Oro-Medonte, Ontario’s own music and arts festival “WayHome” is back for another trip into music lovers hearts everywhere with the release of their 2017 lineup, in which festival goers will be able to experience in full during July 28th – 30th this upcoming summer. Although this years full lineup hasn’t been released yet, enough artists are known to give a legitimate look upon its offerings.
Last years lineup featured three main headliners with LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers. LCD Soundsystem was a huge grab, after announcing the group was freshly back together following an elongated split and hiatus. Montreal-based Grammy winners Arcade Fire lit up the festival with their coveted indie-rock sound, and finally The Killers led by lead vocalist Brandon Flowers (who played a solo set at WayHome the year prior) closed the festival out with their throwback song selection and iconic sound. Although not official headliners, WayHome 2016 also boasted support from Diplo’s own Major Lazer, the three sister trio Haim, British synthpop band Chvrchs, singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne, and the French electronic band led by Anthony Gonzalez, M83.
In addition to 2016’s headliners, festival goers were treated to a huge variety of artists stemming every genre you can think of. Hip-hop was held down by Toronto’s own Tory Lanez, the gritty Vince Staples, future bounce artist GoldLink, as well as Shad, and Rae Sremmurd who replaced Future over scheduling conflicts. Now if you’re a fan of electronic music, you had the really good BadBadNotGood, AlunaGeorge, Keys n Krates, Tourist, and Tennyson just to name a few. WayHome’s massive 71 person lineup also boasted the likes of Nick Murphy (FKA Chet Faker), Matt and Kim, Third Eye Blind, Robert De Long, Bishop, Boom Forest, Mac De Marco, Arkells, Glass Animals, A Tribe Called Red, and even more artists than you could shake a stick at.
2017’s headliners boast Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, Flume, Justice, Solange, Marshmello, Vance Joy, Schoolboy Q, Tegan and Sara, and The Shins. There is noticeably a lot to like in regards to this group of artists. Flume, Marshmello, and Justice represent the electronic movement from this group, with each bringing enough differentiation that even first time listeners will be able to jump right in. Newly Grammy award winning artist Flume will be bringing his signature formula that so many have tried (and failed) to emulate, while Marshmello will have no issue getting the crowd moving with his eclectic sound. The legendary French duo Justice is another welcomed addition as their nu-disco type aesthetic is adored by fans far and wide. Representing hip-hop is Top Dawg Entertainments SchoolBoy Q coming off of his latest project, Blank Face LP, while the Suckers for Pain Imagine Dragons hold up the fans of rock music proudly. On the indie side of things we have Albuquerque’s own The Shins, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, and Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara whom are all sure to impress with their top notch stylings. If you’re looking for a smoother R&B type feel, look no further than Solange and Frank Ocean who will hit you hard with their soft melodic vocals.
Any regular festival goer will be the first to let you know that the headliners will always blow you out of the water, but sometimes it’s the artists with the smallest print that will really leave their mark on you. In addition to 2017’s headliners we have a plethora of artists to choose from come July 28th. Toronto’s newly rising star Jazz Cartier is sure to impress hip-hop heads everywhere, while artists like Mura Masa, and Louis the Child will have you shining a new light on the electronic genre. Taking a step back we’ll be able to enjoy Allan Rayman, Russ, Hundred Waters, Death From Above 1979, Daniel Caesar, Danny Brown, THEY., Phantogram, Banks, and Noname, just to name a few from this huge 57 person lineup, with more to come.
WayHome prides itself on its variety and its “something for everyone” vibes, and in that sense WayHome has hit the nail on its head every year since its creation. There is also no lack of Canadian artists in the slightest which is a nice nod to the land that this festival calls home. But which lineup is “better” you ask? Well that may just have to be left up to you to figure out, as this lineup was built to appeal to the whole world, not just a specific genre, or person. But what’s important is that WayHome is still going strong, and won’t be taking a rest from showcasing culture anytime soon. Though if you are still unsure if this year’s WayHome will be the one for you, I highly recommend setting aside a day at the very least to check out each artist individually and experience what their music sounds like. The variety on this lineup means that you may not only fall in love with a couple artists you hadn’t heard of before, but maybe even a couple new genres you didn’t think you’d be into. With over 100 days until WayHome 2017, try listening to one new artist on the lineup per day, and you may have a whole new music library before the end of it.
Although 2017s lineup is complete yet, which year are you feeling more? Leave your opinions in the comment box below!