FAULT Magazine Attends Way Out West Festival

 Way Out West, Gothenburg. Nestled deep in the beautiful park of Slotskogen in Gothenburg, this year Sweden’s Way Out West promised us the likes of Jamie XX, Skepta, Morrissey and PJ Harvey.

We arrived on Thursday to the distinctive sound of French electronica band M83 who performed a healthy mix of old favourites amongst a great selection of new tracks from their recently released album, ‘Junk’. The set spanned from the upbeat and catchy ‘Do it, Try it’, to the hauntingly beautiful ‘Outro’; a perfect start to our three day festival weekend.

Priding itself as a completely meat free festival, it seemed fitting that Morrissey should headline the first day. “No meat for sale” he exclaimed, pleased with the festival’s ethical policies and then thanked us for being so “open minded” after performing ‘Meat is Murder’, through which disturbing footage of animals being tortured in slaughter houses was shown. Other sing-alongs included ‘First of the Gang to Die’, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, and ‘I’m throwing my arms around Paris’. One thing for sure, he’s still got it. His voice was impeccable and it seemed the whole festival, young and old, was captivated by his presence.

The morning of day two treated us to ‘Danny Says’ in the film tent, which documents the life and times of music manager and influencer, Danny Fields. Music from artists such as James Bay, Julia Holter and the legendary Grace Jones then filled our afternoon before we eagerly headed towards the Azalea stage for The Libertines; who, despite the messy set, were extremely well received by the Swedes. PJ Harvey then took to the Flamingo stage with a mesmerizing performance filled with power and passion.

Due to the diversity of the lineup, Way Out West is great for discovering new artists. We went eyes shut to our third and final day, trying our luck at stumbling across musicians we hadn’t heard of. Swedish singer songwriter Amanda Bergman was a pleasant surprise and British born instrumentalist Mura Masa got the muddy crowd moving at the Dungeon stage in the afternoon. Jamie XX was an eagerly anticipated act and he did not disappoint as the entire festival flocked to the Azalea stage for his solo performance. Despite the great music and positive vibes we couldn’t help but feel his set would have been better suited to a later evening slot.

The best was saved to last with a thoughtful and energetic performance from Massive Attack featuring Scottish hip hop group Young Fathers, who elevated the experience with their enthusiasm and rhythmic sound. As the light faded and they played into the night, the impressive light show added to the spectacle and the political messages that flashed up on screen encouraged roars of unity from the dancing crowd.

An all-around feel-good festival, Way Out West is a unique experience unlike any British weekender you’ll encounter. The park is kept impressively clean and tidy throughout the event; the food is thoughtful and healthy, focusing mainly on vegan options. This isn’t always what you fancy when feeling the cold and ankle deep in mud, however embrace the Way Out West spirit and you’ll discover numerous delicious dishes including generous sized pizzas, halloumi burgers and many falafel options. Way Out West is great for those looking for a chilled weekend away to enjoy music. Here you will find a diverse range of acts, friendly people and beautiful landscapes ready to be explored.

 

Words: LXN

FAULT Magazine attends Way Out West Festival

 

Last year for the first time we visited Gothenburg’s leading music festival Way Out West and it was so good we’re delighted to be returning this Thursday! Festival tickets starting from £168 hosted in Sweden’s music capital with headline spots from Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Sia and Skepta we couldn’t resist. The event will again take place in Slottskogen Park

The award-winning Way Out West spans rock, electronic and hip-hop and further cement their eclectic tastes with the addition of Swedish singer-songwriter The Tallest Man On Earth, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Norgren, genre defying Chelsea Wolfe along with American rapper G-Eazy to the 2016 line-up.

Some exciting artists that have been announced are Anna Von Hausswolff, Chvrches, Daughter, Jack Garratt, Jamie xx, Jason Isbell, Julia Holter, M83, Massive Attack & Young Fathers, PJ Harvey, Seinabo Sey, Sia, Skepta, Stormzy, The Last Shadow Puppets and Travi$ Scott. For us though, we’re most excited to finally see ‘Anohni’ formely known as Antony Hegarty of Hercules and the Love Affair who you can catch at 9pm on the Azalea stage.

Similar to what I found at the Sonar by Day event Way Out West will hold certain Music Conferences throughout with key influencers on board to discuss the future of its industry and its current position. It will be interesting to see how their views differ or relate to varied music genres rather than specifically electronic. Along with the musical offering will be the festival’s inspiring Film Festival, which features the most innovative producers, directors and premiers from around the world. To keep up the festivals impressive environmentally friendly achievements all food will be vegetarian and all milk will be substituted for oat milk to take pioneering steps to help save our planet. We’ll see how these new rules go down…

Stay Out West will be back again in some of Gothenburg’s best venues for the nocturnal offering, giving further access to some of the best artists on offer. Stay Out West gives revellers the chance to keep going long into the night across the city. Dua Lipa and Little Jinder join the previously announced Lady Leshurr, Section Boyz, Thundercat and Cherri with plenty more yet to be announced.

