Ilosaarirock Festival • Joensuu Finland 15th–17th Jul 2016

 

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16th Apr 2021

Ilosaarirock Festival will not take place in the summer of 2021

We are hugely sorry to announce that, due to the rapidly changing and largely uncertain situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel Ilosaarirock Festival for 2021. The decision has been made with a very heavy heart.

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Ilosaarirock lives and breathes the unforgettable encounters and shared experiences of the tens of thousands of festival-goers who come together for what is widely known as "the best weekend of the summer". We believe that Ilosaarirock deserves to be celebrated at full throttle, and a scaled-down version of it just will not do. Since the current situation is so unpredictable, it is simply not possible to go ahead and organise an event of this size and scale.

By cancelling this year's festival we are able to secure the future of Ilosaarirock. Even though things are looking quite bleak at the moment, we believe that the future is bright: as soon as it is feasible, we will gather together with you, the most awesome festival crowd in the world, at our beautiful festival area and start making up for lost time. So, hang in there and get ready to party like you've never partied before!

The best way to support Ilosaarirock and make sure that we continue organising the festival for many years to come is to hold on to your existing ticket or buy one for next year. Tickets that have already been purchased for 2020 or 2021 will still be valid for the 2022 festival as they are. Therefore, if you are planning to join the party next year, there is no need to do anything - simply hold on to your ticket. The 2022 edition of Ilosaarirock Festival will be held from the 15th to the 17th of July.

We miss each and every one of you and can't wait to dance, sing and party with you next summer. Inspired by the prospect of seeing you guys have a good time once again, we have already started working hard to make sure that Ilosaarirock Festival will be the best weekend of summer 2022. Since we take your enjoyment very seriously, we have some great things planned for next year.

If you would like to return your festival ticket for 2020 or 2021, you can claim a refund until the 16th of July 2021. The instructions for the refund process can be found here.

Even though we cannot physically gather at the festival site this summer, we will continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ilosaarirock with you online - with guaranteed social distancing! Follow us on social media to keep the festival spirit going and stay tuned to the anniversary celebrations.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding. Please take care of yourselves and look after one another.


19th Jul 2020

Ilosaarirock 2020 ticket returns no longer accepted, tickets for the 2021 festival for sale soon

Purchased tickets to Ilosaarirock 2020 will no longer be refunded. Tickets that were purchased for 2020 and not returned will be valid for the 2021 festival as they are.

The 50th anniversary of Ilosaarirock will take place in Joensuu from the 16th to the 18th of July, 2021. Tickets to the birthday bash will be for sale in the upcoming months.


23rd Apr 2020

Ilosaarirock Festival will not take place in the summer of 2020

So, this is what it has come to. We are hugely sorry to announce that, due to the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ilosaarirock Festival will not take place in the summer of 2020. Based on government guidelines and what we feel is the only right thing to do, we have had to take the heartbreaking decision to postpone the festival until July 2021. Tickets that have already been purchased will be valid for the 2021 festival. You also have the option to return your ticket and get a full refund, excluding any service charges.

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Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us and we are not prepared to jeopardise your well-being under any circumstances. It has become clear that there are currently too many health risks involved in organising big events, such as Ilosaarirock.

Having to cancel what is widely known as ‘the best weekend of the summer’ is something we never thought we would have to do. In addition to our crew and customers, this decision affects the artists, our partners, subcontractors and hundreds of employees who work hard for months on end to make this festival happen. It goes without saying that this has been a huge blow to us all.

We kindly encourage you to support the people whose livelihoods are at risk because of the coronavirus restrictions. There are many ways to do this, such as buying tickets for virtual concerts or ordering takeaway food from your local restaurant. As we live through this unprecedented crisis, every little helps.

You can support the Ilosaarirock Festival by holding on to your existing ticket or by purchasing an UUTEEN NOUSUUN (‘we’ll get through this’) support ticket for 2021.

Next year, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ilosaarirock and have decided to draw strength from this wretched situation and pour all our energies into organising the best festival ever! This unforgettable birthday bash will take place in Joensuu from the 16th to the 18th of July, 2021.

