Day 3 was scorching hot but despite this “Wayhomies” slathered on their SPF 75 and headed to the festival grounds for a busy day of music and fun. The Sunday schedule provided fans with lots of different options with bands on several different stages leaving some fans to make tough decisions on whom to see. The third day seemed to have more of a rock theme to it than the first two days of the festival- needless to say, it was a great day.
Sloan started the day off at the main stage during the peak of the heat to “wake up” concertgoers with hits “The Rest of My Life” and “The Good in Everyone”.
The Sheepdogs were next on the main stage; where festival goers crowded around the stage to dance while others relaxed listening from the few shady spots. The Sheepdogs never disappoint and their set at WayHome was no exception. They even included a cover of Neil Young ‘s “Southern Man”, which the audience loved.
July Talk had the crowd on their feet the whole show engaging the audience in a set full of great music, head banging, and even an impromptu wet t-shirt contest. Lead singers Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis were highly interactive with the audience sharing stories and joking around – revealing the fun high-energy spirit of the band. During a more relaxing moment, the band took a break from dancing and jumping around to praise WayHome with kind words, “People keep saying that Toronto can’t support a festival, so can this be the festival we support?” Truly one of the best shows of the day.
Cold War Kids took the stage to treat the audience to an energetic set playing new jams like “First” and older hits like “Hang Me Up to Dry” which had the whole audience on their feet dancing and singing along.
Brandon Flowers proved his ability to be a strong solo act on the main stage. You could tell that he was having as much fun as the audience – he smiled through his entire set. He even allowed the audience to choose which cover song to play: INXS’s “Don’t Change” or Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – Palmer won by a landslide and the cover was amazing leaving the audience wanting more! He later treated fans to the Killers hit, “Mr. Brightside”.
Walk the Moon performed to a huge crowd that was overflowing from the tented WayBold stage. Fans made the band feel right at home at their first Canadian music festival by dancing, singing along, and clapping along to the beat.
Vance Joy brought his talent and curls to the WayBright stage to an overwhelmingly large crowd, which he still found “intimate”. He was quite chatty revealing the stories behind the songs and praising the audience for being “so rad”. In one particular story before “Winds of Change” reminiscing to when he first performed the song in 2010 at an open mic night to three businessmen. He’s come a long way since then, but has remained completely humble.
The night ended on a strong note with nearly 35,000 festival goers crowded around the main stage to be serenaded by Sam Smith. He was extremely gracious and had the crowd on their feet the entire show despite the long hot day. The concert later turned into a sing-along as Smith closed out with hits “Latch” and “Stay with Me”.
At the end of the show, the dates for next year’s WayHome Festival were displayed on the screens. July 22-24, 2016. It’s safe to say that all who were in attendance were ready to do it all over again.