Following the colossal headliner announcement for NorthSide 2018, the leading Danish festival has delivered its second wave of acts, contributing to what will be an unmissable line up for 2018.

Showcasing the festival’s versatility in genre and consistent quality, the addition of Tyler, The CreatorAuroraA Perfect Circle and Sleaford Mods also demonstrates why NorthSide is gaining a wider international reputation as the place to be next summer. After hosting the world exclusive live return of Frank Ocean this year, the chance to see Tyler, The Creator is another huge draw to Aarhus for UK fans, following his live ban in 2015.

Ticket sales for the ninth edition of NorthSide began selling faster than ever last month, and now festival spokesman John Fogde has confirmed that a limited number of one-day tickets will be released from Tuesday 31st October. “We’ve already come a long way with the NorthSide 2018 line-up, so we’re ready to start selling one-day tickets. At the same time, we can also reveal, which days the [initial] announced acts will play, so people can start getting an idea of ​​how the program will turn out.”

Headliners Queens of the Stone, The National and Cigarettes After Sex will all play on Friday 8th June alongside A Perfect Circle, while Father John Misty and Deerhunter will be joined by Tyler, the Creator on Saturday 9th June.

The expanding festival, set in Denmark’s second city and European Capital of Culture, is expected to entertain over 40,000 music fans next year and prides itself on achieving its 100% organic status.

For more information on the confirmed acts so far:

The National

The band has just released its seventh album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’, where MojoPitchfork, and the New York Times all had rave reviews. The same was the case when The National earlier this year was the main attraction at the Haven Festival, where GAFFA awarded five stars after the concert. The festival was created in collaboration with the Dessner brothers from the band and showed that The National has a very special relationship with Denmark. However, we have to go back to 2014 for their last show at NorthSide, so it is with great pleasure that we can now announce that they have said yes to return next year.

Queens of The Stone Age

There are few people on the planet more rock’n’roll than Josh Homme. Since the early days in Kyuss, he has not only collaborated with Iggy Pop, Mark Lanegan, and Arctic Monkeys, and formed Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures, he has also released five albums with the all-star band The Desert Sessions and seven unparalleled albums with the Queens of the Stone Age. The latest album with QOTSA was recorded with Mark Ronson and once again shows Homme’s urge to push to the limits, while developing and delivering crisp and catchy rock songs. The band is always a guarantee for an amazing show and we are very excited to invite Queens of The Stone Age back to NorthSide.

Father John Misty

The controversial and provocative character Father John Misty, created by Josh Tillman after his time inFleet Foxes and the solo career as J. Tillman, cannot help but create havoc and stir emotions. Nevertheless, through misanthropic but still beautiful songs the decadent crooner has succeeded in attracting an enormous audience. A true one-of-a-kind artist, unpredictable, sometimes hard to grasp, but always fascinating. So we definitely won’t be bored in Aarhus, when Father John Misty comes to visit.


There are few bands that have released as many excellent albums with as high a level of ambition for more than a decade as Deerhunter. Psych-pop meets noisy punk with impressive beauty on records such as ‘Microcastle’ and the masterpiece ‘Halcyon Digest’, and on the latest album, ‘Fading Frontier’, bandleader Bradford Cox shows that he also excels at writing more focused songs that can get on the radio. Their concerts are often a noisy and hypnotic affair, which will undoubtedly be well-received, when Deerhunter pays their first visit to NorthSide.

Cigarettes After Sex

Expectations for the debut album from Cigarettes after Sex were great and were finally finalized in June on an album, Soundvenue called “sensual pop noir” in a five-star review. The November concert in Copenhagen will be the band’s first in Denmark and was quickly sold out. But luckily, there will be another chance to catch them, when NorthSide hosts the first Danish festival show with Cigarettes after Sex.

Tyler, the Creator

Tyler Gregory Okonma was only 16 when he, together with five friends, formed the hip-hop collectiveOdd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The innovative group later became the home of Frank Ocean andEarl Sweatshirt, who both contributed to the group’s only official release from 2012. At this point Tyler, The Creator’s solo career was already in full swing, because of the success of single ‘Sandwitches’ and the anarchist debut album ‘Goblin’. Earlier this year Pitchfork called his latest album ‘Flower Boy’ his“most accomplished album yet”, and praised the rapper for revealing a more sincere and mature side (alongside praise from other publications like NMEXXL and Slant). Tyler, The Creator is at an artistic peak right now and with his amazing ability to deliver extremely energetic shows (despite his notorious UK live ban in 2015), we expect something unique when he hits the stage at NorthSide.


Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA will grace NorthSide with her enchanting electro-pop style that has inspired a wave of Scandinavian artists to emerge in recent years. Attaining a number one album with her debut, ‘All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend’ , in her home country, alongside contributing track,‘Conqueror’, to the ‘Skam’ soundtrack and finally a well-received cover of the Oasis ‘Half the World Away’in a John Lewis ad-campaign, Aurora Aksnes will woo and mesmerise when she touches down at NorthSide.

Sleaford Mods

Famous for their working-class, minimalist electronic-punk sound, and depiction of politically torn-Britain (all channelled through Jason Williamson’s thick Nottingham accent), Sleaford Mods are no stranger to making a lasting impression. Abrasive, daring and forward-thinking, duo Williamson and Andrew Fearn’s live performances are as ferocious as their impressive back-catalogue of 10 LPs since starting in 2007, all of which have received critical acclaim from the likes of Louder Than War, Drowned in Sound, The Independent and The Guardian. Denmark best prepare itself for a slice of honest, raw, British music as the pair take to the stage in Aarhus.

A Perfect Circle

American guitarist, Billy Howerdel, played a selection of his songs for Maynard James Keenan in the mid 90’s, which left the Tool-singer so ecstatic that he formed A Perfect Circle with Howerdei . The band recruited a full lineup soon thereafter and released ‘Mer de Noms’(their debut album), securing them hits with singles ‘Judith’, ‘3 Libras’, and ‘The Hollow’. In the following years, Maynard James Keenan used breaks from Tool to record two more albums (‘Thirteenth Step’ and’ Emotive’) with before the band took a 10-year break. Since then, they have only sparingly played concerts primarily in the US, but in the spring of 2017 it emerged that the band was getting ready to release their fourth album and embark on a world tour. A Perfect Circle has only visited Denmark once before, which was in 2000, where they played at the now defunct Midtfyns Festival. Therefore, it is a great pleasure to be able to invite the amazing band back after an eighteen-year break from Danish festivals, with the exciting prospect of new music being previewed at NorthSide.

NorthSide 2018 runs from the 7th to 9th of June in Ådalen, Aarhus. The sale of one-day tickets will begin Tuesday October 31st at 10 AM through NorthSide.dk, where you can also purchase three-day and VIP tickets.

Limited Early Bird and 1 Day tickets available now: http://northside.dk/

About RJ Frometa

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