Karina (FIN)


Dream pop duo Karina are a bit of a curiosity in the Finnish indie music scene: although the band’s songs are performed in Finnish, they seem to be better known abroad than in their native Finland. Indeed, even if you don’t understand a word of Finnish, you’ll be able to see why Karina are growing their fan base wherever they go. Intriguing, seductive and decidedly chic, Karina write melodies that are beautiful and delicate, just like the wings of a butterfly.

Their debut album Karina was released in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize in 2019. Tunes like Bambi and Täällä sinua juhlitaan, as well as their new single Teko have been lauded as some of the best pop songs to have hit the airwaves in recent times. Following a ton of five-star reviews, Karina have played at multiple locations overseas and also supported the American indie band Beirut during their European tour.

When Karina roll into Joensuu this summer, they will bring along their purring soundscapes and ethereal atmosphere to the delight of the Ilosaarirock audience. It’s time to get sprinkled with pixie dust, wrap yourself in a blanket of sound and enter the dreamy world of Karina. What bliss!


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Friday 17 Jul: ApulantaBattle Beast • BEHM • GettomasaHighly Suspect (USA) • The Holy • Lauri TähkäLost Frequencies (BEL)Of Monsters and Men (ISL)RuusutRäjäyttäjät • Yeboyah • Saturday 18 Jul: ABREU • Antti TuiskuBelzebubs • costee • EllinooraInsomnium • Jesse Markin • Lost Society • Machine Gun Kelly (USA)Mayhem (NOR) • MC KOO • PalefaceVesalaXysmaYungblud (UK)Sunday 19 Jul: Amorphis • Gasellit • The HU (MNG) • JVG • Karina • Knipi • LähiöbotoxMaustetytöt • Mouhous • PyhimysSam Fender (UK)TehosekoitinTones and I (AUS)