It was 20 years ago that HIM played their first ever gig.
On New Year’s Eve 1994 a slightly shaky group of young men, still known then as His Infernal Majesty, took the stage at Semifinal. On that small beer-stained stage they had to witness their equipment failing them spectacularly, smashing their dreams into smithereens.
It took them another couple of years to maneuver the 40 plus steps that separate the stage of Semifinal with that of mighty Tavastia, Helsinki’s legendary rock venue. But maneuver them they did.
It was 15 years ago that HIM played their first New Year’s Eve show at Tavastia, receiving the welcome of returning heroes. It was the beginning of a much loved tradition, a tradition that very quickly metamorphosed into Helldone Festival. Because, as we all know, everything is twice as much fun when you do it together with your friends.
And here they are, a pack of road dogs heading home for the holidays!
In the case of Paradise Lost it’s obviously a case of home away from home. The British gothic metal pioneers have played Tavastia already on seven occasions, but it has been already eight long years since their last visit. Before their eagerly awaited return Paradise Lost will be performing at an exclusive show in the magnificent Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For the one off event the band will be joined by the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. The show will be filmed for a future DVD release.
Sharing the stage with Paradise Lost on the opening night of Helldone 2014 will be The 69 Eyes. The Helsinki Vampires play their 25th anniversary show in early September before returning to the dungeons in order to write material for their renowned 2012 album “X”. A double CD compilation of the band’s singles called “The Best of Helsinki Vampires” was released last year on Halloween.
Children Of Bodom have been practically continuously crisscrossing the globe since Valentine’s Day, Their Halo of Blood Tour has already taken them to the Americas, Australia, Russia and various European summer festivals. Before these hugely successful death metallers from Espoo reach the happy haven of Helldone they will do yet another stint in the US and Canada. Last summer’s “Halo of Blood” is the band’s eight studio album.
The ambassadors of unashamed Eighties Metal, Reckless Love have released three albums and are currently working on number four. The Kuopio quartet have had a hectic 2014 so far: performing at Sonisphere UK, a blazing hot club tour of Europe, their first ever visit to Russia, playing in front of a sold out Moscow Hall. In the months leading to Helldone Reckless Love will be touring Spain together with Hardcore Superstar and headlining their own UK tour.
The hosts of Helldone, HIM, will also be playing the US in December. The tour will coincide with the release of the limited edition boxset “Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust”: A Vinyl Retrospective ‘96-‘03. The boxset includes the rare debut 1996 EP ‘666 Ways To Love: Prologue” on 180gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever, along with an exclusive Heartagram Logo slipmat, an autographed 12x12 poster of the cover, and a USB drive with 37 bonus tracks, 80 tracks all together, all re-mastered. Also to be released on November 18th, four of their iconic albums, “Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666”, “Razorblade Romance”, “Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights”, and “Love Metal” will be released in multiple configurations, all re-mastered with bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes, and special packaging.
HELLDONE Festival Fact Sheet
Dates: December 29-31, 2014
Dec 29: Paradise Lost (UK), The 69 Eyes
Dec 30: Children Of Bodom, Reckless Love
Dec 31: HIM, t.b.a.
There will be special guests and truly rare performances spread out over all three nights.
Doors open: 8 p.m.
Closing time: 3 a.m. (except Wed 31 Dec 4 a.m.)
Venue: Tavastia Club & Semifinal
Address: Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Age limit: strictly 18 years and over only (no exception even accompanied by parents etc.)
Ticket price: 60 € (Dec 29 & 30), 70 € (Dec 31) + possible order processing fees
There will also be a limited amount of three day VIP passes for 250 € + possible order processing fees.
The tickets will be on sale at all Tiketti outlets
Tickets can be reserved through the call center +358108431611, reservation time 2 days.
Tickets will be available on Mon 8 Sep at 12:00 CET (13:00 local time)
Ticket limit: max 2 tickets per customer and per card
The tickets are personal. They will be named at the time of purchase, and the identity of the ticket owner will be verified when entering the venue.
@ Katerina Petros Lempidara
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