A commemorative, one-off rock festival with glasnost-era roots, Rock Summer, is set to blast off at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds this Saturday with performances by the likes of Bryan Adams and Sharon Corr.
Since our last report, organizers have upgraded the setlist to include popular electronic musicians Röyksopp and Rudimental, hard rock band Skid Row and many others. How audiences will fare with the rain-soaked grass is still undetermined.
The event marks the 25th anniversary of the original Rock Summer, a three-day festival organized in 1988 under the sub-heading “Glasnost Rock - Rock for Peace!" Held during a time of increasing defiance against Soviet rule, the free event attracted 190,000 people.
Rock Summer was repeated each year until 1997 and became known for attracting artists who were on the verge of major success, such as Blur in 1993.
Passes to this weekend's 25-year commemoration festival have been selling for 70 euros, but will cost 90 euros tomorrow at the gate.
Artists performing on Saturday:
Main stage: Black Rocks, Bryan Adams, Dramamama, Elephants From Neptune, Marya Roxx, Metsatöll, Mumiy Troll, Oli Brown, Puzle, Sharon Corr, Sinine, Skindred, Taavi Peterson & Üdi, The Watch, Toomas Vanem & The Limited Edition, Vaiko Eplik & Eliit.
Tent: Caspa, Ed Rush, Kristjan Hirmo, London Elektricity, MHKL & K Sein, S.I.N.
Artists performing on Sunday:
Main stage: East Trading Wang, Ivo Linna & In Spe, Oust!, Pantokraator, P.I.L., Sakari Kuosmanen, Skid Row, Talbot, Walking Papers, Winny Puhh, Zucchero.
Tent: Andy C, Gilles Peterson & MC Earl Zinger, Rudimental DJ-set, Röyksopp DJ-set, Sander Mölder, Shotman & Firejosé.