Billed as “multi-genre madness in Sweden” and favouring musical ingenuity over mainstream success, for three days and nights every year, an idyllic parkland setting in southwest Gothenburg welcomes artists from the worlds of rock, pop, urban and electro music to perform on five stages around a duck-filled lake. Founded in 2007, Way Out West has won multiple awards for its atmosphere and eco-friendly programs, making it one of Scandinavia’s most respected annual happenings. Festival-goers spend their days kicking back in the sun and enjoying the live performances, before spilling out into the city’s throbbing bars and clubs for Stay Out West’s infamous after parties. This year’s proceedings are headlined by celebrated English rock band Arctic Monkeys, “Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop and American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile film screenings, art exhibitions and lectures seek to re-energise minds amidst all the rampant partying.