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!
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.
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!
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.