Way Out West, Day 1

Way Out West opens strong. The first day has been exactly what one could have hoped for festival-wise: bright and sunny and later on a beautiful sunset over the stages, a wide variety of music, and everybody smiling and coolly sipping their beers, as if they had never done anything else.

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Way Out West: Introduction

It is the first day of Way Out West – Gothenburg’s great urban outdoor summer festival set in Slottsskogen in the middle of the city – and Explore West Sweden will be reporting to you from the music festivities. This year the festival is extended by one day, to three full days.
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The flavors of West Sweden


A passion for food and for fresh, local ingredients. That is what the Taste of West Sweden scheme (‘Västsvensk Mersmak’ in Swedish) is all about. This quality program includes an array of certified restaurants in West Sweden, which are all in a loving culinary relationship with local producers. Continue reading…

A pint on Andra Långgatan

Right now, a Gotland-born, music-loving journalist is writing about his Gothenburg for VisitSweden UK’s social media channels (#LiveGothenburg). Anton Almqvist works for Swedish Radio and has lived in Gothenburg for seven years. He has done, or is doing, most of the things he feels a genuine Gothenburger should so; he’s had a band, he runs a club, and he lives in Majorna. It was the people, the cultural life, and the historic parts of Gothenburg that made Anton leave Gotland for Sweden’s second city. Continue reading…

Mid-November – December: A Gothenburg Christmas

Christmas at Liseberg Photo: Göran Assner

Combining contemporary Swedish design and a warm sense of tradition, Gothenburg lights the way to Christmas – literally. From 12 November to 9 January, walk the unique 3km Lane of Light through the city, beginning at the new Wheel of Gothenburg by the harbour and taking in shimmering outdoor light displays and the main boulevard’s Winter Wonderland. The magical journey ends at Liseberg Amusement Park, famous as the home of Scandinavia’s biggest Christmas market.

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27 – 30 September: The Book Show 2012

Göteborg Book Fair is the biggest meeting place for the book trade in the Nordic countries. The first Fair was held in 1985 and had 5,000 visitors. Since then, it has grown year after year and in 2008 no fewer than 101,000 visits were registered during the four days. This year, the Nordic literature will be in focus.

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9 – 11 August: Way out West, Gothenburg

Photo: Rodrigo Rivas Ruiz/imagebank.sweden.se

This music festival started in Gothenburg in 2007, and was an immediate success, with a great line-up of international names. The festival will be back in 2012, at Slottskogen City Park, central Gothenburg. This year, you’ll be able to see artists like Miike Snow, Blur, Florence + the Machine, First Aid Kid, Bon Iver, Feist, Hot Chip, The Black Keys and many more.

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27-28 July: Bruce Springsteen Concert in Gothenburg

With more than 65 million albums sold in the United States and 200 million sold worldwide, Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen is one of the world’s all-time musical legends. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. Despite being massively popular throughout the 1980s with hits such as ‘Born In The USA’ and ‘Nebraska’, Bruce Springsteen is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century.