Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Volbeat playing as the main act in 2009.
Location(s) Helsinki, Finland
Years active 1998 – present
Founded by Juhani Merimaa[1]
Date(s) June, July
Genre Metal
Website www.tuska-festival.fi

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, commonly shortened to Tuska (Finnish: pain, agony), is the largest music festival dedicated only to metal and related styles of music in the Nordic countries.[citation needed] The history of Tuska began in 1998 and it has grown larger every year. The location of the festival has been in Kaisaniemi park in the middle of Helsinki, Finland from 2001. However, Tuska 2011 will take place at the Suvilahti event field in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The festival dates have been during the months of June or July.

In recent years the attendance has grown and the festival has drawn around 30.000 people. In 2006, the festival was almost sold out and over a combined three day total of 33,000 attendees arrived to watch 32 artists, including for example Anathema, Celtic Frost, Opeth, Sodom, Venom, and Finland's own Amorphis and Sonata Arctica.

There are three stages in Tuska: Inferno, Sue, and the main stage, Radio Rock (Radio City until 2007).

Artists by year[2][edit]

Headliners are bolded.

1998[edit]

Absurdus, Am I Blood, Babylon Whores, Barathrum, Corporal Punishment, Crimson Midwinter, D-Ray, Gandalf, Gorgoroth, Hundred Years, Impaled Nazarene, Kyyria, Nemeh's O.D., Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus

1999[edit]

...And Oceans, 45 Degree Woman, Afterworld, Amorphis, Barathrum, Bury Me Deep, D-Ray, Dark Tranquillity, Divine Decay, Gandalf, Itä-Saksa, Jimsonweed, Lullacry, Nightwish, Painflow, Purity, Sentenced, Soul Above, Tarot, The 69 Eyes, Throne of Chaos, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Twilight Opera, Two Witches

2000[edit]

Audience: 5 000+

Babylon Whores, Children of Bodom, Diablo, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Finntroll, Gamma Ray, Impaled Nazarene, Lullacry, Metal Gods, Nightwish, Pain, Reduce to Ash, Satyricon, Sinergy, Stone, Terveet Kädet, The Black League, The Crown, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, To/Die/For

2001[edit]

Audience: ca. 10 000

45 Degree Woman, Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Daniel Lion Eye and the Rollers, Drive, Eläkeläiset, Finntroll, Gandalf, Headplate, Impaled Nazarene, In Flames, Katatonia, Kotiteollisuus, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotten Sound, Stratovarius, The 69 Eyes, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Transport League, United Underworld, Yearning

2002[edit]

Audience: 15 000 (sold out)

Ajattara, Blake, Bruce Dickinson, Diablo, Demigod, Ensiferum, Impaled Nazarene, Machine Head, Maj Karman Kauniit Kuvat, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Mustasch, Nightwish, Sara, Sentenced, Sonata Arctica, Suburban Tribe, Sunride, The Crown, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Verenpisara

2003[edit]

Audience: ca. 16 500

Amorphis, Arch Enemy, Barathrum, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, Divine Decay, Edguy, Finntroll, Horna, Immortal Souls, Lordi, Lost Horizon, Lullacry, Mannhai, Mauron Maiden, Ministry, Mokoma, Moonsorrow, Norther, Reverend Bizarre, Rotten Sound, Sentenced, Soulfly, Stratovarius, Tarot, The 69 Eyes, The Haunted, Thunderstone, Thyrane, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Type O Negative

2004[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 30 000

Beseech, Blake, Chaosbreed, Charon, Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Dew-Scented, Diablo, Dio, Dismember, Drive, D.S.K., Ensiferum, Fear Factory, In Flames, Impaled Nazarene, Kilpi, Kotiteollisuus, Nasum, Nightwish, Machine Men, Mokoma, Sinergy, Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Suburban Tribe, Swallow the Sun, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Trollheim's Grott, Turisas, Twilightning

2005[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): 33 000+ (sold out)

Dimmu Borgir onstage at Tuska 2005.

Accept, Ajattara, Amoral, Apocalyptica, Callisto, Children of Bodom, Deathchain, Destruction, Dimmu Borgir, Evergrey, Finntroll, Gamma Ray, Hieronymus Bosch, Lake of Tears, Malediction, Mnemic, Monster Magnet, Naglfar, Pain Confessor, Paska, Primal Fear, Rotten Sound, Scarve, Sentenced, Sinking, Skyclad, Stam1na, Teräsbetoni, Testament, Thunderstone, Turmion Kätilöt, Viikate, Wintersun

2006[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 33 000

Amorphis, Anathema, April, Arch Enemy, Burst, Celtic Frost, Deathstars, Diablo, Epica, Freedom Call, Gojira, Impaled Nazarene, Kalmah, Mendeed, Metsatöll, Mokoma, Nine, Norther, Opeth, Pain Confessor, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Stam1na, Suburban Tribe, Swallow the Sun, Tarot, The Scourger, The Sisters Of Mercy, Timo Rautiainen, Venom, Verjnuarmu, Wintersun

2007[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 33 000

Stratovarius in 2007

45 Degree Woman, Before the Dawn, Blind Guardian, Brother Firetribe, Children of Bodom, D'espairsRay, DragonForce, Emperor, Finntroll, Hatesphere, Immortal, Imperia, Insomnium, Isis, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Maj Karma, Mercenary, Misery Index, Moonsorrow, Moonspell, Naildown, Nicole, Pain, Profane Omen, Scent of Flesh, Stratovarius, Sturm Und Drang, Thunderstone, Turisas, Vader, W.A.S.P.

