EXPOSURES: Hundreds of thousands of rabid fans descend on Festival d’été de Québec

We travelled to the heart of Québec City and captured stellar performances from Run The Jewels, Future Islands, The Rolling Stones, and more.

- Jul 21, 2015
EXPOSURES captures the moods and experiences of fans and artists, both onstage and off. This time, Ryan Parker grabbed his film camera, hopped on a flight, and captured the fortified beauty of Québec City along with the 102,000 fans that filled it for the Rolling Stones, Future Islands, Run The Jewels and more.

Festival d'été de Québec takes over downtown Québec City for 11 days every summer. This year's edition featured everything from The Rolling Stones to Jack Ü to Megadeath to Future Islands. It's a diverse lineup that attracts the young and their parents, with music at 12 stages (inside and out). All the music is close by, with poutine never more than a few steps away.

Our first year there couldn't have been better. The festival staff are fun and on top of everything. If you asked anyone working for the festival a question, they had answers. Isn't that nice? The lines moved quick (even for the 100,000 at the Plains of Abraham) and the Québécois were forgiving when I butchered their language as I tried to remember the very little I retained from my failing marks in grade school French class.

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Québec City is the only remaining city in North America (north of Mexico) with fortified walls.

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Owen Pallett put on a stellar performance to an eager crowd. "I wish I was from here," he told the crowd.

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A giant baby family showed up to remind you the world is a weird place.

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Future Islands captivating thousands in the heart of the city.

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Looking out from the Samuel de Champlain statue.

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The Franklin Electric, a Montreal quartet, playing before Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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Run The Jewels got the Québec teens shaking and moshing.

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The free stage at the festival, where live music can be seen all afternoon.

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Le fleuve Saint-Laurent (Saint Lawrence River).

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A fraction of the crowd lined up 8 hours before the big show at the Plains of Abraham.

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Couldn't figure out which band these two women were excited to see.

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A couple people showed up to see The Rolling Stones.

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The festival set up screens behind the stage to accommodate an extra 20,000 people.

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Total attendees: 102,000

Festival d'été de Québec 2015

The Rolling Stones are very old and put on a very good show filled with more energy than most bands working today.

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