Royal Blood

Lights Out: Royal Blood at WayHome 2017

Saturday at WayHome was packed with dynamic rock and roll duos… and Royal Blood were part of that action on the WayBright stage!

The twosome from Brighton in the UK were at home and on fire in front of the Canadian fans, pumping out a ton of sound out of the speakers – more sound than you might think two dudes could rock out with in the summer sun.

Related: Royal Blood at Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing – 102.1 The Edge

Big ups to Mike and Ben for their rock and roll show, and for giving the WayHome fans a chance and a reason to dance, sing, and cheer with tracks including, Lights Out, Come On Over, and I Only Lie When I Love You.

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WayHome 2017 Preview: The Darcys

With WayHome just days away, we’re getting geared up for a whole lot of live music and fun… and The Darcys are too.

We caught up with Wes on the phone to talk about festival highlights and tips – drinks – palm trees – flamingos – and more in the lead up to Oro-Medonte’s biggest multi-genre party of the summer season.

One listen to The Darcys’ newest release, Centerfold and it’s clear that there’s a new vibe, direction, and vision from Wes and Jason as they push forward with the band that they started together a decade ago. The art-pop-synth-neon-dancy-palm tree-party sound that peppers the album from front to back is a lot of fun, and they know it. They’ve also seen fans of the band turn the corner to party with the new music, and they’re excited about that result.

Wes told me that it’s exciting to see the fans more engaged than ever before at live shows. “So fun,” he says, and adds that there have been multiple sightings of inflatables in the crowd, including palm trees and parrots. And while parrots may be Jimmy Buffet’s thing, the guys are happy to steal it and see more of them at their shows in every city, every night. Every one of those cities and tour stops is also an opportunity for fans of The Darcys to pick up exclusive merch, and it’s flying off the shelves.

Wes talked about the merch changing from flat black shirts with the band’s’ name in a scripty font to the more colourful pink, seafoam pastels we’re seeing now… at first, fans weren’t sure about the new look and direction – and then, all of a sudden, the boys couldn’t keep the new gear in stock. In fact, there’s a rush merch order right now so WayHome will be fully stocked with brand new merch from The Darcys.

I asked Wes what his personal favourite pieces of merch is right now and he told me that the movie poster sits at the top of the list… but that the new merch that will drop later this summer is ready to take over that top spot.

We also talked a bunch about festival life, with Wes telling me that the Elora Riverfest and WayHome are his two favourites, with both affording him a chance to walk around and truly experience the music and feel of the event. He gave props to the fans who say hi, but are respectful of the fact that he’s there for a good time, just like they are.

I asked which acts he’s most looking forward to checking out at WayHome 2017 and he gave me an awesome list of talent that includes Frank Ocean, Tegan and Sara, Royal Blood, PUP, Justice, and Imagine Dragons among others. And with a list like that, there’s a strong chance we’re going to run into him from time to time on the festival grounds.

I also asked Wes which acts he’d buy tickets to see if he was given the chance, and learned that Beck still sits at the top of his list, with REM, U2, and Bruno Mars all taking spots on the list. His #1 criteria for live shows is: Entertainment… and we can’t argue with that.

Before we finished on the phone I asked Wes a few more questions, starting with some percentages/odds on a bunch of things, including:

• Chances we’ll see at least 1 palm tree on stage at WayHome – Wes says: 100%
• Chance there will be a Toronto show before the end of the year – Wes says: 90%
• Chance there will be a Christmas Cover in 2017 to follow up 2016’s All I Want For Christmas Is You – Wes says: 50%
• Chance the band is working on new stuff right now – Wes says: 100%
AND, I was told that there’s a strong chance we’ll see a rather large inflatable… stay tuned for more.

I also asked what drink he recommends when listening to The Darcys, and he gave two answers:

1) A cold Palm Bay, maybe something with coconut or pineapple.
2) A nice crisp, refreshing summer beer.

And finally, as we’ve been asking a lot of people this year, what is your #1 festival tip… and Wes offered this.

Drink plenty of water. Don’t be afraid to lay off the hooch a little bit. Know where your party comes from. Stick with your friends. Look out for each other.

Thanks again to Wes for the chat, we’re looking forward to seeing The Darcys hit the WayBright Stage at 3pm on Saturday afternoon at WayHome – and we invite you to be there too, because it should be awesome.

