The 4th annual Bassline Festival is here.

GETTING together 10-12 June, Helsinki’s 4th annual Bassline Festival makes a welcome return to the busy summer calendar, with a packed programme spilling across four locations around town.

Taking place at Sinebrychoff Park, Mbar terrace, Lasipalatsi Square and outside the front of Kiasma, the three-day festival carries a very palatable price tag for punters: everything on offer is free.

Things get started on Friday afternoon with what has quickly become a tradition for the festival, with the hotly-anticipated skateboarding Best Tricks Contest in front of Kiasma from 16:00-20:00.

Saturday sees the welcome return of live music back at Sinebrychoff Park in Bulevardi, with a cosmopolitan cocktail of live jazz, soul, disco and rap music performed on the festival’s main stage between midday and 19:00. Headed by Jake The Break & Flam Big Band, the stage space will be shared at various times throughout the day by the likes of Juno, Stepa, Saints, Rime, Ruger Hauer, Super Janne, Solon & Kosola, Saurus, Are, Hannibal, Janna and many more.

Bassline Festival

10-12 June
Sinebrychoff Park, in front of Kiasma, Mbar terrace and Lasipalatsi Square
Free entry

A little further up the road, the action continues aplenty with the mbar terrace hosting Morphology on Friday, with DJ sounds from Apostoli and Jacedonia, and Club Balkan Fever on Saturday, with local outfit Afrokola Brass Band and DJs Borzin and Levy. Helsinki Day on Sunday sees Söndag Jazz Club boasting performances from The Irrationals, along with Karri Miettinen’s (aka Paleface) outfit Nieminen, Litmanen, Miettinen. Beats and rhythms from the decks will be supplied by DJs Lovroc and A. Myllykoski.

Furthermore, for those seeking something new with their yearly Bassline, the weekend also sees the staging of the Lasipalatsi Design Markets. A two-day event, where up-and-coming local artists and designers will be selling their products; offering that rare opportunity to get your hands on a variety of unique clothes, accessories, homewares and artwork against the backdrop of music from Bass Camp Dj’s from midday until 18:00.


James O’Sullivan