During the week before the festival begins, Joensuu’s Laulurinne arena beside Lake Pyhäselkä is a hive of activity, with hundreds of workers beavering away building concert stages and preparing facilities for tens of thousands of festival-goers. Many of these keen workers are unpaid volunteers.
More than 2,000 festival volunteers help to run Ilosaarirock each year. These willing hands are highly recognisable throughout the event in the distinctive t-shirts provided for all helpers. And when the show is over many of them stay behind to help pack everything up and clean up any mess.
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