Stay tuned for more interviews, photos, reviews, and more – we’ve got it coming in hot!

Oh, and check out the new video for Arizona Hwy from The Darcy’s Centerfold. Right here, right now, just press play!

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WayHome 2017 Preview: Day-to-Day Schedule and Stage Lineup

We keep counting down the days to WayHome 2017… and now we know exactly what we’re counting down to!

The day-to-day lineup and stage schedules have been released, giving everyone a chance to mark up with wishlist and plan for running from WayHome to WayBright to WayAway and back again throughout the three day weekend.

Here’s the thing, we know that you’re going to look at this schedule and realize that you wish you could be in two places at once… that’s just a fact of big festival life. But, we trust that you’ll make the decision that is best for you.

We also know that you’re going to look at the schedule and see some time slots that don’t have a name on your Must See list… we highly recommend doing a little Spotify research and picking some new acts to see. Live is always a great way to discover and fall in love with new music.

So, without any further ado, here is the 2017 WayHome day-to-day stage schedule…

Friday, July 28

WayHome Stage

The Belle Game
2:45 – 3:15
Noname
3:45 – 4:15
San Fermin
4:45 – 5:30
Dashboard Confessional
6:00 – 6:45
Phantogram
7:15 – 8:00
Cage The Elephant
8:30 – 9:30
Flume
10:15 – 11:30

WayBright Stage

Grace Mitchell
2:15 – 2:45
Picture This
3:15 – 3:45
Allan Rayman
4:30 – 5:00
The Naked And Famous
5:30 – 6:15
Constantines
6:45 – 7:30
Foster The People
8:00 – 9:00
The Shins
9:30 – 10:30
Justice
11:45 – 1:00

WayAway Stage

Gabrielle Shonk
2:00 – 2:30
Haerts
3:00 – 3:30
Margaret Glaspy
4:00 – 4:30
Pat Lock
5:00 – 5:30
Andy Shauf
6:15 – 7:00
Tanya Tagaq
7:30 – 8:15
Polica
8:45 – 9:30
Illenium
11:00 – 11:45
Danny Brown
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Saturday, July 29

WayHome Stage

NOBRO
2:45 – 3:15
JAHKOY
3:45 – 4:15
Death From Above
4:45 – 5:30
Schoolboy Q
6:00 – 7:00
Vance Joy
7:45 – 8:45
Imagine Dragons
9:30 – 11:00

WayBright Stage

Charlotte Cardin
2:00 – 2:30
Darcys
3:00 – 3:30
Honne
4:00 – 4:45
Royal Blood
5:30 – 6:15
Jazz Cartier
7:00 – 7:45
Solange
8:30 – 9:30
Marshmello
12:00 – 1:00

WayAway Stage

Flakes
2:30 – 3:00
Blossoms
3:30 – 4:00
Magic Giant
4:30 – 5:00
They.
5:30 – 6:00
Houndmouth
6:30 – 7:00
Louis The Child
7:30 – 8:15
PUP
8:45 – 9:30
Mura Masa
11:00 – 11:45
Russ
12:15 – 1:00

Sunday, July 30

WayHome Stage

Skott
2:45 – 3:15
The Drums
3:45 – 4:30
Mutemath
5:15 – 6:00
Banks
6:30 – 7:15
Porter Robinson
8:00 – 9:00
Frank Ocean
9:45 – 11:15

WayBright Stage

Clairmont The Second
2:00 – 2:30
Colony House
3:00 – 3:30
The Dirty Nil
4:00 – 4:30
Jagwar Ma
5:00 – 5:30
Mitski
6:00 – 6:45
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
7:15 – 8:00
Tegan And Sara
8:45 – 9:45

WayAway Stage

Begonia
2:30 – 3:00
Harrison Brome
3:30 – 4:00
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
4:30 – 5:00
Hundred Waters
5:30 – 6:00
Daniel Caesar
6:45 – 7:30
Car Seat Headrest
8:15 – 9:15
The Barn WayHome Arts and Music Festival

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WayHome 2017 Preview: Royal Blood Top 5

As we get closer to WayHome 2017, our playlists have started to include more and more music from the artists that will be on the Burl’s Creek stages… including Royal Blood.

