NEWS press

20 October 2014

Helen Sildna has been awarded with the Tampere Music Award for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business

TMW team and Enterprise Estonia's foreign representative in Finland, Valdar Liive.
Photo: Teemu Reini

The 25th annual conference for music industry professionals Music & Media Finland presented Helen Sildna, founder an
d director of Tallinn Music Week, with Tampere Music Award for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business. The award was presented at the Industry Awards Gala at Tampere Hall on October 18, 2014. 

Tampere Music Award was presented for the 5th time. Helen Sildna is the youngest person and the first woman to receieve the award. The winners from previous years are: Rein Lang, Minister of Justice, Estonia (2010), Artemyi Troitsky, cultural spokesperson and music journalist, Russia (2011), Jan Sneum, live producer and rock reporter at Danmarks Radio (2012), Jonas Sjöström, founder, owner and CEO of Playground Music Scandinavia, Sweden (2013).

 „Tampere Music Award is given to a person who has taken music industry forward in an exceptional manner. This can be an innovation, new income stream, or a company assisting music to go forward in any of its sectors from developing talent to live music and new services, products or channels. Helen Sildna has created new advancement in all of these, as well as taking an entire country, the Estonian music to the world map,“ said Paulina Ahokas, Managing Director of Tampere Hall and founder of Music Export Finland.

A fair share of praise was also given to two Estonian bands that performed at Lost In Music festival organized by Music & Media. Ziggy Wild, armed with batty image and hair-metal riffs, charmed the rockologist crowd at Pakkahouse Club, whilst Faun Racket’s stab-driven avant-pop left some hard-nosed industry men in awe.

"Faun Racket's combination of textured electronica and a voice from heaven really captured my imagination and left me wanting to hear more,“
said Nick Triani, Radio Helsinki DJ and the head of Soliti record label. British music journalist Andrew Childs described Faun Racket’s performance as "a veritable hoo-hah of electronic mayhem that falls somewhere between a groove gyratory and a rave in reverse".

Helen Sildna is the founder and director of Tallinn Music Week, an annual talent showcase festival and music industry conference in Tallinn, Estonia. She has been involved in music industry for over 14 years as a promoter, artist booker and  spokesperson for the new generation of local music entrepreneurs. She also runs and owns a music promotion company Musiccase and is an active member of various cultural development associations. She has been a board member of Estonian Culture Council, and is a member of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Advisory Board. Helen was also involved in setting up Music Estonia.  

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Remarkable Finnish Music Industry Award TAMPERE MUSIC AWARD to Helen Sildna, founder of Tallinn Music Week

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TMW artist application round is open, delegates’ passes on sale with an “early bird” rate

The delegates’ registration with a special “early bird” rate of 100 euros and artist application round for Tallinn Music Week 2015 is now open at The seventh edition of Tallinn Music Week festival will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 25-28 March 2015.

Tallinn Music Week is an annually held music industry conference and showcase festival gathering an impressive number of regional and worldwide musical talent and industry players since 2009. TMW brings together around 800 music industry professionals, more than 200 local and international acts and an audience of around 20,000 to the capital of Estonia for three days of music.  

TMW continues to present a multi-genre approach, offering a balanced mix of local headliners and up-and-coming names, cutting-edge acts and trendsetters from all contemporary genres, from avant-garde to pop and classical music. The festival programmeis put together on the basis of artist applications by a broad team of local music experts. Applications from all music genres and scenes are welcome.

The festival’s role as a significant platform for emerging acts around the world has grown steadily. In 2014 TMW presented 78 international artists from 21 different countries to an enthusiastic audience of around 20,000. Among the acts who have successfully tested their breakthrough potential at TMW and moved on to bigger stages are Danish dark rockers Get Your Gun and Belarusian cold-wave group Super Besse, to mention a few, whilstsomemore established acts, likeBerlin artpop trio Ballet School, Danish electro electro extraordinaires Rangleklods, or Kongolesian-Finnish hiphop act Gracias, have secured a solid local fanbase and found their way back to the region on several occasions.

