NorthSide Festival (Denmark)

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NorthSide Festival
Northside interpol.jpg
Interpol performing at NorthSide Festival 2011.
Genre Rock, Alternative rock, Pop, Synthpop, Hip hop, Indie, Electronic music
Dates 17–19 June 2016
Location(s) Aarhus, Denmark
Years active 2010–present
Founded by Brian Nielsen and Flemming Myllerup

NorthSide Festival is a Danish festival held every year in June at Ådalen in Aarhus, Denmark. The first festival was held in 2010 and it has grown from a one-day event[1] to a three-day festival[2] in three years. The festival now goes by the name NorthSide[1] to avoid confusion with the Northside Festival in Brooklyn.

The festival has since the beginning as a part of its mission statement focused on innovation, sustainability,[3] and user involvement besides having a musical profile, which is unique among Danish festivals.


The festival was initiated by Danish promoter Brian Nielsen, who then approached German concert-company FKP Scorpio. This company is owned by the German businessman Folkert Koopmans, who also owns the Southside and Hurricane Festival and now also owns a part of NorthSide. The rest is owned partly by a holding-company under Flemming Myllerup and Brian Nielsen and partly by Beatbox Entertainment.[4]

The festival launched in 2010 at Tangkrogen in Aarhus as a one-day event featuring five Danish acts (Nephew, Turboweekend, Mew, Selvmord, and Veto).  However, in 2011 the festival moved to its current location and expanded into a two-day event, which was sold out.[5]  The second edition of the festival featured acts such as Band of Horses, Suede, White Lies, Interpol, and Elbow.[6]

In 2013, the festival was expanded into a three-day event, which ran from 15 to 17 June. The event was completely sold out two weeks prior to the event selling 25,000 tickets in total.[7]

Line-up by year[edit]

2010: Nephew, Turboweekend, Mew, Selvmord, Veto.[8]

2011: Band of Horses,[9] Suede, White Lies, Interpol, Elbow, The Streets, Editors, The Naked & Famous, The Vaccines, Jamie Woon, Crystal Castles, Thomas Dybdahl, Tina Dickow, De Eneste To, Søren Huss, Fallulah, The Floor is Made of Lava, Turboweekend, The Rumour Said Fire, Veto, Boho Dancer, Asbjørn & The Strange Ears.[8]

2012: The Stone Roses, Justice, Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Garbage, James Blake, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The xx, The Hives, The Kooks, Noah and the Whale, Eagles of Death Metal, Marina and the Diamonds, Emeli Sandé, The Gaslight Anthem, Bat for Lashes, Bombay Bicycle Club, Miles Kane, Little Dragon, Oh Land, Kashmir, Malk de Koijn, Turboweekend, When Saints Go Machine, Dúné, Choir of Young Believers, D-A-D, Lukas Graham, Suspekt, Freja Loeb, and The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.[10]

2013: Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Keane, The Flaming Lips, Nephew, Trentemøller, Alt-J, Band of Horses, The Knife, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Portishead, Kaizers Orchestra, When Saints Go Machine, Love Shop, Spleen United, Gogol Bordello, Fun., Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Tom Odell, Daughter, Everything Everything, Frightened Rabbit, Kashmir, , The Eclectic Moniker, Kristina Renée, Peter Sommer, Rasmus Walter, Bikstok Røgsystem, Jagwar Ma, Biffy Clyro, Shaka Loveless, Kings of Convenience, Left Boy, Passenger, Deap Vally, Tegan and Sara, Fallulah, The William Blakes, and The Floor is Made of Lava.[11]

2014: Ane Brun, Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky, Baby in Vain, The Blue Van, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Chorus Grant, Cold Specks, Donkey Roadshow & Special Guests, Flogging Molly, Franz Ferdinand, James Vincent McMorrow, Jurassic 5, Lana del Rey, Lars H.U.G., Lucy Love, Lulu James, Mew, The Minds of 99, Mont Oliver, Mount Kimbie, The Mountains, , Nabiha, The National, Oh Land, Nina Persson, Pixies, Quadron, Queens of the Stone Age, Reptile Youth, Rhye, Royal Blood, Röyksopp and Robyn Do It Again 2014, Rudimental, RY X, Turboweekend, White Lies, WhoMadeWho, Wild Beasts.[12]

2015: Alt-J, Antony and the Johnsons, Ben Howard, Broken Twin, Calexico, Carl_Barât and The Jackals, De Eneste To, Death Cab for Cutie, Earl Sweatshirt, Emilie Nicolas, FKA Twigs, George Ezra, Go Go Berlin, Grace Jones, GusGus, Incubus, Interpol, Jack Garratt, John Grant, José González, Matthew E. White, , Placebo, Rangleklods, Savages, Scarlet Pleasure, Seasick Steve, S!vas, Spids Nøgenhat, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Black Keys, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Minds of 99, The Parov Stelar Band, Ulige Numre, Underworld, Wolf Alice, Wu-Tang Clan, Years & Years[13]

2016: AV AV AV, Alex Vargas, Beach House, Beck, Bernhoft, Bloc Party, Blossoms, C Duncan, Caribou, The Chemical Brothers, Coasts, Damien Rice, Deftones, Den Sorte Skole, Digitalism, Duran Duran, Flume, Iggy Pop, Jake Bugg, Jamie xx, Jamie Lawson, Lukas Graham, Malk de Koijn, Marvelous Mosell, The Minds of 99, Phlake, Puscifer, Samm Henshaw, Scarlet Pleasure, Sigur Ros, Ukendt Kunstner, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Velvet Volume, Wilco, Wolf Parade, Yeasayer, Yelawolf [14]

2017: 2manydjs, Agnes Obel, Bastille, Bisse, Chinah, Folkeklubben, Frank Ocean, Helgi Jonsson, IAMJJ, James Blake, Lightwave Empire, Liss, Mando Diao, , Off Bloom, Peter Sommer & Tiggerne, Phlake, Primus, Radiohead, Rasmus Walter, Richard Ashcroft, Ride, Run the Jewels, Saveus, Sort Sol, Suspekt, The 1975, The Afghan Whigs, The Kills, The Prodigy, Thomas Dybdahl, Thomas Helmig, Tina Dickow, Tom Odell, Veronica Maggio, When Saints Go Machine, and Whomadewho.[15]


  1. ^ a b Af Rebecca ThuesenFoto: Casper Sejersen (2010-03-26). "Northside Festival lanceres i Århus - Nyhed". Gaffa.Dk. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ "NorthSide - Official website". 
  3. ^ Sets, Tool (2011-11-24). "Northside: Aarhus Denmark's Sustainable Festival". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "NorthSide-talsmand: Vi er ikke en hipsterfestival". Gaffa. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Besøgstallet tredoblet på Northside Festival -". 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ Alexandre, Nuno. "Second NorthSide Festival in Denmark presents big names - Aarhus". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  8. ^ a b "The European Festival Association". Yourope. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Band of Horses". 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  10. ^ "". 
  11. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Fem nye navne til NorthSide". 
  13. ^ "NorthSide offentliggør de første navne". 
  14. ^ "Beach House og Wilco blandt fem nye navne på plakaten". 
  15. ^

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Coordinates: 56°09′04″N 10°10′32″E / 56.1511°N 10.1756°E / 56.1511; 10.1756