Quote:Some of the world’s biggest music stars have been holidaying in Finland. The likes of Madonna, Pink and Rammstein have taken breaks here amid hectic tour schedules.
Madonna, who has played Finland twice, has taken time off with her family at a Finnish millionaire’s summer cabin and at the Linnanmäki amusement park.
American heavy rock pioneers Kiss also spent a few days in Finland with their families when they came to play Helsinki at the start of June.
At the time, Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer was gushing about Helsinki: “It’s a lovely city. We’re going to be here for a couple of more days... two days off. And we’re going to enjoy restaurants and food, and the culture and everything that’s great about this great city.”
Finland used to be the starting or ending point of international concert tours. These days it often figures around midway through tours. While the artists wait for the heavy concert equipment to be moved either East or West, they are left with free time in Finland.
Scott Lavender, promoter with live entertainment company Live Nation Finland, says that an increasing number of artists are using this window of opportunity to take a break.
“We get lots of feedback from artists and management that it’s a beautiful country and it’s really easy to be here, so they are taking more opportunities to do that”, Lavender reveals.
German band Rammstein is one the guests to have enjoyed the Finnish summer.
Lavender continues: “For example Rammstein, when they played their last festival they spent quite a few days on holiday here, outside of their busy schedule. They went to the sauna and they went fishing and, you know, in the lake.”
Kristiina Hietasaari from the Finnish Tourist Board is not surprised that the stars are drawn to Finland.
Finns are hospitable, and tend to leave celebrities alone.
“One of our strong points in international tourism is that Finnish people are generally liked. We have genuine hospitality, and also treat these big stars as human beings”
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Damn, Rammstein plays in Helsinki on Saturday. I only learned this tonight when my son asked if we wanted to tag along, he and his gf are driving down there for the beach festival. It would have been pretty awesome, but holy crap, at our age we need more time to prepare for such adventures.