Information about Ilosaarirock Festival 2009

updated 23rd June 2009 (How to get there, Festival bus service)

Ticket presale started on Monday May 4 2009

Ilosaarirock tickets will be sold in advance from May 4 2009 onwards in ticket sales points throughout Finland. The two-day ticket costs 70€. From abroad you can buy your Ilosaarirock ticket via Tiketti at (, tel. +358 600-1-1616, call charge 0,98€/min + local network charge).

The festival has been sold out in advance for many years now, so act quickly in purchasing your ticket to avoid disappointment.

Club tickets sale started on Monday May 4 2009

Ilosaarirock club advance tickets are available in the record shop Levy-Eskot in Joensuu (, only cash is accepted as payment for the club advance tickets) and in Tiketti. Contact Tiketti at +358 600-1-1616 for additional information on how to buy tickets outside Finland.

Sulo Club is held on Friday 17 July on YleX and Truck stages. The doors open and tickets are sold from 5 pm onwards. Ticket price is 20€.

Töminä Club is the first of the ice rink clubs, and it is held on Friday 17 July. The doors open and tickets are sold from 5.30 pm onwards. Ticket price is 10€.

Metelli Club is held at the ice rink on Saturday 18 July. Besides the advance sale you can buy tickets to Metelli at the Info point in the festival area and, in case Metelli isn't sold out in advance, also at the ice rink entrance from 9pm onwards. Ticket price is 15€.

Closing Club crowns the festival on Sunday 19 July. Tickets to the Closing Club are sold in advance as well as in the Info point in the festival area. In case the club isn't sold out in advance, you can also buy them at the ice rink entrance from 9pm onwards. Ticket price is 10€.

There is no age limit to Sulo, Töminä, Metelli, or Closing club. However, you need to be at least 18 years of age to enter the official bar areas at the clubs and everyone must be prepared to prove their age.

How To Get There

Ilosaarirock Festival takes place in Joensuu, a city that is easy to reach both on one's own means and by public transport. Remember that green attitude starts with small deeds: pack your car up with friends instead of driving on your own, or do use public transport!

During Ilosaarirock Festival there will be extra carriages in trains as well as special Ilosaarirock Festival trains. Ilosaarirock Festival train leaves from Helsinki to Joensuu on Friday 17th July at 11.09am and from Joensuu to Helsinki on Monday 20th July at 0.30am. You can find detailed timetable for festival train here.

Various organisations around the country also arrange coach rides to Ilosaarirock Festival.

Map of Joensuu:
Google Maps / Joensuu:
Location of the festival site:

Tourist Guide: Welcome to Joensuu (PDF-file, 2,7 Mb)
The city of Joensuu's official page:
General information about Finland:,

Connections to Joensuu

By train:
By air:,
By bus:, (timetables)

Festival bus service

Festival bus service ("Rokki" buses) runs all weekend between the Joensuu railway station and the festival site Laulurinne after the arrival of each train. On Sunday you can take the Rokki bus back to the railway station. On Friday and Saturday the buses will also stop at the school accommodation on their way to Laulurinne. The buses leave from the railway station as soon as they are full so there is no timetable as such.

Bus stop for Rokki buses is located next to Joensuu Science Park building. On Sunday you can take the Rokki bus back to the railway station at 5pm, 5.30pm, 11.30pm and 0am.

There will be temporary taxi rank near Joensuu Science Park building, see the map.

Changes in Traffic Arrangements During Ilosaarirock Festival

Because of Ilosaarirock Festival, there will be temporary changes in traffic arrangements at the festival site and its nearby areas. Their purpose is to make it easier and safer to move about in the area and to calm down the nearby areas. We recommend that the local festival goers arrive at the festival site by foot or by bike. A guarded bicycle parking area is situated in front of the ice rink.

Parking prohibitions on nearby streets

In order for the traffic to function without any big jams please comply with the parking prohibitions! During the festival weekend there will be temporary parking prohibitions on the nearby streets. In addition to the festival security personnel, parking will be supervised by the police.

