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WayHome Music and Arts festival announces it will be on 'pause' in 2018

WayHome Music and Arts festival announced on its website and social media that it will not return for a fourth year, but will be on "pause" in 2018.

The festival has been held at Burl's Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont. since 2015

The WayHome Music and Arts festival is produced by Republic Live and has announced it will not return in 2018. (WayHome Music & Arts Festival/Canadian Press)

WayHome Music and Arts festival announced on its website and social media Tuesday that it will not return for a fourth year, but will be on "pause" in 2018.

A short statement was posted to the festival's website thanking fans for their support over the last three years. 

"This isn't goodbye, just see you later," the statement said on WayHome.com.   

WayHome Music and Arts festival confirmed online Tuesday that it will not return for a fourth year, but will be put on 'pause' in 2018. (WayHome Music and Arts Festival)

The festival has been held at Burl's Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont. since 2015 and is produced by Republic Live. 

In a press release issued by Republic Live the co-founder of the festival explained the reasoning for the 2018 pause.

"After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to push pause on the 2018 edition, to allow us to reflect, re-assess and re-imagine the event,"  says Eva Dunford, co-founder / partner, Republic Live.

Dunford thanked all the fans, staff, sponsors and partners for their contributions to the festival. 

The release confirmed that Republic Live will produce a series of concerts and events during the summer of 2018. 

In its inaugural year, WayHome headliners included: Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar and Neil Young.

In 2016, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers played at the festival. 

And this past summer Frank Ocean, Imagine Dragons and Flume performed. 

WayHome Music and Arts was recently awarded the Live Music Industry Award for major festival of the year during the 2017 Canadian Music Week Industry Awards.

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