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Volunteering at Ilosaarirock Festival

Applying for voluntary work for this summer has ended. We thank you all for showing interest and sending the application. The Ilosaarirock team will go through the applications and contact you by e-mail. All applicants will be informed whether they got the job by June 29 at the latest.

All volunteers chosen should read the following info. It includes plenty of useful information about all sorts of things, such as practical matters. Questions are more than welcome: if.kcoriraasoli@otsolikneh will guide you and give answers.

Info for volunteers in Ilosaarirock

Volunteering is another way of experiencing Ilosaarirock Festival. Volunteers get to peek behind the curtain and enjoy the privilege of belonging in the large number of people who together make the jolliest rock festival in Finland happen. As a volunteer, you will meet lots of great people and make many new friends.

Volunteers commit to working 10 to 12 hours in total during the three festival days. Your shifts will depend on the tasks. The work that takes place before the festival starts, such as construction and decoration, usually involves a bit longer shifts because the work is done during a two-day period.

The different tasks have been divided into their own areas, such as cleaning and bar work. As an example, people working in the festival bars belong in the bar work team, and each team has its own team leader. Team leaders are responsible for making sure that everything runs smoothly in their own area, which means that in their respective areas, they are the bosses. Your team leader will choose you on the basis of the information you entered in your application form, contact you, plan your work shifts, give you specific instructions concerning your tasks, and answer any questions that you may have. The team leaders will take into account your wishes regarding your tasks and shifts, but understandably enough not all wishes can be fulfilled.


Volunteers are the heart and soul of Ilosaarirock Festival. In an overwhelming majority of cases, everything works wonders, but every now and then some volunteers let others down and forget their responsibilities. They may skip a shift altogether, be drunk at work or while wearing their volunteer t-shirt, or abandon their post or tasks and forget about the instructions given by their team leader. In these cases, Joensuu Pop Musicians' Association, the organisation responsible for Ilosaarirock Festival, reserves the right to send an invoice to a volunteer who failed to take care of the agreed responsibilities and charge the damage incurred.


Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to making the festival happen. Volunteer work is, by nature, work carried out by free will, which means that no money is paid for it. Every volunteer gets free entrance to the festival area (and wherever else your tasks require), a volunteer t-shirt to be worn during shifts, and a hot meal every day. In addition, the volunteers who are working during the festival can use cloakrooms (narikka) and bike parks (pyöränarikka) free of charge. For volunteers who do not live in Joensuu, Ilosaarirock Festival offers accommodation at the festival camping sites.


Volunteers are entitled to at least one hot meal during their shift. With a full stomach, work tastes better and you have the energy to carry out your tasks. You can always choose between a regular and a vegetarian dish. Eating takes place at Tiedepuisto (The Science Park) during the whole weekend.

Coffee and snacks at Taukotupa

The volunteers' own resting place (Taukotupa) is the place where you can relax. It's located near the Sue stage in the festival area, at the back area that has been taken into use this year. There is a little coffee shop at the resting place for the volunteers where you can buy coffee, bread, coffee bread and other snacks for a small price. There is also a computer with an Internet connection for you to use and some surprise activities. Also activities such as yoga, stretching and playing music, have been planned for Taukotupa.

Volunteer t-shirt

All volunteers get a special t-shirt which helps to distinguish them from the festival crowd. During the festival weekend you may wear the t-shirt only during your work shift. At the end of your shift you need to change the shirt, and it is strictly forbidden to drink any alcohol or be seen drunk while wearing the volunteer t-shirt! After the festival you can keep the t-shirt as a souvenir.


If necessary, Ilosaarirock Festival offers those volunteers who do not live in Joensuu free accommodation in the festival's own camping sites. You can choose between Ravileirintä Camping and Niittyleirintä Camping. You can stay in these camping sites from Thursday evening to Monday morning. Let your team leader know beforehand if you need accommodation.

Discount on Club tickets

Volunteers can buy a ticket for Sulo Club or Töminä Club on Friday for half the price at the staff office in the indoor skating rink, or by showing the pass at the clubs' ticket sales.

The Staff helps

The Ilosaarirock staff is the volunteer's best friend. Staff will help with any problems before and after the festival. During the festival the volunteers can get their wristbands and passes that are needed for entrance from the staff office, which is located in the foyer of the indoor ice rink (Jäähalli) and is open from Thursday to Sunday.

The staff office hours:
Thu 12th July from 10 am to 6pm
Fri 13th July from 10 am to 10pm
Sat 14th July from 10 am to 6pm
Sun 15th July from 11 am to 2pm

There are loads of volunteers working in Ilosaarirock and it often happens that everyone will come and get their passes at the same time. So, be prepared for queues and be there at least an hour before your shift starts. Please be prepared to prove your identity.

Welcome as a volunteer in Ilosaarirock!

Questions and problems will be answered in: if.kcoriraasoli@otsolikneh

The period for applying starts on April 9th