Parking Areas For Cars

Ilosaarirock Festival goers can park their cars in the guarded multi-storey car park on Hallitie, next to Linnunlahti Camping site (see the map). The multi-storey car park is supervised by Joensuun Pysäköinti Oy (Joensuu Parking Ltd). You can park your car in the car park on Friday. Entry to the car park is on Linnunlahdentie, from the direction of Länsikatu. You cannot take your car out of the park until Sunday between 5pm-12pm. However, you can enter the car park and visit your car on Saturday and Sunday between 10am-4pm. The fee is paid on departure at the car park's payment machines, and for this you need the parking ticket that you receive on arrival. Take good care of the parking ticket! It's best to leave it in a safe place.

You can also park your car in front of the horse track and along Linnunlahdentie (see the map). In addition to the actual parking area of the horse track, the track itself and the drive-in auditorium function as parking areas. Parking in the supervised parking areas of the horse track costs 10 € each time you park.

There is a limited number of parking slots. Don't forget that there will be extra carriages in trains during Ilosaarirock Festival!

Bicycle Parking During Festival Weekend

Close to the festival site Laulurinne, about 150 metres from the Main gate, there is a guarded bicycle parking area (see the map). The bicycle park is open from Friday to Sunday on the festival weekend. Parking your bike costs 2e each time you park. Remember to fetch your bike in time before the bike park closes. We are not responsible for bikes that are not fetched.

Bicycle park opening hours:
Fri 5.30pm - 3am
Sat 11am - 3am
Sun 11am - 3am.

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Accommodation During Ilosaarirock Festival

Ravileirintä camping and Niittyleirintä

There are two official temporary camping sites near the Ilosaarirock Festival site. The Ravileirintä camping is familiar to those who have been to the festival before, and it is located at the horse track lawn next to Laulurinne (see the map). The other official camping site is called Niittyleirintä. It is located next to the horse track, on the other side of the Linnunlahdentie road and next to the Palloilukeidas sports hall (see the map).

In order to be accommodated at the Ravileirintä or Niittyleirintä camping you have to fill in the accommodation form.

The Ravileirintä and Niittyleirintä camping sites are reserved only for Ilosaarirock Festival goers and therefore only people who have a valid Ilosaarirock Festival ticket or wristband can be accommodated there. Have your Ilosaarirock ticket or wristband at hand as you approach the reception of the Ravileirintä camping.

Water taps, campfire places, food stalls, and toilets have been arranged for the festival goers staying at the official camping sites during the festival.

Note that it is possible to stay only in tents on the camping green. Camper vans and caravans have their own designated areas on the horse track sand. Don't forget that spending the night in tents or cars outside camping sites is forbidden.

When checking in to the camping area you will be given plastic bags to collect your garbage in. Please do collect your garbage in the bags and take them to the recycling points. Let's keep the area clean! If you run out of plastic bags, you can get more at the info point of the Ravileirintä or Niittyleirintä camping.

For information about Ravileirintä or Niittyleirintä camping:

The opening hours and prices at the Ravileirintä camping site

The camping site is open from Thu 16 July 6 pm to Mon 20 July at 12 noon.

Thu 16 July to Mon 20 July => 30 € / person or
Fri 17 July to Mon 20 July => 30 € / person

We accept cash only, and naturally warmly welcome even sums. Debit cards, Visa Electron, and credit cards are not accepted at Ravileirintä camping.

The opening hours and prices at the Niittyleirintä camping site

The camping site is open from Fri 17 July 12 noon to Mon 20 July at 12 noon.

Fri 17 July to Mon 20 July => 30 € / person

We accept cash only, and naturally warmly welcome even sums. Debit cards, Visa Electron, and credit cards are not accepted at Niittyleirintä camping.

Linnunlahti Camping

Linnunlahti Camping is Joensuu's official camping site located right next to Laulurinne. At the camping site you have the possibility for accommodation in a tent or a caravan.

