Below you will find a list of Tuska artists, year by year.
Tuska 20th Anniversary was a big deal. We had an anthem, records were broken left and right, including Tuska’s all time visitor record, which now stands at 37 000 over 3 festival days, and we all experienced all kinds of wonderful things.
And the program. How good was that? The crown jewel being the almighty HIM, who are wrapping up their incredible career. Other headliners were Sweden’s tank division Sabaton and the amazingly diverse Mastodon from the good old US of A.
Tuska 2017 -bands:
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
Now that we’re 2 decades deep, the question is what’s next? The same thing was pondered after our 10th Anniversary and I guess things turned out ok. And they will be ok from now on as well. Tuska is here for the long haul.
Nineteenth annual Tuska was everything but ”same old”. Plenty of improvements and programwise ”out of box” thinking was represented by the mighty Ghost, whose success has grown into huge proportions. Their show on Tuska saturday accompanied by a divine thunderstorm combined with sold out capacity, will be one for the historybooks. A day to remember indeed.
Entirely new fourth stage was introduced which focused on Artist interviews, i.e. Scott Ian, Alex Skolnick. A cherry on the top was super-exclusive Swallow The Sun acoustic show for hundred or so lucky spectators.
For festival area arrangements, Field Sauna, TuskaLibre area and Black Dining stood their ground as crowd favorites and will be pleasing the festival-goers again next year.
Tuska 2016 Artists:
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, Brymir, Circle, Omnium Gatherum, Man With A Mission, Lord Vicar, Bendover, Crimson Sun, Mörbid Vomit, Whorion, Mørket, Block Buster, Fuck-Ushima, Blaakyum, Frosttide, Nuclear Omnicide, Embreach.
Tuska 2016 gathered 28 000 metalfaces to Suvilahti. Next summer will the 20th anniversary, so we are going to pick up the pace a notch. It’s going to be big things in 2017.
No more underaged, Tuska celebrated the big 18 at Suvilahti, Helsinki. This year, we had a new captain manning the wheel: Eeka ”Metal” Mäkynen who had been running Nosturi Club for a decade, jumped in on the challenge of turning the ship around. Onwards to victory, as they say.
Plenty of improvements were made on the festival area. While the big picture remained the same as far number of stages and their respective locations are concerned, the details were attended with due diligence. The festival goers were treated with a tent sauna, drink bar, upgraded VIP lounge and a fine dining establishment which served black food only, not to mention numerous food vendors providing everything between heaven and hell. The word from the street was that the general atmosphere of the festival was comparable to that of the ”good old days”.
Stage action was once again top notch. The brightest star of them all, Mr.Horror Rock himself, Alice Cooper, showed everyone what a proper rock show is all about. Other long-awaited highlight of the festival was Lamb Of God, who drove the crowd into a near manic frenzy on Tuska Friday night.
Another historical event was witnessed when Strong Scene Collective bands took the stage on Tuska Sunday afternoon. This is the collective of musicians who caused an uproar earlier in the year when they created actual bands of the made up bandnames on pieces of clothing of by a huge international clothes brand. Besides actual bands, Tuska 2015 provided stand up comedy and porno mime.
Tuska 2015 Artists:
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, ATOMIROTTA, ALFAHANNE, DR. LIVING DEAD, ENFORCER, AT THE HOLLOW, MORS SUBITA, TRYER, MORBID EVILS, FORESEEN, DEATH TOLL 80K, KYLMÄ SOTA, SPAWN FROM DECEIT, RED MOON ARCHITECT, SHIRAZ LANE, APINA, ADAMANTRA, AEONS CONFER, STRONG SCENE COLLECTIVE, MANALA COMEDY, DARK SIDE OF THE MIME
Over 25 000 metalheads made their way to Tuska 2015. The number is significant, because this is the first time in five years, when the quantity of attendees has increased from previous year. Whether this is the beginning of new metal boom, it’s hard to say but one thing is for certain: we accomplished what we set out to do and things are looking up.
There is already a lot going on for 2016. We can hardly wait.
