Finland: Meet the sensational 7 acts competing in 'UMK' 🇫🇮12 January 2022 at 12:00 CET
- Cyan Kicks
- The Rasmus
- Tommi Läntinen
- Isaac Sene
From Thursday 13 January, the songs (listed below) will be presented one-per-weekday on the Finnish streaming service Yle Areena, as well as on Youtube, Spotify, and other music streaming services at midnight (Eastern European Time) each day.
The UMK grand final takes place on Saturday 26 February (20:00 CET) and will be broadcast on Yle TV1, Yle Areena and Yle radio channels.
Following the show there’s a massive all-night UMK party planned at Turku Logomo from 19:00 – 04:00 (!) local time.
Let’s meet the participants…
Cyan Kicks – Hurricane
Revealed: Thursday 13 January
It wouldn’t be Finland without some serious rock, and this is the band to kick-off UMK with a BANG.
Cyan Kicks are a well-toured, alt-rock group from Helsinki with a clutch of very loud albums to their name.
BESS – Ram Pam Pam
Revealed: Friday 14 January
BESS is a Helsinki-based pop artist who combines electro-pop and house with catchy lyrics and addictive rhythms.
Her tracks have been streamed over 32 millions times on Spotify.
The Rasmus – Jezebel
Revealed: Monday 17 January
They’ve been watching…. They’ve been waiting… in the shadows… for UMK 2022!
One of Finland’s biggest exports, The Rasmus are perhaps best known for their 2003 mega-hit: In The Shadows.
Lauri Ylönen and his team are back to rock the roof off the Yle studios.
Younghearted – Sun Numero
Revealed: Tuesday 18 January
Singer Reeta Huotarinen and guitarists Atte Ranta and Emil Korkiakoski are known for their sensitive, acoustic songs and absolutely charming live gigs.
The trio have been performing together since 2015.
Olivera – Thank God I’m An Atheist
Revealed: Wednesday 19 January
Olivera says: ‘I don’t know where my songs come from. I just listen to the endless radio show inside my head and record the best parts of it.’
Now she’s hoping UMK viewers will tune into her frequency.
Tommi Läntinen – Elämä Kantaa Mua
Revealed: Thursday 20 January
The charismatic Tommi Läntinen has been writing, performing and recording his music for more than forty years.
A household name in Finland, Tommi is the 47th biggest selling solo male in his home country… just one place behind Sting and two ahead of Ricky Martin.
Isaac Sene – Kuuma Jäbä
Revealed: Friday 21 January
Isaac Sene mixes modern beats with social commentary to express his feelings through the music he produces.
Last year, the singer/songwriter released the song N-sana (‘N-Word’) exploring his experiences as a person of colour from Northern Savonia, Finland.
All 7 tracks will be available first on the UMK YouTube channel.