Sideways 6.-8.6.2019 @ Helsinki, Nordis

Featuring a line-up of the best national and international indie acts, paralleled by an elaborate range of exciting, mind-blowing and fun sideshows, Sideways Festival is a true haven of creativity and an absolute must-do for the music aficionado who loves to indulge in diverse food offerings, quality drinks and experiences that are not found everywhere else. Sideways is the best of what Helsinki has got to offer in three days!

We are located in the center of Helsinki, and Sideways is the only big music & arts festival in Helsinki area in the beginning Summer. Every year we present nearly 80 live acts plus entertaining sideshows from music trivia competitions to art exhibitions or 80’s arcade games to skateboarding sessions.

Also the restaurant selection is superb – we’ve chosen some of our favorite street food vendors from Helsinki area.

Nowadays we are located at Nordis in Töölö district in Helsinki – including Eläintarha park areas and Helsinki Ice Hall’s surroundings. Main stages are located outdoors, and there are also three stages inside the Ice Hall – after the sunset the festival continues indoors until early morning. 

Even though we have been growing steadily every year, Sideways is still a cozy boutique festival – we’ve got plenty of space to chill and hang around without long queues or massive amount of people.

Below you’ll find some of the basic information of Sideways 2019. In case we’ve forgotten something important, feel free to send any questions you may have:

Line up & schedule

First about artists have been announced. More programme will come out during winter and spring – check the latest updates at our Facebook page.

Festival gates are open:
Thu 6.6.2019 4.00pm-01.00am
Fri 7.6.2019   4.00pm-03.00am
Sat 8.6.2019  2.00pm-03.00am

Sideways reserves the right to make changes to festival line-up, performance days and set times without notice whenever necessary. There are both outdoor and indoor venues.

Please note that indoor venues have limited capacities – arrive to venue in time!



All ticket categories 1-3 days are now available at box offices Lippupiste and Tiketti.

3 days – 139€
2 days – 119€
1 day – 79€

2-3 day tickets will be exchanged into wristbands which allow you to leave and re-enter the festival area any time. With a one-day ticket, you’re only allowed to enter the festival area once.

Tickets are available at festival gate only if not sold out in advance.

Wristband exchange

All 2-3 days tickets will be exchanged into wristband either in selected advance locations or at festival main gate. 

More information about wristband exchange locations and schedules will be announced in spring 2019. Please note that wristband will be attached to your hand at the point of exchange so you can't pick up wristbands on behalf of your friends.

1 day tickets are not exchenged into wristband.

Age limit

The age limit to Sideways Festival is 18+ years. Make sure to have your ID with you just in case and remember to book a babysitter well in advance!

Note that younger audience (under 18 years old) are not allowed to enter Sideways even when accompanied by parent/guardian.


More information coming during winter.

Arriving & location

Sideways is located close to the Helsinki city center with great public transportation connections. Festival main gate is located in Nordenskiöldinkatu 13, Helsinki. Check the location at Google Maps.

There is no parking space close to the festival site, we highly recommend you to use public transport, a bicycle or your feet.

Walking distance from closest tram and bus stops is just about 200 metres. Distance from the Helsinki city centre to the festival area is 2,5 km and from Pasila train station 1,5 km.

More information on public transportation timetables and routes can be found at

Please remember to respect the local residents and avoid littering in the neighbourhood yards.


Optional cloakroom available next to entrance, 3€ per customer.

Payment & ATM

In order to speed up the payment situations, we recommend using debit or credit cards. 

Most common debit and credit cards are accepted at all restaurants and other points of sale. There is no ATM at the event area, closest ATM is located about 500 metres from festival gate (Mannerheimintie 76, next to Alepa supermarket).

Photo policy

Photographing using professional cameras for private use is allowed, but remember to respect the privacy of other guests. Some artists may have photo policies of their own, so please follow the guidelines given by the security. Video recording without permission is prohibited.

