Lordi gathering biggest ever

by Richard West-Soley 119 views

Finland's victorious monster rockers seem prone to breaking record after record. After not only achieving the highest ever Eurovision score at the Athens contest, Friday evening's street celebrations for the band were the largest public gathering ever seen in Helsinki's history, according to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Police estimate that the free concert in Helsinki's Market Square drew crowds in excess of 90,000 people. This smashes the figure for Finland's victorious hockey players who returned to Helsinki victorious in 1995, and were cheered by crowds of up to 30,000. Previously, Latin songstress Shakira had also drawn large crowds at an open-air concert in Kaivopuisto Park, but still with only 80,000 fans present, she comes in at second place to Lordi.

The event was also televised to an estimated one million Finns. The popularity of theshow stands as proof of the continued sense of joy and pride at Finland's first Eurovision Song Contest win after 45 years of poor to mediocre placings.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.