UO REVIEW: WAY OUT WESTAugust 16, 2013
Last weekend we packed our Kankens and headed over to Sweden’s second largest city Gothenburg for the Way Out West festival!
Based mostly in the city’s beautiful majestic park area, Slottsskogen, we got to watch a ridiculously good line up of music whilst trying not to fall into the massive lake swamp whilst legging it from stage to stage.
We kicked off our festival vibes jigging to Syria’s Acid Arab, Omar Souleyman, who had only been granted a visa to perform in the country the night before.
Although super headliner Neil Young had to cancel his performance last minute, we spent the rest of the evening making up for it by grooving to Tame Impala, having a little sob to Beach House and getting drunk and silly to Florida’s Merchandise who were playing one of the festival’s Stay Out West (see what they did there!?) venues, Pustervik, which served as an excellent facility for playing basketball/partying into the early hours.
The Swedish partying induced sleep depravation left us wondering if we really did see a gorilla throwing shapes willy nilly to UK hard house music in the street, so we were relieved to see this photo get developed.
Graham (we named him Graham) The Gorilla later became a good omen of the weekend, cropping up around the city just as spirits started to dip. Thank You Graham!
As well as music, the festival also showed an incredible selection of new films and also hosted some talks with creatives from around the globe. We managed to see the lovely lady of lettering Jessica Hisch deliver a charming talk about her career so far, from designing a brutal board game about surviving parental divorce whilst in college, to creating two type faces for Wes Anderson’s last film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. Hero!
The cinema offered a much needed afternoon retreat from the outside world. We watched ‘Petey & Ginger’ – a beautifully lo-fi documentary following the lives of 2 strangers living on opposite coasts of the USA in a failing economy, one working as a tarot card reader, and the other playing guitar in his band, Thee Oh Sees, whilst also holding down a job in a huge porn distribution warehouse. It was pretty deep for our fragile festival states, but the Thee Oh Sees soundtrack and the muted colours of the super 8 shots soothed us.
One of the massive perks of being at a Swedish music festival was getting to see Swedish artists such as Dungen, The Knife, El Perro Del Mar and our favourite masked musicians, Goat – all in beautiful Swedish settings surrounded by beautiful Swedes.
We finished our festival experience watching New Jersey’s Matt Mondanile perform as Ducktails with a full band in a casino!
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