Prices for Linnunlahti Camping:
Wed 15 July to Mon 20 July => 60 € / person
Thu 16 July to Mon 20 July => 50 € / person
Fri 17 July to Mon 20 July => 40 € / person

More information:

School Accommodation

School accommodation is an inexpensive way to spend the nights comfortably during the Ilosaarirock Festival. It is dedicated only for Ilosaarirock Festival goers, so be prepared to show your festival ticket or wristband as you arrive. School accommodation is open from Friday to Monday.

Bookings for school accommodation will be taken at the entrance of school accommodation from July 17 3pm onwards. Please note that there is a limited number of accommodation room avainable.

The festival bus service that runs between the railway station and the festival site will stop at the school accommodation on Friday and also on Saturday morning.

Hotels in Joensuu

Joensuu's hotels will be booked full during Ilosaarirock Festival, so make your queries well in advance. You can ask for prices and vacancies at the following hotels:

Hotelli Aada
Kauppakatu 32
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 256 2200

Hotelli Atrium
Siltakatu 4
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 255 888

Torikatu 16
80100 Joensuu

Hotelli Karelia
Kauppakatu 25
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 2526 200

Sokos Hotel Kimmel
Itäranta 1
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 20 123 4663

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Torikatu 20
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 20 123 4661

KuntoHovi Spa Hotel
Nepenmäenkatu 2
80200 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 17 221

Hotelli Wanha Jokela
Torikatu 26
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 122 891

Hostel Aaro
Kirkkokatu 20
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 256 2200

Apartamentos Joensuu
Torikatu 47
80100 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 224 886

Summer Hotel Elli
Länsikatu 18
80110 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 225 927

Finnhostel Joensuu/ISLO
Kalevankatu 8
80110 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 267 5076 or +358 13 267 5083

Scouts' Youth Hostel
Vanamokatu 25
80130 Joensuu
tel. +358 13 123 381

Hotelli Julie
Valimontie 3
80710 Lehmo
tel. +358 13 26 311

Breakfast in Kerubin Kuppila

The official Ilosaarirock Festival breakfast is served in Kerubin Kuppila (Niskakatu 16). The breakfast includes bread, fresh vegetables, eggs, juice, and coffee etc. Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm and it costs 6 euros.

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Festival Area

The Ilosaarirock festival area is Laulurinne, built in 1986 to serve as a venue for large (music) events and other recreational purposes for the people of Joensuu. Laulurinne is situated close to the city centre. The distance to Laulurinne from the city's market place is about one kilometre. Ilosaarirock is the largest annual event organised in Laulurinne these days.

In addition to Laulurinne the Ilosaarirock festival area also includes the nearby Linnunlahti beach and the pit area of the horse trotting-track, where the YleX stage and the Truck stage are situated.

Other areas that belong to the Ilosaarirock festival area are the horse track which serves as a temporary festival camping site, Niittyleirintä Camping and the ice rink where the Ilosaarirock clubs are held. Joensuu's official camping site Linnunlahti Camping Oy Ltd also works in close cooperation with the Ilosaarirock organisation.

Ilosaarirock Stages

Ilosaarirock festival has five stages: Main stage, YleX Stage, Third Stage, Rento Stage, and Rekka Stage.

Artists on the Main stage and the Truck stage play at the same time, whereas artists on the YleX, the Third and the Relax stages also let the audience indulge in musical pleasures simultaneously.

The Main Stage

The Main stage is situated in the middle lawn of Laulurinne. The Main stage area is the largest stage area in Ilosaarirock. At the lawn in front of the Main stage you will also find two licenced bar areas, and the food stalls are situated on one side of the middle lawn. In front of the Main stage there is a platform for those who need a wheelchair.

The YleX Stage

The YleX Stage, a marquee stage with a capacity of about 8,000 listeners, is situated in the sandy area between Laulurinne and the horse track. This stage mostly presents artists from abroad. The YleX radio channel works in cooperation with Ilosaarirock Festival this summer as well and records the performances on this stage. Performances on the YleX Stage will begin already on Friday with the Sulo club. In front of the YleX Stage there is a platform for those who need a wheelchair, and a licenced bar area with a fine view to the stage is situated in the back, opposite the stage.

