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Québec City, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – At noon today on our socials, the Festival d’été de Québec announced the names of the 50 artists highlighting its 50th anniversary celebrations. Kicking off the opening weekend: hip-hop with Best Rap Album-winner Kendrick Lamar and the powerhouse rock vocals of international star P!NK, who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. And as previously announced, Metallica and Muse are slated to headline the closing weekend of this 50th anniversary edition.
“We’re proud of our blockbuster anniversary program. Again this year, we’re inviting Festival fans to party to the music of their favourite artists, trending talent and international celebrities alike!” Board Chairman Alain-Jacques Simard said.
Look for: the triumphant return of the Backstreet Boys, one of the world’s top boys band with over 130 million albums sold; Australian electronic music, DJ, and record producer Flume, fresh off his first Grammy for Skin; ten-time Academy of Country Music Award-winners Lady Antebellum; star hip hopper Fetty Wap Featuring Monty; the hip-hop trio Migos with their chart-topping Bad and Boujee; DNCE with frontman Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers of debut single hit Cake by the Ocean fame; country pop star Kelsea Ballerini; Canadian rockers the Arkells; heavy rock punk-pop from MxPx; French song sensation Michel Fugain and the Big Bazar; electro powerhouse DJ Shadow; emo metal with California’s Pierce The Veil; Canadian folk band The Strumbellas; talented singer-songwriter Bobby Bazini; Crown The Empire for metal-core fans, electronic rock with Phantogram; the unique stylings of folk-rocker Melissa Etheridge; the ever-popular Les Trois Accords, and the smooth jazz/latin music of Pink Martini with a dozen musicians onstage.
“The sound is distinctly more urban and contemporary than ever,” remarked Louis Bellavance, the director of programming. “Lots of pop and hip-hop and of what’s trending worldwide; we have metal, punk and rock of course; look for solid names and fresh talent in a diversified lineup of shows at all of our venues, night after night.”
Also on the program: Amadou and Mariam, Andy Shauf, Ben L’Oncle Soul, BROS, Dead Obies, Fred Fortin, Groenland, Jesse Royal, La Chicane, Los Lonely Boys, Matt Holubowski, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, The Barr Brothers, Bassekou Kouyaté & Amy Sacko, Tony Allen (Tribute to Art Blakey) and Yann Perreau.
Special anniversary events
In honour of this milestone, the FEQ has planned a number of special shows featuring Québec artists.
As General Manager Daniel Gélinas explained, “This is our way of saying THANK YOU to all of these Québec artists who have played the different Festival stages over the years and who helped us grow and become what we are today, a truly great festival for music of all genres. These artists have a special place on our program, in our hearts and in our memories.”
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