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Powerful injection of rock at FEQ: Green Day, Imagine Dragons and Foo Fighters headline


Quebec City, March 22, 2023 – An avalanche of big hits is about to crash down on Quebec City from July 6th to 16th. BLEUFEU unveiled the FEQ 2023 lineup this afternoon, a powerful program headed by Imagine Dragons and Foo Fighters, two bands with a very special history with the Festival, as well as Green Day, a visit long requested by festivalgoers. A 55th annual festival full of big names that will delight the many Quebec City rock fans, but also, any music lover interested in the diversified musical genres the festival has always loved and promoted with names in the likes of with Zach Bryan, Lana Del Rey and Pitbull.


Plains of Abraham Bell Stage: from Weezer and Billy Talent to Lana Del Rey and Cowboy Fringants

On FEQ's main stage, the July 6th opening night will be booming with Canadians Billy Talent making a 4th appearance on the Plains, followed by Weezer, leading 90s alternative rock band. Female punk rock trio Les Shirley will kick off the evening. On Friday, July 7th, Imagine Dragons takes over the Bell Stage to reprise the show that was stopped by the storm in 2019 and then cancelled in 2020. Just before that, we welcome TALK, a rising star whose talent we enjoyed when he opened for Luke Combs in 2022. He will be preceded by rocker Grandson. On Saturday, July 8th, FEQ welcomes Rock N Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters, whose love affair with Quebec City is clear. White Reaper and Starcrawler will heat up the stage for a massive shock of American rock. On Sunday, July 9th, we welcome Zach Bryan, a true alternative country phenomenon on the rise, notably with his unstoppable track “Something in the Orange.” Canadian Tenille Townes and American Megan Moroney will round off this 100% new country evening. On Monday, July 10th, Les Trois Accords are also back after a missed date in 2020, in a carte blanche format. With Bleu Jeans Bleu just before, it's sure to be amazing! The indie pop of Lumière will kick off the evening. On Tuesday, July 11th, the Plains will be in hip-hop mode with Lil Durk, preceded by Glo Rilla and Bbno$. Montreal rapper Naya Ali will open. On Wednesday, July 12th, the traditional Electro-FEQ will have Quebec City dancing to the sounds of American DJ Illenium. Just before, Gryffin preceded by Australian duo Nervo will take their turn on the turntables. Montreal's Debbie Tebbs will kick off the evening. On Thursday the 13th, FEQ will present an historic franco-québécois bill that is sure to be historic with leading light, Robert Charlebois, followed by another carte blanche for the Cowboys Fringants, an evening that promises to be full of emotion. The sparkling Sara Dufour will go on before them. On Friday the 14th, FEQ dips into Latino territory with the legendary Pitbull. Right before, Jamaïcan signer Koffee will spread reggae vibes to the audience. Honduran-born Montrealer Isabella Lovestory will start off the evening. On Saturday the 16th, we’ll be treated to a special guest: the singular and spellbinding Lana Del Rey, for her very first appearance in Quebec City. On this indie night, the singer-songwriter will be preceded by American band The War on Drugs and Toronto's Allan Rayman. Lastly, on Sunday, July 16th, the Festival ends in style with Green Day, one of the most popular bands among festivalgoers. The Californian trio will take over after Bad Religion and Meet me at the Altar for a quintessential punk rock set that is already shaping up to be a highlight of the Festival.


Double stage at Parc de la Francophonie

For a second consecutive year, the 2nd FEQ venue will be set up in Parc de la Francophonie, where there will be two stages side by side: the Loto-Québec Stage and the Sirius XM Stage. Directly installed on Rue Jacques Parizeau, the stages will offer alternating and continuous shows, with five shows on weekdays and six on weekends. We’re repeating the 2022 format, but improved by a reorganization of the site and the creation of an experiential zone on the side of Parc Georges V, to make it easier for festivalgoers to move around.


