Far north past the allure of Coachella and the Governor’s Ball lies one of Canada’s hidden gems, WayHome Music and Arts festival. Held the past two summers at Burls Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, WayHome may not draw as much attention as other festivals, but year after year they still come wielding some of the biggest and most iconic names in music. It was no secret that ticket sales were down for WayHome this year, but as the weekend went on numbers rose as attendees poured in. With past lineups including headliners such as LCD Soundsystem, Neil Young and Kendrick Lamar this year was no disappointment.
Here are the best Performances of WayHome 2017:
From DJ to bonafide producer, Flume has certainly made a name for himself in the music industry. In 2016 we saw his sophomore studio album Skin take home a grammy for best dance/ electronic album and it’s only been up from there. In between producing for Lorde’s Melodrama, dropping Skin Companion EPs and a world tour, Flume has been hot on the festival circuit bringing us new favorites and old classics.
By far the most sultry performance of the weekend came from Banks. Clad in patent leather thigh-high boots and perfectly in sync with two costumed backup dancers, she didn’t miss a beat while belting out hits like Waiting Game and Brain.
Seemingly out of nowhere came Mura Masa and something tells me he’s here to stay. With only one self-titled album he’s already got features from big names like Charli XCX, Desiigner and A$AP Rocky. Mura Masa gave attendees an energetic, late night set on the WayAway stage featuring all his modern pop classics.
One of electronic music’s most iconic duos, Justice is back after what felt like forever with a new album release last year and a world tour alike. Fans who have waited for months or even years for the opportunity to see them were not disappointed when new tracks like Safe & Sound and timeless favorites like Civilization and We Are Your Friends filled the air. Justice gave an incredibly high-powered live set before jumping down from the stage to shake hands and take some selfies with a few lucky fans.
The most intimate set of the weekend, if not the most intimate set ever, was from no other than Frank Ocean. After cancelling several festival performances earlier in the summer due to production delays it was easy to see why it was worth the wait. With a cover of Steve Monite’s Only You and a tour debut of Forrest Gump the entire crowd seemed to relish in each moment. He also strayed from his typical festival setlist when he performed bonafide classics Thinkin’ Bout You and Pyramids. Frank along with his four piece band took to the mic in between songs to remind us that he’s “only human” and sometimes still gets nervous performing for such large crowds.
Lollapalooza is celebrating its 25th birthday this year by adding a fourth day to the Chicago-centric festival in 2016. Held in the city’s heart of Grant Park, the concert will now feature over 170 musical acts over a four-day span. Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell had this to say:
“It’s our 25th Anniversary and we wanted to do something really special and different for our fans. There’s a lot of really great music coming out in 2016; with the abundance of talent that wanted to help us celebrate 25 years we got to thinking…’How are we going to fit all those great artists in one weekend?’ Then we thought about what a special day Thursday has become. When the party can’t wait for the weekend, the movers and shakers make it happen on Thursday! So, we’ve put together an entire additional day of music to celebrate our milestone year. It’s going to be a fantastic party!”
This weekend, from November 5th to November 9th, the Desert Hearts crew will be taking over the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation once again for the third anniversary of their annual fall festival. Since its inception just a few years ago, Desert Hearts has nicely filled a niche in Southern California, quickly cementing its reputation as the West Coast’s premiere, Burning Man-inspired music festival. Desert Hearts prides itself as visionaries of an alternative festival experience, not only offering a lineup that features 100 hours of nonstop house and techno, but also art installations and themed camps for a well-rounded camping festival experience.
For its third anniversary, Desert Hearts promises to be bigger and better than ever. Not only will the Desert Hearts crew, including Mikey Lion, Deep Jesus, Lee Reynolds, Pork Chop, and Marbs, take the stage for a number of their own sets, but they’ve also rounded out the lineup nicely with artists like Doc Martin, Andreas Hennenberg, and Kate Simko.
While the entire festival is sure to be a phenomenal time, these are five sets that you don’t want to miss if you find yourself at Desert Hearts this weekend.
