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Ruisrock 2015

Ruisrock Festival will be celebrated from July 3rd-5th, 2015 at the national park of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland. Around 60 artists and performers will be seen on stages of Ruisrock during the weekend.

Line up will include exciting international stars and top Finnish performers, not to forget the rising artists. An important part of the Ruisrock experience is one of the best selections of food and beverage found in Finnish festivals, and the colorful area programming, familiar from previous years.

45-year-old Ruisrock is the oldest festival in Finland, and the second oldest continuously running rock festival in Europe. The festival, in its present form, set a new attendance record in 2014 when 93 000 people visited Ruissalo. Friday and Saturday sold out with 35 000 people each day, on Sunday the number of visitors was 23 000.

Last year Ruisrock was awarded the Festival of the Year award, and the promoter of the festival Mikko Niemelä won the Promoter of the Year award at Industry Awards Gala 2014. The winners were voted by over 700 industry professionals who attended Music & Media conference. The audience selected Ruisrock as the best festival of 2014 in the yearly polls of music journals such as Soundi and Rumba.

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Ruisrock is held in the city of Turku, located in south-west of Finland. It is easy to reach from all around Finland. The easiest way to travel to Turku from different parts of Finland is by train or by bus. Turku Harbour has ferry connection to Stockholm, Sweden.

There's a festival bus connection to the festival area leaving from the city center, the railway station and the market square. Also some local busses operate from city center to Ruissalo. Ruisrock recommends using public transportation.

Arriving to Turku

By train

The train station is located right next to the city center. We recommend booking your tickets in advance, as during the festival weekend the trains get full. You can check the timetables and buy your tickets from the Finnish railway company VR's website.

By bus

The bus station is located right next to the city center. Timetables of the Finnish bus companies Matkahuolto and Onnibus (from selected cities) can be found here.


By plane

Turku airport is closed for the summer for renovations. The closest airport is located in Helsinki.

By ferry

TallinkSilja and Viking Line operate daily between Stockholm and Turku. Ferries to Germany, England and North Sea countries leave also daily. 


If you decide to drive to Turku, we recommend carpooling. Carpooling makes it easy to share car rides and to cut down carbon emissions - saving nature and money. Here are some Finnish carpooling services:

By car

Turku is heavily crowded during the festival weekend so we highly recommend using public transportation to get to Turku. Reaching the Ruissalo island is not possible by car during the festival weekend neither is there any parking area on the island.

People arriving to the festival by car can park in the official parking area that is located in Turku Artukainen close to HK Areena and the Artukainen camping area. Follow signs for Artukainen Camping . The address for the parking area is Artukaisten kiitotie.

Parking costs 5 euros each time. If you drive your car out of the parking area, you will be charged the fee when you return to the parking area. 

Please note! Spending the night in the parking area is forbidden.

By boat

Arriving to the festival area in Ruissalo is not possible by boat. Boat places are offered in Turku town centre by Turku Guest Harbour. More information at


Arriving to the festival area

You can reach Ruisrock festival area conveniently with the festival bus that leaves from Turku city center. You can also walk to Ruissalo or ride there by bike. The festival buses transport festival goers from Turku city center to the festival bus stop near the festival area. There are clear directions to the festival area from the stop. The walking distance between the festival bus stop and the festival area is around two kilometres (about 1.2 miles).

Festival bus from Turku town centre

Festival bus time table:
Friday 3.7. from 3pm until close
Saturday 4.7. from 12pm until close
Sunday 5.7. from 12pm until close

Bus Route:
Kauppatori (Market Square) - train station - Ruisrock (festival bus station)

Busses will run on a non-stop-basis for the whole day. The Market Square bus stop is on Yliopistonkatu in front of the Orthodox church. The bus ticket prices will be announced later on Spring.

By the Festival bus from Artukainen Camping and parking area

There is a free bus from the Artukainen Camping and Parking areas to the festival bus station and back to the camping area and parking area. The bus is meant for people staying in the camping area and people using the parking area. 

Festival bus time table:
Friday 3.7. from 3pm until close
Saturday 4.7. from 12pm until close
Sunday 5.7. from 12pm until close

By bicycle

You can ride your bike next to the festival area by following the signs. You can leave your bicycle to the guarded bicycle parking next to the festival entrance. The cost of bicycle parking is 4 euros / day parking or 10 euros / weekend parking. The festival bicycle park will open each day one hour before the gates open. Please note that there are several thousand people in Ruissalo island and on the way back to town centre simultaneously. Please be even more careful in traffic and keep the laws, the nature, and fellow bicyclists in mind.

