Showcasing brilliant music.

SPRING is officially here at last and on top of sunshine it’s also offering us a taste of the summer to come with two music festivals about to kick off in the capital.

The first of the pair is the 17th annual Funky Elephant festival, which brings together a bunch of interesting local and international acts – all in the name of funk. This year the festival takes off in new style on Wednesday 30 March with an opening film Superfly, a blaxploitation flick straight from the 70s, screened at Andorra and followed by a club night of live music across the hall at Dubrovnik.

The official opening party doesn’t take place until Thursday however, and does so with the lead of local music maker Rauhatäti. From here on ‘til the end of the weekend Helsinki turns into a celebration of all-that live music from local pride Jo Stance to international phenomena Kid Koala (CAN) and a ton of other funksters in between.

Funky Elephant Festival

30 March-2 April

Various venues.

Tickets €5-47



Folks Festival

21-22 April

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Töölönkatu 51, Helsinki.

Tickets €10-28


Another blast of brilliant live music will take place during the Easter weekend at Korjaamo Culture Factory. The Folks Festival expands the weekly Folks-club to a two-day fiesta showcasing some of the best local music this country of ours offers at the moment. On the list are rising star Mirel Wagner and the established Joose Keskitalo & Kolmas Maailmanpalo, who celebrates a brand new album release; along with the likes of Paleface and Kauko Röyhkä.

Petra Nyman