1. Claude VonStroke
The dirtybird records boss never disappoints, and I would expect nothing less than the best from Claude at a festival like Desert Hearts.
2. David Scuba
The LA-based tech house guru has been quietly making waves for some time now, and you best believe that David Scuba will be right at home at Desert Hearts. While Claude and J. Phlip offer some house-ier options for the weekend, David Scuba is tech house through and through.
3. J. Phlip
Like her fellow dirtybird counterpart, Claude VonStroke, J. Phlip isn’t playing games when it comes to grimey house music. She’s one of the best there is in the house game, and you can be sure that she’s going to be bringing some heat come Sunday.
4. Mikey Lion
Like a proud father looking over his baby, Mikey Lion will be standing over the crowd at Desert Hearts on Saturday, admiring everything that he has accomplished. Mikey is not only the boss of the Desert Hearts crew, but also helps run the label, in addition to performing at all of their events and still finding time to produce in the studio as well.
SnowGlobe Music Festival, situated in picture-perfect South Lake Tahoe, California, will ring in the New Year against the mountains to the tune of Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex and Zedd as its top bills.
Other big-name acts include Atmosphere, Flux Pavillon, Phantogram, and Odesza.
The three-day festival will be held on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus, Dec. 29 – 31, in what will be a surefire New Year’s Eve banger.
Single-day tickets are still available.
Check out the lineup announcement video below, and also soak in SG’s surreal festival setting.
AAHH! Fest is a newly minted music festival that will take place this Sunday at Chicago’s Union Park (the same grounds that host Pitchfork Music Festival.) Curated by the city’s own Common, the lineup includes top bills like Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, and Jay Electronica, among others. The fest will be hosted by legendary (and rare) comedian Dave Chappelle, who could probably justify the ticket cost alone.
The lineup also notes a “very special guest.” Whispers around town have been rumoring the guest to be Kanye West, which wouldn’t be all too surprising. When Mr. Chappelle did a gig at Radio City Music Hall a couple months ago, Yeezy stopped by to give a surprise performance. Could lightning strike twice?
Either way, AAHH! Fest should be a cool, Chicago-centric time as the city winds down with summer’s close.
A community showcase will take place from 10AM-1PM, while the main stage acts will go from 4PM-10PM on September 21.
Summer usually means one crucial thing for music fans….music festivals galore. Although quite a few have already taken place, there’s a good handful of them that have yet to occur. This time around we’re bringing you a taste of a big festival taking place in Scheessel, Germany on June 20-22, Hurricane Festival. As a current resident of Germany, I’ll be attending this festival for the first time but as preparation I’ll be giving a taste of what to expect. Whether you’ve never heard of Hurricane, are attending, or simply interested in what other festivals around the world have to offer, here’s a list of my top acts to see (including a taste of some actual German artist).
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club have definitely been around long enough at this point to be seen as a solid band that has everyone’s respect. However, in many parts of the world there are still people that haven’t experienced the pure rawness and talent these guys possess. Their latest album came out merely a few months ago and the newer tracks will only add to their already flawlessly energetic live show. Whether you’ve seen them ten times or zero, they’re always worth experiencing live.
Duke Dumont has been bringing some serious jams in the last year. He’s currently making the world explode with his incredibly addictive track “I Got U” and that’s probably not the only track that he’ll be getting us stoked for. He’s bound to bring the party at his set and what’s better than a dance party at a festival?
George Ezra is another artist that’s been slowly but surely making himself known to the world. His soulful pipes and incredibly likable tunes can make anyone turn their head. His set is worth checking out before he completely blows up.
Casper is the first on our list that is an actual German artist. His music is a fusion of dark hip-hop and indie alternative. He doesn’t stray far from other American artists, having already done a tour with Portugal. the Man. He’s greatly known and appreciated in Germany and is worth giving a listen to.
With vocals filled of honey and soul, it’s almost a given that Selah Sue is a must-see. She’s got some serious girl power going and how can one not appreciate that? She rocks out on the guitar, belts out notes that we wish we could, and simply has it all. Full package, she sure is.
