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Sepultura gig moved


Sepultura – official website
Stam1na – official website (in Finnish)


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Headliner Amy Winehouse cancels Provinssirock

The British soul singer had already arrived in Finland on Saturday, but never made it to the festival ground in Seinäjoki. According to her manager she suffered such a bad throat ache on Sunday morning (17 June), that a doctor ordered her to go home and get rest.

Amy Winehouse was one of the most anticipated contemporary foreign acts of this year’s festival summer in Finland.

Young Finnish metal band Sturm und Drang took her spot in the festival’s big tent. Remaining performers on Sunday included Scissor Sisters from New York, fellow Americans Lamb of God and Finnish The 69 Eyes and Jonna Tervomaa.

Earlier the event had to put up with cancellations from British band The View and Finnish metal group Stam1na, who also had to pull back because of medical reasons.

Provinssirock is Finland’s biggest rock festival. This year’s other foreign headliners included Patti Smith and Band (USA), Velvet Revolver (USA), Tori Amos (USA), Aiden (USA), The Go! Team (UK), Flogging Molly (USA) and MUCC (Japan).


Amy Winehouse – official website




newsflash Don Johnson Big Band and Mokoma replace cancelled acts 

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Chuck Berry to play at Finlandia Hall

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Don Johnson Big Band and Mokoma replace The View and Stam1na

Provinssirock, Finland’s biggest rock festival, will take place this weekend (15-17 June) in Seinäjoki.

Many of the live performances will be carried on digital TV channel YLE Extra
(14 hours in total) as well as on YleX radio (Fri 6-9 pm, Sat + Sun 2-6
pm – listen live).



The View – official website
Don Johnson Big Band – official website

– official website (in Finnish)
Mokoma – official website

YLE Extra (partially in English)
YleX (in Finnish) – live stream

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Suzanne Vega’s Tampere concert moved to Lahti


Lahden Jazztori 2007 (in Finnish)

Suzanne Vega – official website

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Sofya Gulyak wins First Prize in Maj Lind Piano Competition

Gulyak won the finals with her interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. She will take home the 20,000 euro prize mony that comes with the First Prize in the competition.

Second Prize (15,000 euros) went to Roope Gröndahl of Finland after his performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. He was also the audience’s favourite. Russian Violetta Khachikian ended in third place, winning 10,000 euros.

Marko Mustonen (Finland), Yoonjung Han (South Korea) and Irina Zahharenkova (Estonia) took up fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively. They were each rewarded 4,000 euros.

The competition started on 24 May and concluded with the finals taking place on 6 and 7 June at Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall. The six finalists played with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leif Segerstam. Their performances were judged by a seven-member jury led by Gustav Djupsjöbacka.

Besides the top prize, 27-year-old Gulyak also won the Taneli Kuusisto Foundation Prize (1 900 euros) for the best performance of a Finnish piano work. She was awarded the prize for her recital of Joonas Pohjonen’s Bagatelles in the second round of the piano competition.

Sofya Gulyak originates from Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan. She currently studies in Imola, Italy. In September 2006 she also won the Allegro Vivo International Piano Competition in San Marino.



> Oldest and biggest piano competition in Finland

> Arranged by the Sibelius Academy

> First international edition: 6 – 22 August, 2002
(won by Italian Alberto Nosè)

> First organized as a national piano competition in 1945

> Until the sixties open to students of the Sibelius Academy only 

Official website Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition

Competition pages Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE

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Platinum debut for “HevAri”

Sales of the album instantly exceeded the amount of copies needed for platinum in Finland: 30,000.

Fuel for the Fire went straight to Number 1 of the Official Album Chart.

After winning Idols 2007, metal singer Koivunen, nicknamed “HevAri” (Finnish slang for 'heavy metal guy'), immediately got to work with some of the top names of Finnish metal and rock. Composers for his debut album included Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Pauli Rantasalmi (The Rasmus), Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) and Teräsbetoni’s Jarkko Ahola.

Children of Bodom’s Janne Wirman and Thunderstone members Mirka Rantanen and Nino Laurenne are some of the top musicians that can be heard on the long player.

23-year-old Ari is also part of this year’s line-up at the Sauna Open Air Metal Festival in Tampere. On 27 July he will play Helsinki’s Tavastia Club.

Ari Koivunen's official website (partly in English)
Suomen virallinen lista – Finland’s official album chart.

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Bigger audiences for domestic films at Finnish cinemas

While there were slightly fewer premieres than in the year before, also the total number of cinema-goers grew in 2006. Nearly 6.7 million tickets were sold, about 600,000 more than in 2005. According to statistics from the Finnish Film Foundation, total box office revenues last year amounted to 50.3 million euros.

The most watched film in 2006 was the Finnish Matti (international title: Matti – Hell Is For Heroes) directed by Aleksi Mäkelä, which drew 461,665 people to Finnish cinemas. The second biggest box office hit in Finland was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.



1. Matti / Matti – Hell Is For Heroes (FIN; 461 665 admissions)
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (USA; 458 833)
3. Casino Royale (GB/USA; 368 621)
4. The Da Vinci Code (USA; 365 276)
5. Ice Age 2 (USA; 272,104)


1. Matti / Matti – Hell Is For Heroes (461 665 admissions)
2. Kummelin Jackpot / Jackpot (229 511)
3. FC Venus (223 590)
4. Lupaus / Promise (84 389)
5. Jadesoturi / Jade Warrior (79 600)


 Source: Facts & Figures 2006, the Finnish Film Foundation

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Russian pianist wins prestigious piano competition in Helsinki


Sofya Gulyak wins First Prize in Maj Lind Piano Competition