Five Finnish acts will take the stages at ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) between 16–19 January 2019 in Groningen, the Netherlands. Finland’s line-up consists of bombastic pop metallers Battle Beast (pictured above), modern rock fivesome Blind Channel, grandiose indie rockers The Holy, hotly tipped singer-songwriter Lxandra (who is also one of the winners at this year's Music Moves Europe Talent Awards) and upcoming electronic producer Mio.
Friday January 18
Grand Theatre, Main
23:00 – 23:45
Self described "Masters of party power metal", Battle Beast released their latest and fourth album Bringer of Pain in 2017. Relying on Battle Beast’s familiar elements: traditional heavy metal, power metal, some glam rock and hints of 1980s pop, the album debuted at number one on the Finnish album chart and at number 14 in Germany – and got rave reviews in the metal press. For almost a decade Battle Beast, nowadays led by frontwoman Noora Louhimo, has been touring throughout Europe, North America and Asia almost nonstop – and has thus become a well oiled metal machine that is guaranteed to rock the audience, no matter whether it's a club, arena or a festival. Battle Beast's fifth album No More Hollywood Endings will be out on March 22 and their calendar already boasts with a six-week, 33-show trek around Europe in the spring.
Thursday January 17
All Round Poolcentrum
20:45 – 21:30
Blind Channel are the self-proclaimed pioneers of ‘Violent Pop Music’, which combines hard rock with electronic pop and even hiphop influences. This fresh and reckless boy band from Oulu has the skills to compress the pure energy and attitude of modern rock music into a compelling new sound. Despite of the band’s young age, Blind Channel has already played hundreds of shows and toured in Europe with bands like Simple Plan, Amaranthe and Enter Shikari. Blind Channel’s second album Blood Brothers was released in 2018.
Thursday 17 January
21:30 – 22:10
Lxandra is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter, who already has a record deal under her belt, and recently caused a stir with her gentle piano ballad "Hush Hush Baby". Lxandra wrote her first released songs together with producer Perttu (Perttu Kurttila) in Berlin in 2015. Soon after that Lxandra moved from her home in small Finnish island of Suomenlinna to loud and colourful Berlin, Germany. Her first single "Flicker" was released in early 2017 and has nearly reached the 1 million mark on Spotify. In her songs, Lxandra combines electronic influences with classical piano, while powerful choruses meet atmospheric, gentle sounds. Right now, Lxandra is working on her debut album. Lxandra is also one of the winners at this year's Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, which will also be held at Eurosonic 2018.
Thursday 17 January
20:00 – 20:45
Mio is the new solo project/alter ego of Mia Kemppainen (LCMDF). With a strong emphasis on the visual side, Mio delivers glossy electronic pop with inspiration stemming from artists such as M83 and Porter Robinson. Mio's songs have been said to take the listener on a hyper-active dream trip. At the front there is Mio, a melancholy figure who cannot seem to find her place in the world, swathed in mystical melodies, she balances on the line between dream and reality, determined to find her true origins. The shows mix illustration and 3D-graphics to bring the universe of Mio fully alive.
Friday 18 January
Helsinki-based quintet The Holy rely on a massive sound (backed by two drummers!) and explosive, adrenaline-filled stage antics. Their brand of epic indie rock has been championed by bands such as The War on Drugs and Arcade Fire, but The Holy’s songs have enough potential to fill stadiums on their own one day. The Holy released their highly anticipated debut album Daughter in September 2018, which supplies a whole lot of drums, deep lows, airy guitars and Eetu Henrik Iivari’s passionate singing. The songs draw from the balance between dark and light, with moments of deep anxiety exploding into rapturous, glorious hope.