Seventeenth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival gathered 24 000 metal maniacs to Suvilahti, Helsinki. This early summer had been particulary cold and rainy in Finland, therefore it was to everyone's surprise and delight, when the skies open up and the sun came out for entire Friday and Saturday. On the other hand, Tuska experienced its first rainy day on Sunday. The gloomy weather went hand in hand with the dark ambience of the day's program, spearheaded by Emperor and Satyricon.
Tuska 2014 Artists:
Emperor, Anthrax, Dimmu Borgir, Children Of Bodom, Satyricon, Bring Me The Horizon, Neurosis, Carcass, Stone, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Shining (SE), Turmion Kätilöt, Insomnium, Ensiferum, Orphaned Land, Metal Church, We Came As Romans, Poisonblack, Lost Society, Battle Beast, Tankard, Powerwolf, Nails, Hamferð, Santa Cruz, Amoral, Beastmilk, Amendfoil, Cutdown, Psykoanalyysi, Shear, Ranger, Speedtrap, Mr. Peter Hayden, Altair, Cannibal Accident, Arion, DieSear, Ego Fall, Church Of The Dead.
This year Tuska crowd's sense of humor was tested by stand up comedians Ali Jahangiri, Robert Petterson and Ida Grönlund.
2014 was another success. Maybe not to the extent of the ”crazy years” of metal we experienced in the last decade but we're in a good place right now. It's an honor and priviledge to organize a festival for such loyal and appreciative people. Tuska crowd, you are the best. Round 18 coming up next summer.
Sixteenth annual Tuska was celebrated in the Suvilahti venue for the third time. The venue had undergone some structural changes, the stages were shuffled around a bit, services improved and schedule tightened. The program once again offered a wide array of the best music in the world.
Tuska 2013 Artists:
KING DIAMOND, NIGHTWISH, TESTAMENT, BOLT THROWER, KREATOR, AMORPHIS, STAM1NA, SOILWORK, STRATOVARIUS, WINTERSUN, AMARANTHE, IHSAHN, LEPROUS, BATTLE BEAST, TESSERACT, LAMA, VON, URFAUST, WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER, DEATHCHAIN, BLACK CITY, BARBE-Q-BARBIES, DR. LIVING DEAD!, ABHORRENCE, TORTURE KILLER, DE LIRIUM'S ORDER, DREAMTALE, KUOLEMANLAAKSO, HATEFORM, WHISPERED, LOST SOCIETY, TOMBSTONED, SEREMONIA, RATFACE, CUT TO FIT, BLOODRED HOURGLASS, BALTIMOR, DEATH HAWKS, DARK BUDDHA RISING, KHROMA, SANTA CRUZ, BETRAYAL AT BESPIN and SOUL THROWER.
This year's festivities took place in a strangely competitive situation as another festival featuring a megastar line up, was running simultaneously in Helsinki. Nevertheless, Tuska stood its ground, gathering 25 000 metalheads over the weekend. That is nothing short of impressive and credit for that goes to you, Tuska-goers, you rule. Looking forward to 2014 already.
This was a big year for Tuska. The 15th annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland gathered 26 000 metal heads over three festival days. BARREN EARTH and FINNTROLL jumped in at the last minute to fill in for LAMB OF GOD and ANIMALS AS LEADERS who unfortunately had to cancel their performances.
The following bands took part in the festivities for teenage Tuska:
MEGADETH, MINISTRY, SABATON, OVERKILL, APOCALYPTICA, SONATA ARCTICA, EXODUS, EDGUY, TRIVIUM, BEHEMOTH, FINNTROLL, NAPALM DEATH, HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE, MOKOMA, INSOMNIUM, SAINT VITUS, ARCTURUS, BARONESS, SWALLOW THE SUN, LOCK UP, TEXTURES, ANAAL NATHRAKH, BARREN EARTH, SKELETONWITCH, ALCEST, SUIDAKRA, PROFANE OMEN, THE MAN-EATING TREE, AMORAL, BATTLE BEAST, METSATÖLL, HORNA, HUORATRON, DEMIGOD, A.R.G., WINTERWOLF, VICTIMS, UNKIND, DEMONIC DEATH JUDGE, ODDLAND, AFGRUND, FINAL ASSAULT, FOR THE IMPERIUM, JESS & THE ANCIENT ONES, EVIL-LYN, CORPSESSED, INFERIA, VORUM, ONE MORNING LEFT, BOB MALMSTRÖM, RAMIN KUNTOPOLKU.
