WayHomeScenery004-1000pxWayhome Music & Arts Festival returns for year two in Oro-Medonte, Ontario (north of Barrie, about 90 minutes out of Toronto) for another fully packed camping weekend smack dab in the middle of summer (July 24-26, 2016).

Headliners include LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers, along with Major Lazer, Haim, Metric, Chvrches, Ray LaMontagne, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Arkells and Beirut (see full line up information, profiles and videos here).

Wayhome promises a full weekend of relaxation and great diversions for camping festival-goers, with activities and installations to be enjoyed in the mornings before stages open, as well as into late-night. These include the Silent Disco, Artwalk, and the already famous restored barn with VIP viewing platform.  Regular passes for tier 3 & 4 are $249-$279 (tier one and tier two are already sold out) including camping and festival pass. VIP passes are $599 which offer upgraded camping areas (closer to stages) and a VIP viewing area including the barn and with food options for sale catered by The Drake.

There are a range of thoughtful, flexible options available for campers, RVers and even hotel packages, as well as daily shuttle buses from Toronto up to the site (read more).

In its first year, 2015 over the same weekend, Wayhome offered something new and long missed in our region: a full camping festival with a great space, green grasses and ample stages. They did this with top-notch customer service, good organization, a diverse program and a minimum of hassles. Most of the stages were a short 5 minute walk from each other, there were ample food offerings and places to hang, and campers created peaceful instant neighborhoods that reminded us of an earlier, easier time in the world. The vibe and experience was exceedingly positive (as we wrote about here) and before the weekend came to a close, 2016’s dates were announced.

Gather your best friends and plan on a short road trip, and see you at Wayhome!

More coverage of music acts, playlists and the festival itself will follow on the magazine. Jacqueline Howell

Read our coverage of Wayhome 2015:

Wayhome 2015 Preview

Wayhome 2015 Live Music Guide: Miss Nothing

Wayhome 2015 Live Music Guide Part Two

Wayhome 2015 Friday: Neil Young, Hozier, Alt-J, Viet Cong & More

Wayhome 2015 Saturday: Sloan, Scene pics, and Festival Fashion

Wayhome 2015 Sunday: St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Brandon Flowers & Run the Jewels

Wayhomesick: 2015 Full Festival Report and Wrap Up