By Turku local busses

The local bus time tables and stop information can be found in the trip planner FÖLI. Information on busses going to towns close by, for example to Naantali, Kaarina and Paimio, can also be found at Föli. 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 area is located at the festival bus station, close to the end of Ruissalo bridge, where the busses will drop off and pick up passengers. Turku taxi phone number is +358-2-10041. 

If you are dropping off or picking up people from Ruisrock, the drop off/pick up point is close to the Pahanniemi bridge, in the parking lot of Helenan kahvio (Helena's coffee shop).

Accessible arriving

We have done our best to make sure that everyone can enjoy Ruisrock as easily as possible.



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During the festival weekend, Turku will be filled to the brim with festival visitors. Ruisrock organizers and associates offer different options for accommodation in the form of hotels, schools and camping sites in Turku. We recommend booking your accommodation early, preferably during the spring. NOTE: All hotells, Ruisrock's own campsite Artukainen and Turku City's Ruissalo Camping are sold out.

School Accommodation

School accommodation is available all over Turku from Thursday till Monday. The price is 15 euros / person per night, if the reservations are booked and paid for no later than on the 27th of June. After this, the price is 17 euros / person per night. School accommodation is provided by local sports club TuTo ry.

Hotel packages - SOLD OUT

You will be able to choose from a selection of majority of hotels in Turku. Hotel packages include a three day festival ticket to Ruisrock and accomodation for two nights. VIP ticket hotel packages are also now available.  The packages are on sale at Turku Touring web store.

Artukainen Camping - SOLD OUT

The Ruisrock campsite is sold out, please check Ruissalo Camping hosted by Turku City at Saaronniemi (information below) and school accommodation (information below).

Artukainen Camping is located near HK Areena and Messukeskus at Artukainen area in Turku. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie. It is approximately 6.5 kilometers from the festival area to Artukainen. For camping area users there is a free shuttle bus between the campsite and the festival area. Camping is allowed only inside the official campsite area.

The camping is meant only for visitors of Ruisrock Festival. To get into the campsite one must have a ticket for the festival. Tickets are inspected at the time of check in. There is no age limit for camping, but we recommend that persons under the age of 15 stay with their parents.

Ticket for camping includes an admission for the campsite for the total duration of the opening hours of the campsite for one person. There is no extra charge for a tent, but instead the price to set up a tent is included in the admission to the campsite. People arriving by campervans must purchase a ticket for the vehicle in addition to the camping ticket. Camping tickets are personal and named. If you wish to change the name on the ticket, please contact Tiketti customer service by email at There is a Tiketti service fee to change the name on the ticket.

  •     Camping ticket 35 euros
  •     Ticket for a camper van 22 euros
  •     Camping + 3 days festival ticket 165 euros

Arriving to the campsite

Ruisrock festival camping is located near HK Areena and Messukeskus in Artukainen area in Turku. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie. Follow the signs for Artukainen Camping. From Turku city centre you can get to the proximity of the festival camping (HK Areena / Messukeskus) by busses number 12, 32 and 61 from Turku market square 'Kauppatori'. Busses 61 and 32 will stop at the Turku railway station. You can find specific timetables and stop information at Turku trip planner.

From the festival area

There is a free shuttle bus to Ruissalo festival bus station and back to the campsite from Friday through Sunday. The bus will run non-stop according to the festival opening hours. There is around 2 kilometer walk from the festival bus stop to the festival site.

Parking of passenger vehicles and camper vans

There is parking for passenger vehicles next to the camping site. The price for parking is 5 euro for each time of parking. Sleeping in your vehicle and bringing your vehicle to the camping site are not allowed for safety reasons. Only registered campervans are allowed to stay in the campsite. Travel trailers are not allowed in the campsite. The price for campervan camping is charged per visit. If you take your campervan with you when leaving the campsite, we will charge you the parking fee again upon each return. We are not able to offer electricity for campervans.

Services inside the campsite

There are 24 hr cafe, cloakroom / bag check, information point, first aid station and lost and found service. The nearest grocery store is located approx. 15 minutes walking distance away. You are able to borrow a selection of outdoor games from the cafe for a deposit.

Festival toilets and showers are available free of charge.

Grilling is allowed only in a designated grilling area, which is overseen by emergency fire extinguishing personnel.

You can not purchase a ticket for the festival area at the camping area. Ruisrock festival tickets are available at designated advance ticket sales points and at the festival gates.

