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Festival Preview, Music

5 Must-See Artists at Wayhome 2017

By: Staff –

Wayhome Music Festival

WayHome Music and Arts Festival is set to return to to Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte from July 28-30th. 

Music fans will once again have the opportunity to see some of the greatest musical acts (including: Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, Justice, and Solange), across all genres, share a stage at the custom-designed camping and festival grounds.

Need help creating your perfect schedule? Check out our picks for the five must-see artists at Wayhome this summer!

Tickets are now available at www.wayhome.com

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Vance Joy

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Think about it for a second: would you rather put off finishing a law degree… or play sweet indie-folk pop in front of 65,000 people. Yep. You only need a second, right? Because it turns out that being part of 2015’s biggest, most star-studded tour — playing in football stadiums, baseball parks and arenas all around the world — is a little more fun than learning about civil trial law.

Naturally, though, the Vance Joy story doesn’t begin with joining Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, playing gigantic stadium stages as celebrities look on. Rather, the tale’s innocuous beginnings lie in playing open mics around his hometown of Melbourne, with Vance Joy trying make a name for himself with his gentle, heartfelt indie folk-pop and lovelorn lyricism.

With an unshakeable pop hook and an eminently relatable narrative, “Riptide” unexpectedly swept across the globe on a worldwide wave. And with the release of his debut full length album, Dream Your Life Away in September 2014, Vance Joy tells immensely relatable tales of love won and lost; of longing and heavy hearts, the beauty of love and an overwhelming humanness, all set to stirring, emotional indie folk-pop.

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Flume

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Rising wunderkind, Flume, creates atmospheric, beat-driven music that draws on a range of influences to create a fresh new sound; one capable of bringing a festival crowd to fever pitch and then bringing it right back down again on demand. His 2016 Grammy-winning sophomore album, Skin, featured collaborations with Tove Lo, AlunaGeorge, Little Dragon, Vic Mensa, and Beck, and solidified Flume as one of the best electronic artists right now.

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The Shins
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After a decade of grunge, post-grunge, nu-metal, and ultimately garage rock the witty sweet saccharine sounds of jangly guitar rock reminiscent the mid-80’s alternative scene finally came full circle with the advent of The Shins. Starting out as cult icons during the early part of the new millennium, the quartet hit their stride when a few of their tracks made it onto the uber popular Garden State soundtrack.

With their brand new album, 2017’s Heartworms, features frontman James Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date: From fictional character sketches (“Fantasy Island,” “Rubber Ballz”), autobiographical accounts (“Mildenhall”), to first single “Name For You,” a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer’s three daughters.

The result is a cohesive, genre defying album marked by Mercer’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar – a nostalgic nod to the album’s predecessors – and distinctly new.

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Car Seat Headrest
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Crafting moody and introspective lo-fi pop tunes that are melodic but structurally ambitious at once, Car Seat Headrest is the moniker used by musician and songwriter Will Toledo.

Toledo grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he learned about music theory while playing in the student symphonic band in junior high and high school. Toledo majored in English in college, but he was fascinated with music, embracing an eclectic variety of artists from Radiohead, Modest Mouse, and R.E.M. to Animal Collective and Swans, and he began writing songs on his computer, using its built-in microphone and the recording software that was bundled with the machine.

With his newest album, Teens of Denial, his first effort to consists of newly recorded material, it’s Toledo’s most mature, and focused effort to date. Don’t miss Car Seat Headrest at Wayhome this summer!

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Dashboard Confessional
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Singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba became the poster boy for a new generation of emo fans in the early 2000s, having left behind his former band (the post-hardcore Christian outfit Further Seems Forever) to concentrate on vulnerable, introspective solo musings.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and soul-baring song lyrics, he christened his new project Dashboard Confessional — named after a lyric in “The Sharp Hint of New Tears” — and began releasing material in 2000. By 2001’s The Place You Have Come to Fear the Most, Dashboard Confessional had evolved into a full-fledged band, but Carrabba nevertheless remained the focal point of both the group and the rejuvenated emo genre.

Whether you’re a long-time Dashboard fan, or are new fan of the band, you’ll quickly be absorbed into Carrabba’s heartfelt songs about teenage love, and heartbreak.

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