Backstreet Boys, Nick Jonas, Geoffroy, Heat @ Festival d’été de Quebec 7/9/2017 #FEQ2017

I was only in Quebec for FEQ for two days, but it was a very memorable two days to say the least. Sunday was probably the craziest in terms of crowds as the Backstreet Boys was the main headliner of the night. I took the quieter morning to explore old Quebec, but even there I already saw couple groups of girls singing BSB songs while walking down the street or driving past in vans.

It was a bit rainy Sunday afternoon, and I began my musical journey at the COEUR DU FEQ under a sponsor tent listening to the shoegaze of Heat. Their dreamy 80s-inspired rock made the rain feel rather nostalgic.

Luckily, the rain eventually let up in time for Geoffroy’s chill beach friendly electro-pop. It was nice to finally hear the acclaimed Coastline live. Some of the samples, especially in “Raised by Wolves” sounded really cool live. Charles Papasoff provided impressive live accompaniment on wind instruments including flute, soprano sax and bass clarinet.

Like 80,000 festival attendees, I headed early to the Plains of Abraham for the rest of the night. Honestly, I didn’t know any Nick Jonas songs besides “Jealous” going into his set but pop shows are always fun if you don’t take it too seriously. Jonas was a pro on stage and off-stage as he frequently rain near the barriers touching the hands of his adoring fans.

Last but not least on Sunday was Backstreet Boys.

Starting with “Get Down (You’re the One For Me)”, the boys went through hit after hit. Montages of their younger days were used for costume changes. Admittedly, I knew the words to all the songs. If you told 14 year old me I was seeing BSB up close (let alone shoot them), I would’ve laughed at you.

They even performed cheesy hits that I totally forgot about like “The Call”. There was even an acapella version (complete with sitting on steps) for “All I Have to Give”. I loved every second of it right down to the pre-finale “I Want It That Way”, where giant bubbles floated into the audience to the encore of “Everybody (Backstreets Back)”. It was seriously a 90s boy-band dream come true.

I was sad to have left FEQ, but if you have a chance to visit Quebec this well-run festival continues until the 16th! Visit their website for more info. I’d go again in a heartbeat.