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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Volbeat playing as the main act in 2009.
Location(s) Helsinki, Finland
Years active 1998 – present
Founded by Juhani Merimaa[1]
Date(s) June, July
Genre Metal

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, shortly Tuska (Finnish: pain, agony), is the largest music festival dedicated only to metal and related styles of music in the Nordic countries. It takes place in Kaisaniemi park in the middle of Helsinki, Finland. The festival usually takes place in the last weekend of June. The history of Tuska began in 1998 and it has grown larger every year. In 2006, the festival was almost sold out and over 33,000 in attendance 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 bolded.



Absurdus, Am I Blood, Babylon Whores, Barathrum, Corporal Punishment, Crimson Midwinter, D-Ray, Gandalf, Gorgoroth, Hundred Years, Impaled Nazarene, Kyyria, Nemeh's O.D., Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus


...And Oceans, 45 Degree Woman, Afterworld, Amorphis, Barathrum, Bury Me Deep, D-Ray, Dark Tranquillity, Divine Decay, Gandalf, Itä-Saksa, Jimsonweed, Lullacry, Nightwish, Painflow, Purity, Sentenced, Soul Above, Tarot, The 69 Eyes, Throne of Chaos, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Twilight Opera, Two Witches


Audience: 5 000+

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


Audience: ca. 10 000

45 Degree Woman, Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Daniel Lion Eye And The Rollers, 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 Underworld, Yearning


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, Sunride, The Crown, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Verenpisara


Audience: ca. 16 500

Amorphis, Arch Enemy, Barathrum, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, Divine Decay, Edguy, Finntroll, Horna, Immortal Souls, Lordi, Lost Horizon, Lullacry, Mannhai, Mauron Maiden, 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


Audience: ca. 30 000

Beseech, Blake, Chaosbreed, Charon, Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Dew-Scented, Diablo, Dio, Dismember, Drive, D.S.K., 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, Trollheim's Grott, Turisas, Twilightning


Audience: 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, Malediction, Mnemic, Monster Magnet, Naglfar, Pain Confessor, Paska, Primal Fear, Rotten Sound, Scarve, Sentenced, Sinking, Skyclad, Stam1na, Teräsbetoni, Testament, Thunderstone, Turmion Kätilöt, Viikate, Wintersun


Audience: ca. 33 000

Amorphis, Anathema, April, 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


Audience: ca. 33 000

Stratovarius in 2007

45 Degree Woman, 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, Nicole, Pain, Profane Omen, Scent of Flesh, Stratovarius, Sturm Und Drang, Thunderstone, Turisas, Vader, W.A.S.P.


Audience: 36 000 (sold out)

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


Audience: 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, Medeia, Mucc, My Dying Bride, Neurosis, Parkway Drive,Pestilence, Profane Omen, Rotten Sound, Sabaton, Stam1na, Suicidal Tendencies, The Faceless, Tukkanuotta, Volbeat



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Coordinates: 60°10′27.94″N 24°56′38.62″E / 60.1744278°N 24.9440611°E / 60.1744278; 24.9440611


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