Tickets that have already been purchased for 2020 will be valid for the 2021 festival as they are. Therefore, if you are planning to join the party next year, you do not need to do anything – simply hold on to your ticket.

You also have the option to return your ticket and get a full refund, excluding any service charges. The instructions for claiming a refund can be found here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful festival area again next summer. In the meantime: please take care of yourselves and look after one another. You’re the best!


26th Nov 2019

Early Bird tickets only on sale until the 2nd of December!

Special-priced Early Bird tickets (3-day 139€) are available for purchase until the 2nd of December. The Early Bird ticket price will update to the winter price at midnight on Tuesday the 3rd of December. The price for a three-day winter ticket is 149€. The first line-up announcements will be made on the 3rd of December as well.


20th Nov 2019

Early Bird tickets on sale

Special-priced Early Bird tickets (3-day 139€) are available for purchase for a limited amount of time. The Early Bird prices apply until the first line-up announcement is made. After the first announcement the winter price for a three-day ticket is 149€. One-day, two-day and VIP tickets will be available for purchase later.


5th Jul 2019

Singer-songwriter Vesta to Ilosaarirock!

Last minute news! Singer-songwriter and indie phenomena Vesta is added to Ilosaarirock Festival line-up. Vesta replaces Jess Glynne who cancelled her show due health problems.


27th Jun 2019

Jess Glynne cancelled

Unfortunately, British singer Jess Glynne has cancelled her performance at Ilosaarirock Festival due to voice chord problems. We are really sorry for the situation. Ilosaarirock will announce a new artist for the empty slot as soon as possible.


16th May 2019

Lineup finished, schedule out!

The lineup for Ilosaarirock 2019 is now ready! New artists include Alcest (FRA), Beast in Black, Lost Society, Eva + Manu, Jesse Markin, Huora and many other. Check the schedule and get ready for the best weekend of the summer!

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French Alcest is one of the developers and important artists of blackgaze, a combination of black metal and shoegaze. Their atmospheric music is also called post metal. In the early years Alcest played primitive black metal but soon the music became the gigantic symphony of distorted sounds we know today. Alcest has worked with Sigur Rós and toured with Anathema and is known by their intensive live shows.

Along Alcest Finnish power metal phenomena Beast in Black, thrash metal group Lost Society and punk rock band Huora brings more heavy guitars to the Ilosaarirock lineup. The program is completed by hip hop acts Etta, F, Adikia and Mouhous, producer legend Jori Sjöroos, folkpop duo Eva + Manu, indierock bands Pasa and Radio Supernova, talented urban singer Jesse Markin and modern pop artists Ruma and Aida.

As over 60 bands aren’t enough, we also present international standup comedians Joe Sutherland and Bobby Mair. British Joe Sutherland is known by his razor-sharp comedy about masculinity and gender. Canadian Bobby Mair has won over the critical London standup audience and is now ready to conquer Finland.

Remember to buy your tickets before May 31st. In the beginning of June the ticket prices are updated to more expensive summer prices!


8th May 2019

The Chainsmokers and many other

Gigantic pop duo The Chainsmokers will perform at Ilosaarirock Festival on Sunday 14th Jul. Other announced acts include Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy, Pyhimys & Saimaa, Chisu and many other. More news soon to come!

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The Chainsmokers is a Grammy Award-winning pop duo and a Billboard Chart topping artist. They are one of the most popular recent live acts and their streams are counted on billions. The Chainsmokers sound combines indie wibes, catchy pop melodies and choruses that fills stadiums.

Dermot Kennedy – who released his debut album this year – has performed for sold out audiences during the year. Powerful songs and beautiful voice make Kennedy one the most talented singer-songwriters around.

New Finnish acts include proge rock and hip hop collaboration Pyhimys & Saimaa, new electro sounds from pop queen Chisu, folk pop duo Ida Paul & Kalle Lindroth, hip hop acts Gettomasa and IBE, metal bands Turmion Kätilöt and Wheel and indie artists Risto, Maustetytöt, Elias Gould, SOFA, Joni Ekman & Koira, Sydän, sydän, Pasa and Luukas Oja.

More news soon!


13th Feb 2019

Over 20 new artists!