Tickets and more info are available at www.wayoutwest.se/en.

 

 

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Having never been to Sweden before, LXN are super excited to visit Gothenburg and explore a n”ew city; that we’re going to Way out West festival during our trip really is the icing on the cake! ”

Whilst there we’re most excited to re-visit Caribou and Alt-J – seeing how they perform in a different country with new surroundings. We’re expecting Way Out West to be really positive and laid back boasting bands such as Florence and the Machine, Future islands, Tove Lo and The War on Drugs. LXN covered Beacons festival for Fault Magazine last year in which we saw Years & Years perform on their smallest stage bringing a crowd of around 50 people so it will be incredible to see how much they’ve grown especially because of the global hype surrounding them.”

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Having an apartment for the duration of the festival is the big benefit of festivals in the city; allowing us to have a temporary home where we can properly recharge ready for the next day. We’re also going to be covering local gigs outside of the festival to show you what Gothenburg really has to offer swell as venturing out to on an excursion to photograph “The Islands”. Our team of stylists and photographers will also be doing what they do best, bringing you some street style reporting- something we’ve been saving for this festival- especially as Sweden is famous for it’s meticulous fashion sense.

Tickets can still be bought here so grab them before you miss out: http://www.wayoutwest.se/en/ buy-your-tickets-here/

LXN x FAULT Magazine 2015 Festival Coverage

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LXN Collective joins with FAULT Magazine for the second year of reporting backstage at some of Europe’s greatest festivals. The team consists of journalists, photographers and stylists each assigned to specific festivals to document why these are the festivals that should be at the top of your list! We have exclusive access to behind the scenes footage and one to one interviews with some of the biggest bands. Below is a selection of confirmed festivals that we think you should check out and book up now!

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LAND OF KINGS – LONDON, ENGLAND

03/05/2015

www.landofkings.co.uk

 

PRIMAVERA – BARCELONA, SPAIN

28-30/05/2015

www.primaverasound.es

 

BERLIN FEST – BERLIN, GERMANY.

29-31/05/2015

www.berlinfestival.de/en

 

FIELD DAY – LONDON, ENGLAND

6-7/06/2015

www.fielddayfestivals.com/news

 

SONAR – BARCELONA, SPAIN

18-20/06/2015

www.sonar.es/en/2015

 

GLASTONBURY – SOMERSET, ENGLAND

24-28/06/2015

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

 

ELECTRIC ELEPHANT – TISNO, CROATIA

9-13/07/2015

www.electricelephant.co.uk

 

CROATIA ROCKS – PAG, CROATIA

15-17/07/2015

www.croatiarocks.com

 

LATITUDE – SUFFOLK, ENGLAND

16-19/07/2015

www.latitudefestival.com

 

BENICASSIM FESTIVAL – BENICASSIM, SPAIN

16-19/07/2015

www.fiberfib.com/en

 

LOVEBOX – LONDON, ENGLAND

17-18/07/2015

www.loveboxfestival.com

 

FRESH ISLAND – PAG, CROATIA

19-23/07/2015

www.2015.fresh-island.org

 

STANDON CALLING – HERTFORDSHIRE

31/07-02/08/2015

www.standon-calling.com

 

FESTIVAL NO6 – PORT MEIRION, WALES

3-6/09/2015

www.festivalnumber6.com

 

BESTIVAL – ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND

10-13/09/2015

www.bestival.net

 

WAY OUT WEST – GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

13-16/09/2015

www.wayoutwest.se

Little Dragon discuss new album, Nabuma Rubberband, at Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg

FAULT spoke to the Swedish quartet earlier this year at Way Out West, a local festival for the Gothenburg residents. We’re delighted to unveil our exclusive interview and photos from their inevitably effervescent performance on the eve of the latest single release. ‘Underbart’, the fourth single from the group’s fourth album Nabuma Rubberband,  is out in the UK and internationally on 15th December:

It’s not often that I get excited about a festival. Long gone are the days where I want to spend a night in a tent, not seeing a proper hot shower in what feels like an age, and having to deal with tripping over mountains of mud face-first. By contrast, however, my invitation to Way Out West 2014 brought a breath of fresh air. A Swedish city festival in a league of its own, it prides itself in being fully vegetarian with a 30,000 strong crowd. Set in the ‘oh-so-pretty-it-hurts’ city of Gothenburg, the line up was one of the most exciting I have seen since the release of the Coachella lineup in 2012 (albeit post 2pac performing ‘live’ by hologram!). Le’s set the scene: Little Dragon, playing in their hometown, Neneh Cherry playing her first Swedish festival in over a decade. Not forgetting dynamic duo Icona Pop and electro heartbreak queen Robyn, performing with Röyksopp. It’s not hard to believe that so many of the incredible women who currently dominate the pop scene are Swedish, given Sweden has voted a feminist political party into European Parliament. And let’s not forget who gave us ABBA (for better or worse…).

Getting into the festival I rush to make sure that I don’t miss a thing . As I handed in my ID to get my pass sorted, I was greeted by a gigantic portal, beyond which lay the lair of Way Out West.

