We would not have wanted to write this message but unfortunately in the situation the world is in we were left with no choice: It is with great sadness that we must announce that Sideways festival can’t be held this summer.

We were hopeful until the end and hoped that vaccines would provide a sufficient protection before the summer. No stone was left unturned when we looked at possible ways of organizing Sideways safely and responsibly. However, we were left with no other choice than admit that the fight against the corona virus is still in progress.

The Finnish authorities have also set restrictions that are in effect at least until June, which is when Sideways was supposed to take place. Under these restrictions the festival experience would have not been in line with what we think it is supposed to be – We want to offer the visitors the freedom to move freely in- and outdoors enjoying interesting live and culture programs. Nevertheless, despite the impact of the restrictions on the event, we give our full support to the Finnish Government and authorities with their work to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

We now turn our attention to the future: Sideways will be held at the familiar surroundings of Nordis from June 16th to 18th 2022.

If you have purchased a ticket for 2020 or 2021 your ticket is automatically valid for 2022. You don’t have to take any action - Just keep your ticket safe and get ready for next year’s festival! Also returning your ticket is of course possible. More info can be found on our website.

The program of Sideways 2022 will be announced later. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to provide more detailed information about the performers or the schedule of the first program release.

Thank you also for the dozens of messages in which you have shown us your support. These messages have given us strength during these exceptional times. If you have any questions about Sideways you can continue writing us at

Let’s stay safe and take care of each other so we can celebrate together again in the summer of 2022 <3

With love,
Artemi, Anna, Mikael, Tuomo, Johannes and the entire Sideways team