Patti Smith returns for a trio of shows in July.

MUCH to the delight of her fans, singer-songwriter Patricia Lee “Patti” Smith performs a trio of concerts in early July in Helsinki and Tampere.

Known as the “Godmother of Punk”, Smith’s debut album Horses in 1975 saw her propelled to the forefront of the New York City punk movement, with her hugely influential blend of rock and poetry frequently taking the stage at classic venue CBGBs.

Unlike many of her peers, Smith has never relied on her sexuality to form a part of her artistic make-up, favouring an androgynous look that she has maintained during the entirety of her career.

Teaming up with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, for her most widely known song, Because the Night, Smith has been showered with various accolades during her career, maintaining her integrity as an artist foremost. Not restraining herself to one outlet, she has warmly embraced other forms of expression that also included photography and writing, winning the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.

Patti Smith and her Band
7,8 & 9 July
Helsinki and Tampere

After keeping fans waiting for eight years for her most recent burst of self-penned songs, last year’s Banga was yet another well-received set that has seen her hitting the road across the States and Europe, touching down in Finland for the first time since a slot at Provinssirock in 2007.

James O’Sullivan
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