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The line up of the Tuska festival is amazing. It is vast. It is huge. It is overwhelming. And even more, the party seems to find no end. Imagine, after a long, long festival day in Suvilahti the festival area will close at 1:00 am. But this is only closing time there! Literally! Because the parties, namely the After Show parties at Virgin Oil downtown Helsinki will have just begun to boil! Even before the festival will actually start, there is going to be a Pre Party at one of the most traditional clubs in Helsinki: the Tavastia! Door opening…

The clock is ticking and Tuska is approaching – so let’s take a look at the line up. Udo Dirkschneider will be there! I just saw him in a music video in memoriam of someone who is perhaps rather unknown beyond Finland, perhaps even beyond Kuopio – although he played at Tuska several times: Pecu Cinnari. There will not be too many of yours who have heard of the metal veterans of Tarot, a band whose roots lead us back into the late 70s. By that time, the brothers Marco (bass and vocals) and Zachary Hietala (guitar) from Kuopio and…

The Tuska open air festival is celebrating its 20th birthday this summer, so this might be a good opportunity to look into its history. This first festival was an indoor-winter thing. And whom do we find among those pioneers of the line up? Trio Niskalaukaus, Barathum and Impaled Nazarene, who will be playing this time, too. Amazing! Once more the metal community seems to keep its members young at heart and young enough to rock a festival stage in the first days as much as on its 20th anniversary. Yeah! Many names have been loyal appearances on the Tuska stage,…

What have Mastodon, Mayhem and Mokoma in common? Nothing much?! The M in the beginning?! Oh, they have. They have, indeed. They will rock the stage at Suvilahti in Helsinki during the incredible Tuska festival! And just in the very unlikely case you’re not aware: TUSKA is THE festival in Helsinki this summer! From June, 30th to July 2nd Tuska presents an exceptionally well-chosen line up with highlights such as: Apocalyptica plays Metallica by four cellos, Dirkschneider, Soilwork, Sabaton, Devin Townsend Project and Anneke Van Giersbergen’s Vuur The Suvilahti festival is a very unique event as fans from all over…

Nummirock is, with more than 30 years of constant festival history, one of the most traditional, possibly even THE most traditional lakeside rock and metal festival there is in Finland – and even the German mega festival of Wacken has a shorter history than Nummirock! From the very beginning on there was an amazing if not legendary line-up meeting at the lakeside for some decent music experience. Early line-up highlights were: Uriah Heep (1988), Meat Loaf (1989), Status Quo (1990), The Ramones (1992 + 1994). Legendary Finnish bands like Emppu Normaali, Klamydia and Popeda have been loyal guests on stage…

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