In pictures: Ville Valo’s Helldone New Year’s party

After years in stasis, Ville Valo brought Helldone festival back to Helsinki for a New Year’s Eve to remember (depending on how much booze was involved). Taking over the city’s iconic Tavastia Club – a favourite of the HIM singer, and a venue that played a pivotal role in the band’s early days – VV invited hundreds of their biggest fans down to the Finnish capital for sold-out night of love metal and gothic revelry.

In fact, tonight is a special one for the venue itself, as Juhani Merimaa – man who has run the Tavastia venue since 1980 and booked some of HIM’s first shows – is departing after more than 40 years. Helldone is his final night in charge, and what a way to bow out, alongside one of the city’s biggest musical success stories. Here he is, popping the champagne at midnight…