New names include Sunrise Avenue, Alma, Jess Glynne, Architects, Perturbator, MONO and Pale Waves. Now you can purchase all the ticket types from day tickets to Premium tickets.

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The biggest rock band from Finland, Sunrise Avenue, is coming to Ilosaarirock Festival for the first time ever! The hugely popular combo regularly perform at sold-out stadium venues across Europe, but are rarely seen playing in Finland. The Ilosaarirock gig is the only festival show Sunrise Avenue will perform in Finland during summer 2019. Another expected visitor is Finland’s hottest export since the Nokia phone, aka Alma. The international pop sensation, known for her explosive hits Karma, Dye My Hair and Chasing Highs, will bring her unapologetic live show to Joensuu, just a couple of months after the release of her debut album.

Grammy-awarded singer-songwriter Jess Glynne has released only two albums during her years in the spotlight but has already achieved seven No. 1 singles in the British charts - more than any other female artist in history. Glynne mixes classic soul with catchy pop melodies and delivers songs with her incredible voice.

Architects, the eminent British metalcore combo, are finally coming to Finland after a painstakingly long wait. Winners of the Best British Live Act Award, Architects play their raspingly furious music with mathematical precision. Their eighth album Holy Hell, released in 2018, shot up the charts like a bullet, and was chosen as the album of the year by many heavy metal critics.

Cheat Codes are comprised of three talented DJs from Los Angeles, who are on a journey to stardom after wowing crowds with one EDM hit after another. Cheat Codes released their debut single in 2015 and have been moving people on dance floors ever since.

Synthwave pioneer Perturbator went on to create a whole new genre of music that draws its inspiration from cyberpunk, 80s video games and science fiction. His music transports listeners to a Blade Runner-like world and dance floors at sold-out gigs are heaving with a curious mixture of morose metal heads, electro-industrially-minded dance enthusiasts and cyborged computer nerds.

Hailing from Manchester, the Mecca of modern indie music, Pale Waves released their debut album, My Mind Makes Noises, in September 2018 and instantly caused a stir in the global music scene. This summer they are bringing their world tour to Finland for the first time, and visitors to Ilosaarirock will get a taste of Pale Waves and their soul-soothing melodies.

For decades, MONO has been at the forefront of the post-rock scene and enjoyed the unconditional appreciation of both critics and fans. In 2019 MONO are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and have just released their 10th album Nowhere Now Here. The new album is even more self-assured and ambitious than its predecessors and can be described as a journey in experimentation and texture.

New Finnish acts include special shows by singer-songwriter Samuli Putro and hard rockers Viikate and JVG, Ellips, Pariisin Kevät, Pää Kii, Swallow the Sun, Henrik!, J. Karjalainen, Lxandra, Olavi Uusivirta, Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana, Gasellit, Jukka Nousiainen, Kynnet, Pauliina Kokkonen, SANNI and Stam1na.

More news coming soon!


20th Dec 2018

First artists announced

First part of the 2019 line-up includes DJ Snake, Rae Sremmurd, Shame, Ville Valo & Agents, Vesala, Kingston Wall and Anna Puu.

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DJ Snake is a French superstar DJ who mixes hip hop and electronic music in a trademark visionary style. One of the most popular producers and composers in the world, he belongs to the global electro-elite. He burst onto the international scene with the mega hit ‘Lean On’ that was produced together with Major Lazer and MØ. ‘Lean On’ subsequently became the most streamed song on Spotify, ever.

Rae Sremmurd shot to number one in the charts in the US, and across the globe, with their hit single ‘Black Beatles’ featuring Gucci Mane. Each of their three albums boast platinum-awarded singles such as ‘Swang’, ‘Powerglide’ and ‘No Type’. With such a whopping setlist, a Rae Sremmurd show is bound to be pure dynamite.

When Shame released their debut album in 2018, they took the alternative rock scene by storm and were labelled ‘Britain’s most exciting new band’ by the Guardian. Hailing from London, Shame is a volatile combination of quintessential British punk rock and scrappy post punk that brings Killing Joke and The Fall to mind.

