After teasing us with a couple of 360º videos hinting at lineup inclusions last week and over the weekend, today WayHome Music & Arts Festival revealed the full cast of acts slated for its July 22-24, 2016 return to Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, and there are some big reasons to be excited.
While the premier edition of “Canada’s Bonnaroo” focused on giving headline slots to Grammy winners ripe in their moment and one vintaged CanCon icon, this year promises them to some of our favourite indie acts, all of which are at pivotal moments in their (in some cases recently revived) careers.
1. ARCADE FIRE IS PREPARING TO BLOW OUR MINDS
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A recent press release from Arcade Fire announcing headlining performances at Spain’s Bilbao BBK Live and Portugal’s NOS Alive Festival promised “a unique and unrepeatable concert that will review their greatest hits, including those from their latest album, Reflektor,” at each. With word that they’ll play WayHome just a couple weeks later, we’re hoping we’ll get lucky and receive the same treatment (and a little something extra, if we’re being honest with ourselves).
Exactly what the band means by “a unique and unrepeatable concert” is pretty open for speculation, but considering the immersive live experience the band brought stadium audiences (and then the smaller club after-parties) when it toured behind Reflektor, it seems safe to get your hopes up. The group’s second performance at Coachella 2014, for instance, involved a skit involving characters resembling Daft Punk and a cover of Prince’s “Controversy” featuring a guest performance from Beck, and a bunch of smashed instruments (these guys did just recently collaborate with Diplo and Skrillex… just saying).
Then there’s the studio album they’re currently at work on in New Orleans, and all the potential that brings; best case scenario, we’ll hear some new songs; but given the half-year viral marketing frenzy that led up to the band’s last album, it could also be the beginning of a new mystery.
2. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM IS (REALLY) PLAYING
(Photo by Matt Biddulph via Wiki Creative Commons)
Despite reports that LCD Soundsystem would not reunite, the band released new music at the end of 2015, giving us our first reliable glimmer of hope after they broke up the group following a Madison Square Garden concert in 2011. Then, last month, James Murphy took to the band’s Facebook account to announce the group’s plans to tour and release a new album in 2016. Until now, the only gig on the docket though, was Coachella. So this will be the group’s first Canadian gig in light of the announcement, and hey, we might even hear some new stuff (according to reports).
3. WOLF PARADE’S BIGGEST PERFORMANCE SINCE COMEBACK
It’s been a long wait for this legendary Canadian indie rock fixture from Spencer Krug (Moonface, Sunset Rubdown), Dan Boeckner (Divine Fits, Handsome Furs, Operators), Dante DeCaro (Hot Hot Heat, Johnny and the Moon), and Arlen Thompson (who drummed on Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” remember) to return from its indefinite hiatus, and WayHome is the first opportunity we’ll have to see them reunited on a massive stage. Despite the break, they’ll have plenty of practice going in; the gig follows a string of concert residencies in New York City, London, England, and Toronto (for which fans should take note: tickets are still available for the latter two of the band’s five nights at Lee’s Palace), where the band has promised to play favourites from their three albums, “as well as a taste or two of some new tunes.” If they play their cards right, this platform could be their chance to usher in the next era of the band.