Big-name Artists Cancel Their Gigs at Särkänniemi’s Closing Ceremony Because of the Dolphins

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Lauri Tähkä, the Finnish pop singer. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Lauri Tähkä, the Finnish pop singer. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The transfer of Delfi, Veera, Eevertti and Leevi – the dolphins that were moved from Särkänniemi Dolphinarium to the Attica Zoological Park in Greece last Saturday – caused a stir in the media about the ethics of dolphinariums. (Read our report here.)

After adjusting to the new climate, the dolphins are destined to perform in “educational” shows, which many experts condemn as pointless. The zoo has also been criticized by animal rights organizations for harsh conditions.

Now three big-name Finnish artists that were supposed to perform at Särkänniemi’s celebration for the end of the season next Saturday in Tampere have canceled their shows.

Delfi, Veera, Eevertti and Leevi swimming in the tank at the former Särkänniemi Dolphinarium. Picture: Särkänniemi

Delfi, Veera, Eevertti and Leevi swimming in the tank at the former Särkänniemi Dolphinarium. Picture: Särkänniemi

“Unfortunately, I have to cancel my performance at the concert in Särkänniemi amusement park on September 3. The reason is the news concerning the actions of the amusement park and ethical matters,” Lauri Tähkä, the Finnish pop artist, said on Facebook.

Happoradio, the Finnish rock band, canceled as well. “Hey. Happoradio will not perform in Särkänniemi on Saturday 3.9. Because the subject has lost its flavor, ” the group announced on Facebook.

The Finnish pop artist Erin, who recently released a new single “Sydäntä Särkee (My Heart is Hurt),” will not perform at Särkänniemi either. “I have decided to cancel my performance at the closing ceremony 3.9 in regards to the actions of Särkänniemi and the negative attention that the concert has attracted.”

Rock singer Jonne Aaron is the only scheduled artist who will step on stage. “I will most certainly perform. It’s the only gig I have in my hometown because I couldn’t make it to Tammerfest (the urban city festival in Tampere arranged in July),” he said in an interview for Aamulehti. “Everyone has their ethical principles, me too. If the dolphins would have been put to sleep, I would not perform.”

According to Tiina Mörttinen, the head of communications at Särkänniemi, it will be hard to find headliners to replace Lauri Tähkä, Erin and Happoradio on such short notice.

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