Helsinki: a goth ‘n roller’s guide

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!

Helsinki Cathedral

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!

Photo Visit Finland

Ateneum Art Museum

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.

Photo Ateneum Art Museum / Yehia Eweis

Tavastia Club

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.

Photo Tavastia

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

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!

Photo Jesse Kämäräinen


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 Aki Walli

Photo portrait Jyrki 69 Sami Sallinen


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