Preview Tuska 2022

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Tuska in Helsinki has been a yearly celebration that was sorely missed the past couple of years due to the pandemic. Luckily it seems that festivals are finally back at full force and so is Tuska! With some new elements, some line-up that was brought along from those cancelled editions and a whole lot of excitement about one of our favorite festivals being back, we can hardly wait!

Name : Tuska
Country : Finland
Amount of Days : 3
Outdoors / Indoors : Outdoors
Amount of Stages : 4
Genres : Alternative Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Nu Metal, Dark Metal, Sludge Metal, Folk Metal, Glam Metal, Gothic Metal, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Industrial Metal, Metalcore, Modern Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Symphonic Metal, Pagan Folk, Synth, Alternative Rock, Hair/Glam, Hard Rock, Post-rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock

The Bands

The headliners will provide solace for both fans of the heydays of old school heavy metal and nu metal with on Friday Korn, Saturday the mighty Mercyful Fate and on Sunday the festival wrapping up with Deftones!

But that’s of course not all! If the headliners of a festival are not what draws you in, you’re in luck, because the rest of the line-up is pretty solid as well with international acts Vola, Church of the Dead, The Night Flight Orchestra, VLTIMAS, High On Fire, Elder, Joe Lynn Turner, Gloryhammer, Red Fang, Perturbator, The Dark Element, Soilwork, Eluveitie, Baroness, Symphony X, Heilung, Devin Townsend, Kreator and Carcass.

And as usual, there is a wide array of Finnish acts representing the local scenes as well. Which is even bigger than before with the brand new added 4th “TUSKA KVLT” stage! You’ll find acts like Atlas, Humavoid, Edge of Haze, Rebellix, Cryptic Hatred, The Mist From The Mountains, One Morning Left, King Satan, Reckless Love, Astralion, Amoth, Polymoon, Detset, Shereign, The Rivet, Abstrakt, Verikalpa, Shape Of Despair, Lähiöbotox, Bloodred Hourglass, Omnium Gatherum, Wheel, Oranssi Pazuzu, Blind Channel, Lost Society, Mokoma, Northern Kings, Stratovarius, Beast In Black, Stam1na and Amorphis!

The Timing

Tuska 2022 takes place during the first weekend of July from Friday July 1st to Sunday July 3rd. With the doors open

  • on Friday July 1st from 13:00 – 01:00
  • on Saturday July 2nd from 13:00 – 01:00
  • on Sunday July 3rd from 14:00 – 23:00

Since Tuska is a city festival, the last festival day ends relatively early with the last notes from Deftones leaving the speakers by about 22:00 already.

The Grounds

The last edition back in 2019 had a completely new lay-out, which came with its issues. The organization tried to resolve those the best they could already during the festival itself, but even though they haven’t been able to go through with any of their events the past 2 years, they clearly haven’t been sitting still. The whole festival area got a complete overhaul with most of the stages been moved around and even a 4th “TUSKA KVLT” stage added! There are clearly plenty of bars and there’s a whole food court located next to the main stage for everyone’s needs. Let’s hope that the new lay-out brings a better crowd flow than was the case back in 2019. We’re very curious to see and experience it for ourselves!

This is the way

Tuska is known to be one of the few open air metal festivals that take place in a major city and not on the outskirts of one. The grounds are at the event area called Suvilahti, which is the easiest to reach by public transport. We’re not saying that it’s impossible to go by car, but it wouldn’t be recommended since parking will be rather costly and traffic will be tough.

The best way to arrive to Tuska is by public transport: From Helsinki center you can get almost at any major point on the metro to travel to closest metro stop Kalasatama, or the REDI mall, in 10 min tops. The mall is also a partner of the festival and the place to be to exchange your tickets for a bracelet, or try to get your hands on a ticket still if there are any remaining. The mall is also conveniently located right across the street of the main entrance of the festival, you’ll hardly have to walk…

See Helsinki City Transport website for details.

The Stay

There is a camping you can travel to by metro, but this camping is not associated with the festival, so arrangements need to be made separately. But if you have a bit of cash left still to spend, we’d highly recommend to get a hotel room or a Air BNB somewhere in the city since you’re right there anyway and it’s simply more fun to have a bit more comfort during a festival weekend.

Grub and Booze

There are usually quite some drink options, with stands that offer special cocktails and in the past even a whiskey bar. What they’ll have this time around we can’t promise you for sure, but besides the standard Finnish beers, ciders, longdrinks and soft drinks, we’re sure there will be some fun things to discover.

Tuska is also known to often have a proper food court where they collect all the food trucks in one big square or circle and where there’s something for every heart’s desire from classic festival grub, fancied up fast food, international dishes to even proper vegan options. You won’t get hungry!

Damage and Tickets

    1 day ticket: €109

    2 day ticket: €139

    3 day ticket: €169

    3 day VIP Area 51: €279

    1 day VIP Area 51: €189

Tickets: Click Here

Good To Know

Tuska Expo is located in the upper courtyard of Suvilahti within Circo premises, near the main entrance. The following exhibitors will be present at Tuska Expo:

  • Cybershop
  • Dick Johnson
  • Glimmering Deep Design
  • Impossible Bodyart
  • Icebreakers for Vikings
  • Kaamos Company
  • Keltainen Jäänsärkijä
  • Tonefest Lounge, including Vuorensaku Guitars, Skippers Amps etc.
  • Viides Askel
  • Viking Drinking Horns

Security check
The festival security personnel will check you at the security check before entering the festival area. The agelimit to the festival is 18 years. Please be prepared to present  your ID, security will check ID’s when entering the festival area.

You can leave your belongings in the cloakroom by the festival gate. The cloakroom fee is TBA€. Please note that huge backpacks or other large items can not be stored at cloakroom. Those items can be left at the Helsinki railway station storage.

Prohibited items
Bringing your own alcohol beverages to the festival area is strictly prohibited. Bag check will be in effect upon entering the festival. You can bring one (1) transparent, unopened plastic bottle of non-alcoholic beverage, or a transparent and empty plastic bottle per customer. Max. size 1,5 litres. Security personnel is allowed to forbid any “suspicious” bottles and ask to leave those to the cloakroom.

Please note safety with accessories (especially extremely studded bracelets etc.) and clothing.

Professional camera equipment, all recorders, cans, bottles, umbrellas, disposable grills and all things that can be considered dangerous are strictly prohibited, at the security personnel’s discretion. It’s not allowed to bring you pet to festival area.

Fold out chairs
Fold out chairs are permitted in the festival area, but not in front of the stages or other highly crowded areas.

Cameras & Recording
Professional photo equipment requires press accerditation. Press accreditation & photo passes will be granted for media personnel only, not private customers. Pocket cameras & cell phone cameras are allowed. All video cameras and other recording equipment are strictly prohibited.

Smoking is prohibited in immediate approximity of all stages. The indoor stage is completely non-smoking.

First aid & pharmacy
There is a first aid point at the festival area, which will serve during festival opening hours. The nearest pharmacy is located in REDI. Yliopiston Apteekki, Mannerheimintie 96, is open 24 hours.

The Tuska festival has been granted the Check! label for safe events by the Finnish event industry association Tapahtumateollisuus ry.

Payment methods
We accept credit & debit cards and mobile payment. Note! No cash!

The Afterparties


Tuska 2022 is shaping up to be an epic and glorious return of the by us much beloved festival and we’re looking forward to discover the changes and new elements with our friends and fellow music lovers while great music blasts from the speakers! See you there!

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