AJ Tracey (UK)
AJ Tracey was nominated for the best grime artist and the grime rookie of the year at the MOBO Awards 2016. Guaranteed to bring the house down at Valoa Festival!
Choir of Young Believers (DK)
The highly acclaimed ”noir pop” group from Denmark combines Scandinavian melancholy, folk melodies and echoes from the flamboyant 80’s in their music.
Dxxxa D & Harri Hertell
DXXXA D & Harri Hertell take spoken word poetry to new and occasionally rather eccentric heights.
Edorf - Varjojen piiri
Multi-talented musician Edorf passed away due to cancer in 2015. His posthumously released album ”Varjojen piiri” will be performed by an eight-piece band with lots of featuring vocalists and other special content.
Hätä-Miikka, Päkä, Thube Hefner (also known as DJ Ibusal) and Musajusa form one of the most popular rap groups in Finland at the moment. These dudes just don't know how to go through a gig without making people dance and smile.
Hulda Huima & Hitaat Sekunnit
The charming indie rock band, led by Minna-Kaisa Kallinen, just released their new album through Helmi Levyt.
Janne Laurila plays Office Building
Office Building was one of the most remarkable groups in Finland during the late nineties and early aughts. Now the band’s gorgeous-voiced singer and founder Janne Laurila will perform material from their four albums.
Janne Westerlund is known for his work at Circle, Pharaoh Overload, Plain Ride and other legendary bands. This time he's going to give Tampere a glimpse of his critically acclaimed solo material.
The ski-mask wearing mc made his big breakthrough already in 2007 with the classic debut album ”Al-Qaida Finland” and has remained at the top ever since.
Former Stockers! members Heikki Petrell and Tuomas Kaitanen perform Finnish pop in the spirit of the 80’s. All three of their single releases have received solid airplay.
Ken Stringfellow (US)
The American multi-instrumentalist is best known for his work with The Posies and R.E.M. Stringfellow completes the internationally seasoned lineup of Valoa Festival.
Kube is an old head who's managed to maintain his street credibility and old followers despite the recent peak in popularity. And why shouldn't he, the man's got styles for days.
MC Jii-Pee, DJ Sir Jake & HC Tuomas host Kultabassokerho, the #1 hip-hop radio show in Finland. The trio migrates to Tampere during Valoa Festival to make sure Tullikamari is completely and comprehensively rocking.
Litku Klemetti (duo)
The Emma (Finnish Grammy) nominated singer arrives to Valoa Festival with his brand new solo album ”Juna Kainuuseen”. She has also received the newcomer of 2016 award from Soundi Magazine.
Maria & Marsialaiset
The punk-flavored supergroup consists of Maria Stereo, Ninni Luhtasaari (Pintandwefall), Noora Federley (Seremonia) and Lissu Määttänen (Kemialliset Ystävät).
Mikko Joensuu's captivating solo gigs have featured in Valoa Festival's program a couple of times already. Now he returns with a band and a highly rated recent album, Amen 2, in his back pocket.
Night Lovell (CA)
This canadian rising star takes advantage of his raspy vocal delivery to create a dark and often ominous atmosphere within his music. We are extremely happy to include him in the Valoa Festival lineup as bigger stages are bound to follow real soon.
Ode is one of the most promising new mc's in Finland in his own right, as well as a member of the rap duo JXO. Armed with excellent technique and thoughtful lyrics, he's here to stay.
Paperi T (DJ set)
The Finnish indie rap god, poet and the Chief Music Officer at Radio Helsinki will be performing an intense DJ set during Valoa Festival.
Old school guitar rock without bells and whistles. Their second LP ”Koisjärven Disko” was released through indie label Soit Se Silti on December 2016.
Valoa Festival wouldn’t be Valoa Festival without Rico Tubbs as the last performer of the weekend.
One of the most promising indie rock bands in Finland are currently recording their new album, which includes the single Korpit. They're known for their energetic live shows, and you'll soon know why.
The progressive rock band from Turku combines doom, traditional schlager and alternative folk in their highly acclaimed music.
Soul Power DJ's
DJ’s Kallio & Okapi will play all the good stuff starting from jazz, funk and soul and continuing towards reggae and world music.
The Holy is creating a notable buzz on the heels of their EP release in August. Make sure you won't miss out on this indie rock newcomer!
The duo consisting of mc Matti8 and producer Handshaking had a sensational breakthrough year in 2016 with their garage-influenced grime tracks. More success will surely follow in 2017 and there's going to be plenty of it!
Unge Ferrari (NO)
Scandinavia's coolest R&B singer has versatile stuff in his repertoire, as you'll be hearing everything from modern ballads to catchy hit tunes on this gig.
Vesa Aaltonen Proge Band
The former drummer from Tasavallan Presidentti, The Group, Pekka Pohjola, Made in Sweden and Jukka Tolonen has gathered a great band of acclaimed musicians around him.
Jukka Gustavson, Mikko Rintanen, Pekka Nylund, Måns Groundstroem and Jan Noponen play material from one of the most important bands in the history of Finnish rock music.
Wilko Johnson (UK)
The legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dr. Feelgood will return to Tampere after selling out his previous two gigs. And he's bound to make it three in a row come February.
Zebra Island (EE)
Zebra Island's music could be described as dreamy synth pop or ghost pop. Whatever the case, be prepared to be wowed by this band from Tallin, led by the lovely trendsetter Helina Risti.