Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 12.-14.7 2002
Day 1

First day took of in a very sunny weather, the layout of the festival was identical to last year, the main stage (667 stage) on the plane and a small tent stage (sue-stage) on the paved basketball court.

Poltsi, 14.07.2002


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The festival was opened by Mustasch (SWE), who played sort of Sabbatish heavy with a streak of D:A:D. Not bad at all.

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Obligatory bass-player pic.

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The next to play was Blake.

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Ditto bass-player.

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Back on the main stage, Suburban Tribe started of with coats and scarves, the sun soon sveltered the simger and while the music was more like mellow Rage Against The Machine, the singer definitively picked up the speed and started to jump around.

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And yes, here is the bass-player of Suburban Tribe.

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During the set, I spotted a familiar flag, look-n-ho, it was Iso Maku (no he does not usually look like a goblin ;-)

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Next up at the tent stage was Ensiferum. They really have picked up popularity (and with good cause). People were chanting tens of minutes before the actual performance, and the tent was thronged with fans. Too bad I couldn't get a decent bass-player shot, for some reason the stage management thought it proper to fill the stage with smoke for most of the gig. A definitive minus to the arrangement.

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Note the bass-player to the right.

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After the energetic Ensiferum it was time to move back to the main stage, where Marduk (SWE) would perform. They were the last-minute replacement for Immortal. Not too bad since we will see Immortal at Wacken.

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An additional pic of the bass-player to make it up for the missing Ensiferum bass-player :-)

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It seems that the ring-mail of the lead singer would need some anti-rust treatment.

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Meanwhile back at the beer-tent the girls were having some refreshments.

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Tomboy and his better part, some readers may recall him from Tuska 2000

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Next was Moonsorrow, an excellent Finnish band that plays melodic yet aggressive folklorish heavy (in Finnish).

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The guitarist (a case of mistaken identity).

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...And the lead singer.

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Once again the smoke was too much for a bass-player, so I had to settle for another shot of the singer.

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A nice shot of the people.

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The last performer of the day, Machine Head.

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Bass-player.

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...Moshing.

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Last picture of the day.