Infopiste Sideways-festareilla


Sideways 2020 @ Helsinki, Nordis

Featuring a line-up of the best national and international music 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!

Sideways will be back in June 2020, dates to be announced soon!

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 "animal karaoke" to art exhibitions or 80’s arcade games to drag shows.

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

Sideways is located at Nordis area 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 hours. 

Sideways is 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 key information of Sideways. In case we’ve forgotten something important, feel free to send any questions you may have: Please note that the site will be updated during winter and spring 2020.


Our mobile application is now available for free download at App Store and Google Play under name ”Sideways 2019”. With this application you can easily check Sideways' timetable and schedule, festival area map, event information and short introductions to artistis, sideshows and restaurants.

You can also download timetable PDF:

Festival gates are open:
Thu 6.6.2019 4.00pm-01.00am
Fri 7.6.2019   4.00pm-02.30am
Sat 8.6.2019  2.30pm-02.30am

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 (Black Box, Upstairs, Basement, Royal, Theatre) have limited capacities – arrive to venues in time!



All ticket categories 1-3 days are now available at Sideways' official online shop, and ticket 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 at festival gate:
3 days – 145€
2 days – 125€
1 day – 85€

Wristband exchange

You can exchange your Sideways 3 day festival ticket into wristband either in selected advance spots or at festival gate. Please note the wristband will be attached to your wrist at service desk so you can't exchange tickets on behalf of your friends.

BEYOND STORE (Kaisaniemenkatu 4, next to movie theatre Kinopalatsi)
Tue 4.6.2019 at 12.00-19.00
Wed 5.6.2019 at 12.00-19.00
Thu 6.6.2019 at 12.00-16.00

NOSTURI (Telakkakatu 8)
Wed 5.6.2019 at 18.00-20.00

Note! Nosturi will host a special Pariisin Kevät bands open rehearsals. Entrance with Sideways ticket only starting 6.00pm. Max capacity 300 visitors – first come, first served!

SIDEWAYS MAIN GATE (Nordenskiöldinkatu 11-13)
Wed 5.6.2019 at 12.00-18.00
Thu 6.6.2019 starting 14.00

2 day tickets will be exchanged into wristband ONLY at festival gate on the day when your ticket is valid (Thu+Fri and Thu+Sat tickets on Thursday – Fri+Sat tickets on Friday).

With 1 day tickets entrance only once – no wristbands.

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.


Our volunteer application form is closed – thanks for hundreds of messages! In case you are stille interested in volunteering at Sideways 2019, please send mail to There may be some spots available due to last minute cancellations...

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.

Bags/jackets or other "normal size" items: 3€ / customer
Large bags/trolleys: 5€ / customer
Extra visits: 1€ / visit


Most common debit and credit cards are accepted in all restaurants, bars, merchandise desk, cloakroom and other points of sale. You don't need cash at all!

Debit or credit cards are the fastest way to make a payment. In order to speed up the payment situations, we recommend especially contactless payment (limit max 50€ per payment).

Also mobile payment applications using contactless payment are accepted in all registers.

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

In case you have any questions regarding Sideways festival, please contact publicist Johannes Kinnunen (

For hi res press photos, interview contacts and other material, check the press section on our website.

Sideways’ accreditation form is now open. Please send your application by May 30th.


The Sideways festival site is mainly asphalt/concrete pavement. There is a wheelchair accessible platform close to the main stage (Sideways Stage), and special wheelchair viewing point spots also in Black Box and Basement. 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. Most of our sideshows happening at Royal Club and Theatre are seated.

The info desk 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, 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. We recommend that you bring certificate that you need personal assistant.

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.

Remember to pick our accessibility brochure from info desk.

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

Drinks, restaurants & snacks

We have great bar and restaurant selection available around festival site where you can enjoy cold drinks and delicious food such as burgers, falafels, Asian food and many other options (vegan food available in every food restaurant). 

We have wide selection of Brooklyn Brewery's beers, Viinitie's wines, coctails, mocktails and other drinks available.

More information on our website's restaurant section.

You can bring one empty or unopened max 0.5 litre plastic bottle (must be clear ja visible see-through) 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 also welcome to bring with you reasonably sized snacks such as bread, fruits, candies, crisps etc.


Merchandise stand available at festival site, located next to Sideways Arcade in Ice Hall's hallway. 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, aerosol/spray cans 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!

This year 55% of Sideways' music groups are "all male", and 45% percent include also other genders – with area program and sideshows the split is 50/50.

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 ask if 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 (

Production assistant:

Sideshows and vendors coordinator:


Krista Nupponen (

Vendors & restaurants:
All spots are fully booked

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