The Third Stage

The Third Stage is situated close to the Main Gate. Like YleX stage, it is a marquee-type stage, and hosts fascinating acts both from Finland and abroad.

The Rento Stage

The Rento Stage, situated on the Linnunlahti beach, emphasises R n' B. It has actually become a festival of its own inside the context of Ilosaarirock festival. You can dance your worries away in the sand, relax, and enjoy.

In addition to the Rento Stage, the beach area hosts toilets, a licenced bar area and food stalls.

Note! Remember to be careful when swimming!

The safety of the Linnunlahti beach and the Relax stage is supervised not only by the festival security personnel but also a life-guard, on-duty first aid specialists, and members of the voluntary lifeguard team Joensuun Järvipelastajat on-duty in boats. Nevertheless, everyone should take care of their friends. If your friend fails to come back from his/her swimming trip, inform the security personnel at the beach without delay.

Rekka Stage

The Rekka Stage, located next to the YleX Stage, offers you new and exciting talents. The Rekka Stage also tunes in already on Friday for the Sulo Club.


The Ilosaarirock Festival clubs are held from Friday to Sunday at the Ice rink. The Ice rink is situated at about 150 metres from the main gate of the festival site (see the map). Additionally on Friday 17 July Sulo club will be held on the YleX stage.

Sulo (YleX and Rekka stage) Friday 17th July
Töminä (ice rink) Friday 17th July
Metelli (ice rink) Saturday 18th July
Päätös (ice rink) Sunday 19th July

There are no age limits to any of the Clubs at the ice rink. There are separate licenced bar areas at the Clubs, and to enter these you need to be 18 years of age.

Licenced Bar Areas

There are four licenced bar areas in the Ilosaarirock Festival area. The YleX, Laulurinne, and Rantabaari bar areas are there just for you, and also the Tölkkibaari a.k.a CanCan Bar in the immediate vicinity of the Main Stage serves you eagerly. The Ice Rink clubs have their own licenced bar areas, too.

The age limit for all licenced bar areas is 18 years. Be prepared to prove your age: in other words, always keep an official identification document with you (a photo ID card, a passport, or a driving licence).

Beer, cider, soft drinks, cigarettes etc. are sold in the licenced bar areas. You cannot take alcohol drinks out of the licenced bar areas.

Info Point, Lost And Found

The Ilosaarirock Festival info point will serve the audience through the weekend. It is located next to the Third stage, about 50 metres from the Main gate.

NOTE! During the nights and in the morning of Monday 20 July the info point serves in the Poppikoppi next to the Main gate.

Breathalysis (measuring alcohol content in blood)

During the weekend, you can have a breathalysis at the Info point for a small charge. On Monday, breathalyses are free of charge. The people who do the analyses will not tell you the exact pro mille content of alcohol in your blood, only whether you can drive a car or not.

Lost and found articles in the Info point

During the festival the Lost and found is located at the Info point. So ask for stuff you have lost at the Info point, and take any stuff you have found to the same place. The lost property office of the police station is not open during the weekend. At night and on Monday morning up until 12 noon you can ask for lost articles at the Poppikoppi next to the Main gate.

After the festival, after 12 noon on Monday, all found articles which can be classed as valuables will be taken to the Joensuu police station, where you can ring and ask, tel. +35871 875 6333. Other found articles will be taken to the office of Joensuun Popmuusikot ry at Rantakatu 25 A 1. Found articles info line will answer at tel. +35813 225 550 the week after the festival from Monday to Friday 9am to 4 pm.

Poppikoppi Information Point

The Poppikoppi Information Point, next to the Main Gate, is a place to solve all those problems that aren't solved in the Info point or other stalls. If you have a problem related to your ticket, wristband, lost and found etc., Poppikoppi Information Point is the place to go to. Poppikoppi Information Point is open from Friday to Monday, and it also hosts the Lost and Found during nights.

Cloakrooms (Narikka) and Alcohol Deposits (Viinanarikka)

Cloakrooms and alcohol deposits are located close to both the festival site Main gate and the horse trotting-track gate. Cloakrooms cost 2€, alcohol deposits are free. Cloackroom opening hours:
Fri 5pm - 2am
Sat 11am - 2am
Sun 11am - 0am.

