The ninth edition of Flow festival is almost upon us, taking place between August 8th and 12th at the disused power plant Suvilahti, in the Sörnäinen district of Helsinki.
This year’s Flow, showcase an impressive line of international music acts, which include Bjork, Bon Iver, Feist, The Black Keys, Frank Ocean, Ane Brun, The War on Drugs, Nicolas Jaar, Four Tet & Caribou, Lykke Li, Friends, Saint Etienne, Death Grips, Miike Snow, Arch of Neo, Theo Parrish, AraabMuzik, A$AP Rocky, St. Vincent, Jason Moran and The Bandwagon plus Horace Andy among many of the acts. For full line up additions and timetables please check: www.flowfestival.com
Flow further showcases a varied program of experimental and jazz music in its concept stage “The Other Sound”. Both international and domestic artists such as California based Sun Araw, The Orchestra of Spheres, US band Sleep ∞ Over, Goodiepal as well as the Finnish Pekka Airaksinen, Sami Sänpäkkilä, The Splits to name a few. The Other Sound stage take place at the Cirko and the Voimala venues on site. The festival will also include local Finnish artists such as Jukka Poika, Gracias, Siinai, Verneri Pohjola Quartet, Black Twig, Bendagram and Kuusumun Profeetta.
The festival features in the newest in design, visual arts, films, architecture and talks. On the design front, Flow will present the festival area entry installation, “Fountain”, designed by the award-winning Harri Koskinen / Friends of Industry Ltd, the festival’s Visual artist of the year Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen’s work “Passage”, and the unique Wastelands stage, titled Balloon presented in co-operation with the architectural assembly related to the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 program.
Films presented the festival are all premiere screenings in Finland. The documentary “Marley” takes a close look into the life of reggae legend Bob Marley, “SubBerlin” showcases the evolution of the Berlin electronic music scene through one of its key entities, Tresor club, and “Sounds and Silence” takes a peek into the globe-trotting everyday life of influential jazz label ECM’s mastermind Manfred Eicher. Additionally, Flow will premiere the film “7 Heaven Love Ways” directed by world-renowned designer Paola Suhonen. Suhonen’s film also features music by singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, who will also perform live at the screening. Flow will also continue the Film Garage residency of Future Shorts, a short film concept bringing the freshest of new short film talent to the fore.
The program of Flow Talks initiated last year will continue expanding at the premises at Restaurant Lämpö on site. This year’s Talks feature Red Bull Music Academy’s artist workshops. In addition, Flow has released this year’s on site restaurants. Once again the range of restaurants presented include the festival team’s favourite tastes in Helsinki cuisine.
For ticket information please visit www.flowfestival.com