Tuska 2013 will again take place at Suvilahti. What do we have in store for next summer? Remains to be seen but at the time of writing this, things are looking rather good. It’s gonna be awesome, once again.
Fourteenth annual Tuska Festival took place in the new location of Suvilahti. Still just a stone’s throw from the city center, there was some scepticism in the air; will the new location work, how will it compare to the dear old Kaisaniemi? All fears and worst case scenarios were promptly cast aside as Suvilahti showed its good side, 2 big stages, 1 tent stage and a new indoor stage, efficient services at a convenient location.
Over the 3 festival days Tuska 2011 gathered 28 000 metallers who seemed to love (almost) every bit of it.
The addition of the fourth stage brought the number of bands up to more than 50:
AMON AMARTH, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, MORBID ANGEL, AT THE GATES, EPICA, ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, KATATONIA, AMORPHIS,MESHUGGAH, FORBIDDEN, KILLING JOKE, ELECTRIC WIZARD, BULLDOZER, TURISAS, ENSLAVED, WINTERSUN, MOONSORROW, TAROT WITCHERY, BLACK BREATH, AGNOSTIC FRONT, KVELERTAK, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, GRAVE, HELL, IMPALED NAZARENE, OMNIUM GATHERUM, GHOST, CHURCH OF MISERY, MYGRAIN, MISERY INDEX, JEX THOTH, ROTTEN SOUND, SHINING, HOODED MENACE, CAVUS, MEDEIA, AXEGRESSOR, TINNER, BLACK CRUCIFIXION, LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT,ORANSSI PAZUZU, FLESHPRESS, FEASTEM, GAF, GORESOERD, CAUSE FOR EFFECT, CARNALATION, TOTALSELFHATRED, MONONEN.
A huge thank you to everyone involved and making this year a success. Next year will be the 15th anniversary, we need to come up with something good. I think we will.
Tuska 2010 marked an end of an era. This was the last Tuska at the near legendary location of Kaisaniemi Park. For the 2011 edition of the festival, Tuska will move to a new location, Suvilahti, just a couple of kilometres from Kaisaniemi. Tuska will remain a metal festival in the center of the city.
All 3 days of Tuska 2010 were sold out. 33 000 metal fans gathered to witness the world exclusive performance of DEVIN TOWNSEND’S ZILTOID THE OMNISCIENT –album as well as MEGADETH, NEVERMORE, SATYRICON, TESTAMENT, W.A.S.P., KAMELOT, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, HYPOCRISY, CROWBAR, PAIN, TAROT, IHSAHN, FINNTROLL, NILE, SWALLOW THE SUN, OVERKILL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, OBITUARY, BLOODBATH, TURMION KÄTILÖT, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED, WARMEN, SOTAJUMALA, BLAKE, RYTMIHÄIRIÖ, TORTURE KILLER, SURVIVORS ZERO, BARREN EARTH, INSOMNIUM, FM2000, [AMATORY], THE ARSON PROJECT and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE.
So thank you again Kaisaniemi for these years. We have been there since 2001 and the park and the surrounding neighborhood have been extremely good to us. We salute each and everyone of you for putting up with us.
We’re moving on, hopefully to slightly bigger and much better pastures. See you at Suvilahti 2.-4.7.2011.
The 12th Tuska Festival drew 28 000 visitors to the legendary location of Kaisaniemi. Will the location change for next year, remains to be seen.
Tuska 2009 Artists:
IMMORTAL, VOLBEAT, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, NEUROSIS, AMORPHIS, MY DYING BRIDE, THE FACELESS, PESTILENCE, ENSIFERUM, STAM1NA, GOJIRA, KORPIKLAANI, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, PARKWAY DRIVE, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, ALL THAT REMAINS, MUCC, GIRUGÄMESH, AMORAL, DEATHCHAIN, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, ELUVEITIE, ROTTEN SOUND, SABATON, FIREWIND, GAMA BOMB, PROFANE OMEN, CALLISTO, EVILE, MEDEIA, DAUNTLESS, TUKKANUOTTA.