Ville Valo, who shot to fame as the lead vocalist of internationally renowned rock band, HIM, has teamed up with Agents, a legendary Finnish band from the late 70s. Ville Valo & Agents have recorded an album full of hits and previously unsung pieces written by the late Rauli ‘Badding’ Somerjoki. The album has turned out to be one of the most talked about musical events of the year, long before its release.

Vesala is a highly talented artist with a rare gift of being able to combine entertaining pop rock with intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics. Her tunes, which are laced with electronic elements, are catchy and fun but could never be described as trivial – there is always meaning to be found in these well-crafted songs.

Kingston Wall by JJylli, Kuoppis & VHB is a ressurrection of the legendary Finnish prog band Kingston Wall with the help of the hottest trio from the Finnish prog rock scene – Von Hertzen Brothers.

Anna Puu is known for her exceptionally bright and radiant stage presence. With this masterstroke of a new album, she has created a collection of future pop classics and is primed to blow away festival audiences across the country.


2nd Jul 2018

Yelawolf cancelled, Dizzee Rascal to replace

American rap artist Yelawolf has cancelled his show at Ilosaarirock Festival due to changes at film production schedules. Yelawolf is replaced by British grime superstar and Mercury Price winner Dizzee Rascal.

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Yelawolf was originally booked to replace Action Bronson.

- We had very bad luck with this Friday slot. First, Action Bronson had to cancel and then Yelawolf. Luckily we were fortuned to book such a great artist as Dizzee Rascal. Third time's the charm, laughs Panu Hattunen, the promotor of Ilosaarirock Festival.


19th Jun 2018

Action Bronson cancelled, Yelawolf (USA) to replace

Unfortunately Action Bronson's gig at Ilosaarirock has been cancelled. Action Bronson is replaced by American rapper Yelawolf.

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the music of Yelawolf can be described as a mixture of rap, country and rock. Yelawolf is a combination of deep south, rockabilly white trash aesthetics and rigorous rhyming. Yelawolf's gigs seem more like a rock show than a rap performance.

Yelawolf released his latest album Trial By Fire last year, and the man who is known for his wild gigs has been feverishly anticipated in Europe and Finland since then!


22nd May 2018

Artist schedule is out

Ilosaarirock Festival artist schedule is now out and can be found here. Ilosaari Lounge offers events ranging from improv theatre to stand-up comedy and FIFA World Cup finals on Saturday and Sunday.

Please note that festival ticket prices will increase by 10€ on July 1st. For more information about tickets, please visit our ticket page.


25th Apr 2018

Line-up is complete!

The line-up for this year's Ilosaarirock Festival is now complete. Last but not least we present the program for Soundi Stage where you find the best new acts from Finnish music scene.

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This summer Soundi Stage gathers 12 brilliant artists from jazz to indie pop: rock trio Mara Balls, new wave of Finnish hip hop Cledos and IBE, punk rock phenomenon Huora, urban pop singers Nelli Matula and Sini Yasemin, one of the best jazz groups from Finland Mopo, gasoline filled rockers Hard Action, mystical singer-songwriter M, violence pop band Blind Channel, grooving indie pop posse KUUMAA and rock duo Ursus Factory, which is called "the best live act in Finland".

Summer is coming, believe it or not!


12th Apr 2018

Grammy award-winning Zedd to Ilosaarirock Festival

One of the most listened-to artists in the world, DJ and producer Zedd joins Ilosaarirock line up! New announcements also include Jenni Vartiainen, Paperi T, Litku Klemetti, Circle, Töölön Ketterä, PastoriPike, Ida Paul & Kalle Lindroth, Ruusut and special show by Värttinä feat. Paleface.


6th Apr 2018

Satyricon, Hurula and many more!

Spring brings new artists to Ilosaarirock Festival line up! Black metal legend Satyricon hails from Norway and alternative rock group Hurula joins from Sweden. Finnish artists Disco Ensemble, Mokoma, Flat Earth and Shiraz Lane adds more lovely noise to the festival line up and Ismo Alanko, Lasten Hautausmaa, Atomirotta and Saimaa shows you how variable Finnish rock scene is. More news coming soon!


