Festival Info

Dark River Festival Info:

Dark River Festival will take place august 13.-14. 2021 and the festival is being held at Honkalan hiihtostadion, Laajakoski, Kotka(FInland).

Dark River Festival 2021 is the 18th edition of the festival. Festival area is located at Honkalan hiihtostadion, Laajakoski, Kotka.
There will be 19 awesome bands performing in the duration of two days.
Festival area offers a variety of food vendors, bars, band merch booth at the location.
We aim to bring you the best festival experience in the middle of the forest, so that you can relax and enjoy your visit.


Dark River Festival is a K-18 event, Prepare to show your ID at the entry gate.

Security has the right to make a security check at the entry gate.

All bag bags and bigger carry on’s are recommended to leave at festival Cloakroom.
The price will be 3€/day.

All festive dress ups are more than welcome, but please take others in the consideration when choosing your “jewelry” for your outfit. Sharp spikes might bring harm to other festival visitors while you run to see your favourite band to the front row.
Festival security has the right to check your outfit and decoration and remove all items that they see dangerous to you and fellow visitors.
Please use the good old common sense on this.

Hands sanitizer bottles over 70ml, bicycles, electric bikes, camping chairs, glass bottles, cans, alcohol beverages, narcotics, knives, firearms, multitools, fireworks, umbrellas, explosives, torches, lasers, animals, beachflags, selfie sticks and all items that are considered dangerous to festival visitors.
Security personnel have the right to use their judgement and deny entry if a person is carrying dangerous items and/or drinking vessels.

Pets are not allowed in the festival area.

Making an open fire or fire pit is strictly forbidden. With this bringing a disposable grill on the festival area is forbidden.

All tickets will change to wristbands at the gate. Visitors are free to move in and out the festival area with the wristband.

Physically disabled and visually impaired customers can bring an escort(1person). Escort of disabled customers do not need to buy a ticket to access the festival area. There are no viewing platforms in the festival area and please note that the festival is held in the middle of nature and the ground is not paved.

You can pay with all major credit- and debit cards and with cash(euros).

There will be recycling points and bins around the festival area. Please use correct bins for different waste.
All food utensils and plates are biodegradable.

Festival area is located in the middle of finnish nature, closest store/bar/ATM is approx 5km away.
Please respect private properties and peoples home’s and do not trespass on nearby yards.

Professional photo equipment requires press accreditation. Press accreditation & photo passes will be granted for media personnel only, not private customers. Pocket cameras & cell phone cameras are allowed. All video cameras and other recording equipment are strictly prohibited.

Media Accreditation applications can be send:
Approved applications will be sent directly to applicants.

There will be a paid parking place next to the festival area.

Public transport works all the way to Kotka city centre, there is no public transportation available from the city centre to the festival area.

Dark River Festival will arrange a festival bus route from Kotka and Karhula bus stations. Prices, schedules and terms will be announced later in the spring 2021.


Original Sokos Hotel Kotka offers special discount for Dark River Guests, when using following code while booking DIRECTLY from their website.
Discount code: BDARKRIVER21
Booking site: Sokos Hotel Kotka

Other hotels and Accomodation at the area:

Visit Kotka-Hamina – accomodation

Dark River Festival VIP area will bring a little bit of luxury to your festival experience.
you can find VIP tickets from tiketti.fi/darkriverfestival

VIP package offers nice and cozy seating areas, Buffet style dinner, welcome drink, snacks, VIP host services, free Cloak Room, fantastic view to main and 2nd stage.
Buffet menu and serving times will be announced during spring 2021.

Are you interested to get VIP tickets for your company? Please contact our sales at