John Smith Rock Festival was held for the first time ever in summer 2016 at Laukaa, middle Finland. Festival area was built to the beautiful lakeside park next to the Peurunka Spa Hotel area with its restaurants and indoor arena. It was two day festival Friday to Saturday. “Backround: young man had a dream – A dream to bring a Rocking good event for Rocking good music in the small town of Laukaa! Not a single compromise with the bands just to fill up the days. He visualized an event with the top line Rock performers that he had followed and listened. The ones that he would be ready ”To die for” on an open air gig in the middle of Finnish summertime. There are a lot of events to choose from nowadays, but he wanted to arrange one – Almost at any cost – to which he would really like to buy a ticket myself.” I Agree everything he said Here are highlight pictures from Friday
Hell yeah! If I remember correctly this is tenth year for me to point & shoot photos at this event. Along the years this Music Festival has gone viral, and made some name for it self and the Finnish Music Festival scene. I’m looking forward friday and the upcoming artists and shows. Click picture to see some early footage & construction of Kuopio Rock 2015.
*Turmion Kätilöt is a Finnish industrial metal band founded in 2003 by MC Raaka Pee and DJ Vastapallo, who until the latter’s departure, were the only studio lineup. The live line-up adds Spellgoth, Master Bates, RunQ and DQ. It was nice to see the these guys performing live once again. Show was prime as always. *Wikipedia
* Santa Cruz is a Finnish glam metal band formed in 2007 in Helsinki by Archie Kuosmanen and Johnny Parkkonen. The following year, bass player Middy Toivonen joined in. The band released two demos in 2008-2009. Click picture to enter gallery. *Wikipedia
* Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal or rock, although the “gothic” influence varies with each album. This band is one of my favourites, so I was very happy to see them playing live for the first time. *Wikipedia
* Amaranthe is a Swedish metal band notable for having three lead vocalists, each with their own vocal style: pop rock (Elize Ryd), hard rock (Jake E) and extreme metal (Henrik Englund). I was very fortunate to see Amaranthe playing live for the second time in past two years. This time they didn’t have any technical sound problems, so everything sounded superb as they should. Click picture to see the pictures from that show.