Today, Festival D’été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival in English), announced the packed artist roster for their 2018 event. This year’s diverse crop of headliners is led by Canadian hero Neil Young, whose set is being billed as his only performance in his native country this year. Other headliners include Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Sturgill Simpson, John Butler Trio, Jethro Tull, The Weeknd, Jane Birkin, The Chainsmokers, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Cyndi Lauper, Avenged Sevenfold, Future, and more.Other Quebec City Summer Festival performers scheduled throughout the event include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Con Brio, Busta Rhymes Bella’s Bartok, Bonobo (Live), Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Soul Rebels, The War On Drugs, Greta Van Fleet, Car Seat Headrest, Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project, Tory Lanez, Gorgon City, The Funk Hunters, Phoenix, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Busty And The Bass, Brockhampton, Sum 41, and many more.The Festival D’été de Québec, hosted annually in Quebec City since 1968, is set to take place from July 5th-15th at 10+ outdoor and indoor venues throughout the city, with the main stage located at the historic Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park.According to a release from the event, Festival D’été de Québec promises “1,000 emerging and established artists and more than 250 performances.” The event has also made an effort to continue improving the fan experience with several new improvements, including expanding their front-of-stage audience zones by 1,500 seats, adding several new viewing screens, and beefing up the sound on their outdoor stages.Festival D’été de Québec’s 11-day festival pass, which grants access to all of the performances throughout the duration of the event, goes on sale March 8th. Despite the extensive lineup over the course of a week and a half, the pass costs just $80 U.S./$100 Canadian for the first tier, which lasts until Jun 6th. For more information, head to the festival’s website.[H/T Pollstar]
It appears Clay Helton is bringing the band back together.On Tuesday, the USC football head coach announced the return of John Baxter as special teams coordinator amidst numerous media reports that Clancy Pendergast would also return as defensive coordinator.Pendergast served as USC’s defensive coordinator in 2013, when he helped construct a defense that ranked first in the Pac-12. Not retained when Steve Sarkisian was hired, Pendergast took a year off before serving as an inside linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.After reportedly meeting with Oregon earlier on Tuesday, Pendergast will accept the offer to come back to USC, taking over for a much maligned Justin Wilcox, who was fired by Helton after a poor showing in the Pac-12 championship game against Stanford.Baxter’s hiring came as a welcome surprise. The 52-year-old spent four seasons (2010-2013) as the special teams coordinator for USC and most recently served at the same position for Michigan in 2015.Highly popular among players, Baxter was named Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2011 by FootballScoop.com. Under Baxter, USC was ranked in the top 10 in special teams efficiency by ESPN in each season from 2010-2012. At Michigan, Baxter improved the Wolverines’ special teams unit from 96th the previous year to 12th nationally in ESPN’s special teams efficiency ranking.“We are very excited to welcome back John Baxter to our Trojan Family,” Helton said. “He is one of the most respected coaches in our profession at any position. His units have been near the top of the collegiate special team efficiency rankings almost every year. Having worked alongside him in the past, I know Coach Baxter as one of the best teachers and skill developers in football today. We look forward to our special teams rising to greater heights under him.”The hire comes three days after Helton brought in his younger brother Tyson Helton and Neil Callaway from Kentucky to serve as offensive assistants. Helton promoted wide receivers coach Tee Martin to offensive coordinator prior to the Holiday Bowl.