by Tiffany Lam (@TiffanyLJ_)
This year, we had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Quebec City and cover Le Festival D’Ete de Quebec 2013 (Quebec City Summer Festival), also known as the largest outdoor music festival in North America. That’s right, over 140,000 people attended this highly underrrated 11-day festival. And guess what, ticket passes were only 76$! Unbelievable. Why you haven’t heard about it until now? We don’t know, but you better be glad you have now. The next Festival d’Ete de Quebec will take place from July 3 to 13, 2014.
Our next issue in August will feature a full spread of FEQ photos, which include acts such as Passion Pit, MGMT, Weezer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Foreigner, Def Leppard and LP. In addition, exclusive interviews at the festival with PEI indie rock band Paper Lions and pop rock singer-songwriter-artist LP. Videos for these interviews, as well as our interview with Goulding, will also be released.
In the meantime, read our special interview with Ellie Goulding in Quebec City below, and have a look at some photos from the festival on Day 5: July 8.
[On Quebec City] It’s lovely. Really friendly and beautiful. It’s a lot more green and a lot more old looking than I expected it to be; it’s a very unique place I think.
Q: Your music video for “Burn” just came out, and the single is coming out soon in August. What is this new song about?
EG: It’s kind of about not giving an eff but in a good way haha, I wanted to have a song that was positive and bringing people together and something that everyone could relate to. I had all those kids and it was really fun and it was nice, I write quite serious matter most of the time so it was really refreshing to do a video with really lovely enthusiastic kids. It was fun, I think the song’s just a really good feel good kind of summer song. I really enjoy singing it.
Q: This is coming out on the new re-packaging of the album Halcyon, why did you decide to re-release it underHalcyon Days?
EG: I was always going to re-release it with newer songs, its good because […] the [newer] songs are kind of in the thread of Halcyon, but rather than making another record, they kind of belong on this one. And thenHalcyon Days, it’s kind of where the term Halcyon comes from, and also I had to keep my album title in the title of the repackaged album so, technicality haha.
Q: So you’ve been on tour a lot recently and mostly in North America, how is it different performing here as opposed to performing back in Europe?
EG: I guess crowds are more up for it and enthusiastic. I feel like people are way less self conscious here.
Q: After this tour, are you planning to take a break, settle down for a bit and relax?
EG: Yeah hopefully, but I know that’s not going to happen that’s not going to be the case. My plan was to finish this tour, go home and just have a few months off, get myself together, but I already know that it’s not going to happen.
Q: What do you do during your time off?
EG: Run, get fit, get healthy, play guitar, have singing lessons, you know sort of just work on everything and myself. I constantly want to learn and read and know everything about anything; I keep myself busy.
Q: I saw you tweeted earlier to someone who didn’t get into their university that you hadn’t either, but that you turned out pretty alright. What would you be doing if you weren’t singing?
EG: I think I’d be a personal trainer of some kind. I’d want to teach a style of training for people.
Q: One last question, I know your style kind of changes from time to time, you know sometimes it’s girly then kind of grungy. As a fashion icon to many girls, how do you describe your style?
EG: Tomboy… It’s bipolar. Sometimes I want to be a boy, sometimes I want to be a girl. It’s quite simple really. I like having the option of both. I’m very sporty, very active. When I’m on stage, I’m very energetic; I don’t really like wearing dresses or skirts, but then if I go to a party or go out I instantly want to become a girl again.
Ellie also mentioned, though she has been collaborating a lot lately and wants to do less, she thinks it would be cool to do a song with Canadian rapper Drake. Hey Drizzy, what do you think?