21the Funky Elephant Festival (eng)

When the Funky Elephant blows its fanfare and stomps into town with a bumping rhythm, you know for sure that spring has arrived to Helsinki! During the second weekend of April, Funky Amigos once again offer their audience a thumping trip into the world of black rhythm music.
The purpose of the festival is to bring together top-notch Finnish artists, upcoming new talent and current musical phenomena from funk to groove music, from hip hop to reggae as well as from jazz to world music. Our headliner this time around is the widely celebrated brass octet Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
A special emphasis in our lineup has also been given to Finnish afro sound. We’re also introducing a new feature, the Feel Good Lounge, where we’ll serve you brand new festival experiences with a different twist. Check out the festival’s full program and hop on the Elephant!

Funky Elephant Programme

Thursday 9.4. mbar

(19 – 24) / K20 / Free entry

21.30 The Megaphone State
20.30 Prenton Bless (CRC)
DJ’s Soulll & Funky Ville


Friday 10.4. The Circus

(20 – 04) / K18

01.00 Jätkäjätkät
23.00 Raappana & Puppa J & Sound Explosion Band
22.20 Funky Awards Ceremony w/Bet ‘Sis’ O’Valley
21.20 Laineen Kasperi & Palava Kaupunki
DJ: Selecta Andor

02.15 Reino Nordin
00.15 Soul Valpio Band
22.30 Yhdentekevää
DJ´s: R2ISDJ2 & I-Spin

00.30 Laughter Yoga session
DJ’s: Borzin (Radio Helsinki) & Positron 

Saturday 11.4. The Circus

(20 – 04) / K18
00.45 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA)
23.00 Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (FIN-BEN)
21.30 The Northern Governors
DJ Daddy Pales

24.00 Mama Longhorn (FIN-GUI)
22.30 Shava
20.45 Hustle Fuzz
DJ´s Klukva & Surfa

23.45 The Blassics
22.15 Leket Gui (FIN-SEN)
21.15 Laughter Yoga session
DJ Janski

Dates and programme subject to change.

Sunday 12.4. Pacifico

17–23 Free entry / K18

19.35 Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (USA, 98 min)
19.30 Remu Meets the Beat (FIN, 5 min)
18.00 Brothers Hypnotic (USA, 87 min)
17.30 Front Row Project (FIN, 15 min)
Funky Amigos dj’s

11–17 Brunch on sale until 16.00
No age limit. Free entry.


Prices: presale/door

THU Free entry
FRI 24/27€
SAT 28/31€
THU & SUN Free entry

Presale: Lippupalvelu (commision min. 2,5€)
mbar (no commission)


The main savannah of the Funky Elephant Festival on 10th to 11th of April is The Circus, a versatile event center in Kamppi, Helsinki with a capacity of up to 1500 people. With its extended setup and innovatively utilized spaces, there will be three different stages and a top-notch frames for a diverse festival experience. The opening night will be held in mbar on Thursday the 9th of April. The closing party of the festival with films and will celebrated in Pacifico on Sunday the 12th.

mbar (Mannerheimintie 22–24, Helsinki)
The Circus (Salomonkatu 1–3, Helsinki)
Pacifico (Helsinginkatu 15, Helsinki)

What is the Funky Elephant Festival?

The Funky Elephant Festival showcases the present state and current phenomenon of both local and global funky rhythm music. Genres like funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, afrobeat, world music are the essence of the festival, but we love all music. For us ‘funky’ describes all this music (instead of just ‘funk’) and we hope to push that ideology forward in our events. We both give opportunities for rising local names and bring in international stars.

Over the years the festival has hosted and promoted many major players in the Finnish scene, like Paleface, Jätkäjätkät, Don Johnson Big Band, Jukka Poika and many more. There have also been numerous international acts including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Tony Allen, Joe Bataan, Roy Ayers, Bonobo, The Coup and other stars of contemporary rhythm music.

Contact Info

Festival Director
Sami Mannerheimo
+358 50 4400 209

Festival Producer
Tytti Siukonen
+358 40 5834915

Funky Amigos ry (non-profit association)
Kaasutehtaankatu 1, 00540 Helsinki, Finland
International VAT: FI15732255