Going to live music events is one of my favourite cultural experiences. In Turku there is a lot happening on this front, therefore I want to explore several aspects of this field in a series of articles focused on music in the city. To get to the heart of this scene, I will partner with Antti Yli-Halla, cultural producer, promoter and DJ, who is responsible for many music events around town.
One of these is my favourite live music event in Turku, Spotlight-klubi, a monthly band night in Dynamo which features 3 bands that deserve attention. They may be a new group in general or one that has recently released new music. While the aim is to have mainly local bands, sometimes one of the acts is from outside of Turku. Most importantly, a band can only perform at a Spotlight night once. This keeps the regular event fresh and presents the audience with something new every time. The event is also free of charge, so as to allow the new music to connect with the broadest possible audience.
Spotlight-klubi began in 2015 when Pietu Sepponen was still responsible for the program in Dynamo. At that time there weren’t too many venues, especially for new bands, that offered a stage to perform on. At the same time there was a boom of bands that were looking for places to find an audience. Nowadays, Antti tells that it can be unfortunately hard to find bands, as there are a few more spaces to play, and because “Spotlight only features new music it can be quite challenging.”
Nevertheless Antti has found a great selection for the October edition of Spotlight, held on Wednesday the 10th. Headliners Linkopii (pictured in this article’s feature photo, taken by Lassi Varinen) are a four-piece rock band who have recently released their debut album. Local group Hell Cat‘s sound is described as ‘power pop meets country meets Stooges’, while opening act A. Jalonen & Terkut Hinnerjoelta are also from Turku.
After the October show, the following Spotlight-klubi editions will be held on the 14th of November and the 12th of December. Hopefully the club night can continue in February next year. Antti believes that the regular event is important in keeping the city lively, and that it is essential to take responsibility for its constant innovation. “In the end, everyone will benefit from that,” he observes.
In keeping with this sentiment, I also want to highlight a new music club which will be held at Turku Art Museum, initiated by Café Victor. Similarly to the Ateneum-Klubi in Helsinki, the museum’s grand entrance will be transformed into a stage for the following artists to perform in an intimate setting:
6th of October: Risto (Solo)
3rd of November: Ville Leinonen (Solo)
1st of December: Lake Jons
The idea is to combine two different cultural worlds and create a charming new experience for people, and these artists are certainly not-to-be-missed.