I’m going to skip the formalities and start this off by telling you that this won’t be your typical post-festival update.

I didn’t take any pictures, record any videos, and my memory of certain sets might be a little hazy. But this was my WayHome experience.

This is going to be a completely subjective look at the highs and lows of WayHome 2017 from a music festival first timer.

So if you’re looking for a barometer of what you can expect from your first music festival, or just want to laugh at the experiences of a newbie, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are the highs and lows of WayHome 2017, in my completely professional opinion.

High – The Music

Let’s start it off with a high.

It was a music festival, so the first thing I have to do is give a shout-out to the music.

Sure the lineup wasn’t the best (we’ll get to that). But there were still some absolutely phenomenal shows.


Starting with Friday, the Foster the People and Cage the Elephant shows were great. It’s a shame you couldn’t see both in their entirety, but I was able to catch the entire FTP show and still make it back for a good portion of Cage.


The former was as fun as I expected and the latter was absolutely electric.

(For more on that Cage the Elephant show, check out Jessica Young’s story here.)

Now, Friday was unfortunately a bit of a rough day for me. I didn’t get the best sleep Wednesday night and the Thursday festivities just added to my exhaustion. So I didn’t actually see anything after that Cage show.

Yes, it’s now becoming increasingly clear that I was indeed a festival rookie.

But despite my 10:30 bedtime Friday night, I can still offer some insight on the rest of the sets. Thankfully, my friends assured me that the Flume and Danny Brown shows were ridiculously fun, and some even went as far as to say that Flume might have had the best set of the entire festival.


Moving into the Saturday, I was refreshed and ready to go. And I was not disappointed.

Schoolboy Q was one of the real highlights and maybe my favourite set of the entire festival. He played every banger in his catalogue and even hit the crowd with Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city”.

After Q, it was time for Vance Joy. His show was a genuinely nice time and exactly what I needed after completely raging for the entire hour before.

And then smack dab in the middle of the sunset was Imagine Dragons. They were also good, yet slightly underwhelming. I don’t know if it’s fair to label their show that way, but I was definitely expecting more.


  1. the reason why they had such a terrible lineup is because (i live on the street of the festival grounds) my community started a save oro campaign because they’re all old and don’t see the true benefits that help teenagers, like me, get a high paying, fun, one time experience job. they sued as much as they could. pressed charges for them going even one minutes past the time where the music was supposed to stop because they had to put a stupid time limit so the people would shutup about how late they’re staying up from the music. like really? it’s a small amount of days out of the summer and it benefits the community bringing in more revenue to local businesses. it’s so annoying they have tried to hard to stop it. and they lost so much money last year because of the noise complaints. for example in one out of the billions of complaints, they had to pay around 25k and it seriously dipped into their next years lineup. i’m so sad it’s not happening this year because the people in my community ruined it for the people who enjoy the fact that they get an easy job and get to see their favourite artists for free. they hang signs up that say save oro and they offered us one i was like um no rave oro fam. that’s the reason why they had a bad line up, they honestly couldn’t help it.


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