Dragons… Not as the mythical monsters, but actually the band. Imagine Dragons.
I love the guys and their music. I had been waiting for years when I learnt that they were coming to Québec’s Summer Festival, for 2019’s edition. I got my credit card out, and bought Chéri, J and I very good passes for the show. We had a couple of months to wait, and expectations slowly built up.
Québec Summer Festival is one of the greatests in the province. Its biggest shows take place on the Abraham Plains, a huuuuuuge park, in the middle of Québec City. We had rented a little apartment on Airbnb, close enough to walk to the show, and when we got there, the weather was absolutely beautiful.
We were in for one amazing weekend.
On Friday, we just had a little walk around the neighbourhood, gathered some wine and finger food, and spent a nice quiet evening, trying to imagine (Dragons) what the next day would be like. It was a lot of fun, because all three of us were equally excited about the show, so we were like kids on a sugar rush, making silly plans. I doubt any of us had a good night of sleep.
On July 13th, we had breakfast, did a little lazying on the balcony, then got prepared and headed to the Abraham Plaines. Quickly, we noticed signs that we were approaching the Festival’s (very large) site. There were gatherings of people here and there, then streets closed to let the pedestrians walk safely.
First security gate, and we plunged into the crowd. We weren’t on the plains just yet, but we were really getting in full festival mode. There was music everywhere, sponsors’ stand offering all kinds of free gifts.
People were loud and enjoying themselves, and we kept going, slowly but surely.
Second security check. We had passes for the section right in the front, and had to walk behind the immense stage to access our area. Online, I couldn’t find the capacity of the Abraham Plains, when they are completely full for major shows like Imagine Dragons’ (informations I found range from 20 000 to 100 000 people – not exactly precise), but it really represents a sea of people, and I’ll let you judge;
We spent a couple of hours watching opening shows, and had a frugal yet overpriced meal on site (there was no way we were going to leave our place for others to take – LOL). When the sun set, the sky started to cloud up, and the rumor started to spread that authorities were preparing for a violent thunderstorm alert.
No dang way!
I called my mom, to ask her to keep the storm away from Québec City. Yeah, I know it sounds silly, but she does have her way with the weather, and I do occasionally use her to my advantage. Why isn’t it always warm and sunny here, if she can control the weather, you might wonder? Well, one is not to mess around with super powers, and that’s probably why you don’t have one, and mom does. She’s wise enough to use it sparsely.
I think Imagine Dragons’ show was supposed to start at 9h15 pm, and the rain started falling a little before 9 pm. We didn’t really mind it, and we put on rain ponchos I had brought along.
Fifteen minutes early, the show started and the crowd went absolutely crazy. There was electricity in the air, and not just because of the coming storm. Right after the first chords of Believer, it began to rain cats and dogs (not literally, thank God!) and it almost seemed staged with lyrics like ”Pain, I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain” or ”’Til it broke open and it rained down. It rained down, like…” while Dan Reynold ran around dripping, bare chested on the stage.
The sky was growling, and I remember thinking ”If they play Thunder next, it’s going to be the best show EVER!” But they continued with It’s Time, before having to retreat backstage.
The crowd wasn’t ready to head back home (by then, we were all soaked down to our bones).
Dan Reynold re-appeared on stage, and went for a long run in the crowd to high-five countless fans, and exited once more.
Loud messages prompted people to evacuate the site. Almost at the same time, suden very (v-e-r-y) strong winds started blowing, and bouts of thunder made it clear that we needed to get out of the plains.
It was a long walk back to our apartment. We were so wet, that our fingers and toes had wrinkled as if we had spent way too much time in a bathtub.
Imagine Dragons promised they’d come back, and they were on the list of 2020’s edition of Québec Summer Festival invited bands. But the show was cancelled (again) for obvious reasons.
Nevertheless, this (short) show was one of my all time favorites. The connexion between the band and the crowd was so special… And if you’d like to see what it was like, here are two short videos of that evening. The first is the montage from Québec Summer Festival, and the second one, the entire (LOL) show, filmed by a fan. If you check it out, you can skip the first four minutes (or so).
Enjoy, in the warmth and dryness of your home 😉
This year, I am dedicating my A to Z Challenge to revisiting 26 of my favorite Instagram pictures, and the memories that cling to them. If you’d like to get the full list of my challenge post, just click here.