Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the two surviving member members of The Who and former pinup boys for the British mod movement and Carnaby Street style, are the latest announced marquee names headlining Quebec City’s 11-day summer tourism event billed as Festival d'été de Québec.
The annual is known for bringing some of the biggest names in music to the Plains of Abraham where Celine Dion, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, The Black Eyed Peas and Sting previously have attracted audiences of 100,000-plus in rain or shine conditions.
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, event organizers have outdone themselves with a multi-million-dollar line-up of contemporary pop stars and boomer favourites with enough appeal to draw fans from across the continent and beyond.
Starting on the first Thursday of July, Festival d'été de Québec attendance topped the million spectators mark in 2010 and now routinely attracts 1.5 million to the eclectic carnival of music that utilizes three outdoor main stages. Indoors there are approved theatres and a menu of bars and nightclubs offering francophone, world, jazz, classical, folk, pop, rock, electronic, hip-hop and you-name-it varieties of music.
Yesterday, organizers rolled out the complete line-up for this year’s event with the aforementioned Who, Gorillaz’s first appearance in the country in nearly seven years, plus Death From Above 1979 and Nick Jonas. They join a long list of previously announced names including Kendrick Lamar, Backstreet Boys, Pink, Lady Antebellum, Wolf Parade, Men Without Hats, and The Devil Wears Prada.
The Who's drummer Keith Moon died at age 32 from a drug overdose in 1978 and bassist John 'the Ox' Entwistle died in 2002 at age 57 from a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose.
Altogether the event will feature 300 performances with nearly 1,000 artists. Adding to the appeal of the music and the many attractive features the city has to offer is an 11-day general admission pass for all shows that sells for C$95.
The complete list of performers can be found here.