Turku Castle Festival
17-25 August

FOLLOWING up last year’s successful event, Turku Castle Festival is once again being staged. Held between 17 and 25 August, this year sees another eclectic line-up on offer.

One of the biggest attractions will no doubt be Jamaican reggae icons Toots & The Maytals, who are joined on the same bill by the local reggae bounce of Jukka Poika and hip-hop outfit Elokuu on 20 August.

For those who feel the need to relive themselves of their smalls and hurl them onstage, then you are in luck as Welsh crooner Tom Jones will provide ample incentive to do so on 22 August, with such hits as Delilah, It’s Not Unusual and Kiss.

Meanwhile, 19 August sees Nordic Cavalcade, with Swedish singer Melissa Horn, local Saara Aalto and PMMP taking the stage. Recent inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Scottish artist Donovan performs with local singer-songwriting legend Hector on 24 August.

Organised for the first time last year, a total of seven consecutive evening concerts drew a total of 20,800 punters. With the venue licensed, and with a variety of food on offer, each concert can accommodate an approximate seated audience of 4,000, with some grandstand seats covered from the elements.

Check the website for a complete listing of gigs.

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