Featuring some of the most stimulating acts and breathtaking visual arts in Scandinavia, the festival held in the prime of Helsinki is one to look out for.
Flow is the perfect name for the Finland’s premier music festival. Scheduled to be held between August 8 – 10th, it suggests relaxation, unhindered movement and gentle boundary pushing, all encapsulated in one small world. It’s a well maintained and relatively condensed site is easily accessible from the centre of Helsinki by public transport, bike or even by foot.
The line up is set to showcase some of the best international artists alongside local Finnish talent, of which there is a staggering amount. And this year’s offering looks set to further raise the bar, and will include the irrepressible OutKast, Janelle Monae, mix tape rap prince Joey Bada$$, the melancholic beauty of Bill Callahan and the emotional indie rock of The National. An exciting new announcement is that the elusive post-rock magicians Slint will also be performing. Check out the full line up HERE
For a music festival, the hospitality on offer extends miles farther than the music and the people. The food here is heads and shoulders above other festivals with a focus on high end, organic, local produce. This year a notable group of restaurants and café’s from Helsinki will be featured on site. There’s also a distinct environmentally friendly air with recycling depots everywhere.
There are also film screenings, visual art exhibitions and a plethora of non-music events taking place at the historic Suvilahti former power plant site. With stages scattered across tents, small venues and open spaces, Flow is a veritable cultural theme park. Set against a skyline dominated by industrial artists studios and imposing gas cylinders, at night when the myriad lights come on it’s a fairy tale come true.
An unmissable outing if your backpacking along the ice clad regions of Europe, you can buy your tickets for FLOW HERE.