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Ruisrock 2016

Ruisrock Festival will be celebrated July 8th-10th, 2016 at the national park of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland. Dozens of bands, artists and area performers will be performing in Ruissalo during the weekend.

Ruisrock can be easily reached from all around Finland. We recommend using public transportation as the festival site cannot be accessed by car. If you decide to arrive by car, you can leave it at the paid parking lot of Artukainen Camping. There is a festival shuttle bus running on a non-stop basis from the parking lot to near the festival site. Here you can find more information on how to get to Turku and to the festival site with different means of transportation conveniently.

There are several options for accommodation ranging from camping to school and hotel accommodation. Ruisrock has their own camping area Artukainen Camping where you can stay in your own tent or campervan. The camping area has a separate area reserved for camper vans. Travel trailers are not allowed in the camping area, and cars must be parked in the parking lot next to the camping area. Sleeping in a passenger vehicle is not allowed for safety reasons.  More information on Artukainen Camping and other accommodation options can be found here.

Opening hours of the festival:

  • Friday 8.7. 4pm––3am
  • Saturday 9.7. 1pm––3am
  • Sunday 10.7. 1pm––11pm

Ticket prices:

1 day ticket (Fri/Sun) 85 €€
2 day ticket (Fri––Sat/Sat––Sun/Fri+Sun) 125 €€
3 day ticket 145 €€

More information about different ticket types here.

46-year-old Ruisrock is the oldest festival in Finland, and the second oldest continuously running rock festival in Europe. Ruisrock was awarded the Festival of the Year award in the Industry Awards Gala in 2015.

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Arriving

Ruisrock is organised in Turku which is easy to reach from around Finland by for example bus and train. We encourage the use of public transportation or ride sharing!

Festival buses and local buses operate from Turku train station and Market Square (Kauppatori) in the city centre to the vicinity of the festival site. More information below.

Arriving to Finland

By plane

Turku Airport is located about 8 kilometres from Turku city centre with daily flight connections.

The second closest airport is located in Helsinki.

By ferry

Shipping companies TallinkSilja and Viking Line operate twice daily between Stockholm and Turku.

Arriving to Turku

By bus

Turku bus station is located close to the city centre. There is an easy access to festival area by bus from the city centre. This year, Onnibus is the partner of Ruisrock.

 

By train

Turku train station is also located close to the city centre, and the Ruisrock festival buses stop at the train station. During the festival weekend the trains fill up quickly, we recommend booking train tickets in advance.

Ride sharing

If you decide to drive to Ruisrock, we encourage you to fill your car with other festival guests. Ridesharing is not only fun but also ecological.

An efficient and safe way to find a ride is for example the ride sharing website Kyydit.net where rides can be both offered and requested. Also, have a look at the ride sharing (kimppakyyti) groups on Facebook.

By car

Driving to the Ruissalo island is not possible during the festival weekend neither is there any space for parking on the island. Vehicles can be parked on the official festival parking area located in Artukainen in Turku close to HK Areena and Messukeskus. Follow the signs for Artukainen Camping. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie.

Parking fee is 5 euros. If a vehicle leaves the parking area during the day or the weekend, the parking fee will be charged again upon returning to the parking area.

Please note! Staying the night in your vehicle is not allowed.

By boat

Arriving to the festival site in Ruissalo is not allowed by boat. Mooring places are offered in Turku city centre by Turku Guest Harbour.

 

Arriving to the festival area

Ruisrock festival site can be reached conveniently with the festival bus or by bike from Turku city centre. The festival buses run from Turku city center to the festival bus station. There is a clearly marked walking route of about two kilometres (about 1.2 miles) between the festival bus station and the festival site.

Opening hours of the festival:

  • Friday 8.7. 4pm–3am
  • Saturday 9.7. 1pm–3am
  • Sunday 10.7. 1pm–11pm

Festival bus from Turku city centre

The festival buses run on a non-stop-basis from Turku city center to the festival bus station via railway station during the festival opening hours.

