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23rd Apr 2020

Ilosaarirock Festival will not take place in the summer of 2020

So, this is what it has come to. We are hugely sorry to announce that, due to the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ilosaarirock Festival will not take place in the summer of 2020. Based on government guidelines and what we feel is the only right thing to do, we have had to take the heartbreaking decision to postpone the festival until July 2021. Tickets that have already been purchased will be valid for the 2021 festival. You also have the option to return your ticket and get a full refund, excluding any service charges.

Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us and we are not prepared to jeopardise your well-being under any circumstances. It has become clear that there are currently too many health risks involved in organising big events, such as Ilosaarirock.

Having to cancel what is widely known as ‘the best weekend of the summer’ is something we never thought we would have to do. In addition to our crew and customers, this decision affects the artists, our partners, subcontractors and hundreds of employees who work hard for months on end to make this festival happen. It goes without saying that this has been a huge blow to us all.

We kindly encourage you to support the people whose livelihoods are at risk because of the coronavirus restrictions. There are many ways to do this, such as buying tickets for virtual concerts or ordering takeaway food from your local restaurant. As we live through this unprecedented crisis, every little helps.

You can support the Ilosaarirock Festival by holding on to your existing ticket or by purchasing an UUTEEN NOUSUUN (‘we’ll get through this’) support ticket for 2021.

Next year, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ilosaarirock and have decided to draw strength from this wretched situation and pour all our energies into organising the best festival ever! This unforgettable birthday bash will take place in Joensuu from the 16th to the 18th of July, 2021.

Tickets that have already been purchased for 2020 will be valid for the 2021 festival as they are. Therefore, if you are planning to join the party next year, you do not need to do anything – simply hold on to your ticket.

You also have the option to return your ticket and get a full refund, excluding any service charges. The instructions for claiming a refund can be found here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful festival area again next summer. In the meantime: please take care of yourselves and look after one another. You’re the best!