Here you can find latest news about Ilosaarirock Festival.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.


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