29.6.2017 Tuska Heatseeker w/ Psychework, Arion, Man With a Mission @ Tavastia, Helsinki

Tuska Open Air is the biggest metal festival in the Nordic region and it’s organized by Finnish Metal Events. On its 20th birthday, this year 2017, it is also celebrating a record high in ticket sales, with 37 000 festival visitors during the weekend.

The festival is a 3-day open air metal marathon, but we start off already at Thursday, hitting the legendary Tavastia club downtown Helsinki, for the Tuska Heatseeker preliminary gig. The venue is relatively full of people, and the upper floor is closed for this event. I arrive just in time for Arion, and find people very excited about the Psychework gig, a metalband from Jyväskylä, that has just ended.

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11-05-2017 Destrage, The Contortionist & Periphery @ Tavastia, Helsinki

After all the confusing weather and an endless winter, a little bit of happiness of the supposed spring season came to Helsinki when Periphery brought their tour to a halt in Tavastia on Thursday 11 May 2017, together with other progressive metal bands Destrage and The Contortionist.

 

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28-02-2017 Crimson Sun & Epica @ Tavastia, Helsinki

It was yet one of those ordinary grey, rainy Tuesday evenings in February. Usually nothing much happens and there’s nothing much to expect. The only difference with the ordinary, was that Crimson Sun & Epica were both scheduled for Tavastia, Helsinki. Reason the more to check both female-fronted metal bands out and hope for the night to be changed into something extraordinary.

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