A week ago the time had come for Way Out West 2016. This year for the tenth time in a row.
New visitor record and probably the most precipitation over land since its start. Despite the mud on the ground, that destroyed all white sneakers forever, Way Out West still managed to do what it does best — throw hell of a party. Radar went to Gothenburg to experience a fierce crowd, amazing concerts and kick ass day parties.
A week ago Way out West returned for the tenth time. For an ordinary visitor the new record was probably not only an amazing thing, causing queues that sometimes did not even let you in to the concerts — both at Slottskogen and at Stay Out West. Because even if Way Out West is amazing in most ways, the planning it takes to be a part of as many things as possible, is sometimes tiring. There is almost too many good concerts, events and day parties happening at the same time, especially if you are suffering from FOMO. The planning almost becomes a sort of risk assessment where clothes changing, drinking-time and scheduled concerts all need be taken into account.
When Friday and Saturday arrived with rain as from an open sky, people still at home texted friends at Way Out West, spitefully saying; “we are not that jealous this year”. However, even if I wished all days could have been like the Thursday — they were wrong. The people still at home never got the chance to see the RMH-collective performing in a wood barn. They never got the chance to stand listening to Daniel Norgrens godlike voice in “Linnétältet” and they never danced under a sweating, bare breasted Jonas Lundqvist at Yaki-Da. They didn’t get to see the fantastic energy at Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, the power of the petite yet worldwide Zara Larsson and the performance of Sia. People still at home missed out on Stormzy, Yung Lean, Little Jinder, José González, The Tallest Man On Earth, Jamie XX, Morrisey, Seinabo Sey, The Internet and all other fantastic performances.
I think the last picture sums it up pretty well – all there is in the end is the feeling of standing close together and enjoying that high quality and great variety in music – and you can always trust Way Out West will be able to give you that. Some rumours are saying that it was maybe the last year, I sure hope it wasn’t.
Text & photos by me, Hanna.