Hot off the back of her critically acclaimed 4th album, ‘When I Get Home’, multimedia visionary SOLANGE will be taking her progressive, hyper-modern brand of r’n’b to Way Out West’s main stage, for a set that promises to be spellbinding. The artist completes the festival’s already vastly impressive lineup, which once again features a 50/50 gender split across its stages. Having already been a champion of gender-balanced programming since 2016, Way Out West signed up to the Keychange pledge in 2018 with over 150 other festivals. A pioneer across multiple fields, the festival prides itself on its sustainable outlook and has also been completely meat-free since 2012, leading the way in its long term commitment to environmental issues and equality.
With this alchemic mix of multivalent aesthetic expression — grounded in her blackness and, yes, her pop appeal — Solange has finally found her Holy Ghost. And now there’s no use hiding from itNew York Times
With four increasingly captivating and accomplished albums under her belt, songwriter, singer, producer, choreographer and activist SOLANGE has assured her status as a global superstar. So what better artist to complete Way Out West 2019’s spectacular and eclectic lineup, which also features THE CURE, CARDI B and STORMZY?
On top of its massive headliners, the festival will also play host to the likes of JAMES BLAKE, EARL SWEATSHIRT, JUNGLE and IDLES, along with CUPCAKKE, CONNAN MOCKASIN and YUNG LEAN, who’ll be performing as part of Stay Out West, a robust, after-hours programme of events taking over multiple venues across central Gothenburg.
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The festival is vegetarian and has been completely meat free and largely dairy free since 2012 and has been certified in accordance with ISO 20121 since 2013, a testament to the festival’s sustainability efforts, which have seen it reduce its carbon footprint year-by-year. A city festival, the proximity between the festival area and suppliers reduces transport, and the lack of camping reduces emissions. Since 2018, Way Out West has invested in emission-reducing measures outside of its own operations, in order to be able to become climate neutral.
Much more than just a music festival, Way Out West also features an impressive programme of engaging discussions from some of the world’s leading thinkers, alongside film premieres in cinemas across Gothenburg and Slottsskogen. Past speakers include Chelsea Manning whilst past premieres include the Oscar and BAFTA-winning films Searching for Sugarman and Boyhood and Palme d’Or-winning The Square.