The Summer Music Festival of Québec is a big deal. It has seven stages set up in the heart of the city, the largest of which is Scène Bell, the main stage on The Plains of Abraham. Last night was opening night for the festival, featuring Sting and Peter Gabriel on their Rock Paper Scissors Tour. Alison and I learned a lesson last night: we're not main stage people.
Imagine a rectangular space roughly the size of four football fields, with their sidelines side by side. Enclose the entire space in twelve foot steel fencing, to prevent people from sneaking in, and then place an exit in each corner. Then, fill the space with untold thousands upon thousands of people, so many that you are standing shoulder to shoulder, belly to back no matter where you are in the space. Lastly, send a small army of young men and women into the crowd, squeezing their way through, selling beer and liquor shots to enormous numbers of already inebriated people. Now, ask the sun to set and queue the music.
It was not pleasant. 20 minutes into Sting's set, we left.
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