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Festival Spotlight: Way Out West

posted by Maressa Levy on July 16, 2013

Photo: Way Out West 2012 via the festival

Gothenburg, Sweden -- Way Out West, the Slottsskogen Park festival taking place August 8-10, has distinguished itself among international festivals with its dedication to the environment and sustainability efforts, evident from the recycled materials the event uses for posters to the food the festival serves.

While Way Out West has developed methods to cut down on their own waste, their sustainability efforts don't stop there. Festival organizers travel the globe speaking at seminars about environmental conservation, expounding on their own experiences. Last year marked the first that the festival went entirely vegetarian, which reduced their environmental impact by 23.9% despite a 19% increase in festival attendees. As a result, Way Out West's catering impact decreased by 25% and the ecological footprint per visitor was reduced by 40%. Sorting stations throughout the festival grounds allow patrons to recycle easily, and all food vendors are required to use only organic, fairly-produced ingredients. The festival is also careful about their energy usage, utilizing already existing electric mains and resource-efficient lighting whenever possible.

In 2010, Way Out West was the first festival in the country to become certified by KRAV, a company that enforces organic standards and production methods. The fest is also involved with ISO20121, a management system designed to help the events industry improve their sustainability efforts, as well as the subject of Triple Bottom Line, a research project that analyzes the festival's environmental, economical, and social values.

Now in its sixth year, Way Out West's 2013 roster will feature performances from Alicia Keys, Solange, Mykki Blanco, and Disclosure. Single-day and three-day tickets for Way Out West are still available for 950 kr ($144.25) and 1,895 kr ($287.35) respectively. Tickets also grant entrance to Stay Out West, a series of after parties taking place at venues around Gothenburg.

Full Lineup: Abdulla Rashim, Airhead, Alabama Shakes, Alicia Keys, Allah-Las, Amason, Angel Haze, Austra, Autre Ne Veut, Azealia Banks, Bat For Lashes, Beach House, Cashmere Cat, Cat Power, Cheikh Lô, Crystal Fighters, Danny Brown, Deptford Goth, Disclosure, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Ducktails, El Perro Del Mar, Electic Wire Hustle, Factory Floor, Goat, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes, Haim, Iris Dement, James Blake, Jenny Hval, Julia Holter, Junip, Jupiter and Owkess International, Kendrick Lamar, Kim Cesarion, Klubbkören, The Knife, Little Jinder, Local Natives, Lune, Mack Beats, Mariam the Believer, Maya Jane Coles, Merchandise, Miguel, Mikal Cronin, Money, Mount Kimbie, Mykki Blanco, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Of Monsters and Men, Phosphorescent, Pissed Jeans, Porter Robinson, Ravi Coltrane, Say Lou Lou, Skaters, Sohn, Solange, The Staves, Stay Positive, Steve Mason, Studio Barnhus, Swim Deep, Tame Impala, These New Puritans, Tokimonsta, Tom Odell, Tommy Trash, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vaz, Venus X, Yas

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