Photos: Neil Young at WayHome

July 27, 2015
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Neil Young at Wayhome, 24 July 2015 - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

Neil Young performs to wild flowers on stage at WayHome festival

What: Neil Young at WayHome
Where: Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada
When: Friday 24 July 2015
In one word: Classic

I never imagined that in my lifetime I would get the chance to see Neil Young perform live. WayHome music festival brought this dream to life for myself and 30,000 others as he headlined the inaugural festival at beautiful Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario this past Friday night.

Neil Young was joined on stage by the very talented Promise Of The Real, and also by an assortment of potted wild flowers that surrounded the edge of the stage. Weird. But I got it. (In case you haven’t heard much of Neil Young since Harvest, you might not have expected all the songs about Monsanto either – go pick up a copy of Monsanto Years, you won’t regret it.)

This is what Neil Young was doing at WayHome while serenading plants on stage for three hours. It was a rallying cry. A “WAKE-UP AND SMELL YOUR MONSANTO-COFFEE.”

WayHome was an incredible weekend of live music. It was easily the best festival I have ever experience in North America. There were so many amazing artists, and everything was planned so well. But what I will remember most from Wayhome is Neil Young, up on stage with his incredible band, playing his heart out to plants while wearing a t-shirt with the word ‘Earth’ on the front. The message couldn’t be clearer.

© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice

Neil Young at WayHome – photos by Brian Banks:

Since last summer, I have been working on a music-meets-nature documentary project called Homegrown Sound. In a nutshell, I have been chatting to musicians about nature. I’ve met with a range of artists from Alabama Shakes to Half Moon Run. Even Damian Abraham from Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up has been cool enough to open up about his love for the planet. For one thing it has been fun to speak to artists about something other than the usual chats about their latest album and touring, but more importantly I have this romantic belief that rock and roll can still help save the world. Or at least perhaps change it for the better.

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3 Responses to Photos: Neil Young at WayHome

  1. Lynn on July 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Incredible photos! What a show. Neil Young. <3

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  3. Jeanne tomasello on July 29, 2015 at 1:15 am

    What a down to earth experiance.neils songs take you thru the desert to the incas with pocahontis, to beirut and hollywood,woodstock,ohio,and over the rainbow.he is awesome! Love him love him love him! Congratulations!

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