Here’s a half-assed photo essay from the Swedish music festival Way Out West. Enjoy:
Stockholm at 6am thursday morning as we set out on the 5 hour drive to Gothenburg. This photo is taken about 1 minute from our new apartment, I’m pretty stoked on the view!
While waiting for aussie-psych-rockers Tame Impala, as the news dropped that Thursday’s headliner Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s show later that night had been cancelled due to an accident in the band, the mood definitely soured in the crowd. Tame Impala couldn’t have had a worse start.
Tame Impala. Despite having to play right after the news of the Neil Young no-show, they still managed to rock the football field sized park for a solid hour. Best band out right now, and guaranteed a very successful career in the near future.
Friday morning we were off to an early afternoon start with living legend Sixto Rodriguez. For those of you who haven’t seen the 2013 movie Searching for Sugarman, he released two unsuccessful albums in the 60s and was forgotten in the whole world except for in south africa, where one of his records ended up and inspired the whole nation to fight against apartheid, without him knowing anything. Now he is 71 and is touring the world.
At this point our camera decided to have a lens error so unfortunately we did’nt get any good shots of the rest of the festival. We saw a bunch of other shows though, and I’m going to list them from worst to best: Public Enemy, The Knife (shaking the habitual show, not to be confused with the real the knife), a bunch of random african world music acts, Alicia Keyes, Håkan Hellström, the end of Grimes, Cat Power, Kendrick Lamar and amazing post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who sounded like a crashing freight train on maximum volume for 1.5 hours.
Getting ready to leave tomorrow morning to make the drive back to Stockholm! It’s going to be good to get back in the groove of healthy living and strengthening of the body.