The duo out of Brighton, England will hit the stage on Saturday, July 29th before Imagine Dragons headlines the night. And based on their performance at The Edge’s Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing at the Velvet Underground, there are going to be some excited and happy fans in the crowd.

Related: Royal Blood at Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing – 102.1 The Edge

Get yourself ready for the show, and fall in love a little bit with these two English dudes, with our Royal Blood Top 5. These five songs have more than 181.6 million combined plays on YouTube and Spotify… click them one at a time and enjoy!

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Figure It Out

I Only Lie When I Love You

Little Monster

Ten Tonne Skeleton

Out Of The Black

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Royal Blood at Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing – 102.1 The Edge

Take one Friday night, add some friends from 102.1 The Edge, throw in a little Mill Street beer, add the face melting UK duo, Royal Blood, mix it together at The Velvet Underground, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for kicking off your weekend.

There’s a sweet anticipation that comes from knowing you’re going to a show, knowing it’s going to be a kick ass band but not knowing who that band will be. It’s fantastic! The only thing better is finding out who that band is and getting even more excited.

Tonight that’s exactly what happened. The UK duo out of Brighton came to Toronto to sing and play and get us all involved in the madness. Mike Kerr on vocals and Ben Thatcher on drums are a pair of guys who sound like a whole band on their own. They’re loud and energetic, they’re fun to watch, and they filled The Velvet Underground with bone-crushing sound.
Royal Blood - The Edge Secret ShowWe got a full set which included Figure It Out, Little Monster, Where Are You Now and their newest track Lights Out and so many more. If you weren’t lucky enough to win your way into tonight’s show, you can check out Royal Blood this summer at WayHome.

Side note – I couldn’t help but think of Crown Lands tonight. They’re another one of my favourite, very loud, very talented duos.

This was our first 102.1 The Edge Secret Show and we sure hope it’s not our last. 
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WayHome 2017 Lineup Announcement!

We’ve been waiting, all of us, patiently (mostly) for this day – and now it’s here…

WayHome has released the lineup for the 2017 music and arts festival, and the time is now to get excited for July 28-30 at Burl’s Creek.

With the release of their photo clues last week, WayHome started a conversation full of guesses, predictions, rumours and more. But now the guessing is over, and the planning can start. If you’ve already got your tickets for the festival, you’re hoping that some of the names on the list aren’t performing on stages at the same time (there are always hard decisions), and if you don’t have your tickets yet – it’s time to grab them so you can see Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, and Flume headlining on the weekend.

The last two years at WayHome have been a lot of fun. We’ve seen some amazing performances. We’ve seen some awesome totems. And we’ve witnessed the awesomeness of people coming together to enjoy music and art. The people, you people, that come to the fields and stages and campgrounds make this whole thing pretty cool.

Check the list of 2017 WayHome performers so far, and leave a comment telling us who you’re most excited to see.

And stay tuned – because we’ll have previews, interviews, and maybe even some badass contests leading up to the end of July.

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WAYHOME 2017 LINEUP!

† Imagine Dragons
† Frank Ocean
† Flume
† Justice
† Solange
† Marshmello
† Vance Joy
† Schoolboy Q
† Tegan And Sara
† The Shins

† Allan Rayman
† Andy Shauf
† Banks
† Begonia
† Belle Game
† Blossoms
† Car Seat Headrest
† Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries
† Charlotte Cardin
† Colony House
† Constantines
† Daniel Caesar
† Danny Brown
† Darcys
† Dashboard Confessional
† Death From Above 1979
† FLAKES
† Gabrielle Shonk
† Harrison Brome
† Honne
† Hundred Waters
† Illenium
† Jagwar Ma
† Jahkoy
† Jazz Cartier
† Louis The Child
† Magic Giant
† Margaret Glaspy
† Mitski
† Mura Masa
† Nobro
† Noname
† Pat Lok
† Phantogram
† Picture This
† Poliça
† PUP
† Rag’N’Bone Man
† Royal Blood
† Russ
† Skott
† Tanya Tagaq
† The Dirty Nil
† The Drums
† The Hunna
† The Naked And Famous
† THEY.

… and more to be announced

Tell us – who are you excited to see this year? Who is a true must see?!

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