Nummirock 21.-22.6 2002

It was once again time to travel to the north for the midsummer heavy metal festival at lake Nummijärvi. This year the Nummirock-festival had returned to it's roots and the band-list consisted solely of heavy metal bands, and finnish at that. Also the festival has been shortened to a two-day period.

Although the weather was suboptimal, the overall impression was very encouraging as well as from the arrangement aspect as well as choice of bands. Hopefully we can enjoy a similar selection of excellent new and established artists.


What was to come..

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A word from our sponsors.

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A fast pitstop at the Linnantuuli gas-station.

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And another one at the Parkano K-market.

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The roadsign has been repaired and moved across the road (see here).

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The camping area was smaller this year so our basecamp was relocated (the old spot was in the picture to the left about 50 meters further away.

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Here it starts.

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First the main tent and then the pavillion in front of it.

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Then the tarpaulin and a few smaller tents as placeholders for those of us who arrived later.

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Boys on the beach enjoying the thursday sun.

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The area was still quite clean and quiet the day before the festival.

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The next ones to arrive were Tomi and Henkka, Tomi keeps an lecture of how to properly consume alcohol while Klaus and Henkka sits in the front row and Riikka in the back listening keenly to the master.

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Juva (center back), Liisa (left, log) and Poltsi (center, log) were the next ones to arrive, together with Maku (not n picture). They also brought an extension to the pavillion.

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Some frendly female neighbour changing her clothes :-)

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Camp shot. The Alchemy camp-flag flying high.

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Visitors from Jalasjärvi, familiar from last year Provinssirock popped in.

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More visitors from Jalasjärvi.

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At some point Matti felt the urge to represent UB.

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A quite nice sunset.

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Maku got back with his festimobile. Simo and Susanne had also arrived at some point.

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Once again Matti fell into an ancient trance with the help of the barbaric notes of Ensiferum.

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Coupleshot.

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Coupleshot.

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Friday morning did not look too good, cloudy with forecast of rain.

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Maku prepared for the day by taking a new fishpole into usage. The Slayer-flag is an old visitor on most of finnish festivals.

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Casper, the friendly ghost ups a brew.

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Norther, the band to open the festival.

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This poor kid had a lost look on his face, probably missed his mother or something...

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Insomnium, another good finnish heavy-metal band.

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She fell into the ink-bottle as a child.

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Sonata Arctica.

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Ensiferum.

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No this is not what it seems, despite the many semimythical uses ductape this is only an attempt to smugle a bottle to the festival area ;-)

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Despite Juva's efforts to charm the lady, she seems to be a bit reluctant to depart from her drink.

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Amorphis who performed superbly at the festival.

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Finntroll.

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Juva acquired a new, more dynamic and teenage-look.

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Kotiteollisuus, the last band to perform on friday. The singer/guitarist seems to have aquired some hair since last year tour, and the basist has gone for the Ministry-look.

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Kevin decided to party on :-). For the untutored we reveal that Kevin is related to Kenny. The definite result of Kevin's sex is still unclear and the male name is merely a unfortunate mishap done by our laboratory assistant who, while reporting this sighting, assumed that all hooded persons must be males.

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The next morning was sunny but still a bit cold, some recouped faster than other.

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Cold beans in tomatoe, *blech*

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The victim.

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The guilty (in the hand).

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Örrrrr!!! Other still had the energy to party on.

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There was less people than previously, but nonetheless the atmosphere was good.

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Timo Rautiainen and Trio Niskalaukaus. Heavy guitars and sad lyrics.

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The lead singer closeup.

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Celesty. Another upcoming finnish heavy metal band.

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A family shot on the beach.

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220 or 110 volt?

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Thunderstone, they will also perform in Wacken.

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Maku shows how to wave the flag. Shortly afterwards the pole snapped.

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The swedish Evergrey. Didn't play that great, although the stage-setup was among the best ones.

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Another sponsor shot. The friendly finnish-english couple who owned this fine enterprise let us recharge the camera battery.

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Back at the camp the gang was preparing themselves for the last band. Someone even woke up Ville.

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Sentenced, the last performer of the festival.

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Quite a lot of people turned up for the last band.