Loto-Québec Stage

The Loto-Québec stage has an all-female lineup to start the festival with Franco pop icon Coeur de Pirate on July 6th, followed by the immensely popular Roxane Bruneau on July 7th. Rising pop R&B star artist Jessie Reyez will headline on July 8th. We’re changing the tone on July 9th with the return of Cypress Hill, whose explosive performances at Parc de la Francophonie date back to 2014. On the 10th, Parc de la Francophonie will be transported by the unique voice Ann Wilson of Heart, a veteran of women’s rock who doesn't often make a stop here. On the 11th, we welcome Christine and the Queens, an indie pop artist in great demand on the international scene and one of the Festival's great catches. On the 12th, there will be a site take over by the thundering metal of Lamb Of God. On the other end of the spectrum, the 13th will feature the indie folk of Vance Joy, while on the 14th, The Smile, a side project by Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, will be here. The 15th promises to be another high-energy evening with punk ska outfit Streetlight Manifesto, while at the closing show on the 16th we’ll see the return of the charismatic Patrice Michaud for a true Quebec finale.


Sirius XM Stage

In the image of the Loto-Québec Stage, the Sirius XM Stage will also host a full line-up with duo Milk & Bone on July 6th, the excellent Bobby Bazini on July 7th, pop sensation Stephen Sanchez on July 8th, and Quebec rap heavyweight Souldia on Sunday, July 9th. An announcement will be made shortly about the July 10th slot. Les Louanges, the highly acclaimed indie pop project of Lévis’ own Vincent Roberge, comes on July 11th, while on July 12th, Ontario band Protest the Hero will delight progressive metal fans. On July 13th, we'll be joined by singer-songwriter and Canadian Feist. On the 14th, indie rock band Alvvays issure to get the crowd on their feet, while on the 15th, the joyous Quebec Redneck Bluegrass Project will take over the task. The very popular Jonathan Roy will take to the Sirius XM Stage for the closing night on July 16th.


The Hydro-Québec Stage at the heart of FEQ at Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale

The completely free Hydro-Québec Stage will once again live up to its reputation with a very eclectic offering, focused on new discoveries. To kick things off, on July 6th, we welcome Ukrainian ensemble DakhaBrakha following their concert that was cancelled last year, a great time to come for the Festival. On July 7th, it's time for the afro soul sound of The Budos Band, an American instrumental collective with many influences. On July 8th, the public will be treated to the country-tinged pop rock of Gab Bouchard. July 9th will be all funk and soul with Tank and the Bangas, one of the great catches for the Hydro-Québec Stage. On July 10th, the warm voice of rhythm and blues artist Allison Russell will caress the ears of festivalgoers. On July 11th, we're in party mode with the dance rhythms of Valaire. On July 12th, singer and violinist Sudan Archives, who we saw at Coachella this spring, comes with a unique sound, which borders on soul, R&B and electronic music. On Thursday, the 13th, we welcome Regina-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andy Shauf. On Friday, the 14th, Dumas returns with a medley of his hits. On Saturday, the 15th, New Brunswick's female indie folk band Les Hay Babies will be on the stage, while the last night of the Festival will feature the Benin’s afro pop group Star Feminine Band, a group of girls and young women aged 12 to 20 whose social commitment has led them to become ambassadors for UNICEF. The Hydro-Québec Stage will feature youth shows the details of which will be revealed a little later.


Armoury and program complements

Evenings at the Armoury, Pop-Ups and other additions to the programming, including the family component, will be announced at a later date.


Admission

The FEQ pass is on sale at feq.ca for $140 taxes included, plus shipping. Bell Signature Zone passes and tickets for Le Jardin will go on sale at a later date. Anyone interested can sign up for the FEQ newsletter to make sure they don't miss out on the second on-sale date.


About BLEUFEU

BLEUFEU is an event organizer and show promoter that presents festive and inspiring experiences, including the Festival d'été de Québec (FEQ), Toboggan - New Year’s Evenings and St-Roch XP, in addition to presenting hundreds of shows throughout the year at the Imperial Bell and a new showroom opening soon. The new umbrella brand will oversee the various existing NPOs, which already have a reputation in the industry for the quality of its productions. BLEUFEU has more than sixty permanent employees and recruits over 500 contract workers each year, in addition to hundreds of volunteers. Visit BLEUFEU.com for more information.


BLEUFEU would like to thank its many partners without whose support the Festival d’été de Québec could not be held.

 

Festival d’été de Québec will take place from July 6 to 16, 2023. An experience created by BLEUFEU

 

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For information :

Véronique Bouillé Publicist / BLEUFEU (418) 523-8830 poste 254

vbouille@BLEUFEU.com


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lyne@annexe.media | +1 514 952 5047








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