ARRIVING on the scene in the mid-‘90s with jagged riffs androgynous power pop, Placebo immediately made waves with their self-titled debut album spearheaded by the single Nancy Boy. Their fresh approach saw them winning the favour of David Bowie and enjoying a number of onstage collaborations with the musical legend. Sophomore album Without You I’m Nothing broke them through to an even wider audience with a clutch of big singles including Pure Morning.

Subsequent albums have sporadically hinted at their earlier impact, with the release of a number of singles that have failed to reach the heights of their earlier releases. Still enjoying a solid fan base around the world, the trio have been in the studio in recent times recording the follow up to 2009’s Battle for the Sun. Taking a brief break from recording, they are currently on a European tour that sees them arriving to Helsinki on 14 September.

14 September
Nordenskiöldinkatu 11-13 

James O’Sullivan