The inaugural WayHome music festival, which took over Burl’s Creek this past weekend, was everything we hoped it would be.
Music festivals have been around since the Pythian Games in Ancient Greece, where musicians would come from far and wide once every four years to play music in celebration of the goddess Apollo.
In 1969, the idea of music festivals as we have come to understand them, was born. 400,000 people gathered to watch 32 incredible acts perform just south of the tiny town of Woodstock, New York. With the Vietnam War on the brains of most attendees, the festival was cathartic for the angsty hippies and became a breeding ground for subsequent anti-war movements. The weekend event spawned a community and has come to represent peace, love, happiness and the best music in the world.
Festivals held around the world have followed in Woodstock’s footsteps. The United Kingdom hosts the massive Glastonbury. Celebrities flock from far and wide to be seen at Coachella in California. Montreal has always been home to Osheaga. And now, the GTA is the proud host of its own weekend-long camping music festival WayHome, which was held in Oro-Medonte this past weekend.
The weekend at WayHome was like summer camp for the 19+ crowd. People dressed up in whimsical costumes and hippie garb in homage to Woodstock.
The grounds were scattered with larger-than-life installation art fixtures curated by Toronto artist Charles Bierk…
…and we can’t forget about the giant nap stations that looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book.
The over 30,000-strong crowd waved signs promoting peace, love and, of course, Oprah.
Burl’s Creek was the spectacular setting for WayHome and will also play host to Boots & Hearts this coming weekend. They also hold a pop-up farmer’s market called OK Friday on Friday afternoons during the summer. It’s a testament to the creators—who are also responsible for Tennessee’s Bonnaroo festival—that the grounds can transform so drastically from quaint market to grown-up wonderland.
The GTA should be proud—WayHome was everything we hoped it would be, and they’ve already posted a save-the-date for July 2016. We can’t wait.
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