2008[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): 36 000 (sold out)

Amon Amarth, Before the Dawn, Behemoth, Carcass, Diablo, Dimmu Borgir, Discard, Dream Evil, Dying Fetus, Entombed, Fields of the Nephilim, Ghost Brigade, Job for Cowboy, Kalmah, Killswitch Engage, Kiuas, Kreator, KYPCK, Mokoma, Morbid Angel, Nile, Noxa, Primordial, Shade Empire, Slayer, Sonata Arctica, Sotajumala, Stam1na, The Scourger, The Sorrow, Tracedawn and Týr

2009[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 28 000

Slayer playing as the main act in 2008.

All That Remains, Amoral, Amorphis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Callisto, Dauntless, Deathchain, Eluveitie, Ensiferum, Evile, Firewind, Gama Bomb, Girugamesh, Gojira, Immortal, Jon Oliva's Pain, Legion of the Damned, Medeia, Mucc, My Dying Bride, Neurosis, Parkway Drive, Pestilence, Profane Omen, Rotten Sound, Sabaton, Stam1na, Suicidal Tendencies, The Faceless, Tukkanuotta, Volbeat

2010[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): 33 000+ (sold out).[3]

Amatory, The Arson Project, Barren Earth, Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, Devin Townsend (playing his Ziltoid the Omniscient-album exclusively in Tuska), additional Devin Townsend Project-gig on the next day, Finntroll, FM2000, Holy Grail, Hypocrisy, Insomnium, Kamelot, Megadeth, Nevermore, Nile, Obituary, Overkill, Pain, Rytmihäiriö, Satyricon, Sotajumala, Swallow The Sun, Tarot, Testament, Torture Killer, Trigger The Bloodshed, Warmen, W.A.S.P., Crowbar

2011[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): 35 000+

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, At the Gates, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, The Devin Townsend Project, Epica, Exodus, Forbidden, Meshuggah, Morbid Angel, Katatonia, Kvelertak, Killing Joke, Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Moonsorrow, Wintersun, Witchery, Agnostic Front, Oranssi Pazuzu, Spiritual Beggars, Turisas, Impaled Nazarene, Grave, Shining, Mygrain Church of Misery, Misery Index, Jex Thoth, Cavus, Lighthouse Project, Cause for Effect, Goresoerd, Gaf, Feastem, Fleshpress, Black Breath, Tarot, Bulldozer, Hell, Omnium Gatherum, Ghost, Medeia, Axegressor, Tinner, Hooded Menace, Mygrain, Black Cruxifixion, Lighthouse Project, Cause for Effect, Carnalation, Total Self Hatred, Mononen, Rotten Sound

2012[edit]

Audience (a combined three day total): 26 000+

A.R.G., Afgrund, Alcest, Amoral, Animals as Leaders, Apocalyptica, Arcturus, Baroness, Behemoth, Bob Malmström, Corpsessed, Demigod, Edguy, Exodus, Final Assault, For The Imperium, Hatebreed, Horna, Inferia, Insomnium, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Lamb of God, Lock Up, Megadeth, Metsatoll, Ministry, Mokoma, Napalm Death, One Morning Left, Overkill, Profane Omen, Sabaton, Saint Vitus, Skeletonwitch, Sonata Arctica, Suicide Silence, Suidakra, Swallow The Sun, Textures, The Man-Eating Tree, Trivium, Unkind, Victims, Vorum, Winterwolf

2013[edit]

Nightwish, King Diamond, Testament, Bolt Thrower, Kreator, Amorphis, Stam1na, Soilwork, Stratovarius, Wintersun, Amaranthe, Ihsahn, Leprous, Asking Alexandria, TesseracT, Lama, Von, Urfaust, We Butter the Bread with Butter, Deathchain, Black City, Barbe-Q-Barbies, Dr. Living Dead!, Abhorrence, Torture Killer, De Lirium's Order, Dreamtale, Kuolemanlaakso, Hateform, Whispered, Lost Society, Tombstoned, Seremonia, Ratface, Cut to Fit, Bloodred Hourglass, Baltimor, Death Hawks, Dark Buddha Rising, Khroma, Santa Cruz, Batrayal at Bespin, Soul Thrower

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