General advice for people staying at the camping site

Every camper gets a wrist band to get in to the campsite. There is a 24 hour cloakroom / bag check inside the campsite. Keep your valuables with you or leave them in the cloakroom / bag check. Ask the camping information point for lost and found items. Disturbing consuming of alcohol and starting a fire are prohibited in the area. Fire department and first aid personnel are on the area around the clock.

Keeping the camping area enjoyable and pleasant depends on the campers, so it is good to keep your surroundings clean. There is a recycling center in the camping area making it easy to recycle your paper, card board, biodegradable, metal and glass trash. Gazebos are forbidden in the campsite.

Ruissalo Camping - SOLD OUT

There is also a campsite in the Ruissalo island in Saaronniemi, hosted by the City of Turku. More information about Ruissalo Camping: +358 (02) 2625100 or

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The principle of Ruisrock is that everyone has a chance to take part in the festival as effortlessly as possible. We want that everyone can enjoy Ruisrock!

Ruisrock is situated in Turku, in the nature conservation area of Ruissalo. The festival is organized on grassland. Parts of the grounds are uneven but there is an asphalt / hard sand lane that goes through almost the whole area.  The asphalt road leads from the accessible entrance past the Niittylava stage all the way to the beach. On the beach, the asphalt turns in to a hard sand route. The festival area has also a beach that consists partly of very soft sand.

Arriving to the area

The festival area can be reached by walking, by bike, with a festival bus or with a taxi. The festival buses and taxis arrive to the festival bus station that is located around two kilometers from the festival grounds. The festival entry is located at the main gates. The festival has also a separate accessible entry that can be reached with a taxi for disabled. There a possibility for disabled parking that has to be applied for in advance. Find more about arriving to the area with a taxi for disabled or with your own car below. Please note that it is only possible to drive to the accessible gates with a taxi for disabled ('invataksi'), not a regular one.

Disabled parking

There is a parking area near the festival area (around 250 meters from the accessible entry) and it has a limited amount of parking spos for disabled. There is a partly asphalt, partly hard sand road that leads from the parking area to the accessible festival entry. As the space is limited, the parking spots have to be reserved in advance. You can apply for a parking spot if you have an official disabled parking permit.

Apply for a disabled parking spot:
Send email to with a topic Disabled parking Ruisrock 2015. Parking spots can be applied until Monday 16.6.2015. The spots will be filled in applying order.

Accessible entry

The accessible entry can be used by persons who have a limited ability to move due to physical or mental handicap, sight or hear impairment or a temporary injury. Pregnancy is not a basis for the use of the disabled taxi nor for the accessible entry.

An assistant can enter the area for free in the company of the assisted. The assistant and the assisted can enter the area through the accessible entry together when arriving to the festival. The assistant does not need a separate ticket nor a wrist band but to enter he/she has to arrive to the area together with the assisted person. Beside the assistant, no one else can enter in the company of the assisted through the accessible entry. The accessible entry will have a security control, the festival tickets will be read electronically and the general festival regulations apply. Please note that the accessible entry does not have a ticket booth. The closest point of ticket sale is located at the main entry gates, approximately 350 meters from the accessible entry.

The festival area

The accessible toilets

The festival area has six accessible toilets. Three of them are located next to infos. There are accessible toilets next view platforms at Teltta Stage and Ranta Stage. Also Niemennokka bar area has an accessible toilet. The festival map shows the locations of the toilets.

The viewing platforms

There are viewing platforms near four stages: Niitty, Teltta, Ranta and Louna. The platforms are located beside the mixing booths. The tent stage (Telttalava) platform is located near the tent’s entry. The platforms are 60 cm high and have a low ramp leading to them. Every platform has a security personnel or a general assistant that can aid with accessing the platform. The platforms have a few chairs on each. The assistant can follow the assisted to the platform if space allows.

The accessibility project 2012

Ruisrock led an accessibility project in 2012 with the aim to make the festival even more accessible to everyone. The Ministry of Education and Culture supported the preparation and the preliminary survey for the project. The Threshold Association Turun Kynnys ry took part as the expert adviser.

The project was successful and gained a lot of appreciation and media attention.

As a part of the project, Ruisrock is committed to keep ten accessibility promises that will be developed even further by for instance improving the accessible info points.

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

The accessibility work is a long-span project and it is important for us to develop and invest in accessibility work also in the future. If you have feedback or suggestions on improving accessibility, please contact Ruisrock via 


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Ruisrock is organized at the Ruissalo island which is a nature conservation area in most. Ruissalo has versatile and valuable nature which provides nesting grounds for rare bird species and mammals, surrounded by luscious vegetation.