26th Feb 2018

Zara Larsson and many more

Great news to all you pop lovers! Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson joins Ilosaarirock line up along with German indie pop band Milky Chance, Finnish pop star SANNI and EMMA winners Evelina and Reino Nordin. More news soon!


22nd Jan 2018

20 new artists

New announcements include black metal giant Behemoth (POL), Ottawa rapper Night Lovell (CAN), avant garde metal group Zeal & Ardor (USA/CHE), singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi (UK), Finnish rap superstar Cheek and progerock mammoth CMX who joins with Joensuu City Orchestra.

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CMX is an institution in the Finnish rock scene, and the band's career spans over several decades. Their music is built around beautiful, complex, distorted, inventive melodies and lyrics which are filled with mythological and religious imagery. When all this is combined with a 35-piece orchestra, the spectacle of the summer is ready. Krzysztof Dobosiewicz, the conductor of the Joensuu City Orchestra, is in charge of the arrangements, and the set list is naturally chosen by the band.

Other Finnish acts include Apulanta, Stam1na, Gasellit, Beast In Black, Von Hertzen Brothers, Juha Tapio, Pyhimys, Kube & Eevil Stöö, K-X-P, Ruudolf, Vesta, Olavi Uusivirta and Vilma Alina. Through these announcements, the ticket sale for one/two/three-day tickets begins.

More news and announcements to come, rok rok!


18th Jan 2018

Jack White to Ilosaarirock Festival!

In July all you music fans out there are in for one gigantic treat as one of the World's true rock and roll superstars, Jack White, finally arrives to Finland! Jack White has announced his first tour in almost four years and we are one of the lucky ones to experience the show in Europe.

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12 Grammys, 33 Grammy nominations, a Bond theme song, numerous number one hits, as well as being listed amongst the best guitarists in the word time and time again and a sports-anthem known to all – YES, Jack White undoubtedly is truly one of the greatest!

Jack White got his big breakthrough back in 2001 when The White Stripes released their debut album White Blood Cells. That album blew the garage rock fans away and put the band immediately in the music scene spotlight. The band, though, didn't let the hype slow them down. On the contrary, The White Stripes then released Seven Nation Army, a song known to every sports fan. And the legend was born.

After The White Stripes, Jack White has been prolific, to say the least. He has made music with bands such as The Racounters and Dead Weather and released two solo albums which have both climbed to the top of the Billboard chart. The long-awaited third solo album will be released in March 2018. Lucky for us, because that is why he has set his wagon wheels rolling towards the biggest festival stages around the world.

Jack White is a brilliantly original artist who does not bow down to any trends. On the contrary, he never ceases to amaze us with whatever he decides to do. At the core of his musical manifestation are the very basic ingredients of rock n' roll which he magnificently spices up with pinches of country and blues in order to stir his original cocktail. What makes his music so special are the catchy melodies combined with his signature hefty distortion riffs and, more importantly, his passionate playing and brute stage presence.

As Jack White chooses his appearances carefully, every live show is an event itself. During his past solo tours, White has also pampered his audiences with some of the biggest hits he has made with his different bands. So buckle up, this is – without a doubt – going to be THE rock experience of 2018!


17th Jul 2017

Thank you!

Even the best days ends at some point. So does Ilosaarirock. Thank you all, you made this the best weekend of the whole summer!

See you again on 13th to 15th July 2018!


16th Jul 2017

Sunday sold out

Sunday tickets are sold out. Happy festival!


15th Jul 2017

Saturday sold out!

Saturday tickets are sold out. You can still purchase Sunday tickets. We recommend to do it at once!


3rd Jul 2017

Snakehips cancelled, Nothing But Thieves (UK) to replace

Unfortunately Snakehips' gig at Ilosaarirock Festival has been cancelled due to scheduling issues. They are replaced by British alternative rock band Nothing But Thieves.

We apologise for this change.


28th Apr 2017

Artist schedule is out

Ilosaarirock Festival artist schedule is now out and can be found here. Gates will open on Friday 14th July at 4pm. There is a total of five stages at the festival: Main Stage, Main Tent, Rento Stage, Metelli Tent and Soundi Stage. In addition there is Ilosaari Lounge which offers events ranging from improv theatre to stand-up comedy.


