HIM, THE 69 EYES and NEGATIVE are among the confirmed bands for the fourth annual Helldone Festival, set to take place December 29-31, 2008 at various clubs in Helsinki, Oulu and Tempere Finland.
This time around HIM, KYPCK (pronounced “Kursk”) and 45 DEGREE WOMAN will take the festival on the road, to the cities of Oulu and Tampere. While this fearless trio shares some good vibes with the rest of the country, Helldone HQ in Helsinki is rocking to the sounds ofSTAM1NA, DIABLO and GODSPLAGUE on Monday, December 29; andTHE 69 EYES, NEGATIVE and SARA on Tuesday, December 30. New Year’s Eve marks the eagerly awaited return of the road warriors.
During the past couple of years, the Helldone Festival has been proud to present some cool bands from overseas but the fans have politely pointed out that the thing they really want to see and hear are Finnish bands. Finnish bands in the dark heart of the Finnish winter.
Some of this year’s bands have played at the festival before but none has been invited back purely for old times’ sake. Each and every band in theHelldone 2008 lineup has recently reached important milestones in their careers: be it a killer album, a breakthrough in new territories or a big tour. They all are alive, hungry, fast and furious. And definitely as cool as a December night in downtown Hellsinki.
Helldone 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of HIM‘s New Year’s Eve shows at Tavastia Club — the tradition out of which the Helldone Festival was born. Each night there will be three top bands on the Tavastia stage, while the neighboring venue Semifinal serves as a chill out zone with some familiar faces spinning records. HIM will traditionally start their set at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Helldone Festival 2008:
Dec. 29-31 @ Tavastia & Semifinal, Helsinki
Dec. 29 @ Teatria, Oulu
Dec. 30 @ Pakkahuone & Klubi, Tampere
THE 69 EYES (FIN)
45 DEGREE WOMAN (FIN)