Each and every weekend during summer there are at least several music festivals fighting for our collective attention.

Gothenburg's Way Out West doesn’t feel like just another mark on the festival calendar but rather one that challenges the stereotypical view of what a music festival should be.

Taking a ecological stance they cling to their ideals to make the event as Carbon neutral as it can possibly be and employ many striking steps to ensue it does - ranging from making sure produce and drinks are locally sourced to such and that more traditional recycle bins are scattered around to the strict vegan food only food rule which helps to result in it it being quite unlike any other.

This dedication also spills over and works its way into how the line up is also formed - due to the belief that if should also be gender balanced.

Steps that help ensure that it culminates in an offering that is sonically diverse and sees a delicately blend of internationally recognised household names with those who nestle under the mainstream radar.

Scandinavian based pop acts nestle alongside full helpings of devil horned saluting metallers and high energy rappers.

During the day it is a four stage day event held in one of the cities main parks morphs into an urban club based night time party as the hours progress where artists ranging from homegrown new post-punks Holograms to names such as Mac DeMarco, Bo Ningen and The Growlers.

Opening night headliners Queens of The Stone Age performance may have cemented that the opening night went off with a bang by delivering a well drilled set that was tight and had a ferocious kick. Josh Homme and co may now be festival veterans, but one thing that they continue to do is deliver powerfully tight fearsome riffs that collide with high energy rhythms.

From the soulful timbres of 'Make it with Chu' to the stream of narcotics that makes up the backbone of 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer' via the hard geared 'Go With The Flow' tonight's performance was one that further strengthened the belief that there are not many greater headliners than them.

It was also a day that saw metal veterans Motörhead rock up on the main stage, frontman Lemmy growling out vocals during a set that reached its zenith when the antigenic 'Ace Of Spades' received an airing.

Whilst those who don't have an affection for the heavier end of the musical spectrum would have been delighted with the sultry pop and relaxed bass grooves of Poliça.

If the initial day was primarily for those who wanted to rock; the day after was for those who wanted to sit back and soak up some soulful pop grooves.

It was a day that saw Dev Hynes in his Blood Orange guise make one of his first public appearances since his attack.

Whilst talk may have been centered around his brush up with the security at the Chicago leg of Lollapalooza; his set here served as a firm reminder that first and foremost he is a remarkably talented artist. Entering onto stage on crutches what followed was a laid back set of delicately knitted pop grooves of songs such as 'Chamakay' to a reimagined rendition of Mansuns 'I can only disappoint you' that exposed the songs pop nous.

Across on the main stage Janelle Monáe delivered a set that will go down as being one of the most memorable of this year's event. Sticking to a black and white theme, it was a toe tapping inducing spectacle that saw the vibrant funk assed flex of 'Q.U.E.E.N.' and the Motown spiced cosmic pop of 'Cold War'.

Energetic and charming, she was the only artist of the weekend who could convince the audience to crouch down on their knees for a bout of mass audience participation.

The reunited Outkast forced things up another level with a powerful set that included such primetime singles as 'Ms Jackson' and 'Roses' during their Friday night headline set. Lyrically tight and with a desire to entertain, if was a performance that bounced, jumped and jived its way through a corridor of world wide hits and saw them invite various festival goers up onto the stage to dance alongside them for the energetic 'Hey Ya'.

For those feeling a little partied out by the third day, an early afternoon set from Deaf Heaven could have been enough to shake out any signs of a hangover. The Californian group playing a riff heavy set of frantic metal.

Also performing on the final day was Yasin Bey - the artist who once went under the name of Mos Def whose strain of social conscious hip-hop and funked up beats enticed the audience into dancing.

The final night was closed by the Scandinavian pairing of Robyn and Röyksopp who also drew the biggest audience of the weekend.

United the headliners played a set that saw them each pull from their respective back catalogues before pulling together to fully indulge in a slew of material from their recent collaboration album.

While some festivals follow the herd, Way Out West makes an issue of heading for new ground which helps make this environmentally friendly festival quite unlike any other.