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SIDEWAYS 2017

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Text & photos Jari Salo

 

Sideways is a music festival in downtown Helsinki, Finland. Alternative music is the real spearhead of the festival, despite the fact it also features some big crowd-pleasing, mainstream acts like Dj Shadow and Röyksopp. The festival’s music genres range from hardcore punk to hip hop to pretty much any style that is most likely more interesting than that which you would ever find being played on your typical mainstream radio station.

THE THURSTON MOORE GROUP (US)

A phenomenal and hypnotic gig. One of the highlights of the festival. Sonic Youth will probably never come back, but luckily the members are still active and doing great music. Besides Thurston himself, his band also features Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine). Perfect!

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore

KALEIDOBOLT (FIN)

You might not have heard of them before, but luckily you’re reading this. They rock. On the album they are good, but when you see them playing live it’s amazing. 11/10 points. There couldn’t be a better live performance. Their music style could be described as doomy jazzy stoner rock.

Kaleidobolt

Kaleidobolt

SLAVES (UK)

This duo was fun to watch. Despite the fact they were playing on the sunny, park stage, I could easily imagine their typical gig in a British pub with a fairly wasted audience and walltowall carpet soaked with cider and beer, and with broken glass everywhere. Raw energy and sarcastic humor were pouring from the stage.

Slaves

Slaves

DINOSAUR JR.

What can you say? These guys are legends and they just get better as they get older. Dinosaur Jr. delivered a solid set that didn’t need any background videos or massive show. There was also a very enthusiastic mosh pit where most of the people were probably over 40 years old.

Lou barlow

Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr.

J. Mascis

J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr.
Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare

The Coathangers

The Coathangers

The Coathangers
Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe

Röyksopp

Röyksopp

Röyksopp
Dj Shadow

Dj Shadow

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