Finland’s oldest rock club

About Tavastia

Tavastia is one of Europe’s oldest rock clubs still running. Here, you can find answers to practical questions about the venue. 

Urho Kekkosen katu 4–6/Open on gig days Sun–Thu 8 pm–1 am, Fri–Sat 8 pm–4 am (unless otherwise indicated)/Age limit 18 

FAQ

What time does the band start playing?

Yes, we know: you want to be there when the band starts playing. This is why we try to announce the show time on our front page about a week before the gig. You will find the same information on the gig’s event page, and quite often also on Facebook on the day of the gig.

Please check the show time once more on the day of the gig. For example, an additional opening band may cause the times to change even at short notice.

As a general guideline, we can tell you that weeknight gigs quite often take place between 9 pm and midnight. There are often late night gigs on Fridays, but on Saturdays the bands finish before 11:30 pm, when the Lauantaidisko disco begins. However, we always agree separately on the show time for each gig, and the duration of gigs varies.

I will need tickets, right?

You may place tickets for gigs into the shopping basket by clicking them directly on our website. After this, you will move to the Tiketti online shop, where you can take a further look at Tavastia’s gigs before paying, if you’d like. For example, you can order the tickets to your e-mail as a PDF attachment or to your mobile as an SMS.

If you want personal service, you can go to Tiketti Galleria near Tavastia and look at the art while buying the tickets at the counter. Tiketti also has several other sales offices in Helsinki and in various parts of Finland, and if you book your tickets in advance, you can collect them from any R-kioski kiosk. You can book your tickets online or using our telephone service at 0600 11616 (€1.78/min + local network charge, Mon–Sun 9 am–9 pm). Click here for more information.

Tavastia is a popular venue, and our gigs often sell out. In other words, buying an advance ticket not only saves you money but also ensures that you get to see the gig. However, if the traffic lights on our website are green on the day of the gig, you can safely head for Tavastia and buy your ticket at the door.

Is there wheelchair access to the venue, and will my assistant need a ticket?

In most cases, personal assistants have free entry to gigs, and there is unobstructed wheelchair access to the venue. However, event-specific exceptions are possible, so please contact our hall manager Pekka Görman (pekka.gorman@tavastiaklubi.fi/+358 [0]500 706 4400) before coming.

Is there a cloakroom fee?

Our cloakroom fee is €3. You only need to pay if you use the service. Please note that outdoor clothing, heavy belongings and professional cameras must be left at the cloakroom. A thick winter jacket would take up space from others, let alone a backpack.

Can I take photos at the gig?

Sure! Save and share memories to your heart’s content! (As long as you do it without using a flash.) #tavastia #tavastiaklubi

However, we recommend that you live in the moment – at Tavastia, you have a rare chance to see the artist live and not through a lens. Please also note that if you want to take photos of other guests or staff members, you will need their permission to do so.

In order to use professional equipment (e.g. large SLR cameras/detachable lenses/tripods) or publish artist photos for purposes other than personal use, you will need a press pass from the artist’s representatives. Mikko Merimaa (mikko.merimaa@tavastiaklubi.fi) will guide you if you don’t know how to contact the record company/manager.

Some artists do not want photos to be taken at their gigs. We honour such requests and inform the audience of the photo ban by posting notices on the walls.

Help – I was at a gig and lost my keys!

Lost and found items are taken care of by Suomen Löytötavarapiste (0600 04401, €1.67/min + local network charge), which picks them up from the venue every Wednesday. If you are in a hurry to get your lost belongings back – as may be the case with things like keys – you can e-mail Stadin Dörtsi at infosdoy@gmail.com or call our info number +358 (0)9 774 67 4200 earlier in the week.

Will an early evening ticket give me access to a late night gig?

A Saturday-night gig ticket always gives you access to Tavastia’s Lauantaidisko disco on the same night. Tickets to the disco are also always sold at the door and in advance. By the way, an advance ticket entitles you to skip the queue, if you don’t feel like freezing in the Helsinki night!

In most cases, you can stay for Friday’s late night gigs with an early evening gig ticket. However, if the late night gig starts to sell out, those with an advance ticket are given privilege and an early evening ticket is not enough for admittance. The traffic lights also help you in this: if a late night gig is shown green on the day of the gig, there will be no problems.

I am a lucky VIP card owner! What does this mean in practice?

With a VIP card, you can see most gigs at Tavastia by just paying the cloakroom fee. If a gig starts selling out in advance, VIP cardholders will also need a ticket. We will inform you on the gig’s event page when a VIP card does not give you access to the gig. You can look at the traffic lights for advance information: if the light goes yellow for the gig, you should purchase a ticket.

I am afraid of finding out too late that my favourite band is coming to Tavastia.

The most popular gigs may sell out in five minutes (Helldone, anyone?), so it pays to follow our communications. We will tip you off about upcoming gigs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and we also have a newsletter worth subscribing to!

Contacts

HELSINGIN ROCK AND ROLL OY

Urho Kekkosen katu 4–6 / 00100 Helsinki / info@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)9 774 67 4200

LOST AND FOUND

Vahtimestari Stadin Dörtsi / infosdoy@gmail.com 
Suomen Löytötavarapiste / 0600 04401 (1,67 €/min+pvm)

TAVASTIA PROMOTER

Juhani Merimaa / juhani.merimaa@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)50 505 3066

HALL MANAGER

Pekka Görman / pekka.gorman@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)50 0706 440

RESTAURANT MANAGER

Nina Hartikainen / nina.hartikainen@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)40 778 8730

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Pauliina Pesonen / pauliina.pesonen@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)40 529 4986

VENUE HIRE & CATERING

Pauliina Pesonen / tapahtumat@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)40 529 4986

EVENT PLANNING
(FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS)

Maria Silvasto / maria.silvasto@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 50 560 2865

TICKET SALES/MARKETING

Mikko Merimaa / mikko.merimaa@tavastiaklubi.fi

AUDIO SYSTEMS

Antti Kirvesmäki / tekniikka@tavastiaklubi.fi / +358 (0)40 838 8084

LIGHTS

Pekka Olava / pekka@olava.fi / +358 (0)40 548 6283

BACKLINE CONTACT

Risto Järvelin / Backline Rental Finland / +358 (0)44 017 1190