Spring has barely sprung, but WayHome headquarters is already buzzin’ like it’s July. Organizers harvested that buzz into some sweet festival honey this morning, when they announced Cage the Elephant, Porter Robinson, Foster the People, Mutemath and Houndmouth have been added to the lineup.
The additions join an already stacked WayHome roster that features Flume, Justice, the Shins, Phantogram and Danny Brown kicking things off on Friday, July 28th. Solange, Vance Joy, and Imagine Dragons follow on Saturday the 29th, and Frank Ocean, Banks and Tegan & Sara are among the highlights closing it down on Sunday the 30th.
As if organizers weren’t busy enough, Ryan Howes, Creative Director of WayHome, hopped on Reddit last night to field some questions, then chatted directly with Festival Snobs to drop some more WayHome knowledge. Here’s what we learned about this year’s WayHome:
Logistical changes are coming
WayHome will see the first major layout and scheduling changes since the festival’s inception in 2015. Howes says WayHome 2017 will offer three brand new, state-of-the-art stages, in addition to other, more intimate branded listening spaces. The popular, forested WayAway stage will be moved even further into the woods to gain more intimacy — and shade. With more “programmed hours per stage” than 2015 and 2016, Howes says WayHome 2017 features “more music and less conflicts”. And the Silent Disco returns!
A Tribe Called Quest is officially out
Back in February, mere hours after WayHome released their trademark lineup clues, a mockup of (what later turned out to be) the final lineup leaked. One name was featured on the leak but mysteriously missing from the final lineup — hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest. Howes admits the leak made for a “hectic work weekend”, and unfortunately, due to a scheduling issue, WayHome was unable to secure ATCQ for this year’s festival. While far from an ideal scenario, Howes says that he hopes the legends can kick it at a future WayHome.
Dreaming of Oasis
Howes revealed that his ultimate WayHome dream act would be an Oasis reunion. While Howes can probably keep dreaming, Oasis fans can at least count on the Brothers Gallagher continuing to trade delightfully profane barbs in the press.
Renewed focus on art
In addition to the return of Angus Watt’s beloved technicolor flags, Howes promises art installations that are “a first for any multi-day camping festival” and are “guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces.”
“Think sound beams and pay phones.”
More food trucks
Fans can expect more food truck variety, and not just pulled pork — though Howes is a big fan. Howes also says the amount of food available in the campground area has tripled.
Epic late nights
Howes did not hold back his excitement for this year’s late night scene. “The late nights have something for everyone, with a great mix of top talent and all genres.” Compared to previous years, 2017 will feature “the best WayHome late nights yet.”
The full schedule, including all late night sets, will be released this summer.
Tier one tickets are still available here. Check out the full daily breakdown below!