The preparations for Way Out West 2020 continue as planned and we’re looking forward to welcoming all of you at the festival in August. The safety of our guests, artists and staff is our main priority and is planned for accordingly. We are aware of the precautionary measures put in place from the Swedish government and are working towards the festival taking place as scheduled.
The accreditation for Way Out West 2020 will open soon, sit tight!
When and where is WOW 2020?
The fourteenth edition of Way Out West will take place in Slottsskogen, located next to Linnéplatsen in central Gothenburg, Aug 13–15 2020.
How do I get there?
If you are traveling from another city or town in Sweden or Scandinavia we recommend that you take the train to and from Gothenburg. You can find train times, routes and book tickets at www.sj.se (Swedish Railways website).
Slottsskogen is centrally located in Gothenburg and easy to reach both by walking and public transportation. We therefore recommend festivalgoers to use these means when getting around within the city. For longer journeys in Gothenburg use the bus or tram. The nearest bus/tram stop is either Linnéplatsen or Marklandsgatan. Information and timetables can be found at www.vasttrafik.se/en.
What are the age limits?
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 + Stage Dungen you must be over 18 years of age (it is a good idea to bring photo-ID if you are under 30).
How many stages are there at the festival area?
Way Out West has five outdoor stages: Flamingo – the largest one. Azelea – the second largest stage (though not much smaller than Flamingo). Linné – the marquee stage. Dungen – the Red Bull Music Stage. Höjden – the stage for for Talks, Film and intimate shows.
What is Stay Out West?
Stay Out West is Way Out Wests club program (age limit 18+) that opens up in different areas/clubs around Gothenburg when the festival area in Slottsskogen closes. If you are over 18, these gigs are included in the festival pass. You can not buy a single ticket for Stay Out West only.
Please note that the clubs have limited capacity and you’re not guaranteed entrance. If there’s something you really don’t want to miss, come early. Bananpiren is the biggest Stay Out West-venue and has a large capacity. However – there are separate capacities at the different Stages, Magasin 105 (4500), Panama (1000), Honduras (1000), (Dungeon 750).
How do I know if the artist is playing at Stay Out West or in Slottsskogen?
When we announce the acts, we always mention if it’s for the program in Slottsskogen or the Stay Out West program. It’s also listed under each artist here.
What are the opening hours to the festival?
Thursday Aug 13: 14.00 – 00.00
Friday Aug 14: 12.00 – 01.00
Saturday Aug 15: 12.00 – 01.00
The Stay Out West clubs usually open around 22.00 and close around 03.00-04.00. The Exact times for each Stay Out West club will be announced closer to the festival.
Does Way Out West have a Student discount?
Yes, we have limited amount of discounted student tickets – you can find them here.
My favorite artist just cancelled, can I return the ticket?
Please note that your ticket is for Way Out West Festival, not for a specific artist. Artist cancellation is not grounds for refund. At a festival event, both the organizer and the audience should take into account that last minute changes are possible. This could be, for example, a popular artist canceling their appearance due to unforeseen difficulties not related to the festival organizer. Therefore, unfortunately we cannot refund ticket prices due to individual artist changes. We also hope that our audience understand this, and the fact that these changes are often sudden and independent of the festival organizer. This way of dealing with possible changes is in connection to the common ways of operation in the festival scene at large.
Do you have festival camping in Slottsskogen?
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.
The wristband exchange opens at 12.00 on Wednesday Aug 12. You can not pick up someone elses wristband. Everyone has to do this personally.
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.
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 are, of course, permitted.
It is not permitted to bring your own alcoholic beverages to Way Out West. For those of you older than 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.
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.
Cans, glass and plastic bottles?
Empty plastic bottles are ok to bring so you can fill with water at the festival site.
Way Out West is a cash free festival. Bring your credit card or pay by Swish!
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 are several food and bar areas at Way Out West that sell both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as food. A large percentage of the food is organic and vegan. Everything is vegetarian. 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.
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 outside the festival entrance.
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.
There’s a rich variety of accomadation in Gothenburg to choose from. We recommend you to book your room as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and our best tip is to use book with our official accommodation partner Hotels.com for discounts, rewards and more. Get instant discounts now and earn free nights later. Click here for more information.
If you want to see how far from Slottsskogen your potential accommodation is, type Linnéplatsen on Google Maps and you’ll see the distance. If you find the walk too long there’s always transit lines – trams or buses – with routes passing there.