News

Here you can find latest news about Ilosaarirock Festival.

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.

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.

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.


15th May 2018

Ilosaarirock goes cashless

Like many of the world's biggest festivals Ilosaarirock will be fully cashless this year. Cashless is a wallet in your wristband. This means that within the festival grounds you cannot pay with cash or bank cards, but all purchases are made with the cashless wristband. You can add money to your wristband in advance or head to the top-up points at the festival area. Read more about cashless.


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.

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.

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.

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!