Alcoholic drinks to alcohol deposits (Viinanarikka)

It is forbidden to bring alcoholic drinks to the festival site. You cannot bring in any alcohol bottles either, no matter what they contain. This is because it is impossible for the security personnel to know what is in your bottle. Alcoholic drinks must be left in the alcohol deposits, which are free of charge!

Gates and Changing Ticket for Wristband

Besides you, there will be 21 999 people arriving to the festival site, and they, too, will change their ticket for a wristband. Despite the great numbers of industrious workers, the queues to the ticket change points will be long at times, because people tend to arrive at the festival site approximately at the same time. So be prepared to queue. The queues will be at their longest between 11am and 2pm.

There are two gates to the festival area: the Main Gate on Linnunlahdentie, and the YleX Gate close to the YleX Stage. However, on Friday you enter the Sulo Club through the YleX Gate only. Both the Main Gate and the YleX Gate are open throughout the festival weekend, that is, on Saturday and Sunday. The festival security personnel will check you at the gate for alcoholic drinks, alcohol bottles, or other objects classified as dangerous - these you cannot take with you to the festival area. There can be long queues at the gates at times despite the number and hard-working attitude of the festival workers and security personnel. It's always worth checking if the other gate has shorter queues.

You can change your ticket for a wristband on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at ticket change points along Linnunlahdentie street (see the map).

Disabled festival goers who need an assistant can bring one in to the festival area free of charge. The assistants get their wristbands at Poppikoppi.

Take care of your wristband

You cannot enter the festival site with a broken wristband. Take good care of your wristband, and the moment you get it, check immediately that it is well fastened and will not slip off your wrist. If the wristband is not well fastened or it is too loose, let the festival staff know about it at once in order to avoid problems at the gates later on. The wristband will be checked every time you enter the festival site.

You are responsible for your wristband, and if it gets broken or is lost, you will not be given a new one. In other words, take good care of your wristband.

Forging a ticket and/or wristband is a criminal offence and you will be prosecuted.

Food, Jewellery, and Clothes Stalls in Ilosaarirock

About twenty-five food, jewellery, and clothes stalls at the Ilosaarirock Festival site are ready to serve you. Food stalls are all located in one row next to the Linnunlahti Camping site’s fence. Jewellery stalls are located between Laulurinne and the beach. You will find regular, vegetarian, and vegan food in the food stalls. There are also a few food stalls at the beach and at the Ravileirintä camping site.

Toilet Areas

There are several toilet areas in the festival site. In the areas you can find both regular toilets and urinals. There are also toilets for the handicapped in the area.

Water Taps

There are several water taps in the festival area as well as in camping areas. Remember to take care of your fluid balance by drinking enough water!

First Aid

The First Aid point of the festival site is open through the festival from Friday to Monday. It is located next to the Poppikoppi in the immediate vicinity of the Main gate.

Victim Support Service

Victim support service is present during the festival. You can turn to them in case you need to report a crime or to cancel your mobile phone subscription after losing your mobile, or if you need general help and support. Victim support service is located in the vicinity of the Main gate and the First Aid point.

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General Info

Prepare yourself well for the festival

Bringing the right gear with you helps the weekend to pass more smoothly and reduces the number of so-called earthly worries. Wearing sensible clothes and, above all, sensible shoes, increases your comfort. Good festival shoes are strong, not too new and comfortable to walk in. Without noticing it you will be walking kilometre after kilometre in the festival area, and blisters will prevent you from enjoying the festival to the max. Blisters and sores are the most common ailments that the people at the First Aid point treat.

Take care of your fluid balance — drink enough water

The last years' festivals have taught the festival goers that it is important to take care of your fluid balance. We recommend taking with you a water bottle made of clear plastic (not a glass or an alcohol bottle) which you can keep refilling at the water taps in the festival area.

