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Day one of Way Out West in Gothenburg

14 August 2015, 10:00 | Written by Andrew Hannah

A perfectly sunny day in Slottsskogen park in central Gothenburg played host to the big hitters of Way Out West, while later in the night the action moved to the pier area of the city and played host to a number of critical darlings as part of the festival's Stay Out West strand.

As the searing afternoon heat cooled, The War on Drugs took to the Flamingo stage (which directly faces the other main stage Azalea, meaning to see the alternating headliners all you need to do is shift your body slightly and not move from your suntrap - or shade - on the grass) to chug out tracks from Lost In the Dream. Adam Granduciel's men are fast becoming seasoned festival staples and although it wasn't an incendiary performance it was as solid and reliable as you could expect.

The two highlights, with a crowd-pleasing turn by a Beck who was clealry prepared to have as much fun as the crowd and even managed a costume change before slow-jamming us with "Debra", in between, at Slottsskogen came in the Linne tent; firstly, Susanne Sundfør blew away a packed crowd with the massive pop hits from her Ten Love Songs record. Resplendent in a shimmering gold top, Sundfør closed out her set with "Delirious" and that choice could not have been more apt for the reaction she got. Having surprise-released her new EP earlier in the day FKA twigs produced the sort of set that some people might call career-defining. Moving like liquid across the stage, twigs seems to have transformed the songs from LP1 into monstrous, beat-heavy beasts, breathing new and vital life into tracks that were often guilty of drifting into stasis. It was a stunning performance by one of the most captivating artists around.

After midnight down at the pier, Courtney Barnett brilliantly drawled and jammed her way through a fun set that had the warehouse crowd dancing and yelling out every one of her idiot savant lyrics before masked Swedish maniacs Goat finished off the night's entertainment with a storming set. Rhythm-heavy psych jams, chanted lyrics, crazed dancing....Goat had it all in what was a thrilling end to the day. Looking around at the bodies throwing all sorts of shapes, if the band asked us to give up our mudane daily routine to join this musical cult there would not have been a single dissenting voice.

With a second day of sunshine promised and sets from Father John Misty, The Julie Ruin and Caribou among others, Way Out West is only going to keep up the good work.

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