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#FlowFestival 2014 gathered an astonishing audience of 57 500 festival guests!

The weekend was a great success on so many different levels. A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and participated in creating this another huge, happy Flow spectacle.

Take care and see you next year!

Lost & found items

Flow Festival’s Lost & Found items have been transferred from Suvilahti to Finland’s Lost & Found Service.

Lost & found enquiries by phone at 0600 41006 (1,97€/min + local network charge)

Photo © Jussi Hellsten


Flow Festival gathers nearly 57,500 guests

Flow Festival this year was nearly sold out. The highlights of the festival weekend included Outkast with the hiphop duo’s 20th anniversary gig, the always energetic Janelle Monáe, Die Antwoord and Röyksopp & Robyn who rocked the Lumia Blue Tent as well as Jungle and Blood Orange with their sets raising the atmosphere in the Black Tent.

We thank everyone who participated at Flow Festival 2014 and hope to see you all again in 2015!

See the official photo album of Flow Festival 2014 here!

Photo: © Samuli Pentti

Flow Festival Saturday attracts nearly 20,000 visitors

Flow Festival tickets got very close to being sold out for Saturday. On the second day of the festival, the main stage line-up consisted of two indie rock superstars: The National and the Welsh rock legend group Manic Street Preachers – just to name a few. Other festival Saturday highlights included the Danish singer whose performance stirred up the Black Tent audience and Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine with a stellar set that filled up the Balloon 360° Stage.

One more superb Flow Festival 2014 day to go. We hope to see you tomorrow!

For photos from Friday and Saturday, see the Flow Festival Flickr feed here!

Photo: © Jussi Hellsten

Flow Friday is a wrap!

Flow Festival’s first day is done. Skrillex, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jessie Ware and so many other amazing artists starred the day. Add on top of this, the famous Flow food vendors, visual arts, a perfect weather and the happy Flow guests and one can say the first festival day was a true success.

Flow Festival thanks everyone who participated and welcomes all of you, and your friends, back on Saturday. The gates at Suvilahti open at 2 pm.

For photos from Friday, see here.

Photo: © Niklas Sandström

Changes to the festival program

The Flow Festival weekend gets some last minute changes. The Finnish group Plain Ride has been added to the Flow program for Saturday, August 9th. Formed in 2004, Plain Ride have gone a long way from the stripped-down folkrock expression of their early years to the dark beauty of their latest album Skeleton Kites. Also joining the program is the stellar Finnish duo of electronic music Femme En Fourrure.

The UK band The Horrors and, initially set to perform at Flow Festival in Helsinki on Saturday August 9th, has cancelled their gig due to illness. Also cancelling is Ballet School who will skip their Flow performance due to family reasons.

Record amount of Finnish short films hit Flow

This year at Flow Festival, Future Shorts offers a vast selection of Finnish short films in the Maneesisali hall in Flow Festival’s Circo venue. The collaboration between The Finnish Film Contact, Oulu Music Video Festival and AV-arkki presents the very freshest of Finnish short films, music videos and media installations.

For more about visual arts at Flow Festival, see here.
The festival timetable can be found here.

Skate show during Flow Festival!

On Saturday, August 9th at 8–10pm, some of the biggest names of the Finnish skateboarding scene test the festival area’s skatepark. Eniz Fazliov, Samu Karvonen and seven other skateboarders show how Suvilahti’s concrete park handles the guys’ sickest grinds and biggest airs. And as usual, also the best photographers and videographers of the business join the fun to document this action-based while relaxed evening show.

The festival food menus are here!

Helsinki’s most interesting restaurants are now presenting their menus for the Flow Festival audience. The 30+ food vendors at Flow Festival will offer a wide and top-notch selection of food and drinks starting this Friday. This year’s food theme is vegetarian food but the menus are guaranteed to please all types of food lovers.

Get to know the restaurants and their delicious menus here!

Flow’s drink selection is also extensive. In addition to the more traditional festival bars, the special beer bar in the area offers a wide selection of drafts while at the wine bar extraordinaire Yellow Tail Colourglam you can even get your makeup done by a professional!

Bars are situated around the festival area and there are also a number of cozy and interesting lounges made for enjoying the drinks. For more info on the drink selection at Flow Festival, please see here.


Dance in trance »

"These two electronic artists were the definite highlights of this year’s Roskilde Festival with their effortlessly stylish and assertive shows. When flipping through your Flow-schedules, you better underline both Darkside and Kavinsky with the thickest possible neon highlighter. "

MAKE YOUR MARK graffiti exhibition at Flow Festival

MAKE YOUR MARK Gallery has again worked together with Flow Festival to bring one of the most renowned European graffiti artist to Finland. Niels “Shoe” Meulman (b. 1967) started doing graffiti in Amsterdam in 1979 and was also one of the founding members of the legendary Crime Time Kings crew. Since then, Shoe has continued to revolutionize the art world by creating his own style that combines calligraphy and graffiti: Calligraffiti.

