Two more amazing acts confirmed for Way Out West 2020. Time to make arrangements and get your 1-, 2- or 3-day festival ticket!
Comparable to none, FKA twigs has created her own world and follows her own vision. FKA twigs new album Magdalene, the first in five years, is her most daring and fulfilling release so far, vulnerable and strong at the same time. With her pure soprano, pulsating sound, intense choreography and physical visuals she produces a kind of drama and sonic landscape you can’t find anywhere else. To hear her sure is powerful enough, but to see her on stage is simply mind-blowing. About the new tour Billboard wrote: ”The show was complete with gravity-defying pole dancing, swords, intricate costumes and oozing theatricality.” In 2015, a thunderous reception rolled in when she played the Linné stage at Way Out West. It’s an honor to have her back in Slottsskogen on a big stage this summer.
She was born as Tahliah Barnett in Cheltenham 1988 and at seventeen moved to London to pursue a career as a dancer (as a dancer she appeared in videos by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran). Late 2012 she dropped her music debut, EP1, on Bandcamp and in 2013 followed it up with the official release EP2. AllMusic praised it and wrote: ”The way she brings together vast spaces and dense sounds, as well as love and pain, makes it a stunning body of work”. FKA twigs debut album LP1 from 2014 is now considered a modern classic, one of those records who transforms and expands R&B into something we may come to know somewhere in the future.
Let’s say hi to a superstar. He’s up there with Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Drake, Billie Eilish and a few others as the most streamed artists in the world. Last time Khalid played Sweden, he did so at a sold-out Hovet (capacity 8 000+) in Stockholm. This summer, he’ll be a major draw at Way Out West.
Georgia-born, Texas-bred Khalid catapulted into massive worldwide success in 2016 when he released his first single Location right before his high school graduation. This enormous hit led to a record deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records and in 2017 the multi-platinum, five-time Grammy nominated debut album American Teen, about which Time Magazine wrote: “His thoughtful, relatable reflections on modern youth culture and the limitations of love are just as pitch-perfect as his soulful, measured delivery.”
He was named one of Time’s Most Influential People 2019, the very same year he dropped his sophomore album Free Spirit. It debuted at the number one position on the Billboard Top 200 and the leading single Talk, produced by Disclosure, became his fifth top 10 hit and highest charting single as a solo artist. Khalid has collaborated with artists such as Calvin Harris (Rollin’), Normani (Love Lies), Billie Eilish (Lovely), Halsey and Benny Blanco (Eastside), Logic and Alessia Cara (1-800-273-8255) and Ed Sheeran (Beautiful People) and won numerous awards, among them an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a Teen Choice Award, a MTV Video Music Awards, and an MTV’s Woodie To Watch Award. Khalid has the charm, the relaxed yet captivating singing, the slightly raspy voice, the raw talent and, of course, the songs. You should expect an audience prepared to sing along in Slottsskogen.