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At 8:15 p.m., when the X Ambassadors formation was on the boards, security officials were about to close the site of the Parc de la Francophonie which was about to overflow. We can say, without being mistaken, that she was the star of this evening.
On Thursday, the FEQ inaugurated the new configuration of this site with the SiriusXM and Loto-Québec stages arranged side by side, which makes it possible to eliminate downtime between performances and also to present more groups. There were five, on this Thursday night, with ARJ, X Ambassadors, Group Project, Monowhales and Daisy the Great.
It ends on one stage and it begins, a few minutes later, on the next one. Audience ears won’t get much rest on this site. Bringing a pair of plugs could be a good idea.
This was the sixth visit of X Ambassadors to the area, including two visits to the Videotron Center as the opening act for Muse and their presence, in 2019, at the Festivent de Lévis.
The group from Ithaca in New York has built up a good base of fans over the years.
The guys are dynamic on the boards and they l demonstrated from the first minutes with the piece Jungle. People clap their hands, blind keyboardist Casey Harris throws his in the air and slams his left kicks into the ground. His brother Sam, will sing a piece lying on the stage and will also play bass. All that in three minutes.
They delivered a solid version of Boom, but it was with Zen that we felt the concert take off . It was going back to the station.
Saxophone sounds, delivered by vocalist Sam Harris during Adrenaline, provoked great reactions.
During Hey Child, the incredible Casey Harris offers beautiful keyboard sounds and adds some whistles. We will be able to see his talent up close, on the three giant screens, with an Unsteadywell sung by the crowd, cell phones on well in the air. A very beautiful moment.
And people started chanting Renegades, asas if they knew this success was to follow. A moment when Sam Harris took a little walkabout.
The three brothers
At 9:15 p.m., brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger, of the AJR trio, from Manhattan, showed up on stage. With several people leaving the site, we realized that it had been filled to capacity for the X Ambassadors.
It must be said that the trio from Manhattan, which draws musically, with its pop, a bit in all directions, was on its very first visit to our walls.
“How are the Quebecers?”, shouts brother Jack to the crowd, helmet with polka dots on his head.
This did not prevent the fans, who were still numerous, from reacting during of the interpretation of the hit Sober Up which created a totally festive atmosphere.
Funny moment when suddenly, a recorded message from dad Gary resonates in the sound speakers. He's proud of his sons and asks people, adding a swear word, to put their hands up in the air for the next Ordinaryish People song.
AJR managed to pull its game, offering a pleasant evening of pop. We were treated to Record Player, by Daisy the Great, with the presence of Kelley Nicole Dugan and Mina Walker, who had come on stage earlier.
There was then Burn the House which has a total of 292 million listens on Spotify, The Good Part with its excerpts from Bach and the hit Bang, well delivered and sung by the audience, AJR ended his performance with Weak accompanied by a small fanfare on the boards. Fans tried everything for everything, but no, there was no recall.
In the early evening, at 5:50 p.m., Montreal band Group Project launched the first of five performances with a pop that got better as the performance progressed. It was halfway through with the simple Bloody Nose, launched last May, that we felt an atmosphere set in. It must be said that the bassist-double bass player, bouncy and smiling, contributed greatly to this atmosphere.
Ah yes, the singer Jacob Brown, who was not very talkative during these interventions, wore a black tank top with the Nordiques logo.
We then went to another level with the Toronto band Monowhales who launched their segment with a very rough electric guitar. More rhythmic, more caustic and very energetic. A very rough electro-electric independent pop, which, at times, was a little reminiscent of the sounds of Garbage.
Singer Sally Shaar put all her energy into it. She even showed up on the next stage to say hello to the spectators in front.
“We came to Quebec, two years ago, to play in a small bar, at the end of the evening. To be here tonight on one of the Festival's big stages is incredible. You are there. We love you,” she said before the play StuckintheMiddle.
Monowhales ended her performance with The Hand that Feeds , a cover of Nine Inch Nails.
Change of group, change of atmosphere with the indie sounds, sometimes dissonant and sometimes offbeat, of the formation Daisy the Great.
C' was the first time that the group from Brooklyn, with three female voices, a bassist and a drummer with blue hair, passed through Quebec. Except for the singer-keyboardist Kelly Nicole Dugan who had already come, younger, with her mother.
The interpretation of their very first single The Record Player Song, launched in 2017, generated reactions. Several people in front of the stage knew her. Company, which followed, was a great time. A great discovery with several new songs.