Festival d’été de Québec Unveils Initial 2017 Lineup

With the countdown on to Festival d’été de Québec’s golden anniversary, organizers have announced the first 50 acts for the 50th edition. The event boasts a wide range of artists, including Metallica, Kendrick Lamar, Pink, Flume, Lady Antebellum, and Muse.

Backstreet Boys, Melissa Etheridge, Fetty Wap featuring Monty, Migos, Kelsea Ballerini, and Los Lonely Boys are also on board.

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– Metallica
Global Citizen Festival, Great Lawn @ Central Park, New York City

The festival takes place July 6-16 at various venues in Quebec City.

“As we look forward to the 50th year of Festival d’été de Québec, we couldn’t be more excited,” said General Manager Daniel Gélinas. “We are so proud to remain one of the few major non-profit, independent festivals in North America. Throughout our history, we’ve been able to make the music of both emerging artists and international celebrities alike accessible to all. It has always been our mission since the inception of the Festival, and the 50th anniversary will more than ever continue to showcase that vision.”

John Davisson
– Kendrick Lamar
Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park, Austin, Texas.

Here are the first 50 acts, in alphabetical order:

Amadou et Mariam, Andy Shauf, Arkells, Backstreet Boys, Belle et Bum, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Bernard Adamus, Bobby Bazini, BROS, Crown the Empire, DakhaBrakha, Dead Obies, DJ Shadow, DNCE, DVBBS, Fetty Wap, Flume, Fred Fortin, Groenland, Hommage à Bob Walsh, Isabelle Boulay, Jesse Royal, Kelsea Ballerini, Kendrick Lamar, La Chicane, Lady Antebellum, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Soeurs Boulay, Les Trois Accords, Lisa LeBlanc, Los Lonely Boys, Matt Holubowski, Melissa Etheridge, Men Without Hats, Metallica, Michel Fugain, Michel Louvain, Migos, Muse, MxPx, P!NK, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Phantogram, Pierce the Veil, Pink Martini, Rymz, The Barr Brothers, Bassekou Kouyaté & Amy Sacko, The Strumbellas, Tony Allen (Tribute to Art Blakey), Yann Perreau

Festival d’été de Québec is celebrating the big 5-0 with a retrospective exhibition of the festival’s history that will be open to the public at the Parc de l’Amérique-Française from late June through the end of July. “50 Summers of FEQ” will include photos, posters and other mementos.

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– Pink
Madison Square Garden Arena, New York City

The festival’s 50th happens to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canada. To salute Canada 150, the 40+ member L’orchestre d’homme-orchestres will be making some noise in jubilation each night prior to the fest’s performances. The group repurposes everyday objects and recycled materials into musical instruments. 

French street theatre troupe Plasticiens Volants and The Transe Express troupe of street performers will also take part in Festival d’été de Québec.

Tickets are available now. Visit InfoFestival.com for more information.