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Tuska Open Air
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Volbeat playing as the main act in 2009.
Genre Heavy metal, extreme metal
Dates June, July
Location(s) Helsinki, Finland
Years active 1998-present
Founded by Juhani Merimaa[1]
Website www.tuska-festival.fi

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, commonly shortened to Tuska (Finnish: pain, agony), is a Finnish heavy metal festival taking place annually in Helsinki. The first Tuska took place in 1998 and the festival has since grown larger every year. The location of the festival has been in Kaisaniemi park in the middle of the city from 2001. However, Tuska 2011 took place at the Suvilahti event field in the Sörnäinen neighbourhood. The festival dates have always been in either June or July.

In recent years the attendance has grown and the festival has drawn around 30.000 people. In 2006, the festival was almost sold out and over a combined three-day total of 33,000 attendees arrived to watch 32 artists, including for example Anathema, Celtic Frost, Opeth, Sodom, Venom, and Finland's own Amorphis and Sonata Arctica.

There are three stages in Tuska: Inferno, Sue, and the main stage, Radio Rock (Radio City until 2007).

Artists by year[2]

Headliners are shown in bold.

1998

Am I Blood, Babylon Whores, Barathrum, Gandalf, Gorgoroth, Impaled Nazarene, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus and others.

1999

...And Oceans, Amorphis, Barathrum, Dark Tranquillity, Gandalf, Lullacry, Nightwish, Painflow, Sentenced, Tarot, The 69 Eyes, Throne of Chaos, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Two Witches and others.

2000

Audience: 5 000+

Babylon Whores, Children of Bodom, Diablo, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Finntroll, Gamma Ray, Impaled Nazarene, Lullacry, Metal Gods, Nightwish, Pain, Satyricon, Sinergy, Stone, Terveet Kädet, The Black League, The Crown, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, To/Die/For

2001

Audience: ca. 10 000

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Drive, Eläkeläiset, Finntroll, Gandalf, Headplate, Impaled Nazarene, In Flames, Katatonia, Kotiteollisuus, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotten Sound, Stratovarius, The 69 Eyes, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Transport League, United, Yearning and others

2002

Audience: 15 000 (sold out)

Ajattara, Blake, Bruce Dickinson, Diablo, Demigod, Ensiferum, Impaled Nazarene, Machine Head, Maj Karman Kauniit Kuvat, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Mustasch, Nightwish, Sara, Sentenced, Sonata Arctica, Suburban Tribe, The Crown, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus and others

2003

Audience: ca. 16 500

Amorphis, Arch Enemy, Barathrum, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, Edguy, Finntroll, Horna, Immortal Souls, Lordi, Lost Horizon, Lullacry, Mannhai, Ministry, Mokoma, Moonsorrow, Norther, Reverend Bizarre, Rotten Sound, Sentenced, Soulfly, Stratovarius, Tarot, The 69 Eyes, The Haunted, Thunderstone, Thyrane, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Type O Negative and others

2004

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 30 000

Beseech, Blake, Charon, Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Dew-Scented, Diablo, Dio, Dismember, Drive, Ensiferum, Fear Factory, In Flames, Impaled Nazarene, Kilpi, Kotiteollisuus, Nasum, Nightwish, Machine Men, Mokoma, Sinergy, Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Suburban Tribe, Swallow the Sun, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Turisas, Twilightning and others

2005

Audience (a combined three day total): 33 000+ (sold out)

Dimmu Borgir onstage at Tuska 2005.

Accept, Ajattara, Amoral, Apocalyptica, Callisto, Children of Bodom, Deathchain, Destruction, Dimmu Borgir, Evergrey, Finntroll, Gamma Ray, Hieronymus Bosch, Lake of Tears, Mnemic, Monster Magnet, Naglfar, Pain Confessor, Paska, Primal Fear, Rotten Sound, Scarve, Sentenced, Skyclad, Stam1na, Teräsbetoni, Testament, Thunderstone, Turmion Kätilöt, Viikate, Wintersun and others

2006

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 33 000

Amorphis, Anathema, Arch Enemy, Burst, Celtic Frost, Deathstars, Diablo, Epica, Freedom Call, Gojira, Impaled Nazarene, Kalmah, Mendeed, Metsatöll, Mokoma, Nine, Norther, Opeth, Pain Confessor, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Stam1na, Suburban Tribe, Swallow the Sun, Tarot, The Scourger, The Sisters Of Mercy, Timo Rautiainen, Venom, Verjnuarmu, Wintersun

2007

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 33 000

Stratovarius in 2007

Before the Dawn, Blind Guardian, Brother Firetribe, Children of Bodom, D'espairsRay, DragonForce, Emperor, Finntroll, Hatesphere, Immortal, Imperia, Insomnium, Isis, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Maj Karma, Mercenary, Misery Index, Moonsorrow, Moonspell, Naildown, Pain, Profane Omen, Stratovarius, Sturm Und Drang, Thunderstone, Turisas, Vader, W.A.S.P. and others

2008

Audience (a combined three day total): 36 000 (sold out)

Amon Amarth, Before the Dawn, Behemoth, Carcass, Diablo, Dimmu Borgir, Dream Evil, Dying Fetus, Entombed, Fields of the Nephilim, Ghost Brigade, Kalmah, Killswitch Engage, Kiuas, Kreator, KYPCK, Mokoma, Morbid Angel, Nile, Primordial, Shade Empire, Slayer, Sonata Arctica, Sotajumala, Stam1na, The Scourger, The Sorrow, Tracedawn and Týr and others

2009

Audience (a combined three day total): ca. 28 000

Slayer playing as the main act in 2008.

