SIDEWAYS 8.-10.6.2018 @ 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 the only big music & arts festival in Helsinki area in the beginning Summer. Every year we present about 75 live acts and 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.

This year Sideways move to new and even bigger location: the festival site Nordis include 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 2018. In case we’ve forgotten something important, feel free to send any questions you may have: info@fullsteam.fi


All Sideways 2018 artists have been announced – check the final line-up here.

Download schedule PDF here.

Festival gates are open:
Fri 8.6.2018    4.00pm-03.30am
Sat 9.6.2018   2.30pm-04.00am
Sun 10.6.2018 2.30pm-01.00am

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 available.

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

Tickets are available at box offices Lippupiste and Tiketti.

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.
Ticket prices at door: 145€ / 3 days, 125€ / 2 days, 85€ / 1 day.


Very important: Avoid queues at festival gate and exchange your Sideways ticket into a wristband already in advance (3 day tickets, 2 day tickets: FRI-SAT + FRI&SUN). There will be queues outside festival main gate especially on first festival day Friday June 8 around 4-9pm – you have been warned!

1 day tickets are not exchenged into wristband.
2 day tickets SAT-SUN can be exchanged starting Saturday becouse the wristband is similar to 3 day tickets.

Tennispalatsi is located in the center of Helsinki, in Kamppi district (Salomonkatu 15). Sideways ticket office can be found at HAM Museum Lounge, located in 2nd floor in northern corner of Tennispalatsi.

Wed 6.6. at 12-19
Thu 7.6. at 12-19
Fri 8.6. at 12-16

Special deal: With Sideways wristband you can get discount of HAM Museum’s graffiti exhibition tickets on 6.-17.6.2018. Discount price 8€ (normal price 12€).

Festival area Nordis’ exchange desk is open starting of Thursday

Thu 7.6. at 12-18
Fri 8.6. at 12-02
Sat 9.6. at 13-02
Sun 10.6. at 13-22


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.


Sideways’ volunteer application form is open! Read more and fill the form here.

Very important: Finnish volunteer insurance cover only people who have a permanent recidence in Finland. We are happy to invite international volunteers but please check that your travel/personal insurance enable working in Finland.

Kuva: Petri Anttila


Sideways moves to new a location Nordis, at Helsinki Ice Hall and Eläintarha park areas. Festival main gate is located in Nordenskiöldinkatu 13, Helsinki (Google Maps link).

The is no parking space at festival site, so 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 from www.reittiopas.fi

Due to road construcktion sites next to festival area, Sideways can’t provide parking area for cars or bicycles. We kindly ask to park your vehicles in parking areas next to Kisahalli or Telia 5G Stadium.

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


Cloakroom available next to entrance, 3€ per customer.


In order to speed up the payment situations, we recommend using cash. Most debit and credit cards are accepted in restaurants and at 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).


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.

Please note: All kind of photography and videography during A Perfect Circle and The Comet Is Coming concerts is prohibited.

Official hashtag: #sidewaysHEL


Interview and other press requests can be sent to Sideways’ publicist Johannes Kinnunen (johannes@fullsteam.fi). For press photos and other material, check our press section (in Finnish only).

Sideways’ accreditation has ended.


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.


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 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.


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 is a completely equal festival and we welcome everyone to the event 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!


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


Check Visit Helsinki for hotels and and other options.


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.


Become an official Sideways Ambassador! As a Sideways Ambassador you can sell festival tickets via new ticketing site and earn points to claim rewards and exclusive experiences. You can manage the ticket sales via your own personal account. The more you sell the more rewards you can achieve. Your friends will also benefit!

What do you have to do?

1. Create an account on Verve’s website.

2. Sign in and click “Start selling”.

3. Select a ticket type and the amount you want to sell.

4.Fill in your friend´s name, e-mail address and and a phone number. Your friend will receive a link to the ticketing site. You´ll receive points from each purchase your friend makes.

5. Go back to step 3!

In closed Sideways Ambassadors 2018 Facebook group you can get advise to ticket sales and answers to your questions. The service is in English.


Fullsteam Agency Oy
Tel. +358 9 2905 0805

Press/media & general inquiries regarding Sideways:
Johannes Kinnunen (041-5336211, johannes@fullsteam.fi)

Anna Mäkelä (050-5814153, anna@fullsteam.fi)

Artemi Remes (050-3744626, artemi@fullsteam.fi)

Production manager:
Janne Nieminen (050-5631672, janne@fullsteam.fi)

Tuomo Tähtinen (044-0698000, tuomo@fullsteam.fi)

Production assistant:
Vilma Salovaara (0400-815183, vilma@fullsteam.fi)

Production assistant:
Pyry Hanski (050-9190058, pyry@fullsteam.fi)

Volunteer staff coordinator:
Laura Oikarinen (laura@fullsteam.fi)

Hanna Koura (hanna@fullsteam.fi)

Krista Huovinen (krista@fullsteam.fi)

Vendors & restaurants:
Please note that all vendor spots are fully booked.

Visual identity: Double Happiness
Web: Viiksimaisteri
Video production: Balansia Films