Gig review: Festival D’ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

If I was to ask you if you had ever heard of Festival D’ete De Quebec I am betting the answer would be NO … me neither so when I was handed the opportunity to experience this event I jumped at the chance and was extremely happy to have done so.

Festival D’ete De Quebec has been running for 49 years, and has an average footfall of 1,000,000 plus, this makes it both one of the worlds longest running festivals as well as one of the biggest … wristbands, which cover the entire 11 days sell from $90.00 (approx £75.00 ) and are transferable, a unique selling pitch which hopefully may catch on over here in the UK.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

The three main stages are situated within walking distance of each other , they are … Plains of Abraham capacity 100,000 ( although when the Rolling Stones played there last year they expanded the area to accommodate 102,000) . This venue also boasts the largest stage in North America . Parc de la Francophonie and Place D’Youville both boast a capacity of 10,000.

Headlining acts from the past have included The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Stevie Wonder, Elton John to name but a few…

The Cult - Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

This year we were treated to an array of international stars ranging from Sting and Peter Gabriel to Selena Gomez, The Cult to Rammstein, Ice Cube to Duran Duran and George Thorogood and The Destroyers to Red Hot Chili Peppers … for a full line up visit the festivals official web-page at

George Thorogood - Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

All the venues are clean and extremely well managed with both friendly staff and security approachable at all times, loved the beer and soft drinks sellers continuously traversing through the crowds selling their wares at reasonable prices.

Most of the events happen during the late afternoons or evenings meaning there is plenty of time to explore and enjoy historic city of Quebec of for the more adventurous further afield, I took the opportunity to go Whale Watching which I cannot recommend enough. Eating out can be a great experience for Brunch I recommend La Buche so much food and friendly staff make for a great experience.

Duran Duran - Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

So …  Would I recommend Festival D’ete De Quebec ? Yes.  Would I go again ? Yes.

Where else can you be eating breakfast on one continent flying over 3,000 miles around the world to watch a headlining act on the same day?

Review and photos by Jules Annan

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