Ruisrock puts a lot of effort in taking care of the nature in Ruissalo and aims to create surroundings where every festival goer can easily take part in the important work. On this page you’ll find information on what Ruisrock does to help the environment as well as tips on how to enjoy an ecological festival weekend.

Tips to a more ecological festival weekend

  • Turn off any unnecessary electrical equipment before you leave home.
  • Pack only what’s necessary and return home with the same items.
  • Arrive to Turku with public transportation or by carpool. From Turku to Ruissalo you’ll get easiest by bike or on a festival bus.
  • Remember to drink enough water and fill the bottle when needed, the area contains several water stations.
  • Use the beer pint deposits.
  • Only use the bathrooms for relieving yourself, not the nature!
  • Use existing paths
  • Sort you waste to the right waste baskets. And do not litter.
  • Favor renewable and decomposing packaging.
  • You can also buy the three euros more expensive Archipelago Sea ticket. The price difference is given in full to the work of the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea.

Protection of the Archipelago Sea

In the summer of 2011, Ruisrock began cooperating with the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea. The idea was simple: when purchasing a Ruisrock ticket, you are given an option to support the Fund’s important efforts stop the eutrophication of the archipelago sea. In 2012, 2020 ticket buyers supported the cause. Last year the number of supporters was 1644. Festival also gave 50 cents to the fund for every coffee bought at the festival. As a result of the positive feedback, the collaboration is going to continue also this year and there is a search going on to find a name project for Ruisrock.

Recycling on the festival area

Ruisrock makes sure that the area is sufficiently covered with waste bins and that there is an option to sort your litter. This way the beach and meadows of Ruissalo stay clean. The area contains three sorting stations with helpful guides. At the stations, you can sort your burnable and bio waste as well as cardboard, paper, glass, metal waste and refundable bottles.

In Turku, most of the waste is burned to produce energy and thus most of the litter bins in Ruisrock are accompanied with a burnable waste sticker. There will be plenty of bio waste bins near the food stalls and some also in other parts of the festival area. All the utensils used in Ruisrock are made of compostable materials and the festival encourages food sellers to make choices that support sustainable development.

The alcohol licenced areas use pint and can deposits. When purchasing a pint or a can, you get your deposit back when the drink is finished. Pints with deposits can be washed to use again and cans can be recycled. This is how we are able to recycle most of the pints and cans used during the festival and avoid excess waste.

Sorting guide - what belongs where?

Burnable waste includes for example different kinds of plastic (not PVC), paperboards, cardboards and papers, diapers and hygienic products, broken clothes, CDs, videos and cassettes, wooden pellets, food waste and plants.

Burnable waste differs from assorted waste in that unburnable materials and PVC products are sorted separately to go out to a landfill.

We recommend sorting everything organic to a bio waste bins. Burning bio waste produces methane, which contributes to global warming. Correctly composted bio waste produces less methane and composted food turns into soil.

Arriving to Turku and to Ruissalo

Public transportation is much more considerate towards nature than private transportation. Turku is very accessible from all around Finland by train or by bus. and

If you decide to arrive to Turku by car, you should fill your car with as many friends as you can. You can look for and offer great festival rides at and

From Turku centre the easiest way to get to the festival grounds is by festival bus that runs non-stop. More precise driving routes will be announced closer to the festival.

Ruisrock protects the diverse nature of Ruissalo by directing the visitors’ movement and fencing the most delicate areas. Any unnecessary movement is restrained in the festival by the ”in and out once a day” policy.

Green'n'Clean Award

Ruisrock has been a part of YOUROPE for years and one of the organization’s most important missions is to promote the festivals’ green values:

Since 2007, Ruisrock has received the Green ’n’ Clean environmental certificate that is granted for festivals that act according to the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development.

Ruisrock strives for decreasing its own environmental strain by paying attention to the amount and quality of waste that it produces, preferring public transportation and renewable energy sources.  




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 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 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.


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.


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


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.


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 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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Juhani Merimaa

Mikko Niemelä

Executive producer
Piia Lääveri

Production manager
Matti Laukko

Satu Kankaristo

Sini Jaatinen

Gabriela Campos

Ilona Numminen

Ville Ketonen /

Vendor spaces
Satu Kankaristo

Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6 B, 6 krs.
00100 Helsinki FINLAND

Phone: +358 44 966 1384

The board of Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Juhani Merimaa, Tapio Nousiainen, Ari Salonen