Below is some basic information on what is and is not allowed at the festival as well as some other good tips that can be useful for your visit. The rules exist for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. We are all responsible for creating a pleasant atmosphere so please use common courtesy.
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Government guidelines for sound levels in Sweden recommend that persons under 13 years of age should not be exposed to the high sound pressure levels that can be experienced at festivals and concerts. You must be over 13 years of age to attend Way Out West. To enter the bar areas where alcohol is served, and all of the Stay Out West venues except Annedalskyrkan you must be over 18 years of age (it is a good idea to bring photo-ID if you are under 30).
It is not permitted to bring your own alcoholic beverages to Way Out West. For those of you over 18 there are bar areas serving alcohol on the festival site. Due to Swedish alcohol laws you are not allowed to take or consume alcoholic drinks outside of these areas.
Animals are not permitted in the festival site, so please leave your pets at home. We also ask you to show respect for the animals that call Slottsskogen home as they might not share your sense of humor.
Photographing for publication (be it print, digital or any other professional context) is not allowed without authorization from the festival. No authorization is needed when photographing for private use.
As a private person you are allowed to bring cameras and lenses with a zoom of up to 55mm. You are not allowed to bring extra gear such as tripods, battery grips, etc. and it is not allowed to use flash. Filming and recording are not allowed though cellphones with built in cameras and video cameras are, of course, permitted.
Way Out West does not provide an area for camping and camping is strictly forbidden in Slottsskogen. If you’re in need of living arrangements during the festival please refer to Gothenburg’s existing selection of hotels, hostels and campsites. More information on living arrangements can be found here
CANS, GLASS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES
Empty plastic bottles are ok bring (without the cap) so you can fill with water at the festival site.
CASH MACHINES / ATM
There are no ATMs on the festival site. The nearest ATMs can be found at Linnégatan 36 and next to Hemköp at Nordensköldsgatan 15.
Crowd surfing and stage diving are strictly forbidden as it is a risk to your own and others safety. If you are seen crowd surfing or stage diving you will be asked to leave the festival.
ENTERING THE SITE WITHOUT A VALID TICKET OR WRISTBAND
Anyone found on the festival site without a valid ticket or wristband will be removed from the festival. This is prosecutable offence and will be reported to the police.
It is not permitted to light fires or barbecues in Slottsskogen.
First Aid teams are stationed at all three festival stages. There are also mobile first aid teams patrolling the whole site.
FOOD AND DRINK
There will be 4 bar areas at Way Out West that sell both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as food. There will also be a number of food vendors outside the bar areas selling a variety of meals and snacks. A large percentage of the food is organic. You may not bring your own food into the festival site.
There are toilets and water faucets at the festival. Free drinking water is also available on site.
Should you have any questions when you’re at the festival there will be a staffed information desk to help you out. For more information about Gothenburg please visit www.goteborg.com
Car parking at the festival is only available for ticket holders with disabilities. We kindly ask you to walk or use public transport when you need to get around in Gothenburg.
The festival site and its perimeter are patrolled by security guards 24 hours a day. They are there for you protection and to help you if you should need it.
SELLING MERCHANDISE & ADVERTISING
It is not permitted to sell goods or merchandise without prior agreement. It is also not permitted to put up posters or advertise on the festival site with without prior permission. Failure to obey these rules can result in fines.
Way Out West has three outdoor stages:
Flamingo - the largest of the three outdoor stages.
Azelea - the second largest stage (though not much smaller than Flamingo).
Linné - the marquee stage.
STAY OUT WEST – CLUB GIGS
Everything you need to know about Stay Out West, you’ll find here
Everything you need to know about purchasing tickets can be found here
Please see our schedule for concert times for both the festival and Stay Out West club shows.
TIPS & ADVICE
Please bring suitable clothing. If rain is forecast bring rainwear. The evenings can be chilly, so please bring something warm to wear even if the weather is hot.
are for sale at the official festival merchandise tent.
Food and drink:
It’s important to drink plenty of water during the day especially if it’s warm and you’re also consuming alcohol. It’s also easy to miss putting some real food in your stomach when you’re busy running around seeing all your favorite bands, so please, don't forget to drink and eat regularly throughout the day.
can be a good idea if you're out in the sun all day so bring some with you.
Where should I stand?
It is often quite crowded the closer to the stage you get. If you’re not used to being at concerts it may be wise to a bit further back. Should you wish to stand close but avoid the crowd, the sides are always a safe bet. Please watch out for the people around you!
TRAVELING TO AND FROM GOTHENBURG
When at all possible we recommend taking the train to Gothenburg. More information on getting to and from Gothenburg can be found here
TRAVELING WITHIN GOTHENBURG
Like any metropolitan area, Gothenburg has an efficient public transportation system that can get you to and from the festival site and just about anywhere else you need to go in the city. More information can be found here
Please do not climb the trees on the festival site.
Umbrellas are not allowed at the festival. Unfolded umbrellas obstruct the vision of those behind you in the crowd, so please bring rainwear instead.
Wardrobe and storage units can be found at the festival entrance.
You must exchange your ticket for a wristband before you can enter the festival site or attend any Stay Out West shows. Find out more about when and where you can do this here