WAYHOME 2016: Canada’s Own Coachella

PHOTO: MATT FORSYTHE

This past weekend, the Nilsen Report was privileged enough to cover the WAYHOME Music & Arts Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario for a second consecutive year!

Featured headliners included LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers, along with by Major Lazer, M83, HAIM, Metric, Chvrches, Ray LaMontagne, and an additional 60+ artists. The festival offered multiple stages, a variety of late-night spectacles and experiences, original art installations, fine international and local cuisine, an on-site farmers market and more.

The event saw 35,000 fans camping on-site, and as many as 2,000 fans commuted daily to the site grounds. Despite 2016 being a difficult year for ticket sales for many music festivals in North America, WayHome was fortunate to see an increase in sales across all product offerings from year one to year two. This year the festival introduced a new fan-friendly cashless payment system to streamline the on-site experience. Free water ensured that fans stayed hydrated with over 2 million litres of water being utilized and 40,000 bags of ice supplied to festival goers over the weekend.

Down below is a photo journal of the adventures I had this year at WAYHOME!

FRIDAY

Does this tent look like it’s set up properly to you?

I struggled to put this odd looking structure up for over an hour and THAT was my final result.

No – I did not get blown away!
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Giant flags surrounding the festival, in fact, the very same flags used at Glastonbury one month earlier. 13838519_10153731655322606_30204848_o

Custom art installations around the grounds added to creating a unique identity to the WAYHOME experience.13835721_10153731668167606_1532980010_o

Friday night concluded with a set from the Canadian EDM group, Keys N Krates. The advantages to having a festival out in the middle of nowhere is not having a 11 pm bylaw curfew!

 

SATURDAY

The Arkells performed to one of the biggest crowds of the entire festival on Saturday evening and debuted new music from their upcoming album, Morning Report. A highlight of the festival was seeing the lead signer of The Arkells, Max, an hour after his performance, in the crowd with all the other fans waiting for Arcade Fire.
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Chet Faker being photobombed by a crazy obssessed fan backstage. (NOT ME)13633447_10153731556237606_1538831888_oBumped into Patrick J. Adams aka Mike Ross from Suits backstage before Major Lazer closed the night.13839898_10153731556102606_137636145_o

SUNDAY

Even WAYHOMIES (a real term people use), got in on a little political action over the weekend.13639849_10153731674447606_1669484519_o       Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 5.31.28 PM 13838198_10153731554887606_1659709408_o

FIN.