I'm there in November, and want to catch some solid death metal shows if I can. I'll be near Tikkakoski, and I've no idea where that is in relation to anything else, and I'll be there for about 10 days.
What are my odds on being within driving distance of a place to see some bands?
The closest town to Tikkakoski is Jyväskylä, which is 20 km from there. I tried to check for some gigs there but it doesn't look very promising, though I guess bands might book gigs on a shorter notice. On November 4 there's these guys in Jyväskylä at least.
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I've never been to Jyväskylä so I'm not sure about the venues.
If you're prepared to drive a bit there's Tampere 100 miles away, that might have a more active music scene. Helsinki has the most active live scene but it's 170 miles away and I guess that's a bit too far. Though looking at the scheduled gigs in most places, November seems kind of dead. Might be that they haven't booked gigs that far ahead of time.