The festival was completely sold out weeks before the festival. 36 000 metalheads moshed to the following artists: SLAYER, CARCASS, DIMMU BORGIR, MORBID ANGEL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SONATA ARCTICA, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, AMON AMARTH, MOKOMA, KREATOR, STAM1NA, ENTOMBED, DIABLO, JOB FOR A COWBOY, BEHEMOTH, NILE, KALMAH, DREAM EVIL, TYR, PRIMORDIAL, KORPIKLAANI, THE SORROW, THE SCOURGER, NOXA, SOTAJUMALA, KYPCK, KIUAS, GHOST BRIGADE, DISCARD, TRACEDAWN, SHADE EMPIRE, DYING FETUS.
Friday and Saturday were sold out in advance, Sunday almost sold out. 33 000 visitors over the weekend witnessed the greatness of: CHILDREN OF BODOM, EMPEROR, IMMORTAL, BLIND GUARDIAN, STRATOVARIUS, W.A.S.P., DRAGONFORCE, MOONSPELL, ISIS, KATATONIA, PAIN, FINNTROLL, HATESPHERE, STURM UND DRANG, PROFANE OMEN, MERCENARY, MOONSORROW, VADER, MISERY INDEX, SCENT OF FLESH, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, IMPERIA, INSOMNIUM, MAJ KARMA, TURISAS, BEFORE THE DAWN, BROTHER FIRETRIBE, D’ESPAIRSRAY, 45 DEGREE WOMAN, NAILDOWN, NICOLE and THUNDERSTONE.
The ninth edition of the Festival gathered about 33 000 people to celebrate to the tunes of the following acts: THE SISTERS OF MERCY, VENOM, CELTIC FROST, OPETH, ANATHEMA, SODOM, ARCH ENEMY, SONATA ARCTICA, DIABLO, AMORPHIS, MOKOMA, TAROT, STAM1NA, NINE, SUBURBAN TRIBE, FREEDOM CALL, WINTERSUN, GOJIRA, DEATHSTARS, SWALLOW THE SUN, BURST, NORTHER, VERJNUARMU, KALMAH, THE SCOURGER, MENDEED, PAIN CONFESSOR, APRIL, IMPALED NAZARENE, METSATÖLL, EPICA and TIMO RAUTIAINEN.
This was the first year with increased capacity, from now on it was 11 000 visitors per day and 2 out of 3 days sold out a few weeks before the festival. Here are the artists for 2005: MONSTER MAGNET, APOCALYPTICA, FINNTROLL, TERÄSBETONI, SCARVE, PRIMAL FEAR, DESTRUCTION, CALLISTO, WINTERSUN, MALEDICTION, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, GAMMA RAY, MNEMIC, DEATHCHAIN, THUNDERSTONE, AMORAL, ROTTEN SOUND, LAKE OF TEARS, AJATTARA, PAIN CONFESSOR, SINKING, NAGLFAR, ACCEPT, SENTENCED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, VIIKATE, SKYCLAD, STAM1NA, TURMION KÄTILÖT, HIERONYMUS BOSCH and PASKA.
This was the third consecutive sold out festival. The weather sucked all summer except for Tuska weekend, which was all sunshine. Tuska artists 2004: DIO, IN FLAMES, NIGHTWISH, FEAR FACTORY, DEATH ANGEL, KOTITEOLLISUUS, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, SUBURBAN TRIBE, SONATA ARCTICA, SOILWORK, DIABLO, DARK TRANQUILLITY, CHARON, DARK FUNERAL, DISMEMBER, MOKOMA, ENSIFERUM, DEW-SCENTED, NASUM, IMPALED NAZARENE, SINERGY, BESEECH, BLAKE, CHAOSBREED, SWALLOW THE SUN, D.S.K., DRIVE, TROLLHEIM'S GROTT, MACHINE MEN, KILPI, TWILIGHTNING and TURISAS.
