Provinnssi Rock

Trip Start May 26, 2006
Trip End Sep 06, 2006

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Provinssi Rock

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

When does a matter of principle become an obsession?

When you fly half way across the world, pay $95(AUS), and stand for one and a half hours waiting so you can be in the third row, and of course, behind two tall guys. *sigh*

Ok, so the main reason I went to Provinssi Rock was to see HIM (A Finnish Band, often internationally associated with Bam Margera, of CKY, Jackass, Skateboarding Brand 'Element' fame.) They came to Australia and I had tickets but I had to work (the same night I sliced open my finger and had a week off work anyway), and as they were only playing this one gig for the whole year in Finland, it became a matter of principle that I was to see them.

...But I also went to experience a Finnish Summer Rock Festival.

The festival in Helsinki, though large, was only for one day and free. Provinssi Rock however is one of Finland's largest Summer Rock Festivals, a three day long extravaganza of booze, music and plenty of people. Situated half on an island it's joined to the mainland by makeshift bridges, constructed by the army. Go those boys in green! (who have been lovingly named cucumber salad).

I only went on Saturday with my cousin, catching a three hour train ride to wait two hours in the sun for a bus to get there. I'm sure there were others milling in the crowd at the bus stop who were forced to wait longer.

It's a big thing when it doesn't rain at Provinssi and this was the first time in years it hadn't rained. Instead the dry dust tracks that everyone shuffled on created huge dust clouds that hung over the whole event making it difficult to breath, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one who got sunburnt.

As one guy said, if it rains you complain. If the sun shines you complain.

The festival was fun although I hardly knew any of the bands, most were Finnish though they sung in English. I didn't get drunk but I saw a guy who looked like Johnny Depp and randomly asked a guy to draw me a picture as he was sitting minding his own business sketching. My cousin almost died of embarrassment and refused to come sit with us.

All in all I'd suggest this festival to anyone, from those who would just want to enjoy the music on the grass or by the creek, to those who want to get so smashed that they'd join the other random nudes who are dancing in the crowd.

As my cousin said, at a Finnish Rock Festival..

you probably wouldn't even get fined.
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