This post comes a bit late but I've been really busy with other things, sorry. ^^"
But yeah, I've been to a music festival in Kemi (Finland) on 1st August, which was a Saturday. The festival is called Satama Open Air and this time around it was all about Finnish music! Popular bands/singers like Yö, Jenni Vartiainen and Happoradio were there. It was a two-day festival (Friday and Saturday) and you could buy the tickets separately for each day; Saturday had the better artists, if you ask me.
Even though most people know me as a metalhead I do actually listen to a lot of things! I do have a soft spot for Finnish music and there's certainly several Finnish non-metal bands that I love, haha. For example: I grew up listening to Yö a lot because both my mom and dad loves them. :)
But hey, I want to tell you how come I ended up on this music concert!
You see, originally I had little to no plans to attend it, mainly because the tickets were too expensive for me. I think they went around 40 € per day when bought in advance...? Oh well.
A few days before the concert mom suddenly called me and informed me that she and Ari (my stepdad) had tickets but they were feeling a bit lazy about going, mostly because there was a high risk for rain on the actual day of the event. She then asked if me and my bro Jäätynyt Enkeli were interested to go in their place instead. Of course we both agreed because wohoo, free concert with a bunch of well-known Finnish artists! :'D
I apologize in advance for the much-shittier-than-usual photo quality. I had to use my old digital camera because SLR cameras (and video cameras) were forbidden. :(
When we got to Kemi the weather was indeed... gray. It was drizzling lightly and it was a bit cold.
Some people were wearing these one-time-use rain cloaks; I'm too cool for those – I have a proper one, hah.
|Satama Open Air entrance area, next to the road.|
|Satama Open Air fabric ticket!|
|There were several airplanes flying above the event area for some reason.|
It was cool to watch!
When I passed by they told me to open my shoulder bag and then the guy just kinda... felt at my bag's underside and let me go. Err, wut? :S I don't know but that felt so sloppy for me. Sure that I appreciate that people don't dig into my bag's deepest pockets but that felt so half-assed somehow. I could easily have put my SLR camera into the bag and hid it under my fatass rain cloak (which I had crammed into the bag, it took more than half the space) and they wouldn't have noticed shit... Damn.
|The gate you had to pass through to get to the island.|
|List of forbidden items.|
There were already quite some people, even though there was still about 30 minutes (maybe? Don't remember anymore) before the first singer would start their show. It was obvious though that a lot of people would show up later.
|Heading for the island. |
|Of course the first-aid was available!|
|Obligatory random market stand.|
That bear logo on the shirts is for a very well-known Finnish beer brand kalled Karhu (lit. Bear). The thing is that when you swap one letter you get "kalju" instead, which means bald in Finnish. The bear logo is otherwise the exact same as the real Karhu logo, except that the ears are completely missing so the bear looks bald and really silly. XD
Soon after passing the market stand the trail turned to the left and we passed by a small white wooden bridge, into the island.
Me and Jäätynyt Enkeli quickly checked what there was to offer.
|Food stands. They served some pulled pork burger, paella, some wok thingy|
and possibly something more that I'm not remembering right now.
|Of course, the bar. For all your alcohol needs.|
Wait. There's more.
|A full stand with only bars. Bars. Bars.|
There is no Finnish festival without alcohol aplenty.
|Rows of benches were in several places. But later on all of them were always taken.|
Yep. All of them. Filled. Nowhere to sit.
|The bathroom options were of the expected kind – bajamaja.|
|Main scene seen from a distance. People had started showing up.|
|View away from the scene, towards the island entrance.|
(bridge to the right behind the food tents, not visible)
|Fan merchandise tent.|
The first singer was Jari Sillanpää, a really loved guy who's humorous and just plain awesome... and a bit random. He was to start singing at 16:00 local time. I like him and I've actually kinda been wanting to see him live so it was cool to get this opportunity!
|Jari Sillanpää singing.|
When he was done he left the scene and then the audience clapped him back into scene, shouting "we want more". He came back and said something like "don't you want to go abroad? Like... Korea?" and GUESS WHAT?
YEAH. HE SANG GANGNAM STYLE.
YES. IN KOREAN.
