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 the 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 can change quickly. Here are some basic guidelines on 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.


There are two gates to the festival area: the Main Gate on Linnunlahdentie, and the YleX Gate close to the YleX Stage. Both the Main Gate and the YleX Gate are open throughout the festival weekend, that is, on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday July 16, the Töminä Club entrance is through the Main Gate, and the Sulo Club entrance through the YleX Gate.

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.

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.

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 19 July the info point serves in the Poppikoppi next to the Main gate.

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.

First Aid

The First Aid point of the festival site is open through the festival from Friday 5pm to Monday 10am. 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. For more info, visit


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.

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!

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.

Note! Remember to be careful when swimming!

The safety of the Linnunlahti beach and the Rento 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.

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