WayHome Music & Arts Festival has announced their 2016 lineup, with Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and The Killers all slated to headline. Taking place July 22 – July 24 in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, the second annual WayHome will also feature performances by Major Lazer, M83, CHVRCHES, HAIM, Ray LaMontagne, FKA twigs and Future.
Among the other highlights of WayHome’s diverse and eclectic 2016 lineup are Chet Faker, Arkells, Beirut, Gary Clark Jr., Mac DeMarco, The Last Shadow Puppets, Wolf Parade, The Arcs, Foals, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Matt & Kim, Bahamas, Third Eye Blind, Stars, Glass Animals and X Ambassadors. Check out the official WayHome 2016 lineup video below.
For those who are ready to start the countdown to WayHome 2016, grab your tickets at the lowest possible price when tickets go on sale February 16th at noon. Tier one tickets — which sold out in under 36 hours last year — start at $209CDN for a weekend pass.
“We are very excited to share such a rich, deep lineup that offers so many exciting acts for music lovers of all genres,” says Ryan Howes, festival producer for WayHome Music & Arts. “We would like to thank our talent booking partners at AC Entertainment and can’t wait to have our fans join us at Burl’s Creek this summer.”
WayHome will mark Arcade Fire’s first return to Canada since closing out their Reflektor tour in Montreal two years ago. The band has been holed up in New Orleans recording their new album since late last year, and WayHome will be one of only three North American shows they perform this summer. Will WayHomies get a taste of those FIERY new jams?
After playing WayHome last year as a solo act, Brandon Flowers returns to Burl’s Creek this summer fronting The Killers. WayHome producer Ryan Howes jokes that his dream is to have “Brandon Flowers playing in some incarnation every single year at WayHome.” This year’s Killers set certainly helps realize that vision. While a new Killers album may or may not materialize, fans can look on the bright side and expect a set full of their many, many hits.
LCD Soundsystem will stop at WayHome on their epic reunion tour, five years after playing their “final show” in New York City. James Murphy, founder of the band, has promised new music in addition to the 2016 trek, and their stop at WayHome will undoubtedly give every WayHomie the chance to dance themselves clean. Murphy also produced Arcade Fire’s latest album, Reflektor, leaving the door open for many exciting collaborations that could go down at the ‘Creek.
Howes says a few surprise WayHome collaborations are already in the works, but one confirmed partnership guaranteed to delight WayHomies will come courtesy of Ray LaMontagne. For his WayHome appearance, Ray will be backed by the core of My Morning Jacket. While My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James takes some well-deserved time off from the road, the remaining members of the band will bring their hard-hitting, swirling psychedelic soundscapes to WayHome, helping Ray showcase tracks from his latest album, Ouroboros. As of now, Ray’s Sunday sunset slot on the WayBright stage is the only Canadian date on this unique combination’s entire summer tour.
Those who prefer music of the red and white variety are in luck, as WayHome will feature a hearty helping of high-quality Can-Con. Arkells promise to deliver the goods during a showstopping Saturday set, while Half Moon Run, Shad, Bahamas, Young Empires, BadBadNotGood, A Tribe Called Red, Stars and Patrick Watson are amongst the other hozer highlights. For those traveling from south of the border, come witness a dazzling showcase of Canada’s finest musical exports. Also — try the poutine.
Howes promises this year’s WayHome late-night offerings will up the ante significantly. “From 11PM to 2AM, you’ll be seeing some of the most premier talent on our lineup. We’re really excited to keep the party going late into the night at WayHome this summer.”
New to WayHome this year will be the option for campers to choose their campsites. Want the cheapest site possible? Opt for regular camping and split the cost with six of your buddies. Want the deluxe experience, with ample campsite space and the closest walk to the main stage? Go for “camping plus”. And for music-lovin’ city slickers who would rather fill their car with beer than camping equipment, WayCamp provides a pre-setup campsite, which campers can take home once the weekend has concluded.
WayHome’s complete 2015 lineup featured 72 artists in total, and the initial lineup for this year totals 71. While an additional artist announcement is far from guaranteed, Howes says to keep your eyes peeled for potential surprises in the spring. The full performance schedule will be released closer to the festival. In the meantime, dissect the lineup poster below!