After the succes of his first solo exhibition in Amsterdam in 2007, his work has been seen around the world – and acquired into several museum collections as well. The vernissage is held on Friday, August 8th on the opening day of the Flow Festival. The exhibition will continue until end of the month.

Niels Meulman’s website
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Area map of this year’s fun and functional Flow area available

Flow’s map of the festival venues and areas is now available. The map can also be found in Flow’s own mobile app, and in physical form all around the locales in Suvilahti during the Flow weekend.

The licensed drinking area is one big site this year. This mean that festival-goers can move between venues with their drinks without any barriers or crossing points. Two brand-spanking new venues are featured in this year’s Flow Festival: The MixRadio Music Hall at Tiivistämö and the experimental music sector Voimala which features a full-blown music spectacle called The Other Sound. Movie house experiences are to be found in the Cirko building.

Flow Festival is also proud of the four new and free Wi-Fi hot spots with a capacity of 1000 simultaneous users per station. The map, of course, also includes the numerous Flow Festival venues, food stalls and bars that are scattered around the festival area. On this website, you can tuck into Flow’s food selection and check out the bars in advance.

Explore the Flow Festival 2014 area map and download the pdf file here!

Flow Festival 2014 mobile app

Download the latest version of the highly popular Flow Festival mobile application by Esmes Digital and start planning your Flow weekend right away!

Get the free application from the app store matching your device:

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Flow Festival 2014 merchandise has arrived

The black and white t-shirts and canvas bags are designed around the text prints delivering the Flow message! The textile products are designed by the design agency Tsto.

Read more about the official Flow Festival merchandise here!


Flow Festival 2014 schedule is out!

The schedule for Flow Festival 2014 has been released. On the site’s Timetable site, you can see the set times for all announced artists and create your very own MyFlow calendar for your personal use or to share with friends! Please note that Flow Festival reserves the right to possible schedule changes.

See the timetable here!

Skrillex (US) and others join the Flow lineup

Skrillex, one of the foremost influencers and revolutionaries of electronic music today, is the latest addition to Flow Festival’s Friday lineup.

Other additions to the program include French act High Wolf, who joins the lineup of The Other Sound, which focuses on experimental music. Another addition, South African St. Lucia, will perform in the MixRadio Music Hall, and the Champagne Bar’s cavalcade of local DJs has been announced in full. On Friday the Champagne Bar features Erkko & Harvest, Käki & Harri Hännikäinen, Paska Sohva DJs, and DJ Lene. On Saturday people will enjoy their bubbly to rhythms provided by Guggenheim DJs, Must Have!, Calvin Girls, New Hi-Fi Soundsystem and Esko Routamaa. On Sunday, the We Love Helsinki DJs takeover the bar for the whole day.

Two changes have been made to the Flow Festival schedule. British saxophonist Evan Parker, part of The Other Sound program, will perform at Flow on Saturday instead of Sunday as scheduled earlier. Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka scheduled to perform on Sunday was forced to cancel its show at Flow.

Read The Guardian’s review of Skrillex’s performance at Glastonbury in this year’s July here.

To see the Flow Festival 2014 program, click here!

Jessie Ware (UK) joins the line-up

The increasingly popular UK-based singer-songwriter Jessie Ware will perform at Flow Festival on Friday, August 8th. Unfortunately, Charli XCX has canceled her Flow Festival Friday performance.

See the whole Flow Festival program here!

Flow Family Sunday is here

Flow Festival organizes a festive day for kids once again on Sunday August 10th, when 0-10-year-olds are welcome for free with their ticket-carrying parents from 2pm to 5pm.

Kids’ entertainment takes place in the green backyard area, where Hurjat Silmät plays music specifically for children and the circus students of the award-winning Circus Helsinki perform. The daytime show is hosted by Alina, who also hosts the popular Ipanapa radio show on the Helsinki-based Basso radio station.

During the Children’s Sunday baby carriages and strollers can be brought along to the festival area, as well as children’s food and supplies.

See the Flow Festival 2014 program here!

Scandinavian Music Group’s special Flow Festival show and other Finnish artists added

Scandinavian Music Group will play a truly unique show at this year’s Flow Festival. The visuals of the performance are created by Terhi Kokkonen and Joel Melasniemi. The band will play material from their widely acclaimed album “Terminal 2″ released last January. In addition to this, Finnish artists Astrid Swan, Sarah Kivi & Non-Orchestra and Eetu Floor & Ystävät join the line-up.

