Show Me the WayHome

#BonnarooNorth aka WayHome Festival releases lineup and ticket info.

WayHome

Here we have it! A few weeks ago I was speculating about the lineup for the Bonnaroo expansion to our neck of the woods. We have an official name, WayHome. An interesting choice, as it was rumoured to be called HomeAway, which I think I prefer.

Why not something about Pablum, Crokinole, Poutine or another Canadian invention with an interesting name to compete with Coachella, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Bonnaroo. I think I even prefer Boots & Hearts because at least it gets straight to the point. Maybe just Medonte to keep in line with the trend of a strange word ending in a vowel.

WayHome

I’ve seen a bunch of these bands already: Kendrick Lamar, alt-j, Passion Pit (a new album coming out?), Girl Talk (new mashups??), Yukon Blonde (yay Canada), and Evening Hymns (Ottawa represent). They are all great in their own way and I would go see them again. I’m also really excited to see Modest Mouse, I’ve loved them since high school.

There are also a lot of fad bands on this list: Sam Smith, Hozier, Vance Joy etc. I would trade all of these for another big name. And no Drake or the Weeknd! I guess Drake will be busy with his OVO fest and won’t want to compete.

I like it but I don’t love it – yet. Tickets right now will go for $209.99 – a nice deal for three days of music and camping included.

It sure doesn’t feel like it, but summer is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your weekends now. WayHome runs from July 24-26.

Bonnaroo Expansion Heads North!

Canadian music fans won’t have to travel too far this summer to get a piece of the festival circuit.

Update 14/02/2015: For more information on WayHome and the lineup, click here.

Lolla

Summer is made for cottages, road trips, baseball, patios, and concerts! The National Post is reporting that Bonnaroo has confirmed a Canadian expansion of their popular music festival! I’ve been following these rumours for a while now, and I’ve been hoping for a Toronto/Ontario music festival for ages!

I’m a two-time Lollapalooza alum, and it would take a lot to get me out there again. It’s about a 12 hour drive from Toronto, plus tickets + accommodations + food. It’s hard on your vacation time and your wallet.

The US has Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more in the summer. Up here we really only have Boots & Hearts (all country music-not really my thing) and Osheaga in Montreal. I’ve never been to Osheaga because both Osh and Lolla usually fall on the same Civic Holiday Weekend each year.

This festival will take place one week earlier – clever – and will run from July 24 – 26, 2015 at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (home of Boots & Hearts) near Orillia, about an hour north of Toronto.

Coachella just released their lineup today, so we can bet most of these bands will be playing the summer festival circuit. Some good ones on the list: AC/DC, Tame Impala, Jack White, the Weeknd, alt-j, Ratatat, Father John Misty, Drake (headlining!), Florence and the Machine, David Guetta, Brand New (high school nostalgia), and more.

Looks like a good mix of genres and popular/indie bands. Happy to see Toronto represented by two major players- the Weeknd and Drake. Interesting that Drake is closing Sunday. He started from the bottom and now he is at the top of the headliners for Coachella. We’ll probably see a lot of overlap at Osheaga, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Bonnaroo North or whatever they decide to call this new festival. More to come!

Update 14/01/2015: Bonnaroo has released their lineup here. No word yet on #BonnarooNorth.