, the Boulay sisters, Daniel Bélanger and the string quartets came together to end on a high note with the tune of Grow into love.

Growing up in love, what more could we ask for in these troubled times?

Walk The Moon: bubbly

Half Moon Run can also boast that, at least once in its existence, it has counted as its first part a group whose song has accumulated more than a billion plays on Spotify.

We’re talking Walk The Moon, a bubbly and generally harmless American pop group who had the immensely popular catchy tune in their arsenal to conquer the Plains Shut up and dance on.

Obviously the expected song had a jamming effect, but we still liked it when Walk The Moon, led by the energetic Nicholas Petricca, put more bite into it. Example: the emphasis on guitar rather than 80’s-inspired keyboards headphoneswhich turned into a cover of cashmereby Led Zeppelin.

The fact remains that their hours of work were greatly appreciated. The ovations that greeted the end of their performance ended in success Anna sunleft no doubt.

Walk Off The Earth: On to the Covers

A very understandable torpor was felt at the beginning of the twelfth night of FEQ as indie pop rock band Walk Off The Earth landed like a hurricane on the Plains stage.

The dynamism of this quartet of musicians, all playing a hundred different instruments (not to exaggerate), was revealed a while ago thanks to its cover of someone i used to know, hit the mark and wowed viewers. They let themselves be carried away without resisting the enthusiasm that the singer Sarah Blackwood in particular showed.

Although Walk Off The Earth’s original compositions did the expected job, the highlight of their performance was their famous cover medley, which they delivered while playing the same very big guitar.

A good grade must also be attributed to their version eye of the Tiger on the ukulele. Charming!

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