The festival program has now been published online:
No physical booklets will be available at the festival. We will tape programs to walls, but the most convenient way is to simply use the above link with your smartphone.
The idea for a game music festival was born already in 2012, when Finland didn’t yet have video game concerts or artist that perform music from games. But in the last few years thing have changed completely and the VGM concert scene has landed in Finland as well. So the time is now ripe, and thus Helsinki Game Music Festival was born.
The festival will be held at the Helsinki Hall of Culture on May 5th, 2018. Perfoming live will be five artists (both local and from overseas) known for their game music covers.
Tickets are on sale for either the entire festival or only one half. Whole day tickets cost 39-69€ depending on your seat. Half day tickets are 25-40€.
Date: May 5th, 2018 (Sat)
Venue: Helsinki Hall of Culture
Address: Sturenkatu 4, 00510 Helsinki, FINLAND
Doors open: 13:00
Ending time: ~22:45
Official afterparty: ~22:45-04:00
Timetable and program
Changes might still occur to the timetable and program below:
|Civilization IV, The Witcher 3, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Undertale, Monkey Island, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, NieR Automata|
|Gameboy, NES, and SNES classics; the golden years of Sierra and Lucas Arts; and Commodore 64 music a bit more prominently|
|Ramon van Engelenhoven (NL)|
|Final Fantasy 7/10/13, Chrono Trigger, Vagrant Story|
|Meine Meinung (JP)|
|Legend of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, ICO, Super Mario World, Mega Man 1, Dragon Quest 2, Final Fantasy 5/8/9|
|From 18:30 until 20:15 is a long break, during which there is food, merchandise and gaming consoles available. In addition, there is a small stage in the lobby, where various musicians will perform music from NES, C64, Zelda, and Pokémon games, among others.|
|Game Music Collective|
|Destiny, Undertale, Halo, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Journey, Elder Scrolls|
|From ~22:45 until 04:00 is an official afterparty in Helsinki Hall of Culture’s Club. Free entrance to all who have purchased a ticket to the festival.|
Game Music Collective
Game Music Collective was founded in Finland in 2016. It is Europe’s first professional game music orchestra with more than 20 members. The orchestra’s debut concert was held last September at Finlandia Hall.
The group consists of young top-class Finnish musicians pursuing an international career. Game Music Collective’s founder and artistic director is Lukas Stasevskij, and is conducted by Eero Lehtimäki. The orchestra’s game music arrangements are penned by long-time veterans Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo.
Game Music Collective will also perform in Tampere on May 26th and in Turku on May 29th.
Meine Meinung (JP)
Meine Meinung is a four-member band from Japan, who have been active since 2004. They regularly perform on streets, cafés and with orchestras in concerts by Game Symphony Japan.
They also compose, arrange and record music in their own studio. Their music has been featured in musicals, theater, and arcade games – and they collaborate with many different artists. Their videos on YouTube have gained over 10 million views.
Meine Meinung consists of Eriko Iwasawa (lyrics, vocals, flute), Hiroyuki Kato (composition, guitar, violin), Makoto Suzaki (composition, arrangement, bass), Kenta Sato (composition, guitar, keys, engineering).
Ramon van Engelenhoven
Ramon van Engelenhoven is a multiple award-winning classical pianist. He has toured in Europe, US and Canada – and even performed under master conductor Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg.
Ramon is also passionate about game music. In 2013 he performed in Paris at Vagrant Melodies, a concert dedicated to Hitoshi Sakimoto. In 2016-2017 he played music from Final Fantasy VII on the Melodies of Lifestream tour in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Quinsonitus is a brass and percussion ensemble formed in 2011. In addition to classical concerts they are heavily profiled as performers of film, TV and game music.
Hailing from Turku, Finland, these professional musicians have produced concerts for, among other things, horror films (Scary Music 1 and 2), sci-fi films (Deep Space Overture), game music (The Super Sound of Videogames 1 and 2) and 60-90’s TV themes (Retro TV Hits Music Show).
