The festival was initiated by Danish promoter Brian Nielsen, who then approached German concert-company FKP Scorpio. This company is owned by the Germen businessman Folkert Koopmans, who also owns the Southside, Hultsfred and Hurricane festivals, and owns 50 percent of the NorthSide. The other 50 percent is owned by a holding-company under Flemming Myllerup and Brian Nielsen.
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. The second edition of the festival featured acts such as Band of Horses, Suede, White Lies, Interpol, and Elbow.
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.
2010: Nephew, Turboweekend, Mew, Selvmord, Veto.
2011: Band of Horses, 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.
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.
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, Mø, 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.
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, Mø, 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.
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, MØ, 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
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
2017: Bisse, Liss, MØ, Radiohead, Run The Jewels