The newest festival in Finland’s crowded summer season Rock Fest, has made wholesale changes starting with moving from a farmer’s field in Vantaa to Hyvinkää airfield and growing from three into a four-day event.
Last year’s maiden was headlined by Rammstein, Evanescence and Infected Mushroom which attracted 50,000 people.
Organisers RL Concerts have decided to expand it and the festival will now run from 9-12 June, with advance early-bird three-day tickets already on the market at €99 ($115).
The new festival site is just over 50 kilometres from Helsinki. Capacity is yet to be fixed but Audience has been told that 80,000 is the target total and daily numbers will be between 15-25,000.
“Last year was so popular that the Vantaa area was filled so quickly so we had to find another venue,” says Rock Fest’s marketing manager Jyri Heikkinen.
“This airfield gives us the opportunity to develop into something like Rockfest Sweden [33,000] and England’s Download [110,000] – a top-notch festival.”
The festival’s concept of hard rock will not change, with Judas Priest booked as one headliner along with Finnish bands Children of Bodom, Mokoma, Kotiteollisuus and others part of the 40 bands and artistes that will form the final line-up.