Oulu2026 Stage opens Qstock on Thursday – Free entry!

On the upcoming weekend, Qstock, celebrating its 20th anniversary, invites the audience to festival vibes starting from Thursday, when the Oulu2026 stage kicks off its program. The area on Linnansaari island is free of charge, and there will be concerts on Friday and Saturday as well.

Oulu2026 Stage introduces rising bands and artists from Oulu area. The acts on Thursday include pop/rap artist Sana, pop rock group Valkea, and spoken word artist Lajune. Friday acts are electronic artist Recens, metal group Slow Fall, prog pop band Kos Mos, and singer/songwriter Eereka. The final day is Saturday when the Oulu2026 Stage presents rapper Mactopias, the folk moods of Haamusoittajat, the melodic punk of Saa kiljua, the electronic folk of Junna, and the explosive energy of Kiestus. 

The Oulu2026 stage is located on Linnansaari island between Qstock’s bike parking area and cloakroom (see map of Qstock festival area). There will be food and beverage services available on the site.

“As many times before, Qstock has sold out in advance, but you can still enjoy the diverse gigs and relaxed atmosphere of the Oulu2026 stage without a festival wristband,” says Henri Turunen, executive producer of Oulu2026.

The Oulu2026 stage is part of Oulu’s journey to become the European Capital of Culture in 2026. The performers were selected through an open call in the spring.


Thursday 27.7.
6:30 PM Valkea
7:45 PM Lajune
8:30 PM Sana

Friday 28.7.
3:00 PM Eereka
5:05 PM Slowfall
7:15 PM Recens
9:40 PM KosMos

Saturday 29.7.
1:00 PM Kiestus
3:00 PM Haamusoittajat
5:05 PM Junna
7:15 PM Saa kiljua
9:40 PM Mactopias



kuvassa oulu2026-puiston yleisöä

Audience enjoying the program at the Oulu2026 stage in the summer of 2022. Picture: Verneri Savukoski

Welcome to the bid book publishing show on Thursday 22.4

We warmly wish you welcomed – the bid book publishing show will be happening on thursday 22.4. from 18 to 19

Now, there is a unique opportunity to familiarise yourself with the contents of the hundred-page bid book, and the secret weapons that Oulu will pursue the win with. The bid book will be published to the general public on Thursday at 18.00 in an online show that will be available to view in Mun Oulu and City of Oulu YouTube channel. The show will be only available in Finnish.

“We are now revealing everything! We will share the jewels of Oulu’s bid book with amazing guests and conversations”, tells the Director of Oulu2026, Piia Rantala-Korhonen.

How has Culture Climate Change been created and what would the title of European Capital of Culture bring with it?

The show will explain more about the bidding journey, the contents of the application, the North, and city culture. We will be chatting with

  • Literary Artist Timo Harju, Artistic Director of Oulu Theatre Alma Lehmuskallio,
  • Air Guitarist Aapo Rautio Executive Director of Oulu Urban Culture Heikki Myllylahti,
  • Chief Executive Officer of Micropolis Ltd. Leena Vuotovesi and Chief Operating Officer of Oulu Safaris Janne Soini.

The show will begin in typical Oulu fashion with an air guitar performance, and will end beautifully with the stunning music of Lanai from Oulu. The partner municipalities are also involved with their cheerful greetings.


Published on Mun Oulu -kaupunkimedia and City of Oulu YouTube channel (direct link will be updated later). You can also follow the programme on the Oulu2026 Facebook page.