Until today Ottawa’s own RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest had the lineup of the summer, then just after noon on Tuesday March 15 the Festival d’été de Quebec dropped a bombshell lineup that includes some of the biggest names under the sun.

Rock Paper Scissors Tour - Peter Gabriel and Sting

Rock Paper Scissors Tour – Peter Gabriel and Sting

Going into today’s announcement we already knew that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be part of the lineup as would Peter Gabriel and Sting who bring their Rock Paper Scissors tour to the event.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

From left, drummer Chad Smith, bassist Flea, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and singer Anthony Kiedis of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers pose together for a portrait in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Friday, March 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The rest of the lineup across 10 stages is as follows: The lineup for the main Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham includes from Rammstein, Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Rae Sremmurd, City and Colour, Bryan Ferry, Fetty Wap, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Selena Gomez, the Lumineers, Alessia Cara, Bahari, Brandi Carlile, Coeur de pirate, Fred Pellerin, Gojira, Julien Clerc, Kaskade, and Neil Finn (Crowded House).

City and Colour photo by Dustin Rabin

City and Colour photo by Dustin Rabin

If you’re a fan of indie and Francophone artists you will have lots to choose from at the Loto-Quebec Stage at Parc de la Francophonie, which will host Archer, DJ Champion, Éric Lapointe, Flo Rida, Foreign Diplomats, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Half Moon Run, Jesse Mac Cormack, Karim Ouellet, King Abid, Laurence Nerbonne, Les Respectables, Louis-Jean Cormier, Mac Miller, Peter Bjorn & John, Prieur & Landry, Radio Radio, Steve Hill, the Cult, the London Souls, Tire Le Coyote, the Decemberists, Valérie Lahaie, Whisky Legs and X Ambassadors.

The Strumbellas perform at Bud Gardens in London - Photo: Bill Woodcock

The Strumbellas perform at Bud Gardens in London – Photo: Bill Woodcock

The event also has a stage set aside for International music. The Hydro-Quebec Stage at Place D’Youville, will feature music by Bko Quintet, Bears of Legend, Caroline Savoie, Danakil, Dumas, Emma Donovan and the PutBacks, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Ginkgoa, Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble, Heymoonshaker, Inna Modja, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Jah & I, Orlando Julius and The Afrosoundz, Phillippe Brach, Pierre Flynn, Pierre Kwenders, Protoje, Rachid Taha, Socalled, the Strumbellas, Vaudou Game and Yael Naim.

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

Finally, a series of shows will take the party indoors across a variety of venues, showcasing live sets from Brian Fallon, Brown, Charlie Mussel White Band, Debauche, Érik Truffaz, Freak Heat Waves, Jay-Jay Johanson, Keys N Krates, Koriass, Le Matos, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Millimetrik, Mononc’ Serge et Pépé, Rednext Level, Rosie Valland, Safia Nolin, Steel Panther, Steve Hill, Tal Wilkenfeld, the Tallest Man on Earth, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and We Are Wolves.

Festival d'été de Quebec

Festival d’été de Quebec

Tickets for the event go on sale on Wednesday March 16 at noon, the price….only $90 for a general admission pass.  For details on the coveted Front Stage Zone pass as well as the Signature Zone / Grandstands pass visit the festival website http://www.infofestival.com/