Sauna Open Air
GenreHeavy metal
Location(s)Tampere, Finland
Years active2004–2013

Sauna Open Air Metal Festival, shortly Sauna Open Air or just Sauna, is one of the largest music festivals dedicated only to metal and related styles of music in the Nordic countries. It was first arranged in 2004 and takes place in the Ratinanniemi park in Tampere, Finland. From 8 June to 10 June 2006, over 20,000 people arrived to watch such bands as Cradle of Filth, Finntroll, Iggy & The Stooges, Lordi, Twisted Sister and W.A.S.P.

In 2007, the festival gathered an audience of over 22,000 people, at the time a record audience for the Sauna festival.[2] This record was beaten in 2011, with a new record audience of 26,000.[3]

Sauna Open Air 2005.
Sauna Open Air 2005.
The audience during a Queensrÿche concert at the 2011 Sauna Open Air.
The audience during a Queensrÿche concert at the 2011 Sauna Open Air.
Judas Priest on stage in 2011
Judas Priest on stage in 2011

In 2019, the festival made a comeback after a six-year hiatus and was held in Ratinanniemi Park.[1]

Artists by year

Headliners are bolded.


Children of Bodom, Diablo, Dreamtale, Finntroll, Helloween, Lordi, My Fate, Nightwish, Swallow the Sun, Tarot, Thunderstone, Twilightning, Underwear.


Amoral, Deathchain, Dio, Dreamtale, Kiuas, Kotipelto, Machine Men, Megadeth, Mokoma, Moonsorrow, Norther, Pain, Roctum, Sentenced, Slayer, Sonata Arctica, Teräsbetoni.


April, The Black League, Blake, Charon, Cradle of Filth, Diablo, Ensiferum, Finntroll, The Flaming Sideburns, Iggy & The Stooges, Kiuas, Lordi, Stam1na, Turmion Kätilöt, Twisted Sister, Verjnuarmu, W.A.S.P.


Ari Koivunen, Dark Tranquillity, Dimmu Borgir, Entwine, Heaven and Hell, Korpiklaani, Kotipelto, Kotiteollisuus, Leverage, Los Bastardos Finlandeses, Megadeth, Pain Confessor, Poisonblack, Sabaton, Sonata Arctica, Stam1na, Swallow the Sun, Thunderstone, Timo Rautiainen, Type O Negative,[4] Violent Storm (cancelled).


Airbourne, Amorphis, Sebastian Bach, Graham Bonnet & Joe Lynn Turner, Children of Bodom, Diablo, Eläkeläiset, Iiwanajulma, Kiuas, KYPCK, Masterstroke, Mokoma, MoonMadness, Rytmihäiriö, Scorpions, Sonata Arctica, Stam1na, Stone, Testament, Tracedawn, When the Empire Falls, Whitesnake, Widescreen Mode.


45 Degree Woman, Amorphis, Apocalyptica, Bullet, Deuteronomium, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Finntroll, Hardcore Superstar (cancelled), HammerFall, Kamelot, Kotiteollisuus, Medeia, Meshuggah (cancelled), Mötley Crüe, Nightwish, Omnium Gatherum, Poisonblack, Prestige, Profane Omen, Soilwork, Sparzanza, Stratovarius, Sturm und Drang, Thor, Viikate.


Amorphis, Anvil, Audrey Horne, August Burns Red, Danzig, Death Angel, Doom Unit, Glamour of the Kill, Grave Digger, Hail!, Insomnium, Kiss, Peer Günt, Poisonblack, Ratt (cancelled), Tarot, The 69 Eyes, Sonata Arctica, Stam1na, Steel Panther, Suburban Tribe, Whitechapel.


Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween, Omnium Gatherum, Saxon, Doro, Cavalera Conspiracy, Rytmihäiriö, Mokoma, Tarot, Blake, Anthriel, Moonsorrow, Turisas, Viikate, Joey Belladonna, Dio Disciples, Queensrÿche, Accept, Battle Beast, Sparzanza


Nightwish, Opeth, Children of Bodom, Bloodred Hourglass, Finntroll, Lost Society, Volbeat, Hardcore Superstar, Sabaton, Hatebreed, Crashdïet, Stam1na, Omnium Gatherum, Egokills, Ghost Voyage


W.A.S.P., Amorphis, D-A-D, Santa Cruz, Marko Hietala, Mokoma, Flat Earth, Whitesnake, Europe, Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast, Skindred, Brother Firetribe, One Desire

See also


  1. ^ a b "Legendaarinen raskaan musiikin festivaali Sauna Open Air tekee paluun". Kaaoszine (in Finnish). February 21, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sauna Open Air - Partysan".
  3. ^ Romppainen, Heikki (12 June 2011). "Judas Priest auttoi rikkomaan Sauna Open Airin yleisöennätyksen". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  4. ^ Oliver, Kealan (15 April 2010). "Peter Steele, Type O Negative Singer, Has Died". Retrieved 17 April 2015. A close up of Peter Steele of Type O Negative performing at Sauna Open Air, Finland in 2007.

Coordinates: 61°29′24″N 23°45′15″E / 61.49000°N 23.75417°E / 61.49000; 23.75417