Finland has opened up: Chaoszine’s guide to this summer’s festivals

Author Annija Raga - 8.7.2021

The day that we all have been waiting for is finally here – music festivals and concerts are happening again in Finland. It’s thrilling and exciting, but it might also be confusing and problematic to decide which events to attend to. That is why Chaoszine rounded up all the main Finnish festivals in July and August to help you make some serious decisions.

Metallivuori (16-17 July Honkilahti): Metallivuori is a new metal festival happening for the first time at the Holiday Center Sieravuori, located 200 km from Helsinki. Even though the festival itself is new, it has gathered together very well known Finnish bands. The line-up is as follows: Crimson Sun, Insomnium, Wolfheart, Lost Society, Atomic Annie, Vaxinator, AvAciA, Vorna, Voutsa, State Of Emergency, The Grammers, Suamenlejjona, Bloodred Hourglass, Omnium Gatherum, Rahko, BloodRedNails, Sixgun Renegades, Awake Again, Sacred Dimension. More information: https://metallivuori.fi

Kuopiorock (29-31 July Kuopio): Kuopiorock stands as one of the oldest and most attended Finnish rock festivals, celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, so it’s not a surprise that the 3-day tickets are already sold out. You can still find tickets left for 29 July, so hurry up! Line-up is as follows: Within Temptation, Amorphis, Stam1na, Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast, Turmion Kätilöt, Nightwish, Amaranthe, Beast In Black, Lost Society, Tumppi Varonen & Problems, As I May, Softcore Suicide, Battledragon, Haloo Helsinki!, Antti Tuisku, Kaija Koo, Anssi Kela, Vesala, Klamydia, Andy McCoy, Juustopäät, Rosy Dream, Plastic Tears, Lähiöbotox, Blind Channel, Herra Ylppö, Waltari, Project Silence, Marras, Granite Heart, Ikirouta. More information: https://kuopiorock.fi/ohjelma

Rock In The City Festival is special because of its concept: you take a powerful line-up and make the same festival in five different cities, Espoo, Kerava, Joensuu, Jyväskylä and Pori. You can find a detailed line-up bellow, but the artists are as follows: Stam1na, Sonata Arctica, Klamydia, Mokoma, Turmion Kätilöt, Peer Günt, Uriah Heep, Amorphis, Battle Beast, Apocalyptica, Kotiteollisuus, Brother Firetribe, Michael Monroe, Sami Yaffa & Linde Lindström, CMX.

Rock In The City Lappeenranta (23-24 July Lappeenranta). More information: http://www.rockinthecity.fi/lappeenranta

Rock In The City Kerava (30-31 July Kerava). More information: http://www.rockinthecity.fi/kerava

Rock In The City Joensuu (6-7 August Joensuu). More information: http://www.rockinthecity.fi/joensuu

Rock In The City Jyväskylä (13-14 August Jyväskylä). More information: http://www.rockinthecity.fi/jyvaskyla

Rock In The City Pori (20-21 August Pori). More information: http://www.rockinthecity.fi/pori

Qstock (30-31 July Kuusisaari and Raatti islands): Qstock is an annual festival happening in Oulu, combining artists from different musical genres. You can find rock and heavy metal bands as well as pop and hip-hop artists there. This year’s impressive line-up is as follows: Afterego, ALMA, Amorphis, Apocalyptica, Battle Beast, BEHM, Blind Channel, Chisu, Cledos, Elastinen, Ellinoora, Erika Vikman, Erin, Fernet Underground, Gasellit, Herra Ylppö, Humavoid, Huora, Ida Paul & Kalle Lindroth, JC Stewart (UK), Jesse Markin, Jokrates, JVG, Kaija Koo, Kemopetrol, Kolmas Nainen, Lähiöbotox, Lost Society, Luukas Oja, Maustetytöt, Mikael Gabriel, Mikko Ilmari, Moon Shot, Mouhous, Nightwish, Noira, Oranssi Pazuzu, Plutonium 74, Pyhimys, Radiopuhelimet, Samuli Putro, SANNI, Smith & Thell (SE), Stam1na, Suede (UK), Taneli Reponen Band, Teflon Brothers, The Darkness (UK), The Flaming Sideburns, Uusi Rakkaus, Velvet Ocean, Vesala, Viikate, Von Hertzen Brothers, william, Yeboyah, Yoki. More information: https://www.qstock.fi

Saarihelvetti (6-7 August Viikinsaari Tampere): “The Island of Hell” sounds already pretty awesome, huh? Saarihelvetti is a very well known Finnish metal festival, taking place on an island 20-25 minutes from Tampere city center. Access to the festival is very easy – there are ferries going daily from the port of Laukontori, so metalheads don’t need to worry about a thing. Line-up is as follows: Insomnium, Swallow the Sun, Finntroll, The Agonist (CAN), Nicole, Spiritus Mortis, Tyrantti, Detset, Mansesteri, Mokoma, Unleash the Archers (CAN), Diablo, Lost Society, Arion, Rytmihäiriö, Lähiöbotox, Mors Subita, Satan’s Fall, Ember Falls. More information: https://saarihelvetti.fi

North of Hell (13-14 August Oulu): North of Hell metal festival is a new addition, as well, happening for the first time at a popular concert place Kuusisaari in Oulu. Line-up is as follows: Hypocrisy, Jinjer, Leprous, Municipal Waste, Vader, Wolfheart, Dawn Of Solace, One Morning Left, Resolution 13, Napalm Death, The Ocean, Zeal & Ardor, Unearth, Cyhra, Beneath My Feet, Rotten Sound, S-tool, Khroma, Chronoform, Oceanhoarse. More information: https://www.northofhell.fi

Dark River Festival (13-14 August Kotka): Kotka might not be the biggest place in Finland, but it sure knows how to organize a metal festival! This year Dark River Festival has gathered a very exciting line-up: Evergrey, Finntroll, Kalmah, Kiuas, Rytmihäiriö, Vorna, Mygrain, Marianas Rest, Damnation Plan, Moonspell, Lost Society, Swallow The Sun, One Desire, Mors Principium Est, One Morning Left, Arion, Atlas, Trve Cvlt Clvb, Horizon Ignited. More information: https://darkriverfestival.com

Tuhdimmat Tahdit (27-28 August Nokia): Yes, Nokia is not only the Finnish multinational telecommunication company, but also a city. Heavy metal festival Tuhdimmat Tahdit is making a return this year with a strong line-up: Turmion Kätilöt, Huora, Ruoska, Doom Unit, Lähiöbotox, Psychework, IKINÄ, Battle Beast, Stam1na, One Desire, Brother Firetribe, Kiuas, Bloodred Hourglass, Arion, Atlas, Beyond Awareness. More information: https://tuhdimmattahdit.com