Sideways: Modern music in the slaughterhouse
The summer festival season kicks off this weekend in Finland and it does it with a brand new festival in Helsinki called Sideways that offers everything the modern music fanatic expects. I’m ready. Are you?
Located in Teurastamo, an old redbrick abattoir turned into a complex of trendy restaurants and creative workspaces, in his first edition Sideways has positioned itself as a small-scale Flow festival. Similar music, similar audience. The lineup includes everything any Pitchfork reader wants to hear and see from rap and hip hop artists (Earl Sweatshirt, Freddie Gibbs) to post-punk classics (Killing Joke, The Jesus & Mary Chain) to singer/songwriters troubadours (Mirel Wagner, José Gonzalez) to hipsters favourites (Ariel Pink). And not least, there will be playing a good bunch of talented bands from Finland. But hey, where’s the punk?
It will be two days of endless walking from stage to stage (it’s good for you), lines for drinks and food (you want it) and toilets (you need it), bumping into old acquaintances (don’t be shy if you see your ex), hopes of sun and warm weather (do not forget a jacket, though) and music, lots of music (no earplugs needed). Isn’t it awesome?
Here are a few unimportant facts about Sideways you may or may not need to know.
Get a sugar high
If you don’t fancy other substances, you can get your favourite sweet treats at the festival. The syrupy couple running the cute candy shop Roobertin Herkku, in the hipster district of Punavuori, is taking its shop to Sideways.
Be the pinball wizard
Ryan Adams is not playing at Sideways so there won’t be any of his pinball machines near at sight, but if you wish to take a break from music, you will be able to time travel to the 80s and enjoy a true arcade hall experience.
Show us your duck face
No photo, not happening. Take your best shots and of tag with the official festival hashtag #sidewaysHEL and our own tag #rosvot. We want to see you, you’re beautiful.
Stop in the pits
Any city festival must have a quality culinary offer. In Teurastamo there are some good (and meaty) restaurants, like B-Smokery and Roslund, whose burgers are tasty and juicy, even though the shop staff are not very kind (go there at your own risk, you’re warned). During the festival there will also be truck food (yay, Tacobot!) and even chef Richard McCormick’s delicacies.
Hear the music
The music at Sideways will be very diverse so everyone can find their own favourites. Here’s my own Sideways playlists. If you are seeing some of these bands, come say hello.
The Rosvot guide to Sideways