Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Modest Mouse and Hozier to Headline WayHome Music and Arts This Summer

WayHome Music Festival Sam Smith

Republic Live announced at a press conference earlier today that Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Modest Mouse and Hozier will be headlining at their inaugural music and arts festival, WayHome Music and Arts, which will take place July 24th – 26th, 2015 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, ten minutes north of Barrie.  Additional artists announced for the line-up include: Bassnectar, The Decemberists, Passion Pit, St. Vincent, Girl Talk, Vance Joy, Future Islands, The Sheepdogs, Odesza, The Gaslight Anthem, Walk The Moon, Run The Jewels, Kaytranada, Hey Rosetta!, G-Eazy, Sylvan Esso, Danny Brown, Cold War Kids, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Big K.R.I.T, July Talk, Fucked Up, Timber Timbre, Thousand Foot Krutch, METZ, Alvvays, Yukon Blonde, Courtney Barnett, Sloan, Delta Spirit, Broods, How to Dress Well, SZA, Viet Cong, Com Truise, Bear Mountain, Evening Hymns, Lowell, The Highest Order, Dear Rouge, Chris Stapleton, For Esme, and Saxsyndrum with many more still to come.  WayHome Music and Arts is a collaboration between Canadian entertainment company Republic Live and US promoter, AC Entertainment, co-founders and producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the Forecastle Festival, the Big Ears Festival and many other events.   All ticket offerings include a choice of tent camping or parking and will go on-sale to the general public on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12 pm EST exclusively at with GA tickets starting at $209.99.   A one-day only walk-in pre-sale for tastemaker fans is available on February 12th with GA tickets for $189.99 at the 12 key retail partners listed below.

“We couldn’t be more excited to finally launch the name of our new festival as the WayHome Music and Arts and announce this inspiring line-up,” said Shannon McNevan, Executive Director, Republic Live.  “Sam Smith is one of the hottest and most exciting new artists in the world right now, so it’s awesome to see acts like him join Kendrick Lamar and Alt-J on our inaugural bill as Canada’s international destination music festival.  It’s a testament to how great of an entertainment market southern Ontario is.   A huge differentiator for any festival we do is the on-site experience and amazingly deep sense of community that people feel there.  To that end, we’re including tent camping or parking with our ticket offerings to encourage people to camp out with their pals and really immerse themselves in the experience..”

“We’ve been talking with and getting to know the team at Republic Live for several years now and we’re excited that WayHome Music and Arts is at long last becoming a reality,” said Ashley Capps, CEO of AC Entertainment.  “Our initial  line-up clearly establishes WayHome as one of North America’s premiere music and arts festivals and provides a strong foundation to build upon for the future.   The Burl’s Creek site is amazing – one of the best I’ve ever seen – and with four stages, over 90 acts performing across 3 days and a kaleidoscope of ongoing activities for festival goers, we’re focused on creating an unforgettable weekend for everyone.”

Tickets for WayHome Music and Arts will be sold in allotments, meaning that once the number of tickets allocated at the  $209.99 price point sell out, the following allotment of tickets will be released at the next price point of $229.99.  Fans are encouraged to purchase early to get the best possible price and organizers are anticipating a sold out event.  Exclusive walk-in ticket pre-sales will take place tomorrow, February 12th, for one day only at the following retailers with full event GA tickets, including camping or parking, available for $189.99 prior to the public on-sale.

Retail Outlet


Store Hours

Casbah Bar 18 Huron Street, Collingwood, ON 5pm – 2am
Doogies 37 Wyndham Street North, Guelph, ON 7 pm – 2 am
Blueprint Clothing 246 Princess Street, Kingston, ON 10am – 6pm
Howey Bros 57A Whitewood Avenue, New Liskeard, ON 10 am – 6 pm
Kahuna Surf Shop 175 Missisaga Street East, Orillia, ON 10 am – 6 pm
Top of the World Clothing 158 Rideau, Ottawa, ON 10am – 9pm
Flavour Fashion 383 George Street North, Peterborough, ON 10am – 6pm
Got Style 62 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON 11am – 8pm
Heel Boy 773 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON 10 am -9 pm
Northern Standard Trading Post 1662 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON 12pm – 7pm
Tiger of Sweden 56 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON 11am – 8pm
Loop 13 King Street North, Waterloo, ON 11am – 8pm

One GA ticket includes GA tent camping and full admission to all three festival days.  One campsite is provided per group upon arrival and each campsite can hold up to 8 people, although 4-6 per site are recommended to optimize comfort. A GA ticket will also allow anyone traveling back and forth daily to park in the day parking area at no additional cost.  VIP tickets, VIP Glamping, RV and Hotel Packages are also available exclusively at

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