Sideways is a music festival in Helsinki featuring a wide range of international and local artists. The location is ideal for urban festivals – it’s held in an old slaughterhouse complex, kind of meatpacking district of Helsinki with several different stages and easy access to public transportation. June in Helsinki can be beautiful +25 C with bluebird  (and almost midnight sun) or it can be pouring rain and close to +10 C with heavy winds. This year that was the case. Bad luck, but what can you do? Dress properly and enjoy some great shows!

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Josa Leskinen was wearing proper rubber boots. A wise man.

Ty Segall & The Muggers

They just took the audience in a magical cauldron and stirred and shook it with some proper tunes. People were jumping like crazy when it was pouring rain that made watching the show strange experience. Nobody minded the weather in the pit.

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Ty Segall & The Muggers

Ranger

This band is like a time machine to old golden days of bay area thrash. Their take on metal is awesome, but unluckily they were playing simultaneously with Ty Segall & The Muggers.

Pj Harvey

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PJ Harvey

Lush

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Lush

Peaches

Her show was just as naughty as you would expect but better. Dancing vaginas and other sexual references were blasted to audience’s faces with no remorse.

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Peaches

Radiopuhelimet

The gig was guaranteed Radiopuhelimet quality. The band is 30 years old and they still beat 99.999 % of the bands out there. Raw energy combined with pure talent is something that you need to experience live. Radiopuhelimet released their latest album “Saastan kaipuu” on the same day and the played a bunch of new tunes spiced up with some old classics.

Weather sucked big time but it’s something that you just need to live with, the weather won’t change even how hard you’re complaining, so better to focus on positive things. Many artists were stoked that people didn’t leave and they gave everything to make the audience happy. The line up was good and there were so many choices that you probably were missing something great while watching other bands, that’s a positive problem. Thank you, Sideways and see you next year!

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Radiopuhelimet

Mykki Blanco

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Mykki Blanco

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