Les Grandes Fêtes Telus de Rimouski became the first music festival in Quebec to announce it will host the government’s limit of 2,500 spectators divided into 10 bubbles when it unveiled a program on Wednesday that will feature Les Cowboys Fringants and Charlotte Cardin.
Canadian singer Brett Kessel, Marc Dupree, Emile Bilodo, Matt Lang and Ludovic Bourgeois are other headlines for the event, which will take place from July 5-8, at Beauséjour Park.
“It’s good for morale,” the festival’s general manager, Sebastian Noel, ran away, very happy to have had the good news to unveil.
“There are two feelings inside of me. Obviously, this is not an ordinary edition with only 2,500 people. At the same time, it is great to read the comments after the list is released, to see the people who are so excited to see the outdoor shows, in person.”
square meter problem
Although the Grandes Fêtes has a vast area of 30,000 square meters to accommodate the public, developing a plan takes into account the sanitary requirements of ten sections each with entrances, exits and restrooms, says Sebastian Noel.
“Basically, we were asked for 25,000 square meters of traffic, which is 10 square meters per person, there are independent entrances/exits, and you have to carry the brew you sell in the areas. There were many factors to consider in order to assess the profitability of the thing.”
No problem for Kessel
Should other events, such as the Summer Festival, decide to exclude Canadian artists from their programming due to the uncertainty surrounding inter-provincial movement, Sebastian Noel did not hesitate to make a phone call. To agents Brett Kessel, who lives in Alberta.
“We have made inquiries. He will come by plane and it is very clear on the government website that he is entitled to travel if it is for work.”
Bas-Saint-Laurent artists Véronique Bilodeau, Électro Sorcier and Yanick St-Jacques Band will also be part of the festivities.