LPRHC Fest to go on indefinite hiatus – last fest to be held as a one-day event as part of the Lappeenranta 375 Celebration Week on 17 August

PUBLISHED 3/27/2024, 12:10


Focused on punk, hardcore and alternative music, LPRHC Fest will this year be organised as a one-day event on Saturday, 17 August in and around a festival tent to be built at  Lappeenranta Fortress. The event will be part of Lappeenranta’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Afterwards, the event, organised by Pro Punk & Hardcore ry since 2012, will go on indefinite hiatus.

“It is fantastic to have LPRHC Fest here once again, especially with such an impressive line-up. The festival has grown tremendously over the years. Although the event will go on hiatus, we hope that it will return one day – our event areas are developing all the time,” says Riikka Hjelt, Event Production Coordinator at the City of Lappeenranta.

As usual, the event programme will be a mix of punk, hardcore, Sprechgesang and small surprises, including a comeback performance by the local legend Kyre & Duunarit. The line-up will be complemented by the loud and aggressive Kiss Disease, the band Puhelinseksi, known for their bittersweet and heartbreaking bangers, Kivesveto Go Go, aka Kouvola-based punk rock’s own Gösta Sundqvist and Hannu Karpo, Wasted, who have been at the forefront of Finnish punk rock since the 1990s and Huora, the metallic punk band that will release a new album in the spring.

The heavier acts of the evening will be M.O.R.A., who combine modern hardcore with old school punk, as well as St. Hood and BOLT, the undisputed heavyweight champions of Finnish hoodie hardcore, who will take us back to the musical origins of LPRHC Fest.

The last performer to take to the stage will be Lappeenranta’s own Laineen Kasperi & Palava Kaupunki, whose unique sound has been widely praised across genres. Palava Kaupunki is known as one of Finland’s most electrifying live bands, and they are sure to deliver a memorable finale that will see LPRHC Fest off on its indefinite hiatus.

LPRHC Fest 2024 – The last pit!

Bolt, Huora, Laineen Kasperi & Palava Kaupunki, Kiss Disease, Kivesveto Go Go, Kyre & Duunarit and M.O.R.A, Puhelinseksi, St. Hood, Wasted

Advance tickets for the event went on sale on Thursday, 14 March at 12:00 at Tiketti and Lippu.fi.


LPRHC Fest is a D.I.Y. festival focusing on punk and hardcore music in Lappeenranta, Finland. The event was first organised in 2006–2008 by Lappeenranta Live Music Association Lelmu under the name Lappeenranta Hardcore Summerfest.

The event made a comeback in 2012 as LPRHC Fest. The organiser was Pro Punk & Hardcore ry, which was founded specifically for the event at the time, and the same association has continued to organise the festival until now. The original event venue was Skinnarila Field, from where the festival moved to the Huhtiniemi gravel pitch in 2014. The festival has been held at its most recent location in the area of the Huhtiniemi ski slope since 2016. Over the years, the event has hosted dozens of Finnish and foreign punk, hardcore, rap and indie artists, among which the most renowned foreign acts are Madball, Agnostic Front, Wisdom In Chains, Lionheart and The Queers from the US, Anti-Nowhere League, Knuckledust and G.B.H. from the UK as well as Satanic Surfers and No Fun At All from Sweden.

Advance tickets for the event went on sale on Thursday, 14 March at 12:00 at Tiketti, Lippu.fi and Customer Service Centre Winkki.

Further information:

Pro Punk & Hardcore ry
Arttu Patolahti
tel. +358 (0)40 749 4793, lprhcfest@gmail.com

City of Lappeenranta
Riikka Hjelt, Event Production Coordinator
tel. + 358 (0)40 669 3767, riikka.hjelt@lappeenranta.fi