21st Apr 2017

Official festival accommodation is on sale

Get a room! You can choose between two camping sites and school accommodation. Learn more about the possibilities to sleep at Ilosaarirock Festival from here and get your tickets from our web store.


20th Apr 2017

Line-up complete!

The line-up for this summer's Ilosaarirock Festival is now complete. New names include Estonian folk rock group Ewert and the Two Dragons, Battle Beast, Satellite Stories, Alex Mattson, Happoradio, J. Karjalainen, Popeda, Reino Nordin, Kube, Mäkki and Tuuttimörkö.

Festival schedule will be published at the end of April. Notice that you can buy affordable spring tickets till end of May. See you soon friends!


24th Mar 2017

Dozen more artists!

Honourable festival people. Let us introduce to you the line-up for our Soundi Stage. Twelve most interesting new artists from Finland: Negatiiviset Nuoret, Perikato, Younghearted, Vapaa Maa, Vesta, Ghost World, Kauriinmetsästäjät, Litku Klemetti & Tuntematon Numero, Cityman, VITOS, The Holy and Elias Gould. If you want to know what's hot in Finnish music scene at 2017, just come and listen!


23rd Feb 2017

Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus comeback

Finnish heavy rock phenomenon Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus returns on stage for selected festival shows! Over the eight years that the band existed they released four albums that sold gold or platinum, got several Emma Awards and played sold out shows all over Finland. Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus performs at Ilosaarirock Festival on Saturday July 15th.


16th Feb 2017

Rag'n'Bone Man and Snakehips to Ilosaarirock Festival

We are proud to present the next big things from UK! Rag'n'Bone Man combines soul, blues and hip hop and is known by his international mega hit Human. Electric music duo Snakehips plays downtempo pop with r'n'b influences. Their singles All My Friends, Don't Leave and Cruel have amassed hundreds of millions streams at Spotify and YouTube. Both artists are claimed to be the next British superstars. Welcome to Ilosaarirock!


25th Jan 2017

Comeback of the decade

Finnish musical mammoth Ultra Bra returns on stage for three festival gigs next summer. The last one takes place at Ilosaarirock Festival on Sunday July 16th. You can't miss this! Check the updated Sunday line-up here.


23rd Jan 2017

Over 30 new artists!

Great news! The first announcements for Ilosaarirock Festival 2017 include the debut Finnish appearances of alternative rock legend Pixies (USA) and garagerock duo Royal Blood (UK), the comeback of action rock group The Hellacopters (SWE), Grammy winner Imagine Dragons (USA), electro swing pioneer Parov Stelar (AUT), Danish and Mew, high speed punk rock bands Millencolin (SWE) and Zeke (USA) and the progressive metal of Leprous (NOR).

The most anticipated Finnish act is the death metal group Insomnium who will perform their magnum opus Winter's Gate with Joensuu City Orchestra. This concert cannot be heard anywhere else than in Ilosaarirock Festival. Other Finnish acts include Disco Ensemble, Huoratron, Sonata Arctica, Poets of the Fall, Oranssi Pazuzu, Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble and tens if more. Check the whole line-up from here.

Through these announcements, the ticket sale for one/two/three-day tickets begins. More news and announcements to come, rok rok!


16th Jan 2017

Ilosaarirock will become a three-day festival

The first artists will be revealed on Monday January 23rd. Before the announcement there will be an Early Bird ticket sale for one week only. The prices start from 115€ (23rd onwards they will be 129€ and up). You can buy your Early Bird tickets at Lippu.fi, Tiketti and record store Levy-Eskot in Joensuu.

Oh, can't it be June already?! Rock on!


18th Jul 2016

Thank you!

Ilosaarirock Festival 2016 is over. We want to thank all of you, our dear festival guests. See you again at the next summer's festival between 14 and 16 July 2017.


14th Jul 2016

Passenger (UK) comes to Ilosaarirock!

The British solo artist Passenger will perform at Ilosaarirock following Ellie Goulding's show being cancelled due to an illness. Passenger will perform on the Main Stage at Ilosaarirock on Saturday July 16th at 8.30 pm. Consequently, Antti Tuisku will be the the closing act of the day. His performance starts at 11:30 pm on the same stage.

