Freezing For Fun

Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki – 3 December, 2023

Despite little rest from the previous concert just a day before, the band delivered a fantastic performance in Helsinki, Finland, and saw thousands of people to happily freeze themselves in order to see the one and only Till Lindemann. Even in such a cold, the band managed to bring the heat and create an amazing experience for their entire audience.

By Sez and KidArctica

There is a plethora of different memories one can think of when wanting to look back at a concert. Funny moments, emotional moments, musicians going crazy… but in truth, the thing that comes to mind first about the Till Lindemann concert in Helsinki is just how freezing cold Finland truly is. Tallinn the day before had already been quite cold for your regular German, but Helsinki dropped the thermometer by another few digits to about -12 °C. This is the kind of weather that is actively telling you to arrive at a venue as late as possible, because even an hour outside is gonna be uncomfortable to stand through. Surprisingly, however, it looked like more people were lined up in Helsinki shortly before doors than in Tallinn the night before. Finns are simply built different, it seems.

Helsinki Ice Hall has a capacity of 8 200 people and is normally used for ice hockey events. As was the case in the previous concert, the ground was covered in mats to allow people to stand without freezing or slipping. This time, we weren’t quite as lucky with the entry and found ourselves positioned on the right side of the stage in second, third and fourth row. This did very little to dampen our mood though, as we still had a good view of the stage and were just enjoying being there amongst good friends. As we were standing in our little group before the show, a wild Joe Letz suddenly appeared out of thin air in front of the crowd, handed a mysterious object to a friend and disappeared just as quickly. Our confusion quickly transitioned into hysterical laughter as we inspected the object and identified it as a big silicone vagina – like the ones Joe’s feisty drummer alter ego Sandy Beaches wears as part of her stage costume. What a lovely gift!

21:00 came lightning fast with us caught up between laughing at Joe’s gift and having very serious discussions about the differences in definition between boats, ships, and ferries after travelling to Helsinki on a boat ferry. As the lights were dimmed, everyone turned to the stage, cheering in anticipation. It was time for some live music to start!

Phantom Vision delivered another rock-solid performance. Even after only hearing their music two times, keyboardist Tiago Barbosa‘s dramatic “Tiiiiiime is the master”-background vocals have already created an earworm I can’t seem to shake. Singer Pedro Morcego Santos‘s stage antics continued to entertain as he found new creative ways to shake his microphone around. Holding it far away, then approaching one’s face, passing it and moving it away to the opposite direction again while singing a long note is certainly something I haven’t seen before. Phantom Vision are truly fun to watch. The general audience seemed a little reserved during the opening act, which might be attributed to there being some truth to the prejudice about “polite nodding” being the height of Finnish concert audience’s excitement.

Constance and Jes, by KidArctica
Till Lindemann, by KidArctica

In any case, Aesthetic Perfection entered the stage at around 21:40 and raised the heat of the slowly warmed-up audience. Singer/rapper/growler Daniel Graves brought his usual level of contagious frantic energy that, combined with guitarist Lore Jarocinski‘s dynamic movements across the stage, motivated everyone to let loose and follow along. It is very impressive how Lore can play so well while running from side to side, shaking her head with her long ponytail in all directions imaginable. A friend has dubbed her “the helicopter” before and I can see why. Drummer Mike Schopf gave it his all once again and gave the Aesthetic Perfection set the rhythmic backbone in the midst of his hair-nado. The band delivered a great performance and hyped the audience up for the main act of the evening.

The silhouettes of Till Lindemann band appeared before the red backdrop at around 22:20 and made the crowd finally fully commit to the ensuing insanity. It has to be said that it felt like the band wasn’t quite as playful as the day before in Tallinn. They might have been tired since there was no rest day between the two shows, so the band members didn’t have a lot of time to recover from the previous night. Still, they put on one hell of a show and made sure the Helsinki crowd had an amazing concert night, no matter if you leave the show as a walking advertisement for a cake factory or not.

After Fat, Till went to hump one of the innocent microphone stands as Danny Lohner stood in the back, watching the singer with a look of disbelief on his face. Till’s antics are often funny to watch, but in this case it was actually a lot funnier to simply watch Danny watch Till be Till.

Allesfresser came around and flashbacks from the cake carnage in Tallinn came rushing in with it. Joe made Till taste one of the cakes and then sent it on its way to the audience. Constance Day did a great job of playing it innocent before slam-dunking a cake into someone’s face. A girl in front row actually caught one of the cakes and continued to eat from it during the rest of the show. One of our major goals this time was to not end up in a cake situation as bad as the night before. To ensure that, we came prepared – raincoats is the answer! They were red, so we could even hide from the elements while following the aesthetics of the band at the same time. Of course, not being in front row also helps reduce the risk of getting plowed down by a flying cake drastically. No matter if it was the position in the audience or the raincoats, but our plan actually worked and we remained cake-free and during Blut even mostly dry this time.

During Golden Shower, Jes Paige decided to spice the performance up a bit and lay down on Constance’s keyboard podium, right beneath her legs. One is left wondering what that was supposed to hint at during this particular song. Emily Ruvidich seemed to be in a very destructive mood during this show, as she continuously kicked over microphones with her impressively high platform-boots. It looks like Till might have found a master pupil in the art of microphone-kicking.

In general, while the Helsinki show didn’t leave as many special impressions on me as my first Till Lindemann show in Tallinn, it did hammer in again just how great the Zunge album works live. Every song from the new album had me fully on board, head-banging, throwing my hands in the air and shouting along. And I definitely wasn’t the only one. But the older songs didn’t fall behind and instead kept the setlist dynamic and the energy high. As always, the whole band was a joy to watch. By now, it is very hard to imagine anyone else being up on stage with Till performing these songs. As the show ended far too soon with Till’s familiar “and I say goodbye”, people weren’t too happy to leave the venue – and not just because it was -12 °C outside.


  1. Zunge
  2. Schweiss
  3. Fat
  4. Altes Fleisch
  5. Allesfresser
  6. Golden Shower
  7. Tanzlehrerin
  8. Ich weiß es nicht
  9. Sport frei
  10. Blut
  11. Praise Abort
  12. Platz Eins
  13. Fish On
  14. Gummi
  15. Steh auf
  16. Knebel
  17. Ich hasse Kinder
  18. Skills In Pills

Sez and KidArctica are RammWiki editors who have been part of the website for years, working in the background with edits and content. Fun fact: Sez ruins half of KidArctica’s photos on a regular basis due to her hands getting in the way. Sorry!

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