Festival d’Été de Québec has added 20 artists to the line-up

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Photo: Jérome Bourque courtesy of FEQ

The Sheepdogs performed at the Impérial Bell in March 2016 as a lead up to this year’s Festival d’Été. 

The Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) recently announced that 20 new names have been added to the program for this summer’s popular summer music festival. From July 7 to 17 Quebec City will be pulsing with music on outdoor and indoor stages.  

“We've added some top bands to round out the 11 days of shows, including Hedley, a big name on the Canadian music scene, and we're extremely pleased to bring them to the Festival for the very first time,” said Louis Bellavance, director of programming. Hedley, a band that has its origins in British Columbia, will open Cœur de Pirate’s carte blanche show on the Bell Stage.  

 The roster for ElectroFEQ night on the Plains of Abraham features up-and-coming young talent on the electro scene. Look for Madeon, followed by Adventure Club and Kaskade, who played with Tiësto in 2013. This year, he's also slated for a DJ set in the Nocturnes series at Impérial Bell. Pumping up the crowd to open ElectroFEQ are Quebec City's own Lucky Rose, Vancouver's Vanic and the U.K.’s electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge.

 Toronto's rising pop star Francesco Yates will be opening in style for Karim Ouellet on the Loto-Québec Stage. Also slated for the Parc de la Francophonie are Dear Rouge (the Breakthrough Group of the Year, at this year's Juno Awards), pioneers of Quebec hip hop Taktika, and the American rapper − and son of reggae fusion recording artist Shaggy − Robb Bank$.  

Get ready to swing to the sound of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and sway to vintage American soul with Lee Fields and The Expressions at Place d’Youville. To top up the program on the Hydro-Québec Stage are World Beat with talented guitarist Daby Touré and Bet.e and Stef, who are back on the music scene with their jazzy bossa nova. 

Impérial Bell will feature the folk-punk band Canailles, from Montreal, indie rock with Halifax's Wintersleep, and off-the-wall rockabilly with Montreal's one-man-band Bloodshot Bill. Australian folk singers Hein Cooper and Jeff Lang, along with the female electro-pop duo Heartstreets, will be onstage at District Saint-Joseph.

 The Fibe Stage makes way for 2013 La Voix finalist Charlotte Cardin (pop, Montreal), TOPS (indie-pop, Montreal), and Dan San (indie-pop, Belgium) along with the other emerging artists on the strong, eclectic lineup of new talent already on the program.

 The ins and outs of program planning for the Festival have always been the focus of lots of questions from fans. This year, the Festival team will be setting up an online question-and-answer session with programming director Louis Bellavance. More details to come on the FEQ social media page!  www.infofestival.com