The tenth Blockfest will be held in Tampere on August 18th -19th 2017. The city festival has sold out in advance every year and has become the biggest hip hop event in the Nordic countries in a very short period of time. In 2015 the festival crushed its previous visitor records and was the summer’s most talked about festival when Finnish superstar Cheek made a spectacular comeback and gathered up to 60 000 people to the Tampere city centre. Blockfest is a three-time nominee in the national Industry Awards gala.
Big-time acts such as Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Nas, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Mobb Deep, Young Thug, Post Malone, Rick Ross, G-Eazy, T.I, Ty Dolla $ign and Big Sean have performed at Blockfest over the previous years.
There is no age limit for Blockfest. However, we don’t recommend the festival for children under 15 years of age due to the nature of the event.
HOTEL ROOMS AND ADVANCE TICKET SALE
We kindly ask you to reserve your accommodation as early as possible, since every single hotel will be fully booked during the festival weekend. We’re offering rooms for lower price than hotels in general and you can purchase your’s from Tiketti. The nearest camping site is located four kilometers from the city center and is called Härmälä Camping.
The advance ticket sale of Blockfest 2017 continues as long as the tickets run out. However, we can already say that the event will be sold out before the festival dates and there will be no ticket on sale at the festival area. Ticketmaster Finland and Tiketti are the official ticket vendors of Blockfest.
The festival area is located in downtown Tampere, Finland. Tampere Stadium (also known as Ratina Stadium) and the scenic Ratinanniemi festival park will jointly form the surroundings for Blockfest 2017. High-quality restaurant services, versatile outlets and three stages full of live music will entertain you during the weekend.
It’s easy to travel to Tampere and to the festival area. Tampere Stadium serves as a great landmark.
By car: There are several parking garages in the center of Tampere. You can find more info from the Finnpark website.
By bus: Tampere bus station is only a few hundred meters from the festival area. Check out the directions from Google Maps.
By train: When you arrive to Tampere and come out of the train station through the main doors, you can easily locate the department store Stockmann along Hämeenkatu. Continue down that street until you arrive at Keskustori and from there turn left and ascend to Laukontori. Check out the directions from Google Maps.
By plane: The Tampere-Pirkkala airport is located only fifteen kilometers from the festival area.
Local public transport: You can find more information about the public transport system in the Tampere region through here. To order a taxi, call 0100 4131.
MOVING BACK AND FORTH FROM THE FESTIVAL AREA
One day tickets won’t be exchanged to a wristband and therefore guests with single day tickets cannot return to the area once leaving the area. This is a common standard at Finnish festivals.
Normal two-day tickets and special tickets (VIP, one-day exclusive, two-day exclusive, three-day VIP) will be exchanged to a wristband at the festival gates or in advance. However, you should remember that each entrance will have queues and the security check will be done at each visit.
ACCESSIBILITY AND ASSISTANTS
The accessible entrance of Blockfest will be implemented through the Laukonsilta bridge. The assistant to a disabled person can enter the festival free of charge. This requires that both arrive to the event at the same time. Please be prepared to show your assistant card at the gates.
VALUES OF BLOCKFEST
Blockfest has never accepted racism and will not accept it in the future either. The festival has consistently followed the idea of bringing different kinds of visitors together by showcasing as many different aspects of the hip-hop culture as possible. Thus meaning that the lineup – both locally and globally – has been versatile since the beginning. Blockfest promotes equality, fellowship and appreciation for different cultures.
Enjoyable atmosphere and respect for other visitors are vital elements in a mass event like Blockfest. We have zero tolerance for violence and aggressive behavior. So when you arrive to the festival to have fun, please take all the other visitors into account and make sure they are able to enjoy their stay as well. Hip-hop culture unites people irrespective of age, gender, cultural background, religion or superficial factors. It DOES NOT distinguish or discriminate people.
BLOCKFEST <3 ENVIRONMENT
Blockfest will be the neatest hip-hop festival in Nordic countries!
Blockfest strives to be the forerunner amongst the Finnish city festivals in terms of environmental issues. We want to arrange the event by allowing the least possible disturbance to the surrounding nature or to nearby residents. We’re proud of our hometown Tampere and we want to keep it as clean as possible.
The most direct environmental effects are the garbage in and outside of the festival area, in addition to the possible noise problems caused to nearby residents. We’re preventing cleanliness problems by guiding our visitors in advance through our various channels. In short, we recommend people to respect the nature while also giving tips for proper festival behavior.
We prepare the area for the festival weekend with excellent resources: there will be more toilet areas, trash cans and cleanliness employees than the authorities impose. Our dedicated project coordinator constructs an annual cleanliness plan. We also try to protect the scenic festival area for example by setting access restrictions for one-day ticket holders.
Blockfest tries to control the side-effects in the nearby houses by fencing entrances to their courtyards and hiring security guards to prevent all types of possible vandalism during the weekend. Our cleanliness patrol also operates on the nearby areas as well as the festival area.
Blockfest also has its own sound specialist and technical team, that have composed a noise abatement plan taking nearby residents into account regarding the possible environmental noise. The nearby residents will be notified about the use of audio output devices in advance. We also have an impartial observer who measures and supervises that the festival will stay within the given decibel limits.
Blockfest was granted Ekokompassi tapahtuma certificate in 2015 (as the first music festival in Tampere) for its efforts on behalf of the environment. We continue working with Ekokompassi also this year.
In a nutshell: return your cans to the deposit points and clean up your garbage instead of throwing it to the ground. There will be numerous toilet areas at the festival. Respect the nearby residents by being polite. This way you will enable music events like Blockfest to be arranged in these circumstances also in the future.
STREET TEAM / VOLUNTARY WORK
The application period for the street team of Blockfest 2017 was held in January 2017. Unfortunately we don’t have any open spots available for new promoters.
The application period for voluntary work is now open! Fill in the application between 27th of April and 15th of May from here.
Accreditation for Blockfest is now open. It is aimed at the media representatives and music industry professionals who’ll be working at the festival. Fill in the application (Finnish press from here, foreign press from here) before 3rd of August.
WANT SOME MORE INFO?
Enquiries and other questions via email: info(at)blockfest.fi. We will update this page with more info closer to the event.
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