Riots, rained out shows, and no Julian Casabalancas, Santa Teresa had a rough year. The second instalment of the Quebec Festival had a killer line-up including The Voidz, July Talk, Nick Murphy and others but sadly, most of the performers didn’t make it to the stage.
Once a year Santa Teresa welcomes concert goers from all over to their quaint town for a festival that is closer to a block party. Streets downtown are blocked off and a main stage is set amid the local bars. The concept is fantastic, a wrist band allows people to wonder from venue to venue for three nights of nonstop shows.
Friday the show to see was Feist. Taking a step away from the local bars and main stage, Feist graced the church for an intimate performance. Saturday the troubles began as rain fall cancelled, The Voidz, HER, and Alice Glass’ set at the outside stage, thankfully the rain calmed enough to bring July Talk and Nick Murphy to the stage though not after a five hour gap. People stood in the rain in seemingly good spirits, dancing and continuing to buy drinks. The same couldn’t be said for Sunday when the cancellation of three artist brought riots to the festival. Fans rushed the stage and allegedly threw firecracker after their long wait brought no music. While the organization may to be to blame for the loss of showcases seen, and still no word on the reason behind Sunday’s cancellations, we have our fingers crossed that the festival will be back for a third year.