TMW’s two-day music industry conference with its top international and local speakers, traditionally covers a wide range of topics from local cultural policy and regional cooperation to hands-on artist management tips and global music business models. Each year’s conference also hosts a “celebrity talk” with a music industry legend. Estonian president’s, Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ traditional opening speech of Tallinn Music Week is always a special treat to look forward to.Throughout TMW’s existence, an impressive number of well-known international experts have participated in the conference panel discussions, among them Seymour Stein, the legendary founder and president of Sire Records (Madonna, Ramones), influential managers Petri Lunden (Cardigans, Europe), Edward Bicknell (Dire Straits, Scott Walker, Bryan Ferry), Peter Jenner (Pink Floyd) and many others.

TMW conference programme will be published in February 2015. Take a look at last year’s seminar schedule here:


TMW 2014 got coverage in around 200 international articles and news channels: Focus Germany, BBC Travel, YLE, Helsingin Sanomat, Radio Helsinki, Der Spiegel, Diena, Latvian Television, Lietuvos Rytas, The St. Petersburg Times, GAFFA, Dazed Digital, MOJO Magazine, Clash and many more. Each year the festival is attended by representatives of influential international media (MOJO, Drowned in Sound, The Guardian etc), record labels (Sire/Warner, Universal, Matador Records, Captured Tracks etc) and festivals (Sonar, Eurosonic, Great Escape, Glastonbury etc).

Tallinn Music Week also includes the following sub-programmes:

TMW City Stage programme– free intimate pop-up concerts and special sets from festival acts in Tallinn’s various cafés, galleries, bookshops and other public places.

TMW Talks– series of music-related public interviewsand discussions in cozy cafes of Tallinn.

TMW Tastes– a handpicked selection of the town's best restaurants, cafés and eateries that offer special menus and discounts to festival guests.

Artist applications will be accepted and the special “Early Bird” offer for the delegate’s pass runs until 1st December 2014.


Tallinn Music Week 2014:

34 stages

227 artists from

21 countries, including 149 artists from Estonia

22 858 festival visitors

813 conference delegates,

307 delegates from Estonia, 506 from abroad

74 694 unique web page visits from 124 countries 

Our delegates have said:

Juha Kyyrö
, Fullsteam (FIN)

“TMW makes you feel like Tallinn is the new Berlin. Everyone is here, and everything is easy and amazing.”

Artemyi Troitsky

“Perfectly organized, informative and truly entertaining, the Tallinn Music Week has become a landmark of Estonian cultural life and is a visible spot on the map of international conferences and showcases. There've been many attempts to fill the gap between the arrogant western music biz and the mysterious Eastern European market, but so far only the TMW seems to be effective in this respect. Inspiring atmosphere, great clubs, vibrant local scene and expert selection of bands make TMW showcases really worthwhile and never disappointing. And on the top of that you get the city of Tallinn itself – the hottest property of Nordic European cool. Amazingly, it works great even at zero degrees.”

Jazz Monroe, Drowned in Sound (UK):

„Evidently Estonia has pulled out the stops to establish Tallinn as a post-Soviet culture hub. This festival has sophisticated restaurants, champagne conferences and an opening speech from the president.“

Nils Bernstein, Matador Records (USA):

"I was very impressed with my first visit to Tallinn Music Week, the perfect mix of ideas, conversation, and music.  It is one of the most professionally run festivals of its kind, but with the convivial attitude of SXSW. Before coming to TMW, I didn't realize what a modern and creative capital Tallinn is (and what great restaurants!), and events like this illustrate what an important tool music can be for cultural diplomacy. Can't wait to come back!"

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TMW hosts Meet Estonia party at Berlin Music Week

Tallinn Music Week  together with Estonian Tourist Board and Enterprise Estonia will host Meet Estonia party at Berlin Music Week on Friday, 5th September.