AND HE DID THE MOVES.
|Oppan Gangnam Style!|
Siltsu really warmed up the crowd and he was a good choice to put first because he's such a humor man. He really set the mood right, even though the weather wanted to be a party pooper and yes, it started raining. Luckily it wasn't heavy rain.
|More people has suddenly showed up!|
(and sooooo much more came even later; it was hard to move in the end because it
was so crammed all over the place)
I actually listen to them every now and them; they have some really good songs and fit just right with me because they have a bit heavier music at times too.
|Happoradio information on the screen. |
The screen showed advertisements for the sponsors as well as who was
to sing next.
|This was in front of the main scene. |
Ah, the lower one I've seen go wrong so many times on
fail compilation videos on Youtube...
I had managed to get a spot really close to the scene so I could take some photos from a good distance! Only problem with being this close was that I was just next to the speakers; everything was super loud lol.
|Happoradio on scene. The guy to the left looked so cool.|
I remember them playing at least Pois kalliosta, Puhu äänellä jonka kuulen, Sinä & hän, Hirsipuu, Che Guevara, Tavikset, Ahmat tulevat, Ihmisenpyörä and Pelastaja.
They're a rather old band by now and considered a Finnish rock legend in Finland. (duh!)
While I waited for Yö to start
|Yö on scene!|
|I had a side view on the scene.|
|Yö's singer Olli Lindholm.|
|Well, he's giving his all for sure. :D|
|Have a third pic, because I can!|
|This guy sang a couple songs too while Olli went somewhere.|
|He was cool!|
Yö is a big part of my childhood (I've grown up listening to them a lot because parents) so yeah, seeing them live felt like I just completed one of my over ninethousand goals in life. x)
I remember them singing Vie mut minne vaan, Laulu rakkaudelle, Ihmisen poika, Kiitos ja kunnia, Kuorotyttö, Likaiset legendat, Niin paljon me teihin luotettiin, Pettävällä jäällä and Rakkaus on lumivalkoinen. Aaah so many of my favorites! ♡
I really hoped they would have played Joutsenlaulu, Kaksintaistelu and Särkyvää though, but they didn't. :'( Oh well, can't get everything! They have so many songs that I really love so I'm probably forgetting a ton that I would have wanted to hear too...
Next up was Neljä Ruusua, which literally means "four roses". I thought that they'd probably play a lot of songs that I wouldn't recognize because I only knew like 1-2 songs that I was sure were theirs. But hey, guess what happened? :D Neljä Ruusua ended up being this kind of "OMG I had no idea these songs were from this band!" type of band (I got so many surprise moments!) and I ended up recognizing more than half of all the songs they played. xD Actually I knew at least parts of the lyrics to several of the songs because they've been played on radio all my life... lol
|Neljä Ruusua's singer.|
|so many colors. much wow.|
I need to say that even though I was expecting Neljä Ruusua to be the"I know this band the least" band they ended up being one of my absolute favorites of the whole day – they were just super energetic on stage, the singer had awesome scene charisma and really got into what he was singing (he did moves with his whole body and expressions etc) and yeah, plain awesome! They really got the audience on fire and the songs were really good too!
They sang at least Missä vaan, Veri and Sun täytyy mennä (which was one of the few songs I knew prior were theirs).
I need to admit that when they sang Veri I just might hade been close to shedding a tear or two. I tried to sing the chorus once but choked on my words, because thoughts of grandpa and how badly sick he was at the beginning of this year (while I was in the other end of Finland worrying sick) instantly filled my mind.........
After Neljä Ruusua it was time for the first and only female artist of the night to step in – Jenni Vartiainen!
|She's so pretty...|
|Jenni Vartiainen on scene in her native American|
|The scene for Jenni. It was differently decorated for each artist.|
|She had energy to dance around a lot while singing!|
She sang at least Junat ja naiset and Duran Duran, along with already mentioned Missä muruseni on.
I'm sorry I don't know nor remember the rest.
There would have been one more artist to go (the super-popular-with-the-young-girls Antti Tuisku) but Jäätynyt Enkeli really wanted to leave because of back pains I think and well, he called mom without really asking me so we ended up leaving. I wouldn't have minded listening to Antti Tuisku as well (although I don't know his songs) but oh well, shit happens. No big deal.
That was all. I had a great time at the concert and I really enjoyed my time listening to all these wonderful Finnish artists! ♡ Finnish music is good! ;) (even the not-so-metal ones!)
Shiro Samurai out.