QSTOCK PUBLISHES 24 NEW ARTISTS – TICKET SALES BEGIN TODAY
Qstock complements its festival programme with top artists from Finland and abroad. The biggest new foreign name is Alice Cooper, the American icon who has been making music over six decades. The pioneer of theatrical rock concerts makes his first Qstock appearance, but he did play at the same festival location in Oulu’s Kuusisaari already at Kuusrock in 1990.
British Singer JP Cooper made his breakthrough with the hit September Song and has already received high chart rankings along with praising reviews in many countries. The Mancunian combines hip hop and soul in music, and he has been working on his upcoming debut album in Finland together with Teemu Brunila.
Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish metal group that already has a history of exciting the Qstock crowds. The band has been touring the world extensively in the past few years and their latest album, Maximalism, has been nominated as the best hard rock / metal album of the year in the Swedish Grammis gala to be held in late February.
The Charm The Fury brings a fresh breeze from the Dutch metal scene. The band’s vocalist Caroline Westendorp has convinced metal critics with her versatile voice. The group have stripped their music of all unnecessary elements and concentrate on making genuine yet modern metal. Their new album, The Sick, Dumb & Happy, is coming out this spring.
The Hellacopters’ singer/guitarist and songwriter Nicke Andersson’s current Swedish outfit Imperial State Electric was formed in 2009. They describe themselves as the missing link between The Beatles and Alice Cooper. The group’s melodic and catchy power pop is naturally also slightly reminiscent of The Hellacopters.
Haloo Helsinki! ended their sabbatical with an excellent new single in December. The band’s brand new album was recorded at the legendary Hansa studios in Berlin, to be released on March 10.
Other confirmed acts include Chisu, Antti Tuisku, Kaija Koo, JVG, Michael Monroe, Roope Salminen & Koirat, SANNI, Ellinoora, Egotrippi, Stam1na, Radiopuhelimet, Turmion Kätilöt, Pauli Hanhiniemen Retkue, Apulanta, Atomirotta, Jenni Vartiainen, Battle Beast and Teflon Brothers.
Previously published headliners are Marilyn Manson (USA), Profeetat and Danko Jones (CAN). New foreign and Finnish acts will be added to the schedule as the spring progresses.
”The anniversary programme promises to be a versatile and high-quality one. We have booked excellent veteran rockers along with promising new talent from abroad as well as Finland. We will see several really big shows in Qstock this summer,” Festival Director Mikko Forstén comments.
Ticket sales begin today at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster ticketing channels. More information on ticketing is available on the Qstock Tickets page and the artist schedule will be updated on the Programme page.
Qstock will take place in Kuusisaari and Raatti in Oulu on 28 and 29 July, 2017. More than 60 acts will perform over two days on six stages.
Qstock has been sold out for four summers in a row now, and it has an established status as one of the biggest festivals in Finland. Last year’s festival attracted a total of 32 000 people over two days.
ARTISTS CONFIRMED SO FAR:
Friday 28 July 2017: Marilyn Manson (USA), Danko Jones (CAN), JP Cooper (UK), Teflon Brothers, Chisu, Haloo Helsinki!, Michael Monroe, Egotrippi, Radiopuhelimet, Turmion Kätilöt, Apulanta
Saturday 29 July 2017: Profeetat, Alice Cooper (USA), Imperial State Electric (SWE), Amaranthe (SWE), The Charm The Fury (NED), Antti Tuisku, Kaija Koo, JVG, Roope Salminen & Koirat, SANNI, Ellinoora, Stam1na, Pauli Hanhiniemen Retkue, Atomirotta, Jenni Vartiainen, Battle Beast.