TMW Skype Award 2014 winner Odd Hugo and producer and DJ Sander Mölder will be taking stage at the legendary Berghain Kantine, Rüdersdorfer Strasse 70 at 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to stop by for a drink, snack, music and conversation.
Join the event HERE

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New Estonian releases: Blood Pavilion ‘Horriru’, Pastacas & Tenniscoats ‘Yaki-Läki Versions’

BLood Pavilion - Horriru

Blood Pavilion
, a techno moniker for Jarmo Nuutre (Skull Trading, ex-Talbot), released  a new digital EP ‘Horriru’ this week on Bandcamp, Deezer and Spotify. Expect hypnotic mixture of dark-hop and drum’n’bass, extra hard-hitting kicks’n’bleeps and a sort of flatpack noosewave that sounds like Satan trudging through the snow.

"Horriru" at Bandcamp

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Pastacas & Tenniscoats - Yaki-Läki Versions

Estonian lo-fi geek punk Pastacas and Japanese twee-pop duo Tenniscoats have some fresh plate for you - LP ‘Yaki-Läki Versions’, a remix compilation of the original joint album ‘Yaki-Läki’ (Õunaviks 2013). ‘Yaki-Läki Versions’ is released on 15th of August in Estonia (Õunaviks, 12”) and October 2014 in Japan (Afterhours, CD).

‘Yaki-Läki Versions’ is a vinyl debut for Õunaviks label, featuring remixes by Daisuke Namiki, British-Japanese duo Fleckfumie and Estonian shoegaze band Imandra Lake.

Listen to Yaki Udon (Fleckfumie remix)


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Summing up Tartu Music Week 2014

Carnival Youth at Tartu Music Week. Photo: Berta Vosman

Tallinn Music Week’s sister festival Tartu Music Week took place at the Tartu New Theatre and in an anti-jamboree city oasis New Courtyard on August 22-23.

For the third year in a row, the festival visitors could enjoy cosy outside performances as well as eventful club nights packed with quality acts from Estonia and countries nearby. Valuable tips on tour management, pan-Baltic career opportunities and polishing the songwriting skills were shared between music industry insiders and go-getters during the music seminar and special mentoring sessions.  Additional festivities included Biit Me pop-up record shop, music quiz for wiseacres and ping-pong tournament. 

Festival’s guest acts were internationally acclaimed Kongolesian-Finnish hip-hop group Gracias, Lithuanian postrockers Without Letters and Latvia’s bright young upstarts Carnival Youth.

Estonian acts were represented by internationally acclaimed underground dance music kings Ajukaja & Andrevski, cinematic bass duo Faun Facket, daring artpoppers Badass Yuki, hiphop philosophers DVPH and Tartu’s very own ambassodor of new electronic music, Sander Reinus. DJ sets were divided by residents of popular club-series Tallinn Jäck City and eclectic house aficionados Parmani People.

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Metsatöll to tour North America this autumn

Estonian folk metal band Metsatöll will return to North America this fall in support of their album „Karjajuht“. Metsatöll and Faroese metal band TYR will accompany German new wave folk metal heavyweights Eluveitie on the tour that is set to kick off on September 9th in Baltimore, MD and wrap up in New York, NY on October 22nd at the famed Irving Plaza. 

Having formed in 1999, Metsatöll have given more than 490 performances and have sold more than 100 000 records. Throughout their career the band have honed their uniquely Estonian “otherness” into an unmistakable mosaic of sounds, a tradition they are constantly expanding and improving.  

Metsatöll's album “Karjajuht” (“Pack Leader”, Spinefarm/Universal) which came out on March 7 2014 in Estonia, was welcomed beyond expectations – 5000 copies of the usual CD, limited CD and vinyl were sold within the first few months, making this the most successful Estonian album of Universal Music.

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Listen to ‘Külmking’ from ‘Karjajuht‘ album

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