This year's Festival d'été de Québec (FEQ) lineup features a wide variety of world-class performers and up-and-coming acts. Over 138,000 festivalgoers will descend upon historic Quebec City from July 6-16th for 11 days of magic with legendary musical acts like Foo Fighters, Lana Del Rey, Weezer, Feist, Green Day, Pitbull and so much more. Once again, FEQ is a must-see bucket list festival for any music fan.
As the more notable acts take to the main stage to light it up again this year, here are a few other acts you also won't want to miss:
(Thursday, July 13 – 19hr10 / Loto Quebec Stage)
The solo venture of Brian Fennell, SYML delivers reflective, deeply-evocative lyricism to create a performance that can have purely intimate moments along with cinematic builds of complex piano0-driven or guitar-led production. WARNING – His polished and heartwrenching vocals have left audiences around the globe mesmerized by the end of every show.
(Tuesday, July 11 – 18hr25 / Sirius XM Stage)
With acts like Foo Fighters and Illenium taking to the main stage this weekend, fans will have ample opportunities to "Turn Up" but before the flame throwers on the main stage begin shooting off, fans can prepare to warm their souls with the dazzling sounds of Ghostly Kisses. Every note from this group feels like a whisper from a distant lover trying to tell you a secret. Their deeply brooding yet delicate performance this weekend will have fans feeling present and in the moment with overwhelming gratitude for having made the journey out to FEQ this year.
(Saturday, July 8 – 19hr30 / Hydro-Quebec Stage)
Coming off the massive release of his critically acclaimed album Sprint!, Thierry Larose will be one of the most exciting acts to catch at FEQ this year. Larose's sound is intoxicatingly catchy as a full live performance will provide flashes of various sounds, including Indie Rock, Bossa Nova, Folk, Pop, Jazz and so much more. Prapred to be swept away by his vivacious instrumentals and spirited melodies.
(Friday, July 14 – 19hr30 / Hydro-Quebec Stage)
Serene flashes of New Wave and Prog Rock coming from the Bib Club show will surely encapsulate fans this year. Graceful vocals and cinematic builds of entrancing indie/experimental rock sounds will swirl around the air bringing droves of fans, so get there early!
(Monday, July 10 – 21hr00 / Hydro-Quebec Stage)
The deeply poetic and storytelling lyricism delivered through the gospel-like vocals of Allison Russell provides a profound sound that reverberates in your soul. Her ability to provide such powerful and deeply raw emotions so effortlessly will make her performance at FEQ this year a can't-miss.
(Sunday, July 16 – 19hr00 / Bell Stage)
Explosive pop-punk that's both unapologetically snarling and playful at the same time, Meet Me @ The Altar has been blowing up this past year, so expect a fair amount of fans singing back every lyric to each of their songs. But whether you've been a fan from the start or are interested in hearing something new, expect this group's FEQ performance to provide some raw distorted guitar chords and soaring melodies to create a high-energy atmosphere.
(Friday, July 7 – 18hr00 / Hydro-Quebec Stage)
What truly sets FEQ apart from other major festivals is their highly diverse, yet intentional talent booking. Their lineup features some of the most eclectic bands hand-picked from around helping add to the festival's testament to providing one of the most unique musical experiences in the world. One such unique musical act adding a higher level of variety to the lineup this year is Aysay— a Danish, Turkish and Kurdish-Canadian progressive alternative rock group that draws inspiration from classic folk sounds, vocals, and instrumentation taken from various ages of those cultures.
(Saturday, July 15 – 17hr50 / Loto-Quebec Stage)
Unapologetic past-paced drums along with deliciously crunchy guitars will bring up a nostalgic '90s grunge punk sound from the Mobina Galore show at FEQ this year. Fans should prepare for a very raw, No Fu*ks rock show from this powerful rock group.
(Friday, July 7 – 20hr00 / Bell Stage)
The Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist TALK came hot onto the global scene in 2022 with his hit Folk/Pop single "Run Away to Mars." His deeply earnest vocal delivery creates a kaleidoscope of emotions that will echo through the streets of Quebec City this year. But it's his heartfelt lyricism that feels so endearingly personal yet somehow very familiar that will have any fans in the audience hanging onto every note.
To learn more or get tickets for this year's Festival d'été de Québec, please visit: www.feq.ca/