An unexpected wave of COVID-19, airport chaos and labor shortages didn’t stop tens of thousands of people gathering in front of the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) stages every night for the past 12 days.
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A few hours before the final concert of the Half Moon Run on the Plains of Abraham this Sunday, the management of the FEQ drew the usual positive balance of the event.
But in this year of the great return, after two years of inactivity on the big open-air stages, this satisfactory review was far from won in advance.
“It was an obstacle course,” said programmer Louis Bellavance, who broke out in a cold sweat last Monday when the Rage Against The Machine singer was injured at a concert in Chicago.
Locally, labor and supply problems have forced FEQ to redouble its zeal so festival-goers see fires at the sites just once.
“Despite the challenges and adjustments, I think we can say that our goal has been achieved. We promised festival-goers a pre-pandemic FEQ and we’ve seen them vibrate to the sound of their favorite artists’ music every night,” said General Manager Anne Hudon.
Photo courtesy of Stéphanie Bourgeois/Quebec Summer Festival
DJ Marshmello brought several revelers together during the electro night.
As usual, the Summer Festival didn’t share attendance on the Plains, but we can safely say that the Rage Against The Machine, Maroon 5, Luke Combs and Marshmello concerts were the most popular.
Photo agency QMI, René Leclerc
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine loved his experience on the Plains so much that he said he wants to come back next year.
The second scene
One of the biggest challenges for the FEQ remains the second concert series.
Turned away due to lack of space in the Parc de la Francophonie, several festival-goers were unable to attend the performances of Three Days Grace, Sum 41 and Milky Chance.
According to Anne Hudon, it is possible that the ongoing work on Place George-V will be completed in time for the FEQ to reclaim this space in 2023.
“It’s not confirmed, but it’s possible. We’ll find out in the fall,” she says.
Should this be the case, the festival would like to recreate its double stage planned for 2020, which, by installing a stage on Place George-V and one in the Parc de la Francophonie, made it possible to present shows alternately in front of a crowd up to 25,000 people.
“It is our wish, but it will be necessary to validate with the city,” says Mme Hudon.
Otherwise m.me Hudon believes it’s possible to make some improvements to Parc de la Francophonie to attract a few more festival-goers.