Review: Wayhome 2016 — Sunday recap

July 26, 2016

Stars at Wayhome 2016 - photo Tia Wong, Music ViceTorquil Campbell of Stars sends out his love to Gord Downie – photo Tia Wong, Music Vice

What: Wayhome 2016, Saturday
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
When: 24 July 2016
In one word: Grand

And on a not so hot third day, Wayhome concluded.

took over the Waybold stage, with an abundant amount of energy and great vibes. I was not extremely familiar with her before watching her set however, she was a pleasure to behold. MØ is filled with an amusing energy and pushes boundaries like standing on the speakers, and entering the audience. She is a true performer who wants her audience to have a great time. The keyboard player and her are a great combination of talent; I admired the unique beats that he was able to create. Some of her best performances throughout the set were “Final Song”, “Kamikaze”, and “Lean On”, which were all crowd pleasers.

Robert Delong stole the show on Waybold mid-afternoon. The audience watched in amazement as Delong did all vocals and instrumentation on his own, not showing any signs of weakness or exhaustion. I along with many others were not expecting him to convert a Nintendo controller and a calculator into instruments, which is something that most have never seen before.

Meanwhile, Stars stirred up some deep emotions and heavy nostalgia over on the main as they delivered a marvelous set which was dedicated to The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who is currently on his final tour after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The Killers ended the night as it should be, creating an environment of good energy and unifying all festival goers. They kicked off the set with “Mr.Brightside”, which was an appropriate choice to get the crowd going. It was amazing to see an entire crowd of hundreds and thousands of people sing together to almost every song. Brandon Flowers vocals were on point, as well as instrumentals. Specifically, synthesizing sounded perfect during “Smile Like You Mean It”. A grand end to a grand sophomore Wayhome weekend.

© Gemma Mastroianni, Music Vice

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