Festival d'été de Québec to Announce 2021 Lineup This Week

Organizers are expected to reveal the fest's lineup on Wednesday
Festival d'été de Québec to Announce 2021 Lineup This Week
As vaccines roll out and COVID restrictions have begun lifting across the country, Quebec City's Festival d'été de Québec is now officially set to take place this summer.

FEQ is now scheduled to take place from July 8 to 18. So far, organizers have yet to reveal this year's headliners, though that announcement is expected to come this Wednesday (June 2), TVA Nouvelles reports.

Border-crossing restrictions that have affected the Canadian concert industry appear to have influenced the forthcoming FEQ lineup as well. The 2021 event will reportedly refocus its programming in favour of local talent over international acts.

Last year's event was meant to feature the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Imagine Dragons, Alanis Morissette, the National, Halsey and more before it was ultimately called off due to the pandemic. Ahead of Wednesday's announcement, it's unclear which acts among 2020's lineup will carry over to 2021.

Last month, the festival announced that RATM's headlining performance would be moved to 2022. At the time, FEQ's director of programming, Louis Bellavance, said it would be a "surprise" if the festival would be allowed to operate as normal this summer. Previously, organizers considered moving the festival to take place later in the year. 

"If the government announces to us in the coming days that yes, it is something possible and that there is progress, perhaps we are able to adapt and contact artists quickly," Bellavance told le Soleil in April.

Whichever form the event will take this summer, FEQ has maintained that it will put local health and safety guidelines first, even if that means the festival has to operate on a smaller scale.