By now, the name Juha Kyyrö is bound to ring a bell for most music fans and musicians in Finland. Over an onerous decade for the music industry, the Fullsteam Family – begot by Kyyrö’s unbridled enthusiasm in music – has invigorated the independent (live) music scene in Finland, to the extent that many look back to the late 1990s as a sonic void.

In the meantime, Fullsteam has grown from one man’s fledgling hobby to a fully-fledged family of music companies with 15 full-time employees, and a varying number of raring interns. The revenue of the company has soared from 50,000 in 2004 to 6 million euros in 2011.

FILM director David Lynch is known for many things, a warped perspective among them. Putting his cinematic interests on hold, a career that includes such landmarks as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, Lynch has shifted his focus to music in recent years.

KNOWN for their distinctive mix of rockabilly, country and rock’n’roll, Swedish outfit Fatboy can be found around the country this month performing a quartet of concerts in Helsinki, Turku, Jyväskylä and Vaasa between 17 and 20 October. With their most recent effort Love Creole hitting stands on 26 September, the band returns with a clutch of memorable tunes.

Made up of Thomas Pareigis, Hannu Kiviaho, Jan Lissnils, Alf Östlund, Joakim Lindahl and Marcus Källström, the band’s sound has attracted the likes of film directors Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino who are keen to use the band’s music in their upcoming movies.

Three contemporary dance pieces by Minna Tervamäki, Kaari Martin and Kare Länsivuori are on offer at Savoy Theatre from 17-19 October. Seeking to push the boundaries of dance, the trio of performances offers physical interpretations of a number of issues.

PAYING no attention to the cooler months and darkening days, Blues Live! will be heating up Jyväskylä from 7 until 10 October.

The main drawcard this year is Sharrie Williams, arriving to the stage armed with a wealth of attitude and the title “The Princess of Rockin’ Gospel Blues.” Accompanied by the Sharrie Williams Band, her powerful voice will be something to behold.