The first annual Finnish Metal Expo will take place at Kaapelitehdas, in Helsinki on January 28-29, 2005. Finnish Metal Expo, FME for short, gives the opportunity for businesses working within metal music to display their products and expertise, make new contacts, check out new talents and most important of all, get fresh impressions and ideas.

For the fan, FME gives an excellent chance to get an overview of the Finnish metal industry. One can hear the record labels' latest releases, see the hottest up-and-coming bands perform live, witness the latest technology from equipment manufacturers, get inspired by instrument clinics, see up-to-date merchandise, or perhaps get that crucial realization of what it takes to lift your own band to that "next level."

On Saturday, January 29, the finals of the demo-band contest Hilselinko take place. Five of the hottest unsigned Finnish metal bands play a 25-minute set each, before a jury that consists of notable professionals in Finnish metal industry. The winner gets to play a set at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2005, plus assorted goodies.

International Metal Meeting is a get-together for European metal professionals during Finnish Metal Expo. IMM will take place in a private setting at Kaapelitehdas (old Cable Factory) during Finnish Metal Expo 2005 on January 28-29. There will be two sessions per day, starting with a specific case study / introduction, followed by open conversation. The case study leads the way to the main topic, which is presented in the form of a panel discussion. The panel is then followed by open conversation.

To attend the International Metal Meeting e-mail [email protected]

Participating in IMM is Musex, the agency created to initiate and facilitate the marketing, promotion and sales of Finnish music abroad.

Further information on FME and IMM, visit


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