Text: Tuuli Põhjakas

The Complete Guide To Our Local Music Scene -- Part 1: Rock

If you are a music fan who loved going to live gigs back home, you’ll probably want to continue your concert-going lifestyle here in Estonia, as well. Outside of just seeing live music and discovering new bands, hanging out with like-minded people is a great way to make local friends in your new town. If you are into rock music, you will find your new friends from the rock clubs listed below.


Helitehas is a concert and a party hall that opened its doors back in 2019. Primarily intended for concerts and organized events, the hall can accommodate up to 1,500 people, making it one of the largest concert halls in Tallinn Tallinn, the largest city and capital of Estonia (population 440 000). . Built in an old industrial factory, complete with high ceilings and dark concrete walls, Helitehas boasts a very ominous and gloomy atmosphere, making it an ideal place to explore the landscapes of heavy music. 

Heavy metal isn't the only genre that gets highlighted at Helitehas, though: The venue also hosts raves, EDM, rap performances, private parties, and so on. 

Helitehas is the perfect concert venue for those who want a fun concert experience, and then going home immediately after, as there really is no opportunity to hang out at the venue after the show is over.

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Rockclub Tapper

Rockclub Tapper, founded in 2008 in a former office building in Tondi, is a meeting place for friends of alternative music. Tapper boasts an even murkier environment than Helitehas, as Tapper is a venue exclusively for rock music, and the concerts held in the club are always on the heavier side of the rock spectrum. 

The club's music program features a lot of black and death metal, as well as everything else that heavy-music lovers hear and see in their darkest of dreams. The blackbox-style hall is one of the best in Tallinn Tallinn, the largest city and capital of Estonia (population 440 000). in terms of acoustics and sound, and although the hall can only hold up to 500 people, it is far more spacious and atmospheric than you would imagine.

One of the features that makes Tapper special is how hidden and exclusive it feels: The venue is located in an old building, and is hidden amongst modern buildings that the ravages of time have not yet begun to bite. Tapper can be difficult to find at first, but once you've found it, you won't want to leave! It's definitely a special gem within Estonia's music scene.

Tapper isn't quite in the heart of the city, but the venue is just a stone's throw from the party epicenter, so moving into town after a concert isn't much of a feat.

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Barbar Rockclub

Helitehas and Tapper are primarily concert halls where events take place as needed. Barbar Rockclub is a bit different. For starters, Barbar is not your usual concert hall , as a large part of Barbar's core is made up of Estonian bands, hobbyists, and music lovers. This is important to note, because while Tapper and Helitehases feature the undisputed peaks of the world's heavy-music scene, Barbar unites a bold and local Estonian scene.

Additionally, Barbar's weekly program is extremely busy, dense, and exciting: The weekend program is are reserved for live concerts, where you can see exciting and fresh domestic rock music at an affordable price. The weekday program is full of exciting events, where there is no shortage of quizzes, "open-mic" concerts, comedy performances, poetry evenings, and even unexpected jams.
Barbar has a great atmosphere to it, and really does "check off every box" that you would expect from a rock club. With red walls and dim lighting, heavy music playing through the stereo, and tattooed construction walls, Barbar a place that any scene lover could fall in love with, and a place you won't forget!

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Kidrakuur Culture Club

Freshly opened in November, another great place to enjoy live rock music has sprouted in Tallinn Tallinn, the largest city and capital of Estonia (population 440 000). ! Kidrakuur Culture Club was born out out of a rehearsal room in the same building, where the Kidrakuur guitar workshop is located. The cultural program of Kidrakuur kickstarts on November 3, 2022 and will hopefully have a home in Tallinn Tallinn, the largest city and capital of Estonia (population 440 000). for a long time to come.

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About the author:

Tuuli Põhjakas is the culture editor for the daily paper, Postimees Postimees is an Estonian daily newspaper.
Tuuli has always dreamed of calling herself a writer, but until that day comes, she writes in Postimees Postimees is an Estonian daily newspaper. about her musical passions, ventures to a variety of concerts, and tries to find her way in this world. Tuuli has studied philosophy and religious studies at the University of Tartu University of Tartu - Tartu Ülikool is an Estonian higher education institute. , and has written two bachelor’s theses on Friedrich Nietzsche. Additionally, she hates talking about herself in the third person.