WayHome Festival Director Ryan Howes on Exclaim! TV

WayHome Festival Director Ryan Howes on Exclaim! TV
The countdown is on to WayHome Music & Arts Festival, taking place this July 22 to 24. The festival's inaugural 2015 year was quite the success, as 35,000 people flocked to the Burl's Creek event grounds in Oro-Medonte, ON to experience a weekend filled with musical performances, art, food and camping. How could the festival top itself for the 2016 edition? We spoke to WayHome director Ryan Howes to find out.

One key change will be the variety of accommodations. "We're definitely going to be improving our camping experience overall," Howes says. A special V.I.P. camping area will be implemented, with WayHome-branded tents and accessories set up upon guests' arrival, as well as luxury facilities, washrooms and special food vendors accessible exclusively to V.I.P. attendees.

Keeping with the success of last year, the festival will continue to boast multi-genre stages. "To see some bands like Mac DeMarco, Vince Staples in these stage environments that you would never see them in at any festival anywhere in the world — it's gonna absolutely blow people away," says Howes.

Surprise late night performances and a farmers market featuring local food and coffee vendors will also make their mark this year. Howes emphasizes the "Art Walk" that will be taking place again before the official start of the festival in the evening of July 21, featuring a multitude of carefully curated installations.

WayHome 2016 will feature headliners Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and the Killers, but for more of the finer details, watch the interview below, then get your passes to WayHome here.

Filmed and edited by Katherine Kwan
Additional footage provided by Dowling Films
Music: "Sisters" (ft. Northern Voices) and "Electric Pow Wow Drum" by A Tribe Called Red