Merimaa Hopes Ruisrock Doesn’t Need The Ark

Juhani Merimaa must be hoping it doesn’t need The Ark to come from Sweden for this year’s Ruisrock, after last year’s event only failed to break records because the last day was a washout.

Given the rain stays away, he expects the lineup for what’s generally regarded as one of Finland’s top three festivals will beat the 65,000 that turned up last year.

The July 2-4 bill was due to be announced at a March 3 press conference at Turku’s Marina Palace Hotel. It was expected to include The Ark, Interpol, Bullet For My Valentine, Nightwish, Disco Ensemble, Kent, Millencolin, Broken Social Scene, Apocalyptica and Hanoi Rocks.