Feb 13, 2007
Contact: Tiina Sotkasiira (

HIM to Headline Ilosaarirock 2007

Joensuu, Finland — In 1997, one of the smaller stages in Ilosaarirock was conquered by a promising new band, whose singer was rumoured to have a fantastic voice. Now, ten years later, led by their charismatic singer Ville Valo, they have released five impeccable albums that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. This year the fabulous HIM make their long-awaited return to Ilosaarirock! This gig will be HIM's only rock festival gig in Europe this summer.

Other top international names for Ilosaarirock 2007 are, to mention a few, Calexico (USA), The Cinematic Orchestra (UK), Porcupine Tree (UK) and Opeth (SWE). As for Finnish bands who are fast becoming internationally successful we offer you Disco Ensemble, Husky Rescue and Finntroll. In total, some 100 Finnish and international acts will be seen at the sunny three-day festival, organized 13-15.7. in Joensuu, the capital of Eastern Finland.

Ilosaarirock 2007 Line-up


Anthony B (JAM)
Calexico (USA)
The Cinematic Orchestra (UK)
Disco Ensemble (FIN)
Hatebreed (USA)
Opeth (SWE)
Porcupine Tree (UK)
Sick of It All (USA)
The Slackers (USA)
Soilwork (SWE)
Stonegard (NOR)
Vavamuffin (POL)

More Finnish talent: Abduktio, Amorphis, Apulanta, Dalindèo, Finntroll, Flippin' Beans, Goon, Hidria Spacefolk, Husky Rescue, Insomnium, Kemmuru, Maj Karma, Nieminen & Litmanen, PMMP, Puppa J & Tasottavat, Risto, Scorngrain, Suhinators, Tiktak, Tundramatiks, Vihreš maa, Viikate, Stella, No Shame, Relentless, Wasted and Våld.

Keep checking for updates in our list of confirmed performers at

About Ilosaarirock

Started in 1971 by a group of music enthusiasts, Ilosaarirock is one of the oldest festivals in Europe. It is a member of YOUROPE – the European Festival Association, and one of the most prominent rock festivals in Finland. Ilosaarirock is a year-round organization dedicated to emerging and alternative as well as world-class artists. The Festival has established a unique reputation for combining a relaxed ambience with a professional dedication. At the same time, it has stayed true to its roots by being organized mainly by active volunteers.

The dates of Ilosaarirock are July 13-15, 2007, and there will be 20 000 tickets on sale ( from May 2 onwards.

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