Rockin’ Ratina – Children Of Bodom Set the Tone

Second on stage of the all Finnish line-up for a Nightwish extravaganza at the Ratina Stadium were Children of Bodom.

I’d only heard a few of their songs previously, most of which were cover versions, and never really liked them to be honest. That was to change though after this performance.

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Nothing But a Good Time – Local Band

Reminiscing on the super karaoke that was Def Leppard, the sing along aspect was surpassed by an excellent gig at Tavastia by The Local Band.

After the disappointment of the 100guitarsfromHEL event a few hours earlier, the band rocked their way through 14 classic rock covers that had the whole place jumping.

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Nothing Like a Good Time – 100guitarsfromHEL

What a great concept. One of the greatest guitarists of modern rock gathers together 100 guitarists, composes a new tune to be played to a crowd on the steps on Helsinki Senate Square.

This great idea was ruined for me and thousands of others due to typically bad Finnish organization. What a disappointment.

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Rockin’ Ratina – Sonata Arctica warm up for Nightwish

An all Finnish line-up was scheduled for a Nightwish extravaganza at the Ratina Stadium in Tampere on the last day of July.

Expectations were high for the headlining act, but how would the warm-up bands perform?

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The Local Band

People outside of Finland may never have heard of these guys before but I am really looking forward to seeing them.

They are like the Mr. Big of Finland – a real super group that play Mötley Crüe, Van Halen and more.

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Rock of Ages – Highs and Lows of South Park, Tampere

The high and lows of South Park Festival, 2015. A straight comparison with last year is probably not fair. Def Leppard to me on another level to Europe.

However the whole event, or at least the day we we attended can be compared.

Best of the rest @southparktre

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2 Steps Behind – The Best of the Rest at South Park, Tampere

Here are some more photo’s and highlights from the South Park Festival in Tampere from June 6, 2015.

Best of the rest @southparktre

The set up was quite different from last year. In 2015 there were good bands on the main stage thought the day. Today, with the exception of Helloween, they were all tosh. That’s being polite.

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Rock Rock (till you drop) – Def Leppard at South Park, Tampere

This was a greatest hits package. But who the fuck cares.

Never mind the fact that the wonderful sounds of Pyromania are from 1983 and before, Hysteria is 28 years old this year. With such familiarity is there anyway that this is going to be the greatest gig ever?

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Don’t Run for Cover – Helloween Thrash South Park, Tampere

Helloween have never been one of my favourite bands. In fact if it wasn’t for a friend buying me a greatest hits album a few years back I would have had little or no exposure to them at all.

Helloween @ South Park

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