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Ilosaarirock Festival
Ilosaarirock Festival 2007.jpg
Genre Alternative rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Punk, Metal
Dates Second full weekend of July
Location(s) Joensuu, Finland
Years active 1971 – present
Founded by Joensuu Pop Musicians' Association

The Ilosaarirock Festival is an annual rock festival held on the second weekend of July in Joensuu, Eastern Finland. Founded in 1971, Ilosaarirock is the second oldest rock festival in Finland still active, and one of the oldest in Europe.[1] In 2007 the event had 21,000 daily visitors. The festival sold out in advance every year from 1998 to 2011.[2]

Ilosaarirock is an entity of events that in its entirety, with clubs and side-events, spans from Friday to Sunday. The actual festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The festival site, called Laulurinne, stages performances on five separate stages with over 50 artists.[3] Including all events, Ilosaarirock weekend hosts over 100 artists.

Ilosaarirock is organized mainly by volunteers and is put together by over 1,500 volunteer workers. The Ilosaarirock festival’s graphic look is chosen through an open design contest every year. The Ilosaarirock festival is organised by Joensuu Pop Musicians' Association, which is a non-profit organisation. The profits of the festival are used to support the North Karelian music scene, bands and artists.

2012 festival[edit]

The 2012 festival took place on 13–15 July 2012. The headliners for 2012 were; 65daysofstatic, Against Me!, Antony and the Johnsons (USA) & Joensuu City Orchestra, Apocalyptica, Black Star, Children of Bodom, D-A-D, First Aid Kit, Goran Bregović & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, The Hives, Iiris, Mayhem, Modeselektor, Nasum, Pulled Apart by Horses, Richie Spice, Rival Sons, Tanya Stephens and The xx.

Past Dates & Headliners[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HIM to Headline Ilosaarirock 2007, Press Release
  2. ^ Ilosaarirock festival has been sold out — again!, Press Release
  3. ^ Ilosaarirock 2007 Bands and Timetables

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 62°35′47″N 29°44′11″E / 62.59642°N 29.73639°E / 62.59642; 29.73639