FINLAND KARAOKE – FINLAND’S GOT THE VOCALS.
Literally pass a Finn a mic and he will belt out a tune. The Good old pastime of Karaoke is such a popular activity in Finland. The country’s Sauna culture can almost be equalled to the Karaoke culture. With over 2000 Karaoke venues it is safe to say that Karaoke is here in Finland to stay.
IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM, JOIN THEM.
Still on my Wellness tour, Helsinki Chapter. After a brilliant sauna session with my favourite Kenyan partner in crime Ms. Sundstrom (she’s now Helsinki based) we decided we would carry on with the authentic Finnish wellness vibe, eat some brilliant Finnish food (lovely Reindeer steaks with salad and mushroom risotto) and do what the Finns do best… ummm karaoke anyone??.
All ROADS LEAD TO A KARAOKE BAR
We set off to Finland’s 1st Karaoke bar Pataässä Karaoke Bar I wasn’t expecting that. Finnish people are quite reserved, shy and definitely not extroverts. Don’t get me wrong when they are speaking to each other they may get slightly animated and even crack a few jokes. They just seem very shy around new people ( or people in general). They’ll look at you repeatedly but if you look back they quickly look away at their toes, ceiling or something…anything (in no particular order) as long as it’s away from you … but pass them a microphone and they’ll find some super hero bravado. Nothing shy about them now. Finnish people are second to the Japanese in their passion for a night singing their blues away in a Karaoke bar.
EVERYONE’S GOT THE XFACTOR.
Ummm…not quite. The beauty of Karaoke in Finland is that it’s an all inclusive pastime. Regardless of talent, experience or background all you have to do is grab a mic and release those vocal pipes, burst out a melody (whether you are in or out of tune does not come into play). The Finns come alive and the drinks flow. I didn’t realise there were so many Finnish songs and artists, the karaoke song book had thousands of Finnish songs and a separate book with International English version songs. Ms. Sundstrom and I contemplated doing an Alicia Keys & JayZ rendition of Newyork (we both wanted to be JayZ) so we set off to find our Finnish Alicia Keys without much success. The vibe was great, the drinks were flowing and the Finns came alive. Just like that, they turned into the friendliest, bubbliest all singing, all embracing & all dancing happy people. When in Finland you have to go to a Karaoke bar. The world could do with adopting the karaoke non-judgmental mentality in Finland, where the only rules are turn up, grab a mic, sing and have fun.
FINLAND KARAOKE FACTS … SOMETHING FOR THE KARAOKE PROS & AFICIONADOS
Karaoke World Championships was founded in Finland in 2003.
The 15th annual Karaoke World Championships Finals will be held in Helsinki, Finland, between 14th – 18th November 2017.
The World finals for the largest and most prestigious amateur singing contest in the world will return to the country that started it all for Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence!
HOME KARAOKE – Try this at home
Sing some old and new tunes with your friends and family for a fun night in.
This Karaoke kit will have everyone on the feet and dancing to the beat (a DC discount has been added and its now less £30, was £99.95)
For a More professional finish try this
Then you can apply for the World Karaoke Championships. I’ll be routing for you.
The Finnish capital Helsinki will be hosting a full week of Karaoke related events, do join in the fun if you visit Helsinki. Special thanks to Ms. Sundstrom for making me laugh and putting up with my out of tune singing, thanks to our new Finnish friends Tatu and crew who recommended this authentic Karaoke Bar and sang the night away Pataässä Karaoke Bar . DCx