Helsinki, Finland, 25 October 2022 — The Finale of Finland’s biggest music show, UMK – Contest for New Music, will be held at Logomo in Turku on 25 February 2023. Running all night long, the UMK23 event will showcase a wide-ranging and surprising host of contestants, who will be announced in January.
In February, Turku’s Logomo will be positively buzzing with the excitement that only UMK and Eurovision can offer. The Contest for New Music UMK will culminate in the Finale, which starts with the UMK preparty, followed by a live television broadcast, and an after-party.
During the evening, the audience will be treated to seven spectacular contestant performances as well as world-class opening numbers and intermission acts by top Finnish artists. The after-party will be held in Logomo at the UMK Club, YleX Street, and Viisudisco until 4:00am. Artists performing at the event include DJ Orkidea, VJ Hellstone, Club La Persé, and Fiona Timantti.
Tickets for the all-night UMK23 and Eurovision experience are now available at Lippu.fi/umk.
UMK23 artists will be announced on 11 January 2023
363 song entries participated in the upcoming contest and the seven finalist artists and songs have now been chosen. This year, choosing the finalists was especially challenging for the jury, which consists of music professionals.
“Expectations for this season are extraordinarily high after last year’s stunning success,” says head of the UMK jury and YleX Head of Music Tapio Hakanen.
“The seven finalists include familiar faces and new, up-and-coming talents. We have, among others, the best dance song in the UMK history sung by an unbelievably strong new singer, a song that just oozes sexuality by a well-known artist, a heartbreakingly beautiful ballad by one of Finland’s biggest export hopefuls, well-known and up-and-coming bands, and one of the hardest rap bangers in UMK history.”
The UMK23 artists will be announced on 11 January. Each artist’s song will be announced on its own day every weekday from 12-20 January 2023.
UMK – Contest for New Music
Yle’s UMK – Contest for New Music is Finland’s biggest music show. The winner of UMK goes from an audience of millions in Finland to performing in front of hundreds of millions of international viewers watching Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s biggest music entertainment programme.The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom on behalf of Ukraine in the spring of 2023.
Every song in UMK22 rose to the Top 50 on Finland’s Spotify charts, with the most popular songs taking the top spots of nearly every chart. To date, these songs have racked up over 31 million streams. BESS’s Ram pam pam was the year’s most played song on Finnish radio and the most streamed song online. On YouTube, UMK22-related content has been viewed over 6.5 million times, with many videos hitting the most-trending lists soon after their release. UMK is also attracting interest abroad: over a third of the views on YouTube were outside of Finland.