FEQ50: Electro Night on the Plains

FEQ50: Electro Night on the Plains

Review by Nathalie Peron

Québec City (Québec) July 12th, 2017, Festival d’été de Québec, scène Bell – It was an off-beat night on the Plains on the occasion of the electronic music themed evening last night. The crowd was young and enthusiastic. Too much so, perhaps; Sécurité Sirois was swamped with too many rescues (mostly panic attacks, dehydration and various bruises), the infirmary was stacked full even before the main show – the stretchers seeing a lot of action – and the Festival started distributing free water bottles to the front rows, despite the cooler weather.

The other aspect making the evening’s entertainment feel off-kilter was the choice of the artists, or rather, the order of appearance. Granted, Flume is the better known of the performers and Fetty Wap has more “creds” having won Top New Artist at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. But the flow of an electronic music show is very important. Critical, some might say. And on that aspect, the FEQ has dropped the ball. Taken individually, each artist has offered a strong performance, playing all their hits without a hitch.

The Canadian DJ duo DVBBS (pronounced “dubs”) was jumping all over, dancing on the console, getting everybody in party mode. Their “big room” style is quicker paced (+/- 126-132 bpm) and heavy with bass. Trance build-ups and powerful drops are easy to dance to, which got the crowd moving.

The next set on the menu was the American Hip Hop artist Fetty Wap. He was kind of the black sheep of the lineup, the other three being electronic dance music (EDM) artists, but overlooking this fact, Fetty Wap did keep the party going, although there was a drop in the pace. The crowd kept dancing and the sound, in its genre, was good.

Closing the evening was Flume, a DJ out of Australia, who’s last album Skin won Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Known for his “future bass” style, the slower paced beat (usually around 90 bpm) is more conducive to tripping in your head rather than out-right dancing: more mental than danceable. He played his latest hit, Never Be Like You, nominated at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording, which revived the crowd for the last stretch.

To quote a DJ friend that had come along to the show, the booking guy should maybe have a closer look at the artists he’s lining up. The reverse-climactic lineup was not exactly what one would expect in an EDM show on the Plains.


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About Author

Nathalie Peron

Naturalized Quebec City citizen, Nathalie has studied in literature and as a paralegal, the latter stemming a career she has strived in for the past 10 years, notably in workers’ compensation cases. Artistically inclined, she has acted in amateur theatre for 25 years and has lately added singing to her amateur CV. She now stretches her professional wings to writing, both corporate and creative texts, hoping to meld both her artistic and legal personalities.

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