I am going to Sweden in August for a music festival, Way Out West. This is not the first time that I have gone to Sweden for a music festival. Back in 2008 I went to Rip It Up. I say I went but I never made it. The festival was in a small town just north of Gothenburg called Säffle. It was a small festival but I was excited nonetheless. First time in Sweden and getting to see loads of little bands I knew and never thought I’d see play live.
Alas it was not to happen. Well I made it to Sweden but the day of my flight I started getting some small spots on my chest. Thought nothing of it thinking I was just run down from work but by the time my plane arrived in Gothenburg after a stop over in Copenhagen I was covered in them. Got to the bed & breakfast I booked and just went to bed. Next day I had to go to the hospital. Ended up I had to get a plane home and take the next month off work. I had chicken pox.
When I heard that Refused were reforming for a few gigs in 2012 I was absolutely over the moon. I first heard them around 2003/4 and really had my musical world opened up. They’re the reason I listen to so many Swedish bands now due to the former members being part of so many musical projects from AC4 to A Heavy Feather. Any connection they had I wanted to know of. This lead me to listening to other artists not even directly connected with them and now I have a musical home in Sweden. For this reason I wanted to see them live, in their home country and when Way Out West date was announced I was already there. Another chance at Gothenburg and a chance to see so many Swedish bands that I have listened to for years. Excitement is not even a word I can use to describe as to how I’m feeling still 3 months before it.
Since I have had bad experiences with Sweden and planes I honestly do not want to fly there. This left me with either driving or getting public transport and after 16 hours+ getting a bus from Edinburgh to “Dublin” I am also not a fan of road based public transport. With no car in possession and a love from anything on tracks it left me with Trains! Getting a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead I am all booked up on trains from Holyhead to Gothenburg with a few stops along the way. I have bought myself a mobile broadband dongle as well as sorting out my data plan on my phone meaning that I will most definitely be blogging the entire way. More on the how later, but firstly I have to show my route.