Check out the Flow Festival 2014 program!

Manic Street Preachers join Flow Festival!

The Welsh heroes of intellectual stadium rock will play on the Flow Festival main stage on Saturday, August 9th. The band’s new album Futurology, released on July 7th, Futurology has already been praised as their most interesting piece of work since the 1998 hit breakthrough album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. -läpimurtolevyn.

See Flow Festival 2014 program!

Röyksopp & Robyn (NO/SE) and How To Dress Well (US) added to the line-up

Norwegian duo Röyksopp and Swedish Robyn will visit Flow Festival on their Do It Again 2014 tour. On top of that, the U.S­.-based How To Dress Well join Flow’s expanding and exhilarating roster.

See the Flow Festival 2014 program here!

The Other Sound

Flow Festival’s The Other Sound focuses on experimental music. This year’s lineup includes Hopeajärvi (FI), Monopoly Child Star Searchers (US), Nuslux (FI), Joose Keskitalo (FI), Grateful Däd (FI), Kemialliset Ystävät (FI), MIAUX (BE), J. Tolvi (FI), Antti Tolvi (FI), Nicolas Kivilinna (FI), Maan (BE), Lentoliskot (FI), H K Z (Hauschka, Kosminen, Zeigler) (DE/FI/US), Sound & Fury (FI), Evan Parker (UK), Tomoko Sauvage (JP/FR) and more to come!

Due to the rising attendance numbers, it’s time for a bigger space at Flow Festival, namely the Suvilahti area’s Voimala during the festival.

See the Flow Festival program and artists here!

Visual arts enter Flow Festival

Flow Festival Visual Artist of the Year is Adel Abidin. Also featuring Anssi Kasitonni, Landys Roimola, The National, Ilona Jäntti, Red Bull Music Academy, AV-arkki, Future Shorts and The Finnish Film Contact.

Read more about arts at Flow Festival here!

Words of praise!

The Huffington Post (US) 
“Flow hits it out of the park with its lineups each year”

Clash Magazine (UK)
“Flow Festival is a fairytale come true.”

The Guardian (UK)
Flow Festival chosen as one of the 10 Best Small Music Festivals in Europe.
“A festival for all the senses and one that successfully manages to be cool and cosy at the same time.”

Europe Festival Guide (UK)
Flow Festival #1 Boutique Music Festival in Europe.
“Flow Festival is a spectacular music and arts festival in Helsinki, Finland.”

Spiegel (DE)

Flow Festival one of the 10 Festivals not to be missed in 2014.
“Das Festival für urbane Kultur. Die Upcycling-Deko und das ökologisch korrekte Gourmet-Essen.”

FKA Twigs cancels Flow Festival show

Unfortunately FKA Twigs (UK) has cancelled her performance at Flow Festival 2014. Flow Festival will announce more artists soon.

New talk sessions to the Flow weekend

Flow Festival, Demos Helsinki, Slush, Music Finland and Frame present: Flow Talks Lunch Sessions. Two afternoon sessions take place at the Flow site on Friday and Saturday before the actual festival program.

Read more on Talk page!

A Wounded Prince »

Dev Hynes, performing at the upcoming Flow Festival as Blood Orange, is one of the most intriguing figures of modern pop. He loves New York yet shuns mainstream – an outsider, whose gentle and erotic touch can be heard on some of the greatest songs of the past few years.

More than a Hint of Bohemian Grumbling »

It came straight out of the blue. It was 2007 and we were sitting in the car with my then girlfriend, arguing about something trivial. With Radio Helsinki playing quietly in the background, a low, hungover baritone voice began to sing.

Daily program and all ticket types now available!

Flow has announced the festival’s daily program with all ticket types going on sale. Also Jenny Wilson (SE) joins the line-up.

See the program and more here!

Flow Festival travel packages

Flow Festival, together with our partner Comm Tour, is offering tailored travel packages to Helsinki during the festival. The deals consist of back-and-forth flights from your preferred city to Helsinki and accommodation in the city.

Read more about the packages and send a package enquiry here.

Tickets on sale now

3-day tickets on sale via Lippupalvelu.

3-day ticket: 159 € including all seller fees

Baltic Sea ticket + 2 € available to all ticket types at Lippupalvelu. If you decide to purchase a Baltic Sea ticket, a supplement of 2€ (or more if you wish) will be added to your ticket price and will be donated in full to WWF Finland.

Get your Spotify Flow on!

The official Flow Festival 2014 Spotify playlist evolves as the year’s line-up expands. Bring some Flow to your everyday life by listening and following us here!