Folk rock legend Neil Young, alternative rock icon Beck and young pop prodigy Lorde have been confirmed among the headliners at Quebec City’s sprawling Summer Music Festival, this year scheduled to run from 5 July to 15 July 2018.
The Canadian festival, now in its 51st year, follows an unusual model for a North American music event with low-cost passes for 11 days of music at venues across the historic city. Toronto R&B sensation The Weeknd will open the festival on July 5 followed the next day by Young, who is making his sole scheduled appearance of 2018 in his native Canada.
Other acts featuring in the star-studded line-up include electronic music sensations The Chainsmokers, dreamy French electro-pop band Phoenix, pop chart-topper Shawn Mendes, rock crowd-pleasers Foo Fighters and veteran acts Cyndi Lauper and Jethro Tull.
The line-up is also slated to include sets from Avenged Sevenfold, Busta Rhymes, Cyndi Lauper, Tory Lanez, Bonobo, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, John Butler Trio, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Sum 41, Con Brio, Frank Turner, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Jain, London On Da Track, with more still to be announced. For more information, visit the festival website.
The Quebec festival also showcases French-language music with the line-up to include Jane Birkin, who will bring her orchestral renditions of the music of her late partner Serge Gainsbourg. The music closes on July 15 with the philosophical country singer Sturgill Simpson and jam-rock favorites Dave Matthews Band.
Unlike many major commercial music events which strictly check ticket purchases, the publicly supported Canadian festival encourages fans to share their passes, which cost as little as Can$100 ($78 US) for all 11 days.
The Festival d’ete de Quebec, as it is known in French, makes up for its inexpensive tickets with its vast size of 100,000 capacity at the main stage, the scene of the 1759 battle in which British forces decisively defeated France.
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