LORDI Homecoming Party Was Largest-Ever Public Gathering In Helsinki

According to Helsingin Sanomat, Friday evening's (May 26) celebrations of monster-band LORDI's Eurovision Song Contest success were the largest public gathering ever seen in Helsinki.

According to official police estimates, the crowd at the free concert in the Market Square numbered around 90,000, which is twice the capacity of the Olympic Stadium. [Watch a clip of LORDI's performance at Helsinki's Market Square at this location. Footage of the crowd can be found here.]

More people turned out to welcome the five-piece band home than did for example after Finland's hockey players won the World Championship in 1995. Originally that gathering was said to have attracted as many as 100,000, but it is believed that only 30,000 or so were in the square for the actual event.

Another large public gathering was the free concert some years ago in the Kaivopuisto Park headlined by Latino singer SHAKIRA, which allegedly drew around 80,000.

Police arrived at their current figure for the LORDI party after examining aerial photographs of the extent of the crowd, which stretched well back into the Esplanade Park and along streets adjacent to the Market Square.

The event was also watched on television by more than a million Finns.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).