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Dark River Festival 2023 Info:

Dark River Festival will take place on 10-12 August 2023 at the familiar venue of Honkala Ski Stadium, Kotka.

The Dark River Festival will take place on 19. times in a familiar setting at the Honkala ski stadium in Laajakoski, Kotka. The festival will feature 23 artists performing on two stages in the region. In addition, the festival offers its visitors a comprehensive food scene, a great selection of drinks and a wide range of ancillary services. In addition to all this, the festival is investing in experiential and customer experience, which will be particularly visible in the festival area.


We want all Dark River Festival participants to have a comfortable and safe festival experience and a positive festival atmosphere. Celebrate the festival by taking care of yourself, your friends and the festival environment. No racism, discrimination or harassment of any kind will be accepted at Dark River Festival. If you find that activities during the festival, please contact the festival staff.


Dark River Festival is a K-18 event, be prepared to prove your age at the gate if necessary.


At the gate, security checks are carried out by law enforcement officers for those entering the building.


Backpacks and other larger items are recommended to be left on the sling. The price is 3€ / day.


Festival attire is encouraged, but please consider other festival-goers when dressing, as sharp rivets can cause damage when rushing to the front of the line. The stewards have the right, at their discretion, to remove decorations they consider dangerous. You’re using traditional common sense here.

Glove bottles over 70ml, bicycles, scooters, camping chairs, glass bottles, alcohol products, drugs, firearms and blades, multi-tools, explosives, fireworks, flares, lasers, percussion weapons, animals, banners and all objects classified as dangerous.
The stewards have the right to use their own discretion and prohibit the introduction of non-standard drinks bottles/containers into the area.

Pets are not allowed in the festival area or camping.

It is forbidden to make open fires in the area, which means that it is forbidden to bring disposable barbecues into the area.


Tickets are exchanged for wristbands at the gate. The wristband allows you to leave and return freely during the festival.

Physical and/or visual activity:

An assistant (1 person) can enter free of charge with a wheelchair user or visually impaired ticket holder with an EU disability card. Please note that there is no wheelchair ramp in the area.


All forms of card and cash payment are generally accepted in the area.


There will be a bottle collection in the area after the festival. The area collects biowaste and mixed waste. Plates and cutlery are biodegradable.


The festival area is located in the middle of natural peace in Laajakoski, Kotka. The centre of Karhula is about 5 km away.


Dark River Festival is committed to respecting artists’ copyrights, so the use of professional system cameras, video cameras and other recording devices is prohibited.

Media accreditation is done through a separate call for applications. The application form can be found here.

The press pass will be notified to the applicant in person, together with instructions and additional information. Filming without a press pass and proper authorisation, as well as failure to follow the instructions given, may in the worst case lead to expulsion from the festival area.


There is a paid parking area next to the festival area, the parking area is for day visitors and is open from 11:00-01:00 on both days of the event. The parking fee is 6€/visit, the parking fee allows you to park your car during the above mentioned period. If you leave the car park during the day and return, you must pay the parking fee again if there is space available in the car park. Parking cannot be reserved up front, space is limited.
Sleeping in the car park is prohibited for safety reasons! We recommend using the festival bus.


You can find accommodation in the region at Visit Kotka-Hamina – accommodation

We recommend the following partner hotels for our festival guests:

Hotelli Jokipuisto

Book directly with the hotel tel. 05 4605 0100

Hotel Jokipuisto is located in the centre of Karhula, just 6km from the festival area. For the best price, contact the hotel’s customer service:
Tel. +45 5 4605 0100 or email

Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Kotka

Sokos Hotel Seurahuone is located in Kotka Kekusta, about 15 kilometres from the festival area.

2 persons room from. 165,00€ behind the link Sokos Hotel online store by codeBEASTCOST23″

Offer valid until 28.7.2023 or as long as promotional rooms are available.

Hotelli Leikari

1 person room 69€ (original price 79€)
2 person rooms 89€ (original price 109€)
3 person room 119€ (original price 129€)
Family room 2 persons 109€ (original price 129€)
Suite 2 persons 109€ (original price 129€)
Deluxe 2 persons 119€ (original price 139€)
Suite with sauna 2 persons 149€ (original price 169€)
Premium suite with sauna ja biljard table 2 persons 189€ (original price 209€)
Extra bed 30€/person

All rooms have a private bathroom, hairdryer, desk, flat-screen TV, fridge and kettle (coffee/tea).
Room rates include breakfast and the following services:
Free parking
Evening sauna
Lounge with billiards, etc.
Barbecue area
Shared dining area in the main building (microwave, coffee and kettle)
Kitchen in townhouse rooms

Use code 1108 to get promotional prices.


Dark River Festival VIP is back and renewed. The highly popular Dark River Festival VIP area will continue, this small oasis in the middle of Finnish nature will add a nice touch of luxury to your weekend. VIP tickets are sold in advance at

The VIP area offers luxury for the weekend, the VIP area offers private quiet sitting and hanging out areas, private Bajamas (also for the disabled), tasty buffet dining and welcome drinks, snacks, great views of the main and 2nd floors. -stage and the opportunity for a quiet evening out. The buffet is served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 18-21.

Are you interested in getting VIP tickets for your company? contact our sales team


You can easily get to Kotka by public transport. There are no public transport services to the festival area itself.

The festival organises transport from Kotka and Karhula bus stations and from Kouvola. Timetables can be found below. OB. Buses are unfortunately not accessible for people with reduced mobility You can click on the picture to enlarge it!