All That Remains, Amoral, Amorphis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Callisto, Dauntless, Deathchain, Eluveitie, Ensiferum, Evile, Firewind, Gama Bomb, Girugamesh, Gojira, Immortal, Jon Oliva's Pain, Legion of the Damned, Mucc, My Dying Bride, Neurosis, Parkway Drive, Pestilence, Profane Omen, Rotten Sound, Sabaton, Stam1na, Suicidal Tendencies, The Faceless, Volbeat and others

2010

Audience (a combined three day total): 33 000+ (sold out).[3]

Amatory, Barren Earth, Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, Devin Townsend, Devin Townsend Project, Finntroll, Holy Grail, Hypocrisy, Insomnium, Kamelot, Megadeth, Nevermore, Nile, Obituary, Overkill, Pain, Rytmihäiriö, Satyricon, Sotajumala, Swallow The Sun, Tarot, Testament, Torture Killer, Trigger The Bloodshed, Warmen, W.A.S.P., Crowbar

2011

Audience (a combined three day total): 35 000+

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, At the Gates, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, The Devin Townsend Project, Epica, Exodus, Forbidden, Meshuggah, Morbid Angel, Katatonia, Kvelertak, Killing Joke, Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Moonsorrow, Wintersun, Witchery, Agnostic Front, Spiritual Beggars, Turisas, Impaled Nazarene, Grave, Shining, Mygrain, Church of Misery, Misery Index, Lighthouse Project, Black Breath, Tarot, Bulldozer, Hell, Omnium Gatherum, Ghost, Medeia, Rotten Sound and others

2012

Audience (a combined three day total): 26 000+

Alcest, Amoral, Animals as Leaders, Apocalyptica, Arcturus, Baroness, Behemoth, Demigod, Edguy, Exodus, For the Imperium, Hatebreed, Horna, Insomnium, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Metsatöll, Ministry, Mokoma, Napalm Death, One Morning Left, Overkill, Profane Omen, Sabaton, Saint Vitus, Skeletonwitch, Sonata Arctica, Suicide Silence, Suidakra, Swallow the Sun, Textures, The Man-Eating Tree, Trivium, Victims, Winterwolf and others

2013

Audience (a combined three day total): 25 000+

Nightwish, King Diamond, Testament, Bolt Thrower, Kreator, Amorphis, Stam1na, Soilwork, Stratovarius, Wintersun, Amaranthe, Ihsahn, Leprous, Asking Alexandria, TesseracT, Von, Urfaust, We Butter the Bread with Butter, Deathchain, Black City, Abhorrence, Torture Killer, Dreamtale, Hateform, Santa Cruz and others

2014

Audience (a combined three day total): 24 000+ [4]

Emperor, Anthrax, Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom, Satyricon, Bring Me the Horizon, Neurosis, Carcass, Stone, Shining, Turmion Kätilöt, Insomnium, Ensiferum, Orphaned Land, Metal Church, Poisonblack, We Came as Romans, Battle Beast, Tankard, Hamferð, Powerwolf, Santa Cruz, Beastmilk, Amoral, Speedtrap, Cutdown, Altair, Arion and others

2015

Audience (a combined three day total): 25 000+ [5]

Alice Cooper, Sabaton, In Flames, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Abbath, Exodus, Amorphis, Stratovarius, Mokoma, Architects, Loudness, Bloodbath, Blues Pills, Ghost Brigade, Ne Obliviscaris, Einherjer, Warmen, The Sirens, Sotajumala, Krokodil, Bombus, Enforcer and others

2016

Audience (a combined three day total): 28 000+ [6]

Ghost, Avantasia, Children of Bodom, Testament, Anthrax, Behemoth, Katatonia, Stam1na, Kvelertak, Hatebreed, Turmion Kätilöt, Gojira, With the Dead, Lordi, Swallow the Sun, Cain's Offering, Diablo, Primordial, Thunderstone, Tsjuder, Cattle Decapitation, Obscura, Havok, Nervosa, Myrkur, Delain, Mantar, Beast In Black, Jess and the Ancient Ones and others

2017

20th Anniversary broke Tuska's all time visitor record, which now stands at 37 000 over 3 festival days. [7]

HIM, Sabaton, Mastodon, Apocalyptica plays Metallica by four cellos, Devin Townsend Project, Suicidal Tendencies, Amorphis, Mayhem, Triptykon, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Dirkschneider, Wintersun, Baroness, Electric Wizard, Mokoma, Insomnium, Lost Society, Anneke Van Giersbergen's Vuur, Brujeria, Rotten Sound, Avatarium, Battle Beast, Brother Firetribe, Jimsonweed, Impaled Nazarene, Barathrum, Baptism, Oranssi Pazuzu, Trap Them, LIK, The Raven Age, Kohti Tuhoa, Ratface, Pekko Käppi & KHHL, Huora, Amendfoil, Demonztrator, Fear Of Domination, Mind Riot, Sleep of Monsters, Throes of Dawn, Paara, Alabama Kush

2018

21st Tuska Festival is scheduled to take place from 29 June to 1 July, 2018

External links

Sources

  1. ^ http://www.tuska-festival.fi/en/?page=history
  2. ^ Tuska's official history page (in Finnish)
  3. ^ http://www.tuska-festival.fi/
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]. helsinkitimes.fi (1 July 2015). Retrieved on 21 July 2016.
  6. ^ [3]. helsinkitimes.fi (7 July 2016). Retrieved on 21 July 2016.
  7. ^ [4]. tuska-festival.fi

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