Official hashtag: #sidewaysHEL

Press & accreditation

Interview and other press requests can be sent to Sideways’ publicist Johannes Kinnunen ( For press photos and other material, check our press section.

Sideways’ accreditation form will open in spring, usually around April.


The Sideways festival site is mainly asphalt/concrete pavement. There is a wheelchair accessible platform close to the main stage (Sideways Stage) and Black Box. The platforms have limited capacities.

In addition to outdoor venues, part of Sideways’ programme is organized inside the Ice Hall. Every single indoor stage is accessible with a wheelchair, but routes to stages may differ from other festival goers. Everyone is still able to come and watch the Black Box concerts as well as performances in the Basement and in the 2nd floor of the Ice Hall.

The info stand can be found right after the entrance to the festival. We recommend that festival goers that use a wheelchair or people with other disabilities get a leaflet from the info stand, where, for example, the routes and accessible toilets are clearly pointed out.

Customers with wheelchairs and people with other disabilities, (f. ex. people who are visually impaired) need a ticket to the festival but their personal assistant can get in without a separate ticket.   

There are accessible toilets in the toilet area. A sign will be located on the door of the accessible toilets, and it allows people with disabilities and toilet passes to pass the possible line to the toilet.

We are happy to answer any questions considering this matter: info@fullsteam.

Drinks, restaurants & snacks

You can bring one unopened max 0.5 litre plastic bottle of any non-alcoholic soft drink or a small carton juice box to the festival area. It’s also fine to bring with you an empty bottle for water refills – there are water points around the area. Please note that it is not allowed to bring any kind of alcoholic beverages to the festival area.

You are welcome to bring with you reasonably sized snacks such as bread, fruits, candies, crisps etc.

Please keep in mind that there are several good pop up restaurants in the area where you can enjoy delicious food such as pizza, burgers, falafels, tacos, Asian food and many other options (vegan food available).

We have good selection of beer, wine, coctails and other drinks available (alcoholic/non-alcoholic).


Merchandise stand available at festival site. Unfortunately we don’t know yet which bands will bring t-shirts, hoodies, records, bags etc to Sideways.

Forbidden items

Please note that it is forbidden to bring any alcoholic drinks, glass bottles, guns, knives (or similar tools), fireworks and other dangerous objects to the festival area. Umbrellas are not allowed as they block the view to stages. Also, please leave picnic chairs at home, there are benches and terraces in the area.

Needles to say, festival environment is not suitable place for pet animals. And yes, we are 18+ years festival (strict, no exceptions) so remember to book babysitter in advance.


Sideways wants to be as equal event as possible and we welcome everyone to the festival just as they are. We do not condone discrimination of any kind, for example towards gender, a specific ethnic group, skin colour or sexual orientation.

If you see or experience behaviour towards yourself, your friends or other festival goers that feels distressing, inappropriate or in some way is against the values of equality, please notify the nearest security person.

We hope everyone respects the other guests of our festival and treats others as they wish to be treated. Thank you for co-operation!

Ear plugs

We recommend you to bring your own ear plugs, but you can also buy them in the festival area.


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Lost & Found

During the festival lost & found items are delivered to festival info desk, situated next to entrance to Sideways area.

After festival all valuable (20€+) lost property will be delivered to the Helsinki police station in Pasila. Feel free to aski f we’ve found your lost items:

Contact information

Fullsteam Agency Oy
Tel. +358 9 2905 0805

Artemi Remes (+358 50 3744626,

Press/media & general inquiries regarding Sideways:
Johannes Kinnunen (+358 41 5336211,

Anna Mäkelä (+358 50 5814153,

Tuomo Tähtinen (+358 44 0698000,

Production manager:
Janne Nieminen (+358 50 5631672,

Hanna Koura (

Krista Huovinen (

Vendors & restaurants:
Please send application to Remember to add introduction of your restaurant/company!

Visual identity: Jenna Haapaharju
Web: Creative Cru
Video production: Balansia Films