August 16, 2022

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Fainting during performances: Too few water refill stations at FEQ

Fainting during performances: Too few water refill stations at FEQ

In an age of environmental responsibility, festival goers have few options for refilling their water bottle at the Festival d’État de Quebec. Worse, music lovers risk dehydration in queues to see their idols when there are no performance sites outside of charging stations.

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Interviewed yesterday at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham site, two girls named Rebecca Therrien and Emily Beaulieu, accustomed to large crowds, said the situation was not funny on Friday and Saturday, as many festival-goers were carried away on stretchers. Dehydration.

“It dropped like flies,” they said. Rebecca Therrien attended the Maroon 5 show on Saturday. Once at the site in front of the stage, she explains, festival employees handed out bottles of water to prevent carnage.

For her part, festival-goer Emilie Beaulieu is asking for refueling points and mobile stations.

Water charging stations are rare at festival sites.

Photo by QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Water charging stations are rare at festival locations.

“It’s also very hot at Luke Combs, but there’s no water nearby except on site. There’s no water available,” she said.

She cites the example of FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières, where a walking bicycle queues and queues to fill water bottles.

Pay vending machines are set up in an alley near the entrance to the Place des Grands Spectacles, but they are not very popular.

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People who arrive early enough to make sure to see the stars up close don’t want to lose their spot.

Payment vending machines are available at the Plains site entrance.

Photo by Louis Deschenes

Payment vending machines are available at the Plains site entrance.

News magazine Take the test

News magazine FEQ went to the site and it was clear that no water refill stations were found. If you don’t go to the paid site to watch the show.

In the queue at the Parc de la Francophonie, it was impossible to get water.

Moreover, an employee confirms that the situation is problematic. She advises festival-goers to wait at the entrance to sites before getting rid of their bottles, which are prohibited on the premises.

In place of the National Assembly, there is no need for a bracelet, nor are the terminals non-existent.

As there are usually no queues, it is easy to buy water and return to your seat.

Marianne Carriere, Emilie Beaulieu, Rebecca Therrien and Marc-Frédéric Fiset are queuing at Plains, but can't get their water supply.

Photo by Louis Deschenes

Marianne Carriere, Emilie Beaulieu, Rebecca Therrien and Marc-Frédéric Fiset are queuing at Plains, but can’t get their water supply.

critics

Girls working at a beer kiosk near the stage hear criticism from people looking for watering holes.

Employees also have a 4 liter water container for their own consumption, which promises to keep them hydrated.

On the VIP terrace, behind the armoury, the charging point is still impossible to find.

Furthermore, when we enter the site, the security personnel ask us to please empty our water bottle, but once on the terrace, nothing. To hydrate, you have to pay for and eat an extra plastic container.

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Do without it or buy it

Same thing in Grande Alley, no place to get water. If there are no pedestrians and cyclists, there is a situation where people have to buy.

The Festival d’État de Quebec did not respond to our interview request before going to press yesterday.

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