A 50th edition at the top

Art 16 July, 2017
  • Photo Agence QMI, Mathieu Belanger

    Cédric Bélanger

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    With P!nk, the Backstreet Boys, Metallica, the Who and all the other big names that have rocked Quebec for eleven nights, the summer Festival has reached the top of the mountain in 2017. What are the results to plot an event in which the cruising speed was never as high as in this year’s edition 50th anniversary ? Here are our comments.

    High expectations

    In the last fifteen years, the motto is not an official was ” Always bigger “. Yet, more than ever, in 2017, the programming of the summer Festival could compare to those big events like Coachella or Glastonbury, and has even surpassed the poster Bonnaroo in decline.

    For the future, the people of Quebec will expect nothing less than another parade of big names. Luckily, there are tons on the market, starting with Coldplay, U2 and Eminem, that are called for each year.

    The money is there, it will be for the FEQ to seize the opportunities.

    Management of crowds

    Photo Stevens LeBlanc

    James hetfield didn Metallica

    The risk of flooding were many. We think of the concert on a barrel of powder Migos and the invasion of Metallica.

    In this chapter, the FEQ can say mission accomplished. All the adjustments made in recent years — new entry on the Plains, new screen at the parc de la Francophonie — has allowed management almost perfect from the crowds.

    Yes to the discoveries

    Photo Agence QMI, Daniel Mallard


    It has long been alleged that the FEQ cautious on the Plains, to the detriment of the stars of the current indie.

    This year, the director of the programming has focused on Gorillaz, a name which rang no bell for many festival-goers.

    However, the popular response has been more than acceptable, and the curious who have tried their luck emerged from the Plains conquered. There is a bonanza to be tapped. When Florence and the Machine ?

    The front area of the stage

    Photo Agence QMI, Simon Clark

    The rapper Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown have semoncés. The same problem has also resurfaced in the past few years. Too often, the artists on the Plains are faced with two audiences in the antipodes.

    One that broke out in general admission and another amorphous in the front area of the stage. Could we move this area without depriving the people who pay the wholesale price of a reserved place conveniently located ? For the atmosphere of the show, this would be desirable.