Provinssi Festivaali 2015, day 1

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To begin with, I have to I seriously didn't believe that I'm actually gonna get there and do the pictures. It begun as an loose idea, after I saw this particular piece of video posted by one of my favourite finnish bands Stam1na. In a nutshell, they decided to play 1 gig per day for the whole 4 days of the festival, playing different album on every day. Including the earlier ones which I never heard live. I remember that I was so excited to hear these news that right of the bat, I decided - alright, Provinssi Festivaali, here I come!

So I applied for the media pass. But the reply wasn't coming for so long that I was certain that I won't get accepted. To my surprise I got the response. A positive one. 2 weeks before the festival started. And then I freaked out. Out of happiness of course, cause my request got a green light, but also - how am I supposed to pull off quite a massive logistic undertaking? With a help from my family and friends, I managed to book a flight (it ain't that easy with some airlines as you might think...), buses, accommodation, etc. and... I finally took off!



Since I was travelling from Gdańsk to Turku and in order to get Seinäjoki by bus, I needed to get myself to get to Helsinki, where I crashed for one night at my friends' place. In the morning, I was supposed to take a bus straight to Seinäjoki.

First day it started with a blast. Simply because... I missed the bus (why would OnniBus post 4 different locations of the buses leaving when in reality they all leave from the same spot which is Kamppi? :( ). Well, that went well, a great start... Thanks to this, I coined my new motto - "When nothing goes according to the plan - it means you're on the right track." ;)

Lost Society Provinssi Festivaali 2015 SeinäjokiAnyway, then  I booked quickly another bus to Tampere, and when I reached there, I started to hitch-hike to Seinäjoki. I really don't recommend hitch-hiking while one is in a hurry, but I somehow managed to get there in about 3-4 hours, which was rather a good timing ;) When I got rid of my luggage, I went to seek out for the press office to get my wristband and badge. Since the queue was long as if someone was giving away free beer (surprisingly, Bender wasn't around, strange), I waited patiently and because of that I got late to both Lost Society and Von Hertzen Brothers. But no worries! I was attending gigs in Poland since I was a teen and that made me durable as a solid rock (and fearless of moshpits any other than polish)! I managed to take a few shots from the crowd.

Von Hertzen Brothers Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Von Hertzen Brothers Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Also, I quickly realised how true was old folk saying about finnish festivals "There is no finnish festival without rain". So far I got away somehow and all festivals I've attended before were extremely sunny. Not this time. I got myself into the middle of a bloody paddy field!

Oddly enough, the only thing I kept thinking of was DragonForce song, but with slightly altered lyrics. It kept my spirits in acceptable state.

Provinssi Festivaali paddy field 2015 pole ryżowe

When I think of it why, I think that without this silly line, I'd probably keep complaining and being a little pile of unhappy.

But I digress. Next on my list was A Day to Remember, an american core band from Florida. As much as I don't like to listen to core bands in general, I simply love to shoot them live. They are exuberant, they headbang like mad, they jump, they run... I could go on. Photos simply turn out better. A Day to Remember was no exception.

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki crowd

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

A Day to Remember Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki


Next one on the list was Lapko. I listened to them before I left to Provinssi and they seemed like a really neat indie rock band. I also spoke with my co-passenger on the plane to Turku about some finnish bands and I mentioned that I want to see them. My newly made acquaintance said then then she can listen to them too, but she can't bear seeing them. Mainly the vocalist, Ville Malja. Now I know what she meant. Oh gods, my eyes. Dear Ville, what on Earth made you think that ultra light leather shorts and mesh shirt is a good idea? You almost made me miss Roguc's outfit of Coma, whom I absolutely can't stand :( Heck, or even Spellgoth's and he looks like a sexshop runaway at most of the times. Keep making good music though. Just get an appointment with someone fashion savvy, it should help ;)

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Lapko Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki


Then I quickly popped up at The Wombats show. Britpop ain't my cup of coffee, but I liked how bubbly the guys are and clearly how happy they were to be onstage.

The Wombats Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

The Wombats Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

The Wombats Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

The Wombats Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

The Wombats Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

The Wombats Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki


The next act I could sum up by saying only "Holy Jesus on a bicycle!". And it would suffice. Or otherwise - Die Antwoord. This duo falls under the category "you start watching their clips, cause you are curious what the hell are you even looking at and when the video finally ends you discover that you lost your jaw during the first half of the vid". I remember seeing their clip "Enter The Ninja" years ago and feeling completely flabbergasted in a very positive way. Their weird visuals and general freakiness bought me completely at that time. Plus, they always have something up their sleeves that can actually surprise me. And believe me, I'm one of the first one that thinks that shock factor is first one to wear of.

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki


So, they indeed surprised me once again and concert haven't even properly started... Yolandi popped up on stage in what I've thought to be a piggy onesie (later I realised it was pink bloodied teddy). Then I could expect literally anything, but not, I repeat, NOT Ninja in Pikachu onesie! The contrast between Ninja's lovely self and sweet little yellow Pokémon was insane. Then guys took off with Fatty Boom Boom and... the friggin' biggest rave party in the rain I ever saw started. I mean seriously, people stopped giving a flippin' damn about the weather. I believe that was my favourite gig of the whole festival (only to have a competition in Faith No More, but I didn't knew it back then).

Die Antwoord Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki atmosphere


I sadly had to miss the last part of Die Antwoord show to install near Soundi stage before Stam1na show. But it wasn't that bad in a sense that it was a covered stage which as for me meant no rain for at least an hour. Which at that point was a good compromise for me (and my wet shoes and socks).


During first evening, Stam1na was about to play songs from their first album, simply called "Stam1na". As I've mentioned before, I started listening to them way later, around their fifth album "Nocebo" and never got a chance to hear songs from earlier albums live. So when I've heard the first notes or Ristiriita song, it felt as if someone stuck a taser up my spine and offered me a 220 volts treatment. And it never felt better.



Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Pekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

ekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

ekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

ekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

crowd fans first row Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

 Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Pekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki


Looking back I think that I liked this show the most. Not only because Emil the keyboardist had a lovely t-shirt (seriously, wouldn't you feel fuzzy inside when someone, especially a foreigner, would wear a shirt with your country on it?), not only because the guest vocals lady sang gorgeously and I shamefully didn't catch her name... Mainly because it had this small, in venue vibe which I fell in love when I saw them Firlej, Wrocław last year. I'm not saying festivals are all crap, but the small gig venues are the ones I find most appealing, in many ways.

Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

guest day 1 Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Pekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Pekka Olkkonen Pexi Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

Antti Hyrde Hyyrynen Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki Kaikka Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki

crowd fans first row Stam1na Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki mobile phone


After Stam1na was done for the day, I went to the Mainland Stage to see Muse... But I found out that they've thrown a realease at photogs and PR guy was quite adamant of not even showing me the damn thing. Too bad. I don't even work with a press releases by default. Here's the maximum I got of Muse during that evening:

Muse Provinssi Festivaali 2015 Seinäjoki crowd

And with that I left festival and headed to school where I was sleeping to get some rest and dry my stuff. I was going to have a really long next day.

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