CRAZY REIN­DEER ARENA LA­P­LAND

RAKKAVAARANTIE 5, 99130 SIRKKA, FIN­LAND KOTA, SHAMANIC FOLK ARTIST

Kerrang! (UK) - - Gigs -

AL­RIGHT, KOTA! THIS ALL SOUNDS VERY FUN – CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THE CRAZY REIN­DEER ARENA IS LIKE IN­SIDE?

“You could say that it is pretty big – at least, on our scale! It holds about 1,000 to 2,000 peo­ple, with a large dance floor right in front of the stage, but there is also a lot of room around the mix­ing booth and near the bars, plus the balcony that goes around the dance floor.when it comes to the dé­cor there is a re­ally nice old-timey feel­ing there – it is al­most like en­ter­ing an enor­mous two-storey cabin in the woods, com­plete with its own stage and a cou­ple of bars. Nat­u­rally there are some mod­ern as­pects to the in­te­rior, but all in all it’s in good taste, keep­ing a main fo­cus on the ex­cess of tim­ber and rein­deer horns.”

AND WHAT KIND OF BANDS WOULD YOU NOR­MALLY FIND PLAY­ING HERE?

“I’d say that pretty much ev­ery sin­gle one of Fin­land’s bands from medium to huge [Chil­dren Of Bodom, Nightwish] has played the Hullu Poro, re­gard­less of genre. Since it is mostly a hol­i­day sea­son re­sort, there’s peo­ple vis­it­ing from all over Fin­land, not just from the lo­cal re­gion.also, for that ex­act same rea­son, I’d say that if your band is too un­der­ground, you are not go­ing to play there; for ex­am­ple Kor­pik­laani are big enough to get on their stage, but I doubt that we’ll be see­ing any black metal gigs here any time soon! It’s the kind of place that, sadly, has to fol­low trends.”

SO WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR – ARE THERE ANY OTHER BIG EVENTS?

“Well, it’s mostly a sea­sonal venue with an ob­vi­ous em­pha­sis on the win­ter hol­i­days. It’s part of a big­ger re­sort com­plex when there are skiers and snow­board­ers, so there are prob­a­bly some gigs and en­ter­tain­ment – com­edy nights and what­not.the kids get their Santa shows and the adults their pre­ferred en­ter­tain­ment. there’ s even some kind of adult en­ter­tain­ment event com­ing up with prom­ises of ‘sex and ac­tion’ – what­ever the hell that is…”

UM, OKAY! IS LA­P­LAND THE MOST KERRISTMASSY PLACE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD… IT MUST FEEL PRETTY DAMN FES­TIVE EV­ERY DAY OUT THERE, SURELY?

“To be honest with you, yes it does! That’s ac­tu­ally one of the rea­sons why I even­tu­ally re­lo­cated my­self a lit­tle bit more to the south of La­p­land. I’m not much of a Christ­massy per­son my­self, but I can imag­ine some­one who is into it more would en­joy them­selves quite a bit. Dur­ing the sum­mer it winds down be­cause, of course, that’s when Santa takes his yearly va­ca­tion.”

Giv­ing the Hol­i­day Inn a run for its money…

Santa is in the house for a mosh!

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