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Ruisrock 2018

Ruisrock Festival will be celebrated July 6th-8th, 2018 at the national park of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland.

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 2017.

In the summer of 2017 Ruisrock attracted a record audience of 105 000 festival goers and was sold out.

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.

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-Vantaa.

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.

 

 

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 Gatorade Center and Messukeskus. Follow the signs for Artukainen Camping. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie.

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.

Festival bus from Turku city centre

There is a festival bus running on a non-stop-basis from Turku city centre to the festival bus station.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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 Gatorade Center 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.

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.

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale later in the winter.

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.

Arriving at the camping area

Artukainen Camping is located by Gatorade Center (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 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. 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.

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

School accommodation will be on sale later in the winter.

Hotel packages

Hotel packages will be on sale later in the winter.

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.

Accessible entrance to the festival is either by taxi for the disabled or by applying for personal parking permit for the accessible parking lot. Both the accessible parking lot and the drop off and pick up point for taxis for the disabled are located approximately 400 meters from the accessible entrance.

Instructions for applying for the parking permit for the accessible parking lot can be found below. Please notice, that the phone networks may get overloaded and the travel time might be longer than usual because of the large amount of people in the area. We recommend ordering a taxi for the disabled in advance for both ways, to and from the festival.

Accessible parking lot

Accessible parking lot is located approximately 400 meters from the accessible entrance. The parking lot is an asphalted parking lot with a limited number of accessible parking spaces. Accessible parking space can be applied with the disabled parking permit issued by Trafi / police.

Apply for the parking space by sending the following information by email to saavutettavuus@ruisrock.fi:

  • date/dates, for which you are applying for the parking space
  • name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • registration number of the vehicle you are using to arrive at Ruisrock
  • permit number of the disabled parking permit
  • postal address, to which the parking permit will be mailed before the festival.

Please notice, that the parking space must be applied for in advance due to their limited number. Every application will be dealt with and replied to by week 25. Personal parking permit will be mailed the same week. The parking lot cannot be accessed without the personal driving permit.

Accessible entrance

Accessible entrance is located approximately 400 meters from the drop off and pick up point for taxis for the disabled and the accessible parking lot. The route to the accessible entrance is asphalt and hard dirt road. The accessible entrance can be used by visually impaired and hearing impaired, temporarily physically impaired, and people, whose mobility is limited due to disability. Pregnancy is not a reason to use a taxi for the disabled or the accessible entrance.

Assistant

Assistants get in to Ruisrock for free with the assisted person who has bought a ticket. The assistant and the assisted may use the accessible entrance together when arriving to the site at the same time. The assistant does not need a separate ticket or get a wristband, but they must arrive to the festival simultaneously with the assisted every day. Other people besides the assistant may not enter through the accessible entrance with the assisted. On the entrance, there is a safety check, the festival tickets will be read electronically, and the general festival rules apply.

Please note, that the accessible entrance does not have ticket sales. The closest place selling tickets is located by the main gate, approximately 600 meters from the accessible entrance. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. 

Saattajakortti assistant card

Turku region joint assistant card ‘saattajakortti’ is in use also at Ruisrock. The purpose of the card is to make exercising and visiting culture destinations easier for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. The assistant card grants free entry to one assistant. The owner of the card chooses the assistant and is responsible for the competency of them. We recommend the people using the assistant card to arrive through the accessible entrance.

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 saavutettavuus@ruisrock.fi.

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 joined 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.

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 - please 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. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles can be recycled in the recycling stations on site. At the recycling points you can also recycle cardboard packaging, metal, glass, cardboard, cartons and paper. Recycling stations are located on the beach and near Niittylava. Rest of the waste produced on the festival is mostly burnable waste, for which the area has over 100 containers.

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.

Safety

It is of utmost importance to us to allow a comfortable and safe environment for our visitors to enjoy the festival. 

There are several hundred security stewards taking care of the safety of Ruisrock visitors, as well as plenty of police and rescue authorities on site during the festival. The safety operations also extend outside the festival site, to routes leading to the festival site located on Ruissalo island.

As a Ruisrock visitor, you can contribute to keeping the festival safe and  comfortable by arriving with a good mood and taking care of yourself and other festivalgoers.  If anything worries you during the festival, or you see or experience something suspicious, you can always turn to any staff member for help.

Safety tips

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 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.

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 can bring one can or transparent, colorless plastic bottle of no more than 1.5 litres into the festival site. The bottle must be unopened. The bottle can be filled up on festival’s water points throughout the weekend. You may also bring empty plastic bottles to the festival site.

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 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.

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 points.

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 recordings, you will need a special permission.  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.

Contact

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

Festival info points: +358 44-912 4928

Email: firstname@ruisrock.fi

CEO
Juhani Merimaa

Promoter
Mikko Niemelä

Executive producer
Piia Lääveri

Production manager
Matti Laukko

Partner manager
Annakaisa Anttila

Producer
Ilona Numminen

Publicist
Kiira Koskela

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

Ruisrock office contact information
Email: ruisrock@ruisrock.fi

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