Helsinki: a goth ‘n roller’s guide
Jyrki 69, front man of Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes, shares five of his favourite haunts around the Finnish capital.
I’m always asked where to go and what to do when visiting Helsinki. As a self-proclaimed Helsinki Vampire, I really should know! Welcome to my hometown.
P.S. Remember to pack good walking shoes!
This iconic white landmark is not only the city’s best meeting point, but it also offers an impressive view over Helsinki and our beautiful harbour. Whenever I play tourist guide to my friends, the Helsinki Cathedral in Senate Square is where I start!
I love Finland’s art heritage. And the best way to appreciate the often moody and melancholy traits of us Finns is to see our classic art. Bands like Nightwish and Amorphis have freely used it in their music as inspiration.
If you come to Helsinki for Finnish rock and metal music, this venue is the most legendary club in town. Hanoi Rocks, HIM, and The 69 Eyes have all played gigs here.
This metal festival has been going strong for two decades. Held in Suvilahti, it’s walking distance (or two metro stops) from the centre. This summer, The 69 Eyes play Tuska on Saturday, June 30 – hope to see you there!
This picturesque rock ‘n’ roll clothing shop with an Elvis wedding chapel and a Tiki Bar is totally in a world of its own. A true Helsinki rock ‘n’ roll spirit still lives here.
Photo portrait Jyrki 69 Sami Sallinen