Helsinki’s Flow Festival in August is THE festival for urban music lovers. Here are our local picks for this year’s event.
The first time I heard heavy metal music, I knew I had to visit Finland. The dream comes true with a trip to Helsinki’s Tuska Festival
Why are Finnish heavy metal bands so popular around the world? It originates in the music’s complexity and rich emotional content.
We look at the surprisingly colourful, rude story of Finnish punk, from the 1970s to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and beyond.
This year’s Finnish band in Eurovision is unique in several ways – and is creating a media stir around the globe.
We talk with Finnish punk band PKN about how it feels to be an unusual entrant in the kitsch-laden Eurovision Song Contest.
Sibelius’s 150th birthday: Find out how the composer’s own piano sounds, and what he and heavy metal have in common.
The 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius’s birth is celebrated in 2015 with events in Finland and around the world.
The Jazz Finland Festival shows off the vibrant local scene at the same time as the European Jazz Conference in Helsinki.
With thriving festivals and clubs across the country, jazz fans in Finland have never had it as good as they do now.
Summer in Finland forms the season of festivals: music, film, dance – even strawberries. Here are our picks.
We meet Finnish luthier Kari Nieminen, whose guitars are in the hands of the Rolling Stones, The Who, ZZ Top and The Rasmus.
Finnish Culture Day (Feb 28): The national instrument, the kantele, gets louder and even a bit angry (yes, as in birds).
Hear how three high-energy Helsinki bands fearlessly mix musical styles for fun: Mopo, Dalindèo and Ricky-Tick Big Band.
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, who helped the Minnesota Orchestra win a Grammy, talks about his high standards.
In Finland, kids’ music is fun, educational, exportable and reptilian. Hevisaurus gets heavy metal to the under-ten crowd.
Music duo Kaivama gains fans with a new spin on traditional tunes while building US-Finnish connections (watch video).
Lutheran pastor Haka Kekäläinen holds metal mass – mass for heavy metal music fans – in churches around Finland.
French American Kevin Kleinmann came to Finland for a Helsinki Festival summer job and ended up founding a record label.
In every genre, Finnish bands are playing to packed houses. Here are the top 10 according to a survey on our FB page.
Finnish tango music supergroup Tango-orkesteri Unto celebrates its 15th anniversary with concerts in the US and Europe.
Legendary soprano Ritva Auvinen, 80, continues to delight opera-goers. What’s the key to the Auvinen vocal miracle?
In Finland and England, exhilarating constellations of Finnish jazz talent pump up four November festivals.
With fans worldwide and its sixth album just out, Alamaailman Vasarat plays “fictional world music” at summer festivals.
Who are the Northern Governors? How’s their debut album? And what does a Finnish band have to do with Nigeria?
We get together with world-famous singer Tarja Turunen and ask her about rock, opera and the direction of her career.
Exclusive interview: Einojuhani Rautavaara’s first opera, suppressed during the Cold War, now goes to the Grammies.
How does a cappella group Rajaton follow up the biggest-selling holiday album in decades? Very carefully.
French-Finnish duo The Dø is sweeping Europe with captivating indie pop and continually reinvented music.
If there’s one word that defines the Finnish rock band French Films, it’s “fresh.”
“Amiably berserk Vikings with a boatful of instruments,” Helsinki band Rubik embarks on a tour through Europe, Mexico and the US.
Don’t fear what is different – look at what we all have in common, writes singer Emma Salokoski (includes video clip).
Film director Gabriela Aparici explores the groove that unites Argentina and Finland: tango.
The world premiere of Robin Hood begins a year of celebration as the Finnish National Opera turns 100.
The world’s first deaf rapper, Signmark raps in sign language, taking a stand on issues that matter – in New York’s Washington Square Park, among other places.
Violinists and fiddlers: Mauno Järvelä's students bring a special energy to the stage every summer at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival.
Anyone and everyone can participate in Opera By You, a unique project to create a production for the 2012 Savonlinna Opera Festival.
A choir called Huutajat has screamed its way to international cult status, yelling all the way from Oulu to Australia.
As2wrists Dance Company takes its improvised style of tango from Finland to Argentina, the genre’s country of origin – and people love it.
One-third of all Finnish young people are into Japanese pop culture, including music, fashion, cartoons and more.
Accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen pays scant heed to genre boundaries. Current projects include everything from a Kronos Quartet collaboration to Earth Machine Music, in which farm machines form the accompaniment.
Gathering momentum: Singer-songwriter Anna Järvinen’s popularity is soaring in both Sweden, where she lives, and Finland, where she was born.
Until harmonica quartet Sväng hit the world music scene, most people had no idea that harmonicas could sound like this.
Finlandia forms Jean Sibelius's most famous composition. Read about it and listen to it here.