The Hidden & Unruly World of Ruisrock


Sun, sand and Ruisrock – I survived my second year in a row. For three high-energy days, tens of thousands made their way by boat, bike, foot and even helicopter to Turku Finland’s Ruissalo island to partake in one of Europe’s oldest and most liberating music festivals. If headlining performances from Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell and Public Enemy weren’t riveting enough, the experience of Finnish festival culture was surely enough to either traumatize or entertain.

I caught it all this past weekend: The view, the music and the unruly.

Warning – Some pics NSFW

The View


The Music

Public Enemy – How is Flava Flav 56-years-old and he still has more energy and charisma than the majority of young artists out today? And decades later, Public Enemy continues to put on one of the most important hip-hops sets I’ve seen. pe2pe3pe1Marina And The Diamondsmarina2marina3

Studio Killers – Last year at Ruisrock, the Studio Killers performed their first ever gig. This year, the entire beach raved along, simultaneously chanting every single upbeat track.sk1sk2Ellie Goulding – hit after hit, Ellie let them fly, closing out day one.ellieellie1Paperi T – Finland’s most progressive rapper is the next up.ptPharrell – From “Frontin” to “Happy,” Skateboard P charmed his way through the incredible set, earning the slot as top performer of the festival, with the help of his big booty baes.pharrellpharrell1pharrellroza1A$AP Rocky – Despite a late start, technical difficulties & a shorter set time, Rocky and the A$AP Mob stormed the main stage and performed crowd-pleasing favourites like “Peso” and “Fuckin’ Problem” before getting into the new music from Rocky’s At. Long. Last. A$AP. For anyone doubting Flacko’s singing ability on “L$D,” it sounds just as good live. ar1ar2ar3

The Unruly – I’m going to let these speak for themselves. *Warning, NSFW*ruisie1ruisie5unruly1unruly3unruly5unruly4ruisie7

Kiitos Ruisrock!

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