Review: Wayhome 2016 — Saturday recap

July 25, 2016

X Ambassadors on stage at Wayhome 2016 - photo Brian Banks, Music ViceX Ambassadors on the main stage at Wayhome 2016 – photo Brian Banks

What: Wayhome 2016, Saturday
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
When: 23 July 2016
In one word: Impeccable

X Ambassadors took the main stage mid-day, opening the set with “The Numbers”. They entered the stage with an abundance of energy that only intensified as the show went on. They played favourites such as “Renegades”, “Low Life”, a beautiful rendition of “Hold On”, and a wild closing with “Jungle” including a memorable saxophone interlude.

Arcade Fire put on a show incomparable to any other at the festival, as thousands of festival goer’s gathered to watch. This elements of this set are almost indescribable, as there was not even one dull moment. Each song played were crowd favourites, even those who didn’t know the songs were in awe. They were able to create a sense of unity throughout the audience of a variety of different ages; it was impeccable to say the least. Arcade Fire is an an immaculate band; whether it’s Winn Buttler’s relaxed but strong spoken vocals, their chilling lyricism, Regine’s elegance, or perhaps their strong percussion and synthesizing, they are nothing less than mind-blowing performers.

Not long after this significant performance, Major Lazer took the Waybright stage until almost 2am. This was a very energetic and fun set, as thousands danced and partied amongst the crowd. The only problem was that the sound was perhaps much quieter than usual. Throughout the set festival goer’s kept complaining and yelling at the stage to turn the volume up. Otherwise, whats cooler than Major Lazer running on top of the crowd in a bubble?

© Gemma Mastroianni, Music Vice

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