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Published on March 7th, 2020 | by Jerry Doby

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Powerful programming for FEQ 2020!

Festival-goers are in for a particularly rich program at the FEQ this summer, featuring major exclusives, such as Rage Against the Machine making their only stop in the province and Imagine Dragons who will return to finish their 2019 appearance. Quebec is very lucky, since this concert is the only one the band has announced for this year. The Plains will also vibrate to the legendary hits of Sir Rod Stewart as he closes the Festival on the Bell Stage.

Bell Stage
Festival d’été de Québec will open this year with a carte blanche concert by Les Trois Accords, preceded by Bleu Jeans Bleu and Gab Paquet. The Bell Stage will also host Halsey with 5 Seconds of Summer, also Jack Johnson on his very first visit to Quebec, preceded by Vance Joy. Also on the program, Daya and Matt Maeson opening for Imagine Dragons, a 100% girls night with Alanis Morissette, Garbage and Joan Osborne,  rapper G-Easy with $uicideBoy$ and a fabulous Electro FEQ with Alesso followed by the hugely popular Marshmello. Also on the Plains, a double program with Half Moon Run and The National, plus Viagra Boys opening for Rage Against the Machine. An artist whose name will be announced at a later date will headline the already impressive lineup on the Bell Stage July 17th.

Parc Grande Allée
A major new venue, Parc Grande Allée, will be made up of two stages: the Loto-Québec Stage and the SiriusXM Stage, which will present alternating, uninterrupted performances starting at 6 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends. Among the performers will be: King Crimson, Dean Lewis, Bernard Adamus, Tash Sultana, Patrick Watson, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Dallas Smith, Billy Currington, Bobby Bazini, Émile Bilodeau, Cat Power, Paul Piché and many more. In addition to this full and exciting program, there will be theme weekends, including a punk Saturday featuring Sublime with Rome, Pennywise, Grimskunkand Mad Caddies, followed by a 100% pop Sunday with Charlie Puth, Lovelytheband, John K, Elley Duhé and other surprises to be announced. The following weekend will be hip-hop Saturday starring Lil Tecca, Fouki, Young MA, 5SANG14 and Alaclair Ensemble. Sunday July 19 will be totally rock with Awolnation, X Ambassadors, Jonathan Roy and many others. Comfort zones, bars and food service will be available on this brand new site, a micro festival in its own right. 

Hydro-Quebec Stage
As usual, the Hydro-Québec Stage in place D’Youville will present a healthy dose of world music and a selection of exceptional artists, including the group Turkuaz, accompanied by none other than Jerry Harrison (formerly of Talking Heads) and Adrian Belew (King Crimson).  Also on the program, performances that will not go unnoticed: Jupiter & Okwess, Les Louanges, Les Négresses Vertes, Orchestra Baobab, Durand Jones & The Indications, Naaman, Bohemian Betyars, Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, Baloji and Delgres

Fibe Stage in Cœur du FEQ
The Fibe Stage will be the place to hear and discover the cream of emerging music. Among the artists scheduled, which include Prix FEQ recipients and Apero FEQ winners, there will also be Julyan (formerly from The Seasons), Lucy Dacus, Alex Burger, Chad Price, Miro, Jesse Benjamin, Garçons, Loviet, Ice Cream, Sex Octopus Machine, Oré Villages, P’tit Belliveau and Hollow Coves.

Manège militaire des Voltigeurs de Québec
The Manège Militaire, FEQ headquarters, will host twice as many shows this year. Starting at 5 p.m., festival-goers will have access to the official FEQ terrace outside the Manège facing the Plains of Abraham. Open until 1:00 am, this is the perfect spot for relaxing between shows. In addition to the Extras FEQ, back again this year starting at 11:45 p.m., the FEQ is adding a series of shows in the big indoor hall starting at 8:30 p.m. The complete Manège program will announced soon.

Admission
FEQ passes go on sale today for $110, taxes included, plus shipping. Starting June 9, the cost of the pass will be $120, with a limit of 4 passes/cards per transaction. Passes can be purchased at feq.ca


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