A Sommar Festival
Göteborg, SWEDEN – Music-loving hipsters flocked to Slottssskogen (‘Castle Forest’) donning their Converse and Tretorn rain boots to enjoy the Way Out West festival.
The three-day Music and Film festival had something for everyone and featured some high energy performances by talented artists. Of Monsters and Men, Public Enemy, Håkan Hellström, The Knife, Rodriguez, Miguel, Bat for Lashes and Alicia Keys were just some of the talented artists who moved the crowd.
Unfortunately, Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancelled their appearance along with the rest of their tour due to an injury sustained by one of the band members. Way Out West stepped up and converted anyone with 1-day passes (for Thursday) to 3-day passes to enable them to get their full enjoyment from the festival.
Rain or shine, the festival went on! No umbrellas were permitted onsite for security reasons but there were ponchos available at tents on the festival grounds along with ear plugs and some festival swag like energy drinks, bags from Metro, Nivea lotion and more.
A great escape from the concert scene was Way Out West Films. A tent at Slottsskogen played films in the evening while theatres around town screened films during the day. Many of the films made their Scandinavian premieres at Way Out West such as “The East” with Ellen Page, “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”, “Reincarnated: Snoop Lion”, “Before Midnight” and Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmaster”.
Way Out West is proud to be a “Vegetarian” festival. From the environment and sustainability, challenging the norm, animal rights and health, festival-goers and the artists continue to support their initiative and the food. Every food cart, truck and vendor served only vegetarian fare. From Churros and Beaver Tails to Samosas and Flautas, veggie burgers weren’t the only vegetarian option one could find to satisfy their hunger. As Way Out West put it, they wanted to go from a statement to a full experience giving festival-goers many more Vegetarian food options, some tastier than others.
The festival was complimented with Stay Out West, after-hour gigs that took place at different venues around the city.
More Way Out West coverage to come.
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Check out the festival photo gallery below