Prices:

  • 18 € / 3 days (on sale also at Ruisrock-kiosk)
  • 10 € / two-way
  • 6 € / one-way

By the Festival bus from Artukainen Camping and parking area

There is a free festival bus from the camping and parking areas running on a non-stop-basis between the Ruisrock festival bus station and Artukainen camping and parking area during the festival opening hours. Bus is intended for people staying in Artukainen camping and for people parking on the parking area.

By bicycle

You can ride your bike to the festival site by following the signs along the bike path of Ruissalo parkway. You can leave your bicycle at the guarded bicycle parking next to the festival main entrance.

Bike parking tickets:

Please note that there are simultaneously several thousands of people on the Ruissalo island and on the way back to town centre. Please be extra careful in the traffic and keep in mind the law, the nature, and fellow travelers!

By Turku local buses

The local bus time tables and stop information can be found in the trip planner Föli. Föli also has information on buses running to close-by towns, for example to Naantali, Paimio and Kaarina. We recommend purchasing a bus ticket for the duration of the whole festival visit to make travel faster and smoother.

By taxi

The closest taxi stop to the festival site is located at the festival bus station, by the Ruissalo bridge.

Turku taxi phone number is +358-2-10041. Taxis will drive up to near the Ruissalo bridge, where there will be a taxi stop during the festival. Near the Pahanniemi bridge, in the parking lot of Helenan kahvio (Helena’s cafeteria) there is a place to stop, where festival guests can be picked up or dropped off.

Accessible arriving

Ruisrock organisers want to offer everyone a chance to come to the festival. Accessible entrance and possibility for disabled parking make arriving at the festival easier. The disabled parking permit have to be applied for in advance. Read more on accessibility.

 

 

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Accommodation

During the festival weekend Turku will be again filled to the brim. Ruisrock organisers and partners offer various accommodation options: hotels, schools and camping areas. We recommend booking accommodation early during the spring.

Artukainen Camping

Artukainen Camping is located by HK Areena and Messukeskus, the address is Artukaisten kiitotie. The camping area is located approximately 6.5 km from the festival site and there is a festival bus taking camping area users closer to festival site free of charge. Artukainen camping accommodates festivalgoers from Thursday July 7th at 6pm until Monday July 11th at 12pm.

Camping is allowed only in an official camping area, and the camping area is intended only for people going to Ruisrock. Campers must have a festival ticket which will be checked upon arrival. Camping area does not have an age limit, but we recommend that persons under the age of 15 are accompanied with their parents. Camping ticket entitles to an entrance to the camping area for one person for the duration of the opening hours. There is no separate tent fee.

People arriving by campervans must purchase a campervan ticket for the vehicle in addition to a camping ticket. For each campervan one campervan ticket is needed but everyone staying in the campervan must also have a ticket for the camping area. Camping ticket is personal and named. If you wish to change the name on the ticket, please contact Tiketti customer service at info@tiketti.fi. There is a Tiketti service charge to change the name on the ticket.

  • 3 day ticket + camping 180 €
  • Camping ticket 40 € per person
  • Campervan ticket  25 € (please notice, each person staying in the campervan must also buy a camping ticket!)


Arriving at the camping area

Artukainen Camping is located by HK Areena (former Turkuhalli) and Messukeskus in Artukainen in Turku, the address is Artukaisten kiitotie. Follow the signs for Artukainen Camping.

From Turku city centre you can get close to the festival camping area (HK Areena / Messukeskus) by taking a bus number 12, 32 or 61 from Turku market square 'Kauppatori'. Buses 32 and 61 will also stop at the Turku railway station. You can find timetables and detailed stop information at journey planner Föli.

Getting from the camping area to the festival

There is a free shuttle bus from Artukainen Camping to Ruissalo festival bus station and back to the camping area. The bus will run non-stop during the festival opening hours. There is approximately a two kilometer walk from the festival bus station to the festival site.