The following list includes some gear that we recommend for everyone to take with them to the festival:

  • rainproof clothing or a big refuse sack at the bottom of your rucksack
  • a warm sweater
  • something to wear on your head
  • money
  • a towel/swimwear
  • a toothbrush
  • food (something that is not easily perishable)
  • a toilet roll
  • some plaster for small accidents
  • ear plugs
  • painkillers and suntan cream
  • important phone numbers on paper in case you happen to lose your mobile
  • pen and paper for autographs or important phone numbers
  • official identification document (a photo ID card, a passport, or a driving license)

Recycling and garbage

Ilosaarirock gathers a large number of people together for a short period of time, and along with all the fun this results in increased environmental strain. But worry not! Each festival goer and festival worker can contribute to the well-being of their environment with small deeds. As a by-product, the quality of all of our lives improves.

There are recycling points for mixed waste, glass and metal both in the festival area and the Ravileirintä camping. Let's keep the festival area and the city clean: don't drop it, just bin it! You will find more environmental advice for festival goers on the Info section of the Ilosaarirock festival pages towards summer. Small deeds cumulate in large crowds.

Cameras and tape recorders

All recordings of live performances by any other than authorised persons are forbidden under Finnish Copyright law § 2 and 45. It is forbidden to bring video cameras or tape recorders to the festival area. Security personnel have the right to confiscate forbidden recording devices and recordings should that be necessary.


Animals think that all Ilosaarirock festival performers are loud and that it's too hectic at festivals anyway. In other words, it is forbidden to bring pets to the festival area!

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Safety Guidelines

Safety and comfort

Safety and comfort go very much hand in hand. In order to guarantee the smooth and easy progression of things for all parties involved in Ilosaarirock festival, we have compiled some relevant guidelines and recommendations. Regardless of whether this year's Ilosaarirock festival is your first or 30th rock festival experience, we hope that you will read this section carefully.

In large events involving large crowds circumstances may vary quickly. Here are some basic guidelines as to how to react in possible risky situations:

  • follow the advice given by the festival organisers or security personnel
  • avoid dense masses of people if you feel uncomfortable in crowded places. The front areas of stages, especially the Main Stage, are places in which the pressure of the audience masses can increase quickly and the situation may become uncomfortable.
  • should you nevertheless find yourself in a tight spot, stay calm. Do not go against the movements of the mass. Instead, when density decreases momentarily, try to move away. Do everything you can to keep your balance. Don't hesitate to use your voice to draw attention to yourself. The festival personnel and other festival goers will help you.
  • in case you notice an accident or any other factor or problem that risks the safety of yourself and others, let the security personnel know immediately.
  • if you feel dizzy among a large crowd, ask the person closest to you to help keep you on your feet. Keep up the contact with the person helping you until you feel steady again.
  • always take care of yourself and your friends and remember that abandonment is a crime.

No crowd surfing

Crowd surfing, in other words surfing on top of a concert audience's heads supported by the audience members' hands, is forbidden in Ilosaarirock as it is in European festivals in general. Crowd surfing causes dangerous situations and also hinders possible help operations at front areas of stages. It is also forbidden to carry others on your shoulders. This ban has not been issued just for fun: the aim is to make sure that everyone is safe and to guarantee a pleasant experience for all festival goers. The festival organisation has the right to remove those who do not follow this order from the festival site.

No glass bottles, no substances or any objects which can be classified as dangerous

It is forbidden to bring alcoholic drinks or any kind of glassware to the festival area! Note that it is also forbidden to bring in alcohol bottles regardless of their contents. Objects or substances that can be used to harm others, such as long umbrellas, cannot be brought in to the festival area. Alcoholic drinks can be left in the free-of-charge alcohol deposits (Viinanarikka) outside the festival area gates. The security personnel have a right, guaranteed by the Finnish law, to examine festival goers. Beer, cider and alcopops are served in the festival area in three official bar areas which are separated from their surroundings with fences.


The police is present and on duty in the festival area during the weekend.

Protect your hearing

Don't forget your hearing in the heat of the festival! In the festival area, specifically in front of the stages, sound levels may exceed the recommended noise standards. Protect your hearing by wearing ear plugs or other hearing protection.

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