Kendrick Lamar, METZ, G-Eazy Modest Mouse, Run the Jewels, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Manchester Orchestra, Alvvays, Broncho, Teen Violence, The Beaches @ WayHome Festival Day 2 7/25/2015

The sun beam down heavily the majority of the weekend but Saturday saw some overcast skies and short drizzles of rain that cooled the concertgoers from scorching heat.

After a complimentary breakfast (a great perk for VIPs) we were off to start our day with The Beaches at WayBold. The all-girl band was reminiscent of Lillix and The Runaways.

Teen Violence warmed up the crowd at WayAway with their 50s influenced surf-pop vibes with a little take punk added in. Conversely, over on WayBold Broncho did a much breezier guitar-driven version of this. Alvvays also complimented the sunny weekend with their surf-pop tunes from their acclaimed self-titled album. They seemed humbled to be playing close to home to an ever growing audience.

Our first trip to the main stage on Saturday was for Atlanta, Georgia’s Manchester Orchestra who surprised the majorly Canadian (though we did see some  US license plates) audience with a cover of The Weakerthans’ “Plea For A Cat Named Virtute”. Back on the other end was, The Rural Alberta Advantage. Vocalist Nils Edenloff’s distinctive voice could be heard far through Burl’s Creek as the band performed favourited like “Stamp”.

Saturday actually had a wealth of hip-hop acts (which included Big K.R.I.T, Sza and Danny Brown which we didn’t have time to see). The duo of Killer Mike and El-P took on the main stage as Run The Jewels with a family-like collaboration between the two MCs.  Modest Mouse took the same stage after with 8 people testing the waters of their newest album Strangers to Ourselves throwing in tunes from Good News for People Who Love Bad News. They even threw in 1997’s “Doin’ the Cockroach”.

After a lengthy introduction from his drummer and DJ on the WayBold stage, Bay Area’s G-Eazy took the stage with hip-hop tunes like “Monica Lewinsky,” “Lady Killer”. The set was full of airhorns until the last song, “Loaded”. To be honest, it wasn’t really our thing. 

“Finally some good music” we heard someone say at WayAway during the METZ set. There were many types of people at WayHome and those into heavier music moshed crazily to the Toronto band’s set as they delivered the fiery tunes off II. 

We ended our night with an epic performance from Saturday’s headliner, Kendrick Lamar. Impressively, he brought a backing band with him, adding more energy to the set than if it were just samples. I’d heard Lamar’s music before and they worked great as concept albums but I didn’t realize that they translated so well live until I witnessed it with my own eyes. An entire field of hands were up in the air as he rapped “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “i”. He also did his part in A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems”. After he finished his set with “Almost” and “Compton” fireworks ignited the stage and added to the magical experience that was WayHome.