Tuska 2003 introduced the third festival stage, named Hellsinki stage. Friday and Saturday sold out in advance, Sunday from the festival box office. These were the bands: TYPE O NEGATIVE, MINISTRY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, STRATOVARIUS, SOULFLY, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, THE 69 EYES, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS, EDGUY, TAROT, THE HAUNTED, ARCH ENEMY, LORDI, FINNTROLL, LOST HORIZON, MOONSORROW, BEHEMOTH, THUNDERSTONE, NORTHER, LULLACRY, ROTTEN SOUND, BARATHRUM, MANNHAI, IMMORTAL SOULS, HORNA, MOKOMA, THYRANE, MAURON MAIDEN, REVEREND BIZARRE and DIVINE DECAY.
The first ever sold out signs were witnessed at the festival box office. More than 15 000 metalheads were feeling the festival vibes. Tuska 2002 artists: BRUCE DICKINSON BAND, MACHINE HEAD, MARDUK, THE CROWN, MUSTASCH, NIGHTWISH, SENTENCED, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, SONATA ARCTICA, IMPALED NAZARENE, SUBURBAN TRIBE, ENSIFERUM, MOONSORROW, BLAKE, AJATTARA, SARA, DIABLO, SUNRIDE, DEMIGOD, VERENPISARA and MAJ KARMAN KAUNIIT KUVAT.
The first year in the current location of Kaisaniemi and for the first time in Tuska's history more than 10 000 tickets were sold. Things are heating up. Roster 2001: IN FLAMES, AMON AMARTH, HEADPLATE, RHAPSODY, TRANSPORT LEAGUE, KATATONIA, TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, STRATOVARIUS, ELÄKELÄISET, KOTITEOLLISUUS, THE 69 EYES, IMPALED NAZARENE, FINNTROLL, AMORPHIS, GANDALF, YEARNING, DRIVE, DANIEL LION EYE AND THE ROLLERS, 45 DEGREE WOMAN, ROTTEN SOUND and UNITED UNDERWORLD.
The festival kept on growing. On its third year, Tuska sold more than 5000 tickets. Here are the bands who made it happen: ONE MINUTE SILENCE, STONE, GAMMA RAY, SATYRICON, PAIN, THE CROWN, NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, FINNTROLL, ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW, SINERGY, TO DIE FOR, TERVEET KÄDET, IMPALED NAZARENE, BABYLON WHORES, THE BLACK LEAGUE, LULLACRY, DIABLO, METAL GODS and REDUCED TO ASH.
After a successful start, Tuska-organization decided to move the festival to an outdoor location of VR-Makasiinit in the center of Helsinki. The bands for the second ever Tuska were: DARK TRANQUILLITY, NIGHTWISH, JIMSONWEED, AMORPHIS, THRONE OF CHAOS, LULLACRY, D-RAY, GANDALF, ...AN OCEANS, 45 DEGREE WOMAN, AFTERWORLD, ITÄ-SAKSA, TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, THE 69 EYES, SENTENCED, BARATHRUM, DIVINE DECAY, BURY ME DEEP, PAINFLOW, PURITY, TWO WITCHES, SOUL ABOVE, TWILIGHT OPERA and TAROT.
The inception. Tuska Metal Festival was concieved on a hazy and cold winter morning in 1998. Then prevalent SUOMI FINLAND PERKELE METAL MAGAZINE masterminds approached Tavastia Club overlord Juhani Merimaa about doing a metal festival. The first Tuska required blood, sweat and plenty of wiina. Two day festival at Tavastia Club featured GORGOROTH, IMPALED NAZARENE, KYYRIA, HUNDRED YEARS, AM I BLOOD, BARATHRUM, GANDALF, D-RAY, CRIMSON MIDWINTER, CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, BABYLON WHORES, NEMEH'S O.D., CRYHAVOC and ABSURDUS.
Tuska Organization 2015: Eeka Mäkynen, Jouni Markkanen, Niklas Nuppola, Marko Nikander, Juha Aalto.
Honorary Founding Fathers: Tony Taleva and Pasi Kuokkanen