FEQ: Explosive Halsey on the Plains

FEQ: Explosive Halsey on the Plains


Did you doubt that Halsey could attract people to the Plains of Abraham and especially make them vibrate? She only needed two songs to confuse doubters on Monday night.

Arrived almost half an hour late on stage for an unexplained reason, the 27-year-old American artist was forgiven for her lack of punctuality by raising the floor in time to say it. 

She was unleashed. Kneeling, bobbing her head like a metal singer then jumping with the energy of an athlete, she launched her concert with an explosive Nightmare, punctuated by jets of flame, while her admirers screamed their pleasure. 

She then tried a few words in French, a strategy that always wins on the Plains. “My French needs practice. I'm not from Quebec, sorry, but I'm trying.” 

The tone was set. During Castle, she took a break to ask festival-goers to jump with her. The more than enthusiastic response from the public delighted her. 

“This is the nicest crowd I have have seen in my life. Not even close”, she said before drawing the electrifying Easier Than Lying, the first title of the evening drawn from her excellent 2021 album, If I Can' t Love, I Want Power, industrial pop jewel created with Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). 

Although the Plains was nowhere near as packed as it was for visits by Maroon 5 and Luke Combs, a more than respectable crowd turned out to see this last concert of Halsey's tour. 

Some left before the end, but the star didn't care. She even took care to thank people who don't know her music for showing up. 

In any case, those who were massed in front of the stage, on the general admission side, never let her go and sang with her all evening. Gasoline, in particular, was the scene of a very moving vocal communion. 

Halsey was under the spell. Fans and from Quebec. “I can imagine myself living here. You're lucky here, it's a beautiful city that soothes me.” 

Strong proposal 

Whether musically, from the care taken in the staging or the use of pyrotechnics, Halsey presented the strongest artistic proposal halfway through the FEQ 2022.

This first visit to Quebec was an opportunity to discover an artist who has nothing of the one-dimensional pop singer. Sure, radio hits like Without Me have rallied the troops, but she's also shown she can hold her own in an alt-rock niche (< em>You Asked For This) or pop punk (Honey). 

Plus, she seems to have all the skills. Sometimes on guitar, sometimes on bass, Halsey has also become a live designer singing Be Kind. 

Her cover of Running Up That Hill, the Kate Bush song resurrected by the series Stranger Things, was also a highlight of the concert, which ended with a ferocious delivery of I'm Not a Woman. , I'm a God as fireworks erupted above the stage. 

Lights: Electric 

Ontarian Valerie Anne Poxleitner, aka Lights, hadn't been to Quebec City since 2014. What she was missing?  

The energetic Ontarian Lights made a strong impression ahead of the coming from Halsey.

“The cheese curds they sell at the checkout at Couche-Tard,” she says. 

It would be a good idea if she didn't deprive herself of cheese for so long from now on. 

Served up with an energy that is beautiful to see, often accompanying herself on the guitar, her electro pop-rock songs had the necessary bite, we think of titles like Siberia, the dazzling Batshit or Okay Okay, to keep us hooked from start to finish and make us want to see her again sooner rather than later. 

Besides, she is fearless. At the end of her singing tour, in front of her biggest crowd of her career, Lights decided to meet the festival-goers while balancing on a barrier, before thanking them with the only phrase she knows. in French “thank you my little wolf”. 

How to resist him? 

Cannons: until the end 

Dispatched on stage at the start of the evening, the American group Cannons almost lost us, but finally managed to keep our attention. 

The group Cannons inaugurated the evening.

After a promising start to the tunes of Shadows and Ruthless, after which singer Michelle Joy thanked the crowd for coming out and shouting fuck you, their indie pop with somewhat redundant melodies plunged us into a certain torpor. 

Never mind, Cannons rolled up their sleeves and finished strong, saving the 96 million song for last listens on Spotify that changed their lives, Fire For You.