Finland's premier metal festival, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival (taking place June 30 – July 2, 2006 in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki) has decided to take action in assisting Finland's controversial Eurovision song contest participants LORDI with unrealistic pyrotechnics expenses.
Although LORDI representing Finland in the Eurovision song contest raised very blunt opinions from the start, things took a serious turn for the worse when Finnish National Radio received a cost estimate for the pyrotechnics required in LORDI's show. The German company who has the exclusive rights in providing the special effects for the contest, presented the Finns with an estimate which is in no way compatible with the tariffs of past years, the final amount climbing to tens of thousands of euros. Currently the Finnish National Radio (YLE) is pondering the option of pulling out of the contest altogether.
Tuska Festival is no stranger when it comes to struggling with tariffs, therefore Tuska organization is deeply concerned with the current situation. Pyrotechnics are a vital part of LORDI's show and performing without them makes no sense.
Tuska Festival promoter Jouni Markkanen pointed out that if public funds aren't sufficient to put on a proper show, "let's get the money elsewhere." Therefore Tuska Festival will pay the first 5,000 euros of the pyrotechnic costs. This is also intended as a challenge for others working within the music industry to do their share. Even smaller amounts help.
Tuska Festival takes place right in the center of Helsinki, 2006 edition being the ninth consecutive annual Tuska event. This year's line-up features the likes of VENOM, CELTIC FROST and SONATA ARCTICA along with 28 other metal artists. LORDI appeared at Tuska in 2003.