Festival Season Kicked Off By Provinssirock

Finland's largest international rock event, Provinssirock, kicked off the summer festival season over the weekend with a lineup featuring female performers. By the end of the festival late Sunday, organizers of Provinssirock expected some 60 000 fans in attendance. This year's lineup featured female artists, including the first performance in Finland of the American singer Tori Amos and the legendary punk princess Patti Smith. Although she and her band arrived in Finland for the festival, the British star Amy Winehouse cancelled her performance because of a sore throat. A more marginal, but well-received take on women in rock was offered by the Norwegian metal band Animal Alpha. Altogether over 50 bands took to the stage during the three-day festival. YLE