The British solo artist Passenger will perform at Ilosaarirock following Ellie Goulding's show being cancelled due to an illness.


12th Jul 2016

Ellie Goulding has cancelled all upcoming shows including Ilosaarirock

Ellie Goulding has been forced to pull out her upcoming shows due to being unwell. Unfortunately the show at Ilosaarirock Festival has been cancelled as well. We are adamantly looking for a new artist to perform on Saturday. For feedback please send email to pop@ilosaarirock.fi.


22nd Jun 2016

Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker cancelled

We are sorry to announce that Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker has cancelled their performance at Ilosaarirock Festival Töminä Club on Friday. On the brighter side we are pleased to announce that punk rock masters Anal Thunder will perform at Töminä Club with extra special guests Kaikka & Hyrde.


9th May 2016

Line-up complete and artist schedule is out!

The line-up for this year's Ilosaarirock Festival is now complete. New names include metalcore act Bury Tomorrow (UK), Kraak & Smaak (DJ Set) (NED), FX Farmer from Funkanomics (GER), K-X-P, Yona, Motions and many more.

Festival artist schedule is now out and can be found here. See you soon friends!


4th Apr 2016

Volunteering in Ilosaarirock Festival

Applying for volunteer work in Ilosaarirock Festival has started. Applying is easy: just read info and fill our application form. The permanent crew of Ilosaarirock Festival aim at finding the right tasks for the volunteers during the spring and early summer.


1st Apr 2016

Töminä Club opens Ilosaarirock Festival

Ilosaarirock Festival's traditional Töminä Club brings the finest alternative noise to Laulurinne festival area. Program includes rock & punk masters Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker (SWE), Teksti-TV 666, Kumikameli, The Mutants, Kesä, Kohti Tuhoa, Särkyneet and Rusto. Tickets are on sale now – for only 10 euros! Ravileirintä and Niittyleirintä Camping area customers get free access to Töminä Club.


22nd Mar 2016

Big band jazz and more progressive rock

Five new acts have been announced to play at this year's Ilosaarirock Festival. Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana combines big band jazz and rap with unique style. Saimaa plays far out progressive rock with echoes from the seventies and Scandinavian Music Group is known from beautiful pop rock songs. Ruger Hauer feat. Regina and Paperi T are the best alternative hip hop you'll find from Finland. Please see the Line-up page.


15th Mar 2016

Propagandhi (CAN) for exclusive European show

Canadian punk rock legend Propaganhdi will play their only European show this summer at Ilosaarirock Festival. Don't miss this; it's a rare opportunity to see this amazing band on this side of the pond.

Other new announcements include hardcore act Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (UK), progressive rock group Haken (UK) and alternative rock-punk phenomenons Tryer, Juice Normaali, Musta Risti and Lopunajan mies. More announcements coming soon!


13th Feb 2016

Over 30 new artists!

Sulo's day brings over 30 new artists to Ilosaarirock Festival! The latest announcements include the immensely popular Ellie Goulding, metal acts Paradise Lost and TesseracT, grime star Skepta and the up-and-coming alternative rock band Wolf Alice. The Finnish names range from Death Hawks to Amorphis and from Tippa-T to Tähtiportti.

Please see the Line-up page. More artists will be added to the line-up during the spring.

Through these announcements, the ticket sale for two-day tickets, one-day tickets and accommodations begins. And the best part is, the price of the tickets will not rise this year at all!

More news and announcements to come, rok rok!


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Latest Updates

Please read our Festival Info. At Rokkikontti, located at Joensuu Market Square, you can change tickets to the wristband from Monday 11th July onwards from 10am to 4pm (Mon-Wed), 10am to 7pm (Thu-Fri) and 10am to 2pm (Sat).

You can change your ticket for a wristband on Friday (from 4pm to 1.30em), Saturday (from 11am to 1.30am) and Sunday (from 11am to 11pm) at ticket change points next to the Main Gate.

All volunteers should read our info about volunteering.

During the festival weekend, any lost property will be taken to the information desk.

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