Festival to take place 7th – 9th August in Gothenburg, Sweden
Way Out West festival has proudly announced their first artists for the 2014 edition.
Now in their seventh year, Way Out West 2014 will take place 7th – 9th August in the leafy environs of Slottsskogen in Gothenburg, Sweden.
This year’s Way Out West will, without a doubt, be the best so far and they’re ready to get the festival buzz going by releasing a few of the confirmed artists that will be coming to Gothenburg this summer:
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
DEAFHEAVEN (Stay Out West)
Listen to all confirmed artists for Way Out West 2014 at Spotify: Way Out West 2014
Previous editions of Way Out West have witnessed star turns from St. Vincent, Kraftwerk, Solange, Tame Impala, Mogwai, The Knife and Odd Future throughout the day program. At night, Stay Out West takes over multiple venues across the city, hosting the likes of Factory Floor, John Maus, Postiljonen, Swans and many other luminaries over recent years. Last year saw the festival expand further into Gothenburg during the day, including an exclusive dj set from Giorgio Moroder in addition to art exhibitions, film screenings and a hack day happening in the centre.
Alongside their excellent line-ups, Way Out West are also well-known for their nifty use of the latest technology and this year proves no exception. Via Instagram, WOW are planning on showing clues to upcoming artist releases, great memories from previous years, movie trailers and lots of other fun bits an bobs. Follow them here: @wayoutwestfestival
Additionally, Way Out West is an environmentally-conscious festival, not only for fitting resourcefully into the 137 hectares of beautiful woodland at Slottsskogen park but also for being the first European festival to have a vegetarian policy on site since 2012. Read more about that here and below.
About Way Out West’s 2014 artists:
The Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-born band of brothers (literally there are two sets of brothers in the band) have been making their rich, real, accomplished sounds for over 15 years and across six albums. Back in the day there was a stint supporting R.E.M as well as some time spent on Obama’s campaign trail. But fast forward to 2013 and their recent nomination for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album for their latest album release, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ and all we can say is it’s about time.
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
Following a 15-year break, renowned for 1998’s seminal ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,’ Neutral Milk Hotel, with frontman and songwriter Jeff Magnum, bring their surreal folk musings back to life on their ever-growing reunion tour. Way Out West can’t wait for them to wind their way to the festival this summer.
On stage they are like an indie orchestra, swelling to 7 musicians at times, before pulling back and handing the stage back to Magnum. The audiences that have stayed with them throughout their public absence have only grown stronger and bigger and with near cult status and timeless appeal, we know it will have been worth the wait.
Texan-born, Essex-bred and now residing in New York, the musical powerhouse that is Dev Hynes has written for the likes of Chemical Brothers and Florence and the Machine, worked with Sky Ferreira and Solange, had two different personal projects with Test Icicles and the more familiar Lightspeed Champion, and somehow found time to be a consultant for Jay-Z’s Rocawear brand.
The plethora of genres he has worked with could be seen as part of an ongoing search for his solo sound, but in his second album from the Blood Orange project, his sound is crystal clear, taking you on an introspective, vulnerable journey that screams of NYC in the early 80s. Let him and his melancholic wanderings take you on a nostalgic trip back to 80s New York, it’s looking swell from here for sure.
Swedish pop songstress, and one time The Knife affiliate, returned with aplomb at the end of last year with her fourth album, ‘Demand The Impossible,’ the formal follow up to her 2009 sophomore album, ‘Hardships!’ and my, was it worth the wait. Inspired by an image of graffiti from the May ’68 Paris student protests Wilson stumbled upon in a magazine, she found herself drawn to the message of the words and her own struggle with breast cancer. Subsequently, she too started a rebellion, a rebellion against the illness that was attacking her body, and the spirit of this fight is instantly recognisable in her new work.
This is a powerful and bold statement and we can’t get enough of it. Wilson’s return is triumphant and a thrilling one to welcome to Way out West.
Things are going pretty well for Kansas native Janelle Monae, with a recent nomination for Best International Female Soloist at the Brit Awards, a invitation to the one and only Sesame Street and the acclaimed release of her second album, ‘The Electric Lady,’ the follow up to 2010s ‘The ArchAndroid,’ she can have a little spring in her step we think.
Miss Monae also brings a few friends along for the ride including the one-and-only Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange and Miguel. She is known for throwing one hell of a party on stage, so grab your tuxedo and join us in welcoming Janelle Monae for a Summer time shindig, you won’t be disappointed.
This recently turned 19 year old New Yorker already has 2 acclaimed mixtapes to his name and co-founded the Pro Era crew (think 2014’s answer to Odd Future) and, with his debut album out soon, there is no doubt this young whizz kid and his insanely intriguing lyrics are about to make him a hip-hop superstar.
Fast forward a few years to last year when he collaborated with previous Way Out West visitor A$AP Rocky, was courted by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label and nominated for a Best New Artist Award. His insane lyrical skills twinned with funky, old-skool ‘Golden Age’ beats are hard to resist, and to be honest who would want to? He is said to have an old soul, but this young virtuoso is only just beginning his ascent.
DEAFHEAVEN (playing at Stay Out West)
Formed back in 2010, this San Francisco-based band, formed of George Clarke and Kerry McCoy with drummer Daniel Tracy playing on their last album, have been called ‘black metal-modifiers’, taking the genre somewhere others have never contemplated, or been able to. The expected anger and angst of metal cannon into areas of beauty that somehow take their tracks, some up to 12 minutes long, to a softer place, an unexpected place, a place you wished you had discovered long ago.
More acts will be announced very soon!