Sights and Sounds of Day One (see full coverage: edge.ca/wayhome)
Welcome to WayHome Music & Arts Festival! For the one of the biggest music festivals in Ontario, if not in Canada, it barely needs an introduction. Taking over the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, WayHome has blasted onto the music scene in only its sophomore year. Touting such headlining acts as Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and The Killers, the music fest also features a number of your favourite Edge bands! Here is all the info on what went down on Day One…
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
When you come with a 6-piece band, you better be packing a punch. For Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, they packed two! Hitting the WayBold Stage, Nathaniel Rateliff was ready to bring the energy back up on a sweltering Friday afternoon. Rateliff & the Night Sweats were sure to hit the classic tunes, like last summer’s smash hit, “SOB”, and “Wasting Time”, but the band also surprised the crowd with few new tunes.
Reigning Canadian chart-topping synth poppers Metric decided on an interesting setlist, opting for deeper album cuts and extended multi-part songs rather than a standard hits package. In fact in the first half hour, the only single played was 2012’s “Youth Without Youth”. 2004’s “Dead Disco” made an appearance, albeit a long version with an alternate bridge.
Scottish new-wave revivalists Chvrches delivered anthem after anthem on the WayBright stage, every song a sugary sweet pop confection. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry was charming as always, joking about internet gags and delivering some quips about geek culture. One particularly powerful performance was of the song “Recover”, which Mayberry sang with intense passion as the band concluded their final Canadian show for this tour.
James Murphy‘s expansive project LCD Soundsystem reunited this year to the delight of many fans and the New York based act didn’t disappoint as the headliner of the first day of WayHome. The stage looked less like a set-up for a band and more like a lab, with all sorts of boards and wires in place of traditional instruments. Murphy himself milled about, looking as casual as always as he sang fan favourites like “Losing My Edge” and “Someone Great”. The man has always struck a balance between party jams and downcast lovelorn songs and tonight was no different.
So concluded the first night of WayHome and if there’s one thing that stood out on this hot Friday, it was the fact that all the artists were particularly impressed with the creativity of the crowd. The festival has become an experience where the audience is just as much part of the art as the bands themselves. Many of the frontpeople from the bands brought up the crowd’s totems, pointing out especially funny ones. There are probably yet-to-be-discovered gems out there still, but those will have to be found tomorrow.