Lauren Howe

As you probably heard from us and many others, the first ever WayHome music festival was by far a top summer music festival as they had promised, which attracted over 35,000 people from every province and territory as well as U.S. and other countries to see well-known headliners over the 3 day festivities such as Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Kendrick Lamar, Hozier, Alt-J and Sam Smith.

For a first effort and personally seeing it first hand camping on the new Burl’s Creek event grounds, the concensus is that it was very well organized and a lot of WayHome memories were made.

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Even though I don’t have much camping experience except when I was younger, it was a breeze with plenty of spots for parking in the VIP area as well as shower passes and plenty of bathrooms and water. Bonus was the fact that the weather all 3 summer days was perfect with sunny blue skies and no worries about rain or mud.

My humble little tent with the new 2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

My humble little tent with the new 2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

I got there pretty late in the afternoon – later than I had hoped for but somehow was still able to pitch the tent and see the whole Hozier show with a great unobstructed view from the barn in the VIP area.

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Hozier

 

Check out my little handheld video of Hozier performing “Take Me to Church” taken with my smartphone.

Then not too long after we were treated to a 3 hour jam by Neil Young + Promise of the Real. It didn’t even feel like 3 hours and he showed no sign of slowing down even as I went back to my tent and could still clearly hear it all from the VIP camping area.

Also great was seeing familiar faces all weekend long.

Rock-it ladies!

Rock-it ladies!

 

The fact that it was well-run is not a surprise since it is run by RepublicLive and AC Entertainment, the people behind Bonnaroo (source).

The vibes were great all around as all I saw were smiles and people relaxing on the grounds taking in the music, sun and beautiful open space.
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Giant beer pong at the Smirnoff House Party

Giant beer pong at the Smirnoff House Party

 

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And great news, you can already save the date for next year’s WayHome 2016 happening on the weekend of July 22, 23 and 24th. I highly recommend you stay tuned for the WayHome 2016 lineup and decide quickly if you’re going to go. If you do, you may want to consider if VIP, as I was asked before, is worth it to you and I would say it depends on how much you like the lineup.

Visit WayHome Music Festival at wayhome.com

Special thanks to Reebok and Acura for making the weekend extra special.
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Photos by Nick Lee

Also check out our coverage of the Burl’s Creek event grounds as well as their OK Friday Farmer’s Market.

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