Madness for Rage Against the Machine

Long hair, tattoos and Doc Martens boots were in the spotlight on Saturday near Grande Allée. Quebec lived up to its reputation as a city of rock as thousands, mostly men, arrived early to see the protest group Rage Against the Machine (RATM) at the Festival d’été de Québec.

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Irreducible, Patrick Groulx, from Montreal, even arrived the day before for his idols. He was the first to enter the Plains of Abraham. It should be noted that Alanis Morissette’s show ends before her camping.

“I arrived at 11:00 a.m. and witnessed this chance. It went well,” he was content to say, since the hours of waiting were rather festive, under a blazing sun which however added to the challenge.


Many spectators ran to the stage to get good seats, as soon as the site opened.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Many spectators ran to the stage to get good seats, as soon as the site opened.

Isaac Parent, 22, of Quebec City, is preparing to emulate sprinter Usain Bolt to reach the first line of the floor before anyone else. “Us on the court. This is chicken coop. We start at once and we don’t look back. We don’t have a bag,” he says.

For his part, Sylvain Grisé left Drummondville early in the morning to be in the front row. “I’m an old punk. Rage Against the Machine is my bandaged »

Forward with a cane


Sylvain Grisé was playing aki while waiting for the gates to open, near the Plains.  André Martin was at his side.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Sylvain Grisé was playing aki while waiting for the gates to open, near the Plains. André Martin was at his side.

Not far away, his best friend from high school, André Martin, is well seated. He suffered a serious leg accident four years ago, forcing him to move with the help of a cane. Despite everything, he would not have missed the visit of RATM for nothing in the world.

“We listen to Rage after high school. I have never seen them yet. On a not bad seen all big bands in our life, it is the only one that was missing. This may be our last chance,” he said.

Despite his reduced mobility, he promised himself to be at the heart of the action, directly in advance. “I will move forward with them [ses amis], for sure. it’s me check when the world pushes me too hard, my friends say, “Hey! Pay attention to his leg”. Usually everyone is super friendly. »

the guitar


Marc-Antoine Roy strummed the guitar to pass the time and amuse people.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Marc-Antoine Roy strummed the guitar to pass the time and amuse people.

Marc-Antoine Roy, from Lévis, 23, had provided his acoustic guitar to add some atmosphere to the Croix du Sacrifice alley leading to the Plains.

On an air of Nirvana, people greet him and appreciate the performance. ” Yes beginning the world before anarchy begins,” he laughs.

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