WayHome festival preview – Neil Young to headline the biggest festival in Ontario this summer

Neil Young - Wayhome 2015 headliner - photo Pegi YoungNeil Young will headline Wayhome bringing the message from his new album The Monsanto Years

Summer is almost here and for music lovers, that means the best season of all – festival season! Long live indie is our motto and Way Home brings that to life from July 24-26, with some of the biggest independent artists coming together for this brand new festival.

Where?
The festival is held at the Burls Creek Event Grounds, in Oro-Medonte, Ontario – just outside of Barrie, Ontario.

Line up
Some of us are very surprised to see names like Neil Young on the docket, I know I was. Last year was supposed to be the last of his shows, but with his upcoming new studio album with Promise of The Real,  The Monsanto Yearson June 29th via Reprise Records, he isn’t calling it time yet. Expect Neil Young to deliver a powerful ecological and environmentally-focused message.

Elsewhere, Sam Smith, who’s currently in recovery in a Boston hospital after successful surgery on a hemorrhaged vocal cord is set to be back on tour by July 18th and hence, will still be able to perform at the festival.

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Moreover, from well-known artists like Alt-J (whose song “Left Hand Free” is to be featured alongside The Rolling Stones and The Killers on the new Guitar Hero Live game) and Hozier (who recently took home the Billboard awards for top rock artist and top rock song), to names that we will surely come to love but aren’t aware of yet, it’ll undoubtedly be a weekend filled with many memories and mellifluous sounds from start to finish.

Festival goers can expect to get the full experience out of this one. Performances from artists and bands that haven’t played together for a while, as well as ones that you just can’t get enough of, no matter how much you see them. Broncho coming to mind first. The powerfully grungy in a way we haven’t seen since the 90’s, but still energy fueled act that played three times at Canadian Music Week – including the indie awards – is back to sweep attendees off their feet with their wicked music and “ow, ow, ow, owww” howls from the vocalist following almost every song.

So get ready to enjoy the ones people outside of the music community know and fall in love with some new, awesome acts at the festival that’s known for getting you to put down that damn smartphone and enjoy the real world for a bit.

Here is the complete line-up:

NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL
SAM SMITH
KENDRICK LAMAR
ALT-J
MODEST MOUSE
HOZIER
BASSNECTAR
THE DECEMBERISTS
PASSION PIT
BRANDON FLOWERS
ST. VINCENT
GIRL TALK
VANCE JOY
FUTURE ISLANDS
THE SHEEPDOGS
RUN THE JEWELS
ODESZA
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
WALK THE MOON
KAYTRANADA
HEY ROSETTA!
G-EAZY
SYLVAN ESSO
DANNY BROWN
COLD WAR KIDS
THE OPHILUS LONDON
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA
COURTNEY BARNETT
THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
BIG K.R.I.T.
JULY TALK
TIMBER TIMBRE
THE LONE BELLOW
DJANGO DJANGO
FUCKED UP
THE GROWLERS
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
METZ
ALVVAYS
YUKON BLONDE
SLOAN
DELTA SPIRIT
BROODS
RHIANNON GIDDENS
HOW TO DRESS WELL
SZA
VIET CONG
COM TRUISE
DWAYNE GRETZKY
TOBIAS JESSO JR.
CHAD VANGAALEN
BRONCHO
SLOW MAGIC
BEAR MOUNTAIN
EVENING HYMNS
LOWELL
THE HIGHEST ORDER
DEAR ROUGE
HIGHS
BRAVE SHORES
KEVIN GARRETT
WEAVES
THE ASCOT ROYALS
THE BEACHES
TOMI SWICK
FOR ESMÉ
ZORCH
SAXSYNDRUM
AMOS THE TRANSPARENT
TEEN VIOLENCE
THE HUARACHES
CROSS DOG

Camping
Campsites are first come first serve, so if you want to be around your friends, you have to show up at the same time. The sites can fit 4-6 people comfortably, but you can cram up to 8 (maximum) into them if need be.

Rules – alcohol on the campsite
You’re allowed to bring your own booze and drink it on the campsite, but the limits are as follows: one (1) 40oz plastic bottle of liquor, one (1) 4L box of wine, one (1) 473mL case of twenty four (24) cans of beer. No glass containers and no drinking outside of the campsite. You’ll be denied entry into the concert areas if you’re overly intoxicated.

Kids?
Don’t worry, your kids can enjoy the festivities as well, you don’t have to leave them at home with a sitter if you don’t want to. If they’re 12 and under, they get a FREE General Admission ticket to the full event at the door. If you plan on bringing your kids, have a copy (or photocopy) of the child(ren)’s birth certificate(s) or passport with you and ready at the gates.

Tickets and camping
* General Admission Full Event Pass CA$229.99 Fee – $18.00 HST – $29.90

* General Admission Full Event Pass + Shuttle Pass $259.99 Fee – $18.00 HST – $33.80

* VIP Full Event Pass $599.99 Fee – $18.00 HST – $78.00

* General Admission RV Campsite Upgrade $299.99 Fee – $10.00 HST – $39.00

* VIP Hydro RV Campsite Upgrade $399.99 Fee – $10.00 HST – $52.00

* Shower Pass $24.99 Fee – $3.00 HST – $3.25

* Disability Camping is free

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or the WayHome website.

WayHome is set to be the biggest outdoor festival this summer in Ontario. Do not miss the party!

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