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Since 2006, The Finland Fest has catered to a loyal Japanese fan base by bringing over the best bands their Nordic homeland has to offer. This year’s showcase has been split up into two portions — the “World Music Showcase” and “Metal Attack.”

Two acts appearing at the “World Music Showcase” being held at Shibuya’s Club-O are Varttina and Alamaailman Vasarat. Varttina consist of three female vocalists who specialize in pop-infused folk. They sing in Karelian, a dialect from the eastern Karelia region of Finland, so lyrics may be a little difficult to understand. However, the band make up for that with strong harmonies that need little translation.

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