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.   

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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.

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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 OutKastJanelle 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

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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.

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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.