|Way Out West|
|Genre||Rock, alternative rock, electronic, hip hop, world|
|Dates||Second weekend in August (3 days)|
|Location(s)||Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden|
Way Out West is a three-day music festival held in Gothenburg, Sweden, during August that plays host to a variety of popular music artists mainly from the rock, electronic and hip-hop genres. The main festival is complemented with the club concept Stay Out West which features after-hours gigs at various venues around the city.
The first festival was held in August 2007 in Slottsskogen on Friday and Saturday and at club venues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. In 2012 the festival became a full-fledged three-day festival with live music in Slottsskogen even on Thursday. In addition to music, the festival has also grown to incorporate other cultural activities such as art exhibitions in Slottsskogen and film showings at cinemas around the city.
The festival has had a strong focus on being environmentally friendly and was the first festival in Sweden to become KRAV-certified. Citing environmental reasons, the festival announced on the evening before the first day of the 2012 festival that all food served to artists, staff and visitors during the festival would be vegetarian. This decision led to a furor of reactions, both positive and negative. The debate culminated with the Gothenburg tabloid GT giving away free sausages and meatballs outside the festival entrance – a move that resulted in a Twitter dispute between the festival's press chief Joel Borg, co-founder of the festival, and GT editors that was highlighted by the Swedish media.
The festival has won both national and international awards including: Gyllene Hjulet's 2012 Rights Holder for the Way Out West brand, Résumé's Monthly Outdoor Marketing Campaign, as well as the Most Innovative Festival at the MTV O Music Awards.
The main festival takes place in the 137 hectare Slottsskogen park in central Gothenburg. When the festival area closes for the night there are more performances at various venues in and around central Gothenburg for example Gothenburg Studios.
2007, August 9, 10, 11
- ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
- Albert Hammond Jr.
- Architecture in Helsinki
- The Ark
- The Besnard Lakes
- Big Bird
- Brian James Gang
- Devendra Banhart
- Eagles of Death Metal
- Erykah Badu
- Florence Valentin
- The Go! Team
- The Hellacopters
- Hello Saferide
- The Hives
- Jonas Game
- Juliette and the Licks
- Kanye West
- Lady Sovereign
- Last Days of April
- Lily Allen (Show Cancelled (throat infection), Teddybears were the last minute replacement)
- Lykke Li
- Manu Chao
- Molotov Jive
- New Young Pony Club
- Patrick Watson
- Peter Bjorn and John
- The Pogues
- Primal Scream
- Regina Spektor
- Salem Al Fakir
- Shout Out Louds
- Teenage Bad Girl
- Teddybears (last-minute replacement of Lily Allen)
- Those Dancing Days
- Thunder Express
- Timo Räisänen
- The Tough Alliance
2008, August 7, 8, 9
2009, August 13, 14, 15
2010, August 12, 13, 14
2011, August 11, 12, 13
2012, August 9, 10, 11
2013, August 8, 9, 10
Stay Out West (Clubs)
Way Out West 2015 was held on August 13 to 15.
Way Out West 2016 was held on August 11 to 13.
Way Out West 2017 was held on August 10 to 12.
Way Out West 2018 was held on August 9 to 11.
Way Out West 2019 was held on August 8 to 10.
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- Official website
- Photos from Way Out West 2007
- Review, setlists and photos from Way Out West 2008 at Webcuts