Joensuu Finland 15th–17th Jul 2016

About Ilosaarirock Festival

Ilosaarirock Festival is an outdoor festival founded in 1971. The event takes place at Laulurinne in Joensuu (street address: Linnunlahdentie 3) at a lakeside close to the city centre. Ilosaarirock Festival is a three-day weekend that begins on Friday night with separately sold Sulo and Töminä clubs. The two-day festival ticket is for Saturday and Sunday, when a huge variety of events fills up the entire festival area.

During the greatest weekend of the summer, the five stages host more than 60 artists, but the area also features film screenings, ping-pong games and DJ sets. The large camping sites and parking areas are located right next to the festival area, and the distance between your tent and the stages can be just a few metres.

Ilosaarirock Festival focuses on food, drinks and relaxation. Festival is known for sunshine, the beautifully green festival area, fantastic atmosphere, smiling volunteers and the line-up, always chosen with taste and featuring the best acts representing various genres. Our most important values are volunteering, environmental protection and our love for live music. A share of the profits goes to supporting local bands and artists.

With its 50,000+ annual guests, Ilosaarirock Festival is one of the largest festivals in Finland. The event is organised by Joensuu Pop Musicians' Association, a non-profit association founded on the idea of supporting live music.

Festival area

The festival site Laulurinne is a pretty, park-like area designed specially for large events. There is a beach inside the festival area. You enter the Festival site from main gate and arrive first to the chill out zone. There you can sit and enjoy your own drinks before the security check.

Ilosaarirock Festival has five stages, plenty of different services and entertainment.

Ticket sales

Ilosaarirock Festival tickets sales are operated by Tiketti and Lippupalvelu. In Joensuu you can buy tickets from record store Levy-Eskot, Carelicum or Prisma. From 4th July onwards you can also buy tickets from "Rokkikontti", located at Joensuu Market Square.

Changing ticket for wristband

All festival and club tickets will be inspected electronically at the wristband changing points and exchanged to a wristband, which is your passport in and out from the festival site.

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.

Please change your festival ticket or club ticket to the wristband at the camping site gate when you are checking in to Niittyleirintä or Ravileirintä camping.

Information desk and lost & found

The Ilosaarirock Festival information desk help the festival guests in all questions and queries about the festival. The information desk is located near the Main Gate. It is open 24 hours a day from Friday 4pm onwards.

During the festival weekend, any lost property will be taken to the information desk. After the festival from Monday 3 pm onwards, all lost property will be taken care of by North Carelian Lost and Found Office:, street address: Raatekankaantie 4.


The festival area features food stalls to serve every taste as well as vendors selling clothes, jewellery, novelty items and all that must-have festival gear.

The official Ilosaarirock Festival merchandise (t-shirts, hoodies, bags, etc) as well as band merchandise are sold by Longplay Music located near Main Tent.

There are several licenced bar areas in the Ilosaarirock Festival area. The age limit for all licenced bar areas is 18 years. Be prepared to prove your age: in other words, always keep an official identification document with you (a photo ID card, a passport, or a driving licence). There are several toilet areas and free water taps in the festival site, also for the handicapped. Cloakrooms and alcohol deposits located after the Main Gate are open throughout the weekend.


The guiding principle of the Ilosaarirock Festival arrangements is that everyone should feel welcome at our festival.

The Ilosaarirock Festival site is a park with mostly sandy roads, and the area is more or less flat except for the uphill to the Main Tent area. Near the festival area, there is a parking area with a limited number of disabled parking spaces. To park your car here, you need a designated disabled parking permit.

There are viewing platforms near the mixing desks of the Main Stage and the Main Tent. Toilets with wheelchair access are located near the viewing platforms and in toilet areas. Assistants of disabled people do not need a ticket to access the festival area.

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