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Fainting during shows: Too few water refill stations at FEQ

Fainting during shows: Too few water refill stations at FEQ

In an age of environmental responsibility, festival-goers have very few options for refilling their water bottle at the Festival d’été de Québec. Even worse, music buffs risk drying up in queues to see their idols while charging stations are not located outside the performance locations.

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In an interview yesterday at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham location, girls Rebecca Terrain and Emily Beaulieu, two girls who are used to large crowds, said the situation wasn’t funny on Friday and Saturday as many festival-goers were evacuated on stretchers because they suffered. drying.

They say “he was falling like flies”. Rebecca Terrain was on Saturday at the Maroon 5 show. She explained that once they got to the site in front of the stage, festival staff distributed water bottles to avoid the massacre.

For her part, Emilie Beaulieu, who often attends festivals, asks for refueling points and mobile stations.

Water charging stations are rather rare at festival locations.

QMI’s photo by Marcel Tremblay

Water charging stations are rather rare at festival locations.

“It was also hot at Luke Combs, but there was no water nearby except for the site. Water is not easily accessible,” she says.

She cites the example of FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières, where a bike rides on the sidewalk and queued to fill water bottles.

Payment vending machines have been set up in the alley near the entrance to the Place des Grands Spectacles, but they are not very popular.

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People who arrived early to make sure they see the stars up close don’t want to lose their place.

Payment machines are available at the entrance to the Plaines site.

Photo by Louis Dechenes

Payment machines are available at the entrance to the Plaines site.

Newspaper Take the test

Newspaper To the FEQ website obviously can’t find water refill stations. Unless you go to a paid site to see a show.

In the queue at the Parc de la Francophonie, it was impossible to get water.

Further, the employee asserts that the situation is problematic. Festival-goers are advised to wait at the entrance to the sites before disposing of their banned bottles at the fence.

In the place of the National Assembly, where a bracelet is not necessary, the stops are also absent.

Since there are usually no queues, it is easy to buy water and go back to your seat.

Marianne Carrier, Emily Beaulieu, Rebecca Terrain and Marc Frederic Fest are queued on the plains, but can't get their own water supply.

Photo by Louis Dechenes

Marianne Carrier, Emily Beaulieu, Rebecca Terrain and Marc Frederic Fest are queued on the plains, but can’t get their own water supply.

criticism

The girls working at the beer stall near the stage hear criticism from people looking for watering holes.

The staff also had a 4 liter bowl of water, for their own consumption, in the evening which promised to be very humid.

On the VIP balcony, behind the armory, it was still impossible to find a charging point.

However, when we enter the site the security staff kindly ask to empty our water bottle, but once we got to the balcony, nothing. For hydration, you will have to pay and consume an additional plastic container.

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Do without it or buy it

Same thing at Grande Allée, nowhere to get water. Pedestrians and cyclists must dispense with or buy them.

The Quebec Festival did not respond to an interview request before going to the press yesterday.

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