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Ilosaarirock 2019 Details and Information

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Where Is Ilosaarirock?

Joensuu, Finland

When Is Ilosaarirock?

2nd Friday of July for 3 days

What Is Ilosaarirock?

Finland boasts of hosting the second oldest active rock festival in the world: Ilosaarirock. The event is held annually on the second weekend of July in the city of Joensuu, North Karelia.
Founded in 1971, Ilosaarirock is also considered one of the oldest rock festival in Europe, and has undoubtedly helped shape the music taste of a few generations of Europeans. Since its inception, the music event has grown in popularity and it has been a sold out festival since 1998. It has also attracted 21,000 daily visitors each time it was staged since the start of the 21st millennium.
Ilosaarirock is made up of many events and side-events in clubs scattered over Joensuu. Music lovers can enjoy performances from a wide variety of musicians over one weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Friday is usually the warm-up day, with the actual festival held during the latter two days. There are five separate stages on the festival site called Laulurinne, where about 50 artists perform. Over-all, the event holds about 100 individual performances throughout the weekend.
Joensuu Pop Musicians’ Association organizes the Ilosaarirock music festival. A non-profit organization, it employs the services of 1,500 volunteer workers to put the entire event together. The profits of the festival are used to support the music scene—mostly, fledgling bands and other artists—in North Karelia.
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