Passenger car parking and campervans

Next to the camping area there is a passenger car parking area which is open during the opening hours of the camping area. The price for parking is 5 euros for each time of parking. Sleeping in your car and bringing your car to the camping site are not allowed for safety reasons.

Staying in the camping area is allowed in registered campervans. Travel trailers cannot be brought into the camping area. If you take your campervan with you when leaving the campsite, you will be charged for the campervan ticket again upon each return. We are not able to offer electricity for campervans.

Services at the camping area

The services of the camping area will be improved according to the results of a feedback survey. More information on the services will be available later in the spring.

General instructions for staying in the camping area

  • Everyone camping will receive a wristband that allows entry to the camping area.
  • The camping area has a cloakroom that is open around the clock. Keep your valuables with you or leave them in the cloakroom.
  • Lost and found items are located at the camping area information desk.
  • Bringing glass bottles to the camping area is allowed. Disturbing use of alcohol and starting a fire are not allowed in the area.
  • Fire department and first aid personnel are on call in the area around the clock.

City of Turku camping area in Saaronniemi

The far end of Ruissalo island, Saaronniemi, holds another camping area, Ruissalo Camping, maintained by the City of Turku. Please note that camping area in Saaronniemi is filled in an order of arrival, and advance bookings are not possible. Inquiries about the camping area in Saaronniemi by phone on +358 2 262 5100, or by email at ruissalo.camping@turku.fi.

School accommodation

Peaceful indoor accommodation is offered in the form of school accommodation in different schools around Turku from Thursday to Monday. School accommodation is organised by a local sports team TuTo ry. The price is 15 euros / person per night, if the reservations are booked and paid for no later than on the 4th of July. After this, the price is 17 euros / person per night.

 

Hotel packages

Ruisrock’s hotel packages are for sale for nearly all hotels in the city. In addition to the accommodation, the hotel packages include a three day ticket to Ruisrock. There will be also a hotel package that includes a three day VIP ticket for sale. Hotel packages are for sale on Turku Touring’s website.

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Accessibility

Ruisrock is committed to providing an easy access to the festival for everyone. We want everyone to be able to enjoy Ruisrock!

Ruisrock is located in Ruissalo in Turku surrounded by a nature reserve. The festival is organized in a park and field environment. Part of the site has an uneven terrain but most of the area has an asphalt or hard sand roadway through it. Asphalted road runs from the front of Niittylava to the beach. On the beach the asphalt turns into a hard, sand based roadway. The festival site also has a beach that has soft sand terrain in areas.

Getting to the festival

Festival site can be accessed on foot, by bike, by festival buses and by taxi. Festival buses and taxis drop off at a festival bus station which is located about 2 km from the festival site.

Festival site can be entered through the main gates and through a separate accessible entrance. More information on the accessible entrance, disabled parking, general assistants, raised viewing platforms, and accessible toilets will be provided later in the spring.

Accessibility Project 2012

Ruisrock ran an accessibility project in 2012 with an aim of making the festival even more accessible. The project received funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture.  Turun Kynnys ry acted as an expert consultant for the project.

Project was a success and widely praised. As a part of the project Ruisrock committed to ten accessibility promises that we improve every year.

The accessibility promises

We will:

  • build accessible viewing platforms to all big stages.
  • add more lights to the festival area.
  • add more toilets for the disabled.
  • improve the accessibility of arriving to the festival by organizing a disabled parking lot and by making the entry procedure clearer.
  • add the number of resting spots on the festival area.
  • hire general assistants to aid festival goers especially with accessibility issues.
  • improve the accessibility of our communication by creating a simplified text version of our web site.
  • train our personnel to be more aware of accessibility.
  • communicate about the festival’s accessibility more effectively and informatively.
  • promise to take accessibility into consideration at Ruisrock during the following years.

Accessibility work is long-term work and it is important for us, the organisers of Ruisrock, to keep developing it. If you have feedback or development suggestions for the accessibility of Ruisrock, please contact our producer Sini Kaartinen kaartinen@ruisrock.fi.

