Suitable sized, Finland’s most spontaneous and individual little big Metal event Dark River Festival takes place 8.-10.8.2024 in Kotka Finland. 8 out of 25 next summer’s bands are revealed today, and more to be announced already at beginning of the year. Welcome to The Most Exciting and Customer Friendly Metal Festival of ’24!

Year after year breaking it’s own attendance records and fascinating with wide variety of metal genres, the festival again invites all the headbangers to the woods of Honkala for a summer’s end celebration like no other. Festival’s development & moderate growth continues, but we are not planning to lose any of that Heartwarming Atmosphere Dark River is known for.

86% of customer research participants would highly or most likely recommend the event for their friends or associates. 79% of same personnel are most definitely or most likely attending the festival also next year.

Year after year Dark River Festival is praised for it’s warm atmosphere, idyllic location, interesting line-up of bands and customer friendly facilities. “Riverit” is already a must-go yearly tradition for thousands of Metalheads!

The first group of DRF2024 -bands is now released. According to them and the rest of the line-up we listened carefully what bands You want to witness at Kotka next summer! More bands to be announced already in the beginning of next year!

Dark River Festival 2024’s line-up has been built with Blood and Sweat, so We Metal enthusiasts could offer best possible line-up for You Metal enthusiasts. Dark River Festival is especially community event, and it means everything to Us to serve You as good as any way possible with the resources of a little festival.

Of course, the line-up includes all-time favorites and genre legends, but most importantly metal bands loved by The Metal Fans, that haven’t visited Finland nor Kotka that often, if ever! Those who know, do Know, that Kotka is a place to be next august, and You shouldn’t hesitate to grab those tickets while You still can.

Among the first bands: Bay Area Thrash Metal legend Exodus led by none other than Gary Holt also known for his collaboration with Slayer (RIP), Symphonic black metal band Carach Angren, who took the number one spot on the Finnish Official Chart with their latest album, spectacular comeback story Children Of Bodom -keyboardist Janne Wirman’s Warmen enforced by Ensiferum -screamer Petri Lindroos, Melodic death metal group Marianas Rest, who achieved critical and chart success with their fourth album last spring, melancholic doom metal fan favorite Kaunis Kuolematon, bourgeois-core quartet Bob Malmstörm, who persistently favors right-wing values ​​and has wrenched the rights of the poor for almost fifteen years, pagan black metal’s hottest cult band Havukruunu and melody frosted death metal group Suotana forging winter in the middle of the summer.

DARK RIVER FESTIVAL 2024 (so far):

Exodus (US)

Carach Angren (NL)

Marianas Rest

Kaunis Kuolematon

Bob Malmström



To ensure cozy and intimate atmosphere, the amount of tickets is strictly limited. Don’t sleep on this. The final line-up will be outstanding!

Ticket presale starts today this Monday 6.11.2023 10:00 AM at Tiketti:

Cheaper and strictly limited 3-day Early Bird tickets (including VIP) are on sale until 31.12.2023 00:00, or as long as they last.

For the first time, 300 pieces of Limited Edition Ferrymen tickets are also on sale, including an exclusive More Than Metal -anniversary T-shirt (sold only in conjunction with festival ticket), Dark River Festival tote bag and a Limited Edition Ferryman pass, which entitles you to your own entrance to the festival area.

Limited Edition Ferrymen Early Bird 3 days: starting from 139,90€

Early Bird 3 days: 95,90€ (Norm. 105,90€)

Early Bird VIP 3 days: 189,90€ (Norm. 198,90€)

This year’s event is K-18.

<3 ”Based on the experience of more than 300 festivals, Dark River is in Top-5!!” <3 ”The locations is totally it’s own world. Fabulous place in the middle of fields and forest.” <3 ”All together the festival was well arranged, and it’s difficult to think anything that should be improved!” <3  Well organized festival, one of the best ones I’ve ever visited.” <3 ”Feels like home!” <3

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