Circa Waves are exactly what you’d expect and want from a band’s live set. They’ve got the simple indie rock vibe that everyone appreciates in a festival setting. Plus they just know how to rock, can’t go wrong there.
Lily Allen may not be the most unique pick considering she’s a huge pop star that everyone knows. However, after her hiatus of far too long, it’s only right we appreciate her comeback. A bit of sass mixed with sing along worthy pop tracks, it’s definitely not a bad way to end your Saturday night after some intense sun.
Kraftklub is yet another German artist on the list. Their music can be described as indie rock with an occasional taste of hip hop. Their live act is bound to get the crowd going with energy therefore they’re a must-see if you want to have a good time.
Polica is absurdly beautiful which means their live show is bound to be just as mesmerizing. These Minnesota darlings are probably the most unique of the Hurricane must-see acts, so they’re definitely going to give a different flavor from anything else. That in itself is enough to appreciate.
Metronomy bring the indie-electro catchiness we all need at a summer festival. It’s worth bringing your dancing shoes, yet you won’t be totally drained watching them either. It’s the light fun you’ll be looking for when you want to enjoy yourself yet not melt from lack of energy.
London Grammar have stolen our hearts within the last year, so it would be criminal to not have them on this list. They may not be the most energetic, or particularly crazy as far as live acts go but what they have to offer is far beyond that. With vocals to sooth our minds and songs to melt our souls, there’s definitely nothing to complain about when seeing them live. They’re simply beauty in a band and missing them would be simply silly.
Last but not least is the final German artist on our list. Seeed is a well known band in Germany. Their music is a mixture between hip hop and reggae. As a headliner and closing act they are bound to attract a big crowd.
All in all, Hurricane Festival is bound to please it’s thousands of guests. With acts from around the world, it’ll give everyone a taste of something they enjoy.
We finally have the second major music festival lineup of 2014 by way of Bonnaroo. Top billings include Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White. Other notables include Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Janelle Monae and Pusha T.
The lineup stacks up pretty nicely with Coachella’s, announced last month.
Which would you rather go to?
— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) February 20, 2014
The sun had taken its leave and only thing illuminating my path was a stream of light rays emanating from the art vendors to my left and the flashing strobes of the stage to my right. I had finally arrived at the Big and Hearty Music Festival, and as I walked further down the dirt path towards the Big Stage my head began to nod to the music that filled the air. It was the beginning of the first night of Big and Hearty and, as a newfound and quickly lost festival companion stated, “It could only get better.”
I passed smiles, glazed over eyes, and matted hair. I dodged swinging arms, stepped over sprawled legs, and squeezed past sweaty shoulders to get stage-side. Soon my back was towards the crowd’s full on dance party and in front of me Zoogma, in all their jazzy-electronic-ness, jamming away. There were many who could not dance but, as the grass lay trampled beneath their bare feet, none who cared. This was Big and Hearty, and even though it was not what I expected, it was alright.
There were no hipsters or the like. No abundance of men wearing tank tops or the overuse of the word “Bro.” There were just hippies, gypsies playing with fire, a steady stream of dance DJ’s, and the lovers of music such as myself.
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Written by Falade
As the night progressed, I began to wave to the same smiling faces; I began to meet the same glazed over eyes; I began to notice the same matted hair. This is when I rubbed my drooping eyelids (I had not slept in two days at this point) and realized that the attendance count was not astronomical. There were maybe a few hundred people circulating the festival grounds that night, so the energy was not overpowering but it definitely was distinctive.
The first night of Big and Hearty was the festival attendees’ night. It was as if I had been granted access to a private party, a private party where everybody knew each other and had personally chosen the stage acts to serve as the soundtrack to their night of fun. The laughing, stumbling, and jumping of the festival-goers was not just because they were enjoying themselves but because they felt comfortable. Big and Hearty was their festival and they basically ran it. This was Night 1 and it was alright.
Written by Falade