Keith Urban Gets the Jump on the Plains for the Festival d’Été

Keith Urban Gets the Jump on the Plains for the Festival d’Été

Main pic: Keith Urban, Festival d’été de Québec, 10 juillet 2015, Scène Bell des Plaines d’Abraham. Photo credit: Philippe Ruel.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.

Quebec City (Quebec) 11 July 2015 – Québec City may not be known as a bastion of country music, but last night the people of the capital showed that, for the right artist, they are always open and enthusiastic about music.  Keith Urban, lighting up the main scene of the Festival d’Été, showed he was certainly that right artist.

Though the crowd was certainly older and calmer than it was for Skrillex the night before, it looked at least as numerous and certainly in just as good spirits.

Keith Urban, Festival d'été de Québec, 10 juillet 2015, Scène Bell des Plaines d'Abraham. Crédit photo: Renaud Philippe

Keith Urban, Festival d’été de Québec, 10 juillet 2015, Scène Bell des Plaines d’Abraham. Crédit photo: Renaud Philippe

Cowboy hats and dusty leather boots abounded in the 75,000-strong crowd for the New Country music star’s concert on the Plains.  The New Zealand-born Australian music star had even practiced a phew phrases in French to properly salute the crowd’s cheering welcome.

As a special gesture, one fan was given the chance to come on stage in front of the masses and join Urban for a song.  Allison Fortier had won a contest earlier this week and was given her moment to shine partway through the show.

Generous, warm, and heartfelt, Urban moved from song to song with the same steady rhythm that permeates his music.  Few in his audience were preexisting Keith Urban fans – his attempts at getting the crowd to sing along were not all successful, as many simply didn’t know the lyrics to even his better-known music.  However, Urban’s own immense charm and stage presence quickly won the crowd over, and those who may not have been fans when the show began most likely were by the time it ended.

Just as the crowd began to dissipate, Urban came back to the stage – wearing a Nordiques shirt – for a roaring encore.  Quite a few who had already begun to leave the Plains turned around when they heard the roar of his guitar solo.  Before leaving for good, Urban challenged the crowd to match the excitement of Skrillex the night before.  On his countdown, the Plains then erupted into tens of thousands of jumping fans.

Québec City may only be coming to know country music, but if last night was any indication, Keith Urban certainly showed there is a taste for it after all.

Urban surprised and delighted stunned fans at the end of the show entering the crowd for a chat and photos.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
If you’re a music-lover then Quebec City is always the place to be in July.

Crowd at the Keith Urban gig, Festival d'été de Québec, 10 juillet 2015, Scène Bell des Plaines d'Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe

Crowd at the Keith Urban gig, Festival d’été de Québec, 10 juillet 2015, Scène Bell des Plaines d’Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe

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Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset is passionate about discussing (among other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québécois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québécois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image. He has an engineering degree from Université Laval and is currently a law student at McGill University.

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