 

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Environment

Ruisrock is organized on the Ruissalo island which is mostly a protected nature reserve. There are many rare bird species and mammals nesting in the diverse and valuable nature of the area, surrounded by lush vegetation. It is important for Ruisrock to take care of the nature of Ruissalo, and we aim to create a setting where everyone can easily help us with this important work.

In the summer of 2016 Ruisrock will join the Ekokompassi environmental management system that can be used to develop the environmental work even more sustainable. Ekokompassi offers the tools that we can use to promote environmental protection and prevention of climate change in addition to taking responsibility for the environmental impact of the festival. This year we will recycle more and inform the audience more about environmental work and recycling. During the festival we will also have surprising and fun projects about environment and efficient use of resources.

Few tips for a more sustainable festival weekend

  • Take with you as few containers and items as possible to the festival. Use reusable containers or at least packaging made of recyclable materials.
  • Sort your waste to the recycling containers. Do not litter!
  • Bring a water bottle. Bottles can be filled at the many water stations on site.
  • Make the most of the can deposits. Do not throw cans or bottles in the trash.
  • There are hundreds of toilets on site. Use them.

 

All food vendors use only biodegradable disposables. You can throw any leftover food together with plates, cups and cutlery to the brown biodegradable waste containers, located close to the food areas. Rest of the waste produced on the festival is mostly burnable waste, for which the area has over 100 containers. These containers can be used for plastic waste and paper and cardboard packaging. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles can be recycled in the recycling stations on site. At the recycling points you can also recycle metal, glass, cardboard, cartons and paper along with any other waste that cannot be burned or recycled otherwise. Recycling stations are located on the beach and near Niittylava.

The serving areas have a deposit of one euro for alcoholic drink containers. When purchasing a drink, you will be charged a deposit which you will get back when returning the can. This way we will be able to recycle most of the cans and will avoid unnecessary waste.

 

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Safety

We care about your security so please read through and follow the instructions below. Good atmosphere is made by the festival visitors, and this means you!

  • Always follow the instructions of the security personnel.
  • Take care of your friends and yourself!
  • Think about what you wear, you will not regret wearing good shoes and comfy weatherproof clothes for the long weekend. Dress according to the weather.
  • Remember to drink non-alcoholic fluids. You can refill your water bottle in the festival area for free.
  • Don't disturb the peace of the local inhabitants and their property.
  • Respect the nature!
  • Making fire on the festival area or at the camping site is forbidden. There is a place for a barbeque on the camping site.
  • Ride your bicycle carefully and follow the signs and instructions of the security personnel.

Security check

All people entering the festival area will be security checked. All confiscated items will be delivered to the Turku police station after the festival. Dressing up for a festival is recommendable, but please use your common sense when doing so. All items that will endanger you or your fellow festival goer must be left at home or to the deposit at the gates. All tickets are checked electronically at the gates every day. Please note that you are allowed to enter the festival area once a day with your ticket, there is no re-entry.

Forbidden items

Alcohol, drugs, glass bottles, guns and knives (Leatherman and other tools are knives too!) and other items meant to hurt people, explosives, fireworks, torches, laser pointers, glow sticks and aerosols (e.g. hair spray).

It is forbidden to bring umbrellas to the festival area due to the safety regulations and blocking the view. So if it is raining, we recommend raincoats. There are disposable raincoats on sale right at festival info center. All confiscated items will be delivered to the Turku police station after the festival.

Please leave the strollers and picnic chairs at home so the area will not be overly blocked. You can rest your feet in the restaurant areas - and you are welcome to lay out a blanked at a suitable spot. The festival is not a suitable place for pets.

Alcohol, other refreshments and food

Bringing alcohol to the festival area is not allowed. There will be several bars serving a wide range of alcoholic beverages to customers who are 18 years and older. Bring your official ID with you (driving license, passport, etc). We follow the Finnish Law in this respect, and the law is very strict.