Concerts by Quinsonitus are invariably humorous, accessible and have a strong connection with the audience, while still keeping music in the leading role. The group consists of Toni Isokivi (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion), Mikael Topi (trumpet, percussion), Mikko Perälä (French horn, ocarina, melodica), Torsti Pirkkanen (trombone, tin whistle, ukulele), Janne Roine (tuba), and Tomi Salo (percussion).
Unreality is a Helsinki-based mixed choir, founded in January 2014. This choral society is the first Finnish choir to sing music exclusively from movies, TV series, video games and animations. Unique choral arrangements and the blazing orange dragon are their trademarks – time after time they take the listener to beloved sceneries beyond reality and back again.
Unreality holds concerts biyearly and is often seen performing at conventions that gather thousands of visitors, including Tracon, Desucon Frostbite, Yukicon, Ropecon and Popcult Helsinki. One of their greatest milestones has been the international event Worldcon 75. Their small group, Nanoreality, is also actively doing gigs in events of all kinds. The choir’s artistic director is Jari Koivistoinen.
The small stage
In the lobby of Helsinki Hall of Culture there is a small stage, where anyone can perform game music, as long as they sign up beforehand. Most of the performances take place during the long break at 18:30–20:15, but some take place at 13:00-14:00. Confirmed musicians thus far are:
Tommi Salomaa, who will perform on piano music from NES and C64 classics like Mega Man, Castlevania, Super Mario, Metroid, Duck Tales and The Great Giana Sisters. Tommi also produces his own music and sound design to games and other projects: » tommisalomaa.com/
Mikko Aaltio, who will perform Zelda and Pokémon music with an elctric guitar, a synthesizer, a concert flute, and a looper. Mikko is a game composer, sound designer and voice actor from Helsinki: » soundcloud.com/mishicu
Elias Luukkanen, who will perform on piano music from the Kingdom Hearts series. Elias is a freelance composer from Järvenpää, and has worked on music for games, TV, and more: » eluukkanen.com/
The official afterparty takes place at ~22:45–04:00 in the Club of the Helsinki Hall of Culture. It transforms into a unique game music night club. DJs play original and remixed game music hits that make you dance all night. Whether you are an experienced a clubber or a first-timer, don’t miss this show!
Free entrance to all ticket holders. Cloakroom fee will be charged at the door. The entrance to the Club is next to the main entrance of Helsinki Hall of Culture – you can’t miss it! Age limit is 18.
Kaiku has performed at various conventions and even in Japan. For this night he has been digging through his game music archive for the most memorable 8-bit tunes, the most addictive 16-bit tracks and some modern gems as well. Game music disco go go!
Kimotimo is a mid-fi electro artist from Helsinki. You better put on fast glasses for the show.
Thirty years of experience with games and especially game music. An almost equally long passion for dance music. When the two meet under ideal circumstances, M4TERIA is born. He is steered by a strong vision; he shows the force behind old and new game music tunes when they are in the right hands on the dance floor. For this pilgrimage M4TERIA is armed with a bagful of marvellous VGM remixes from hiphop to trance for all the party people to enjoy.
Join the festival as a vendor, musician or helping hand?
Would you like your own stall at the festival? Do you sell games or something related to games?
Both on the first and second floors there is plenty of space for game vendors and others, who want to put up a merchandise stall or think of other kinds of fun for gaming fans. Tables you can use are sized at 140 x 160 cm.
On the festival day doors to the building open at 13:00 and concerts start at 14:00. In the middle of the festival there is also a long break at 18:30–20:15, which is prime time for reach probably over a thousand gaming fans.
Are you a musician? Do you want to perform game music on the small stage in the lobby?
The small stage is centrally located in the lobby of Helsinki Hall of Culture. It has an upright piano is best suitable for acoustic groups, ranging from solo pianists up to ~8 musicians. You can perform one or many pieces, either at 13:00–14:00 or 18:30–20:15. Thus far three artists have signed up, but there is still room for more. Everyone is welcome – beginners, amateurs and professionals!
Would you like to be a helping hand at the festival?
All vendors, musicians and helping hands will naturally get a free ticket to the festival. If you are intrested, please get in touch.