Helsinki Summer Festivals 2012

Helsinki’s summer is full of music concerts and festivals. There are lots of world class artists on stage this year, such as Metallica, Sting, Kent, Björk, ZZ Top and many more. Music genres vary from electronic music to pop/rock and jazz, so everyone can find their own favourite festival in Helsinki.

To make the selection easier, here’s a list of the biggest festivals in Helsinki and nearby areas.

Name of the event What? When? Where? Who’s performing? Website for more information
Sonisphere Metal music Festival June 4, 2012 Kalasatama, Helsinki Metallica, Machine Head, Amorphis, Gojira, Ghost http://fi.sonisphere.eu/english/
Rockin’ Hellsinki vol 1 Rock Festival June 7, 2012 Kaisaniemi, Helsinki Mötley Crüe, Crashdiet, Hardcore Superstar http://www.rockinhellsinki.fi/etusivu/
Kivenlahti rock Rock Festival June 8-9, 2012 Leppävaara, Espoo Apocalyptica, Michael Monroe, Chisu, Viikate, Jukka Poika, Ewert and The Two Dragons, Stam1na http://www.kivenlahtirock.com/12/
Bassline Festival Jazz, Soul, Disco, Rap June 8-10, 2012 Sinebrychoff park, Helsinki Gracias, Ekow, Noah Kin, Mr Woodnote, Lil Rysh, Oddisee http://bassline.fi/BasslineFestival.html
Boombox Hip hop Festival June 15-16, 2012 Suvilahti, Helsinki Cheek, Redrama, Lord Est, Fintelligence, Gracias, Jare & Ville-Galle, Jätkäjätkät, Notkea Rotta http://www.boombox.fi/
Helsinki Classic Festival June 16, 2012 Kaisaniemi, Helsinki Sting, Hector, Rumer, Latebird’s All Star http://www.livenation.fi/event/290851/sting-helsinki-classic-tickets/
Garden Party June 27 and 29, 2012 Hietaniemi, Helsinki Kent, Regina Spektor, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Shins, Pariisin Kevät, Laleh, Niki & The Dove http://www.livenation.fi/event/302595/garden-party-kent–tickets
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival Metal music Festival June 29-July 1, 2012 Suvilahti, Helsinki Megadeth, Sabaton, Ministry, Sonata Arctica, Apocalyptica, Lamb Of God http://www.tuska-festival.fi/en/#section1
Helsinki Rockabilly Week Rockabilly event July 20-27, 2012 In Helsinki Clubs Whirlwind
Rockin’ Hellsinki vol 2 Rock Festival July 21, 2012 Kaisaniemi, Helsinki ZZ Top, Philip Sayce, Peer Günt, Von Hertzen Brothers http://www.rockinhellsinki.fi/etusivu/
Kuudes Aisti Indie, Punk, Rock, Electronic music July 27-29, 2012 Sörnäinen, Helsinki Kim Gordon & Ikue Mori, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Black Lips, Avengers, Acid Kings, Mala, Mark Ernestus http://www.kuudesaisti.org/
Summer Sound Techno, Electronic music July 27-29, 2012 Helsinki Convention Center Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Alex Kunnari http://www.summersound.fi/index.php/info-in-english
Myötätuuli Rock Rock Festival August 3-4, 2012 Hakunila, Vantaa Apocalyptica, Michael Monroe, Skindred, Amaranthe, Engel http://www.mtr.fi/
Flow Festival Indie Rock, Soul, Jazz August 8-12, 2012 Suvilahti, Helsinki Björk, Bon Iver, Bobby Womack, Miike Snow, Yann Tiersen, Lykke Li, Frank Ocean, Black Keys http://www.flowfestival.com/en/
Weekend Festival Contemporary Music August 17-18, 2012 Luukki, Espoo David Guetta, Carpark North, Skrillex, Hurts, OFWGKTA, Donkeyboy, Breathe Carolina, Michale Gray, Poets of the Fall http://wknd.fi/en/
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