Finland’s most spontaneous, individual, and sympathetic rock festival takes place 14.-15.8.2020 in Kotka, Finland. Followed by last August’s attendance record, “miniature-Nummirock” is again pleased to invite all the hard rock and metal enthusiasts into woods of Honkala for the most heartwarming summer’s end celebration.
Dark River Festival will follow the health authorities’ instructions very precisely. The high standards for hygiene and safe encounters of people are assured. The festival area will grow significantly so it is easier for everybody to keep distance if needed.
Festival’s headliner is the hottest melodic death metal band right now, INSOMNIUM that dropped its fans to their knees with its latest offering “Heart Like a Grave.”
Unfortunately, due to very tight travel restrictions, the festival organizers had to cancel THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and IN MOURNING concerts.
But goddamn! Luckily, the festival organization’s cry for help was heard by non-other than the evergreen of Finnish metal, the one and only DIABLO, whose blend of Finnish melancholy and classic elements from death- and TESTAMENT -playbook create a combination like no other. The band is about to release a new album next year but has already released two singles “Grace Under Pressure” and “The Extinctionist.”
IN MOURNING’s replacement is also a true heavy hitter, KAUNIS KUOLEMATON and WOLFHEART -members filled DAWN OF SOLACE, who released its long-anticipated second album “Waves” at the beginning of 2020.
The masters of hyper-energetic thrash, LOST SOCIETY released their fourth album “No Absolution” at the end of February whereas BLOODRED HOURGLASS reclaimed its position among melodic death metal finest acts with it’s latest offering “Godsend.”
Also making your ears bleed: extreme-rock tornado BLIND CHANNEL, Tuomas Saukkonen’s (BEFORE THE DAWN, BLACK SUN AEON) latest brainchild which has melted the hearts of death metal enthusiasts all over the world: WOLFHEART, Helsinki -based heavy metal machine known for its furious live performances: OCEANHOARSE, British-Finnish newcomer and a progressive metal superstar: WHEEL, superb mixture of death, doom, and melody: KAUNIS KUOLEMATON, high-class industrial metal extravaganza and indirect bastard of TURMION KÄTILÖT: FEAR OF DOMINATION and local heavy metal heroes CRIMSON SUN and DOMINATION BLACK.
Unfortunately, due to singer Mikko Heikkilä’s other commitments, KAUNIS KUOLEMATON acoustic show is canceled. The replacement is announced as soon it’s confirmed.
The festival transportation is provided by Jyrkilän hyvät kyydit 😛. Bus stops are Kotka’s old bus station, Karhula’s bus station, and Dark River Festival. The timetable:
Friday Kotka departure: 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30
Friday Karhula departure: 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45
Friday Dark River Festival first departure 22:45 & last departure 0:45
Saturday Kotka departure: 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30
Saturday Karhula departure: 14:15, 14:45, 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45
Saturday Dark River Festival first departure 22:45 & last departure 0:45
The fee for transportation is 4€ /ride. Due to the limited amount of parking space, we recommend using the festival bus. Parking is chargeable and handled by Kymin Koskenpojat RY.
DARK RIVER FESTIVAL 2020:
15:30 Gates open
16:00 Kaunis Kuolematon
17:20 Fear Of Domination
18:40 Dawn of Solace
20:50 Duo Kaikkonen & Liekkala
21:30 Lost Society
22:30 Duo Kaikkonen & Liekkala
14:00 Gates open
14:25 Domination Black
15:40 Crimson Sun
17:55 Bryn Jones acoustic
19:20 Bryn Jones acoustic
20:00 Blind Channel
20:50 Vanhala & Aalto – Greatest Acoustic Covers – vol.666
21:30 Bloodred Hourglass
22:30 Vanhala & Aalto – Greatest Acoustic Covers – vol.666
23:10 Diablo – band
The festival’s age limit is K-18.
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