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The first time we interviewed Little Dragon their second album had just been released, they had just toured with Gorillaz, and the world had not entered their Kaleidoscopic universe. This time we met them before they went on stage. Collaborations with SBTKT and Outkast’s Big Boi, who are also headlining the festival, have followed since that album, as well as everything from Boiler Room sets, to playing at a Givenchy Show in Paris. They count Drake and Damon Albarn as fans – after all, it was the latter who personally asked them to join Gorrilaz on tour after being introduced to them by his partner. Nabuma Rubberband, the group’s fourth studio album sees them collaborate with Dave from iconic hip-hop trio De la Soul.

There is something quite special about listening to Yukimi[ Nagano, lead singer]’s voice as it gently caresses the algorithms of synth-infused pop. A focused and unashamed parallel reality Little Dragon simply just make life all that much more fun, colorful and bouncy. It hard not to get dancing feet at the idea of seeing them play in front of a home crowd. But first there was the small matter of our interview to which to attend…

 

FAULT: This is your biggest home crowd, how do you feel?

Little Dragon: It’s our hardest crowd, we have all our friends and family, and they are always the hardest to impress. They’ve seen it all before! It’s like having the end of year school concert, like a Christmas gift to your parents.

You’ve managed to break out internationally, before breaking out in your home country, you’ve collaborated with some pretty big international names. Who’s been your favourite collaborator?

Håkan Wirenstrand: Hahaha! No favorite! I mean he is my favorite collaborator. (Hakan points at Erik) And that point about us breaking out internationally, we never really pushed it here in Sweden. And it was through this organic flow of distribution. It was actually Damons wife who first heard our record and then played it to him. Next thing we know we are being asked to collaborate and go on tour. That was a great collaboration. It was much more than just a song we did left on an MP3. It was a full tour, life long friendships.

How long have you guys known each other?

Erik Bodin: Oh! Quite some time! Hahaha!

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How do Swedish people even make friends? They seem so much more reserved!

H.W: We are a little afraid of strangers. We are pretty closed up in the winter, and a little crazy in the summer. You know we talk to whoever on the bus stop!

Could you see yourself living outside of Sweden?

H.W: Impossible!

E.B: Or we could just dismantle the Swedish Border so that we are still in Sweden, but just not staying here anymore.

H.W: I wouldn’t mind a Mediterranean climate though.

Where do you go to unleash your creativity? How do you embrace your creativity?

E.B: In our brains somehow we carry the creavity inside us. We don’t really have to go anywhere specific to channel it out. It’s good to be very bored, and to stay away from it once in a while too. I like life here its simple, I have family I have here. You can make your creative lifestyle more of an everyday thing. You don’t need to travel to Hawaii or find yourself in India.

Who are you guys listening to right now?

E.B: I’m listening to Yung Lean. The rap and hip-hop thing seems to a good scene right now. I think its very healthy to break out and doing something different. Not just wear skinny jeans and do the whole indie rock thing.

H.W: We like Bob Hund.

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Apparently Gothenberg is the Indie Rock capital of Sweden…

E.B: I thought that would be Linköping…

H.W: Hahaha!!

E.B: And you know down south in Malmo, they have a few freaks that really like to push boundaries. You know, that break all the rules.

Listening to the album feels like walking through a little dream, an emo electric pop dream. You all must so different to eachtother. You can hear so many influences 

E.B: I think that it’s true we are all very different and have so many different influences. I think we like it that way too. We kind of started with just, you know, jamming. At a certain age we had a lot of time for jamming… For example, Hakan bought the whole synthy atmosphere into my life. You know? And it was very different for me. It was also very lucky that we were interesting in something that we didn’t already know.

H.W: I think it’s also a misunderstanding that I am the only one that plays the synth. It’s come to the point where all just explore eachothers instruments. And when we are trying to get an idea across. Sometimes we have to just head in and use whatever expresses the best. We end up influencing and inspiring each-other.

E.B: Everyone plays on his synths.

H.W: Maybe I have the biggest collection of synths. I’m building a little system, which I have been using on stage. That’s my most creative output. When you have to patch a synth. Its like opening your fridge, and trying to work out what you can put together and eat.

E.B: Like Kalles Caviar and keso [cottage cheese] on a banana…

H.W: Hahaha!

Gosh, that sounds awful. I’m going to try and un-hear that now…

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Little Dragon – full UK tour dates below:

Brighton – Corn Exchange – 17th November

Birmingham – The Institute – 18th November

Bristol – O2 Academy – 19th November

Leeds – Met – 21st November

Manchester – Albert Hall – 22nd November

Glasgow – O2 ABC – 23rd November

London – O2 Academy Brixton – 27th November

Oxford – O2 Academy – 29th November

General tickets available from:

www.gigsandtours.com | www.ticketweb.co.uk |www.gigsinscotland.com

‘Nabuma Rubberband’ available to download via iTunes: http://po.st/NabumaRubberband

All text and images by Silvana Lagos