According to the decision made yesterday by the Finnish government and health authorities, all large-scale events in Finland will be banned until July 31st 2020 to prevent corona virus from further spreading. With heavy hearts we have to announce that there will be no Sideways Festival this year.

We are heartbroken and sorry for everyone who was looking forward to this year’s festival. We want to specifically thank you for all the love and support we’ve received over social media and by email in the course of this spring. We will get through this together and will together make next year bigger and better than ever before!

As of now we’ll direct our focus on year 2021. Artist discussions have already been started and our goal is to make next year’s program the best ever in the history of Sideways.

Sideways 2021 dates will be announced as soon as possible and we hope to be able to share first news about summer 2021 artists at the same time.

We are currently figuring out the best ways for our customers to deal with the purchased tickets. All details, including ticket refunds and possibilities to transfer tickets to next year will be announced simultaneously with the new festival dates. Ticket refunds will be possible after the announcement, so we kindly advise you not to contact ticket retailers before that. Thank you for your understanding and patience while waiting for more information.

If you have any questions or thoughts regarding the situation, please contact us by email at

Keep safe and take care of each other! 

Helsinki 23.4.2020
Sideways Festival team