In the land of the Midnight Sun, 24 hours of daylight means round the clock partying.
Summer in Finland is short but filled with festivals from the smallest local events to the big rock festivals that attract tens of thousands of visitors. There is tango, there is jazz, and there is of course a lot of rock. Here is the top three of Finland’s rock summer. More information about all kinds of Finnish festivals can be found at www.festivals.fi.
Provinssirock in Seinäjoki starts the Finnish rock summer. This legendary festival offers a good mix of Finnish and international bands and calls itself “The Party Of The People”. This year’s festival in the Törnävä Festival Park in Seinäjoki is the 31st Provinssirock, and goes on from 12th to 14th of June. Find out more at www.provinssirock.net.
Ruisrock started in 1970 and is one of the oldest rock festivals in the world. It has often managed to lure legendary acts to the beautiful Ruissalo park just outside Turku, on the southwest coast of Finland. Ruisrock attracts big crowds, and its recent record year was 2005, when 71 000 ticket holders attended the three day festival.
This year’s Ruisrock is held from 3rd July to 5th July. More information about the line-up can be found at www.ruisrock.fi.
Tickets to Ilosaarirock are always sold out in advance. Many Finns prefer this festival, held in Joensuu in Eastern Finland, to some of the bigger events. Ilosaarirock usually offers a wide variety of artists and bands, and promises 100 bands this year. During the festival there are many concerts going on in Joensuu’s bars and clubs as well.
Ilosaarirock 2009 is held from 17th to 19th of July, and more information about artists and ticket sales can be found at www.ilosaarirock.fi
Photo of the Flaming Lips concert at Ruisrock Festival 2007, Finland, by decade null