You may bring any un-opened non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles and carton packages (up to 1.5 liters) to the festival area, or you can bring an empty plastic bottle for water. There are several free water points in the area.

You may bring food to the festival area but, please, leave knives and all glass and porcelain kitchenware at home. Making fire is not allowed on the festival area.

Smoking

Smoking is forbidden in front of the stages during the shows. You can find the designated smoking areas on the festival map.

First aid

There is a First aid point where trained personnel from Finnish Red Cross will take care of any medical or first aid needs. First aid is situated in the middle of the festival area. First aid crew will also patrol in the festival area. In case of an emergency, contact any first aid or security person!

For the Finnish emergency line just dial 112. No country code needed.

Swimming

There's a lovely beach on the festival area. Swimming alone or when intoxicated is not safe, so we recommend swimming with friends and sober. The beach is guarded by lifeguards.

Tight crowds and "crowd surfing"

If you feel uncomfortable in tight crowds, please avoid the front of the stages or other crowded areas. If you however get surrounded by a crowd, try to remain calm. Don't resist the pressure but move with the crowd. Try to head away from the crowd when the crowd gives in. Ask help from the people around you if needed.

Like on all big festivals, crowd surfing is also prohibited at Ruisrock. It's only for your safety folks! Climbing on your friend's shoulders is also forbidden.

Police

In addition to our own security, the Turku police is enjoying your company in the festival area and its surroundings.

Environment

Ruisrock takes place in a gorgeous Ruissalo public park that is mostly nature preserve. Taking care of the nature is every festival goer's responsibility. Love the nature - take out what you bring in! Inside the festival area there are lot of waste bins and recycling center areas where you can take your trash to respect the nature and fellow festival goers. Read more about the environment at Ruisrock here.

Noise

Excessive exposure to loud music may damage your hearing. Remember to protect your hearing. You can get your earplugs from the festival's info point.

Photographing

Photographing for personal use is allowed, but remember to respect the privacy of other festival guests. Recording and filming performances without a special permission is not allowed based on the Copyright law, so, in case you are planning to publish your pictures, you will need a special permission for photographing.  Security personnel has the right to prevent all photographing and recording in certain occasions, such as on the artist's request. The crew at the gates is permitted to deny the bringing of tape recorders and video cameras to the festival area.

 

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Map

See Ruisrock 2016 map here.

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Contact

Lost and found items can be inquired about at the cloakroom during the festival and after the festival from Varsinais-Suomen löytötavaratoimisto lost property office.

Festival office can be best reached via email: palaute@ruisrock.fi

Email: firstname@ruisrock.fi

CEO
Juhani Merimaa

Promoter
Mikko Niemelä

Executive producer (on maternity leave)
Piia Lääveri

Producer (VIP packages, corporate sales)
Sini Jaatinen

Production manager
Matti Laukko

Publicist (Press)
Mari Wainio

Producer (Area programming and office)
Ilona Numminen

Producer (Festival site and camping)
Elina Tamminen

Producer (Volunteers)
Anna Suonsyrjä

Producer (Artist hospitality)
Gabriela Campos

Producer (Accessibility)
Sini Kaartinen (email lastname@ruisrock.fi)

Safety
Ville Ketonen / security@ruisrock.fi

Vendors
Satu Kankaristo
Vendor application is closed. 

Ruisrock is organised by
Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Urho Kekkosen katu 4–6 A, 7. krs
00100 Helsinki FINLAND

Ruisrock office contact information
Phone: +358 44 966 1384
Email: palaute@ruisrock.fi

Vantaan Festivaalit Oy board members
Juhani Merimaa, Tapio Nousiainen, Ari Salonen

 

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS

After the festival all lost and found items worth over 20 euros will be taken to Varsinais-Suomen Löytötavaratoimisto (Lost property office of Varsinais-Suomi), phone number 0600-307 777  (1,92 € / minute + service fee).