EXPOSURES captures the moods and experiences of fans and artists, both onstage and off. In one of the Summer's final festivals, Ryan Parker travelled to the first edition of WayHome Festival with a tent, a few bags of Doritos, and a camera. He lost a few pounds in sweat, gained it back with the delicious food trucks, and had minor heat stroke. When he wasn't passed out under a tree, this is what he saw.
The inaugural WayHome festival has come and gone. Luckily for us all wanting to relive the magic, photographs are forever and I took some of those on my handy 35mm film camera that's been passed down through my family. My festival fashion included an obnoxious hat from Australia customized with a homemade flower crown that most certainly got in the way of anyone else in the photo pit.
The organizers deserve a round of applause for smooth sailing throughout the entire weekend, and the sun deserves no respect for being so hot. We saw exceptional performances from Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young + The Promise of the Real, Odesza, Run The Jewels, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Fucked Up, Weaves, and many more. There were a ton of flags, art, food trucks, and happy campers. Here's a photo essay of what we experienced.
Pool noodles are an essential item for pretending you're in a pool and not melting.
The always fantastic and always Australian Courtney Barnett.
Sunset at the WayBright stage makes a camera happy.
Before Neil Young's 3+ hour performance, two women dressed in farmer outfits sprinkled seeds all over the stage.
The festival grounds had art installations and other fun things at every turn.
Things to pack for next year: water guns.
Fucked Up, with the biggest mosh pit in ratio to size of crowd, obviously.
The WayAway stage was tucked neatly in a forested area and had light projections on the surrounding trees.
I'd give it a 6.8.
Girl Talk. Not pictured: Girl Talk.
Some slap cup to wake you up in the morning.
Alvvays' beach-pop is paired well with the sun and friends.
Danny Brown's DJ played for 15 minutes before he came on stage and people were already turnt to 10.
Before Modest Mouse's set, Kevin Drew announced that Broken Social Scene would be replacing Passion Pit. We weren't allowed to take photos, so here's Modest Mouse.
Kendrick Lamar's set was loaded with hits and he commanded the stage, pulling the biggest crowd of the weekend.
Some casual aerial yoga in the morning. I can't even touch my toes.
Things that should be at every festival: a ball pit...
...And a bubble machine that's operating non-stop.
That's not a trampoline, I managed to catch this man falling from the sky into the festival grounds. Take that fence jumpers.
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