2012 was not one of the great years for me. The early bookings was very promising with bands like Refused and Florence and the Machine. But much of the later bookings was either not my cup of tea or proved to be a bit disapointing.
One of the acts I had hopes for was oldschool rappers De la Soul. Sadly they seemed very old and tired. They had almost turned into a parody and could have shared the stage with Markoolio that day.
Bands like First Aid Kit and Laleh delivered great performances, but lacks any kind of edge and prescence to make it interesting.
The two main stages has faults when the most popular bands performs. It's hard to see anything from the back and the construction for the mixing space is very obstructing.
Refused did a really energetic and cool performance. They really seemed to enjoy themselfs and I finally had a chance to see them perform. Enjoyed every minute of it.
Florence and the Machine also did good and delivered a nice show. And what a voice she has...
I also had a very good time at Annedalskyrkan (a church) on thursday with Purity Ring and Mazzy Star. Purity Ring was a new acquaintance. They played a nice set with lots of cool lightning. Always fun to find new bands to check out further.
Mazzy Star was very dreamy and ambient. There music was very fitting in the church and they choose to perform with almost no lighting. It was very nice just to close the eyes and really listen to beautiful music.
For me any performance is a meeting between performer and audience and an exchange of energy. If the performing part refuses to take part in this exchange it kind of dies. Sure the minimalistic stageing, the lighting and projections is very nicely done... but it also gets very repetative and dull after a couple of songs.
And 3D effects??? Kiss tried this back in 1998 during the Psycho Circus tour. If Kiss have tried something and later thought it a bad idea, it's probably a good idea to not go there. I never wanna have to wear 3D goggles at a concert again!
To sum it up, 2012 was not a great year for Way Out West. Adding a third day could have been a good idea if they had booked more interesting bands, this year it only made the program feel watered.