Flow Festival set a new attendance record with its 70,000 people over three days. Highlights of the sold-out final day included much expected performances from Florence + The Machine and Beck, who charmed the Flow audience with a strong show. Also Alt-J, Tove Lo, Flying Lotus and Tyler, The Creator met the high expectations of the Flow audience.
Flow Festival thanks all visitors more than words can describe. See you next year when Flow Festival 2016 will be organized again in the old industrial area of Suvilahti, Helsinki on August 12–14.
Photo: © Jussi Hellsten
Good weather supported a successful and sold-out Saturday at Flow Festival. Flow Saturday saw a superb and impressive shows including a spectacular lights and laser show from Pet Shop Boys companioned with other Main Stage highlights Róisín Murphy and Belle and Sebastian. One of the moment’s most interesting electronic newcomers, Years & Years, set the Saturday mood for Flow visitors followed by charismatic synth rock band Future Islands. Islam Chipsy’s wild sounds from Cairo lifted the party on the Bright Balloon 360° stage, while at Black Tent Tiga led the crowd on his first live tour.
Flow Festival continues Sunday with Florence + The Machine, Beck, Alt-J, Flying Lotus and Tyler, The Creator and many more. Flow’s Sunday is sold out.
Take look at Flow-Saturday’s pictures here.
Photo: Jussi Hellsten
Loved getting to watch Beck & Florence at #flowfestival last night <3 thanks Helsinki for a great night
OH NO OH NO FINLAND WOW YES THAT WAS REALLY AMAZIG THANK U WE LOV U @flowfestival
In 10 minutes French Films (FI) will kickstart Day 2 #LapinKultaBlueTent #flow15 Photo ©: @skwii
Bright Balloon 360 stage tonight! #flow15 Photo ©: @skwii
Helsinki going up
Thank you #Helsinki – @Flowfestival. Look at the size of that crowd. WOW .@nilerodgers .@CHICorg
War On Drugs just played a top set at Flow Helsinki. Really cool festival. We're going on in a bit https://instagram.com/p/6YH-aAC19u/
Friday of the twelfth Flow Festival kicked off the festival beautifully. The Flow Festival weekend got a head start on Friday afternoon with the Flow Talks series of discussions before the other program began. Musically Flow’s Friday was rich in nuances, including highlight-acts such as Major Lazer, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Run The Jewels, The War on Drugs, Lianne La Havas and many more. International pro skaters starred the Flow skate session at the freshly painted concrete park, while art program curated by University of The Arts Helsinki brought a fresh twist to Flow Friday among with large selection of fresh food vendors.
Flow Festival thanks everyone who participated! We will continue the weekend with sold out Saturday. The gates will open at 2pm.
Take a look at Friday’s photos here.
Photo: © Jussi Hellsten
Want to take a free ride to Flow Festival and back? This year Neste provides a free shuttle bus that operates between the Central Railway Station and Suvilahti. The bus uses the low emission #NEXBTL renewable diesel that is made of 100% renewable feedstock.
The bus stop is located between Mikonkatu and the square next to the Central Railway Station in the city centre. At Flow Festival bus stop is located behind the Bicycle parking. The bus operates every 30 minutes until 20.00, and non-stop after that. The last bus from Suvilahti leaves at 02.20 on Friday and Saturday, and at 00.50 on Sunday. The buses will leave when they reach their full capacity, otherwise they run as scheduled.
Want to see more? Check out our social media channels for sneak peeks how Flow Festival is building up and exclusive material from behind the scenes!
Wondering about can you bring your own snacks with you to Flow Festival? How about where to buy earplugs or where the cloakroom is located?
No worries, we have all answers to these questions and many more in our FAQ!
Read Flow Festival FAQ here.
The Flow Festival info serves at Flow Pop-Up @ Basso on 3.-14.8. and is located in Helsinki City centre, close to the Senate Square, Unioninkatu 25, Tori Quarters.
At Flow Pop-Up @ Basso you can exchange your two or three-day tickets into a wristband on Thursday 13.8. and Friday 14.8. You can get any remaining ticket types, limited Flow-merchandise and tasty Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! Also take Flow’s own Wolf-magazine with you. The Flow Festival staff will help you with any questions considering the festival.
Opening hours of the Flow Festival Basso Pop-Up info:
Monday 3.8. – Friday 7.8. 11-17
Monday 10.8. 10-18
Tuesday 11.8. 10-18
Wednesday 12.8. 10-20
Thursday 13.8. 10-20 (wristband exchange)
Friday 14.8. 10-18 (wristband exchange)
On Friday, August 14th at 19-21:30, around 30 talented skateboarders will invade the freshly painted concrete park of Suvilahti. Some of the biggest names of skateboarding scene will show how the skate park handles the sickest grinds and biggest airs. Come and check out the sessions featuring pros like Wes Kremer, Tyler Surrey and Marius Syvänen just to name a few.
Photo: Jussi Ulkuniemi
Flow Festival is expecting a record-breaking amount of visitors to attend to this year’s festival, so we highly recommend people to exchange their tickets to wristbands in advance at Flow Pop-up @ Basso (Unioninkatu 25) to avoid long queues at the festival gate. The two and three-day tickets can be exchanged into a festival wristband before the event in advance on Thursday 13.8. and Friday 14.8. One day tickets won’t be exchanged to a wristband and therefore guests with single day tickets can’t return to the area once left the area.
Flow Pop-Up @ Basso opening hours:
Thursday 13.8. 10-20
Friday 14.8. 10-18
Wristband exchange at main entrance (Parrukatu 2):
Friday 14.8. 15:30-01
Saturday 15.8. 13-01
Sunday 16.8. 13-23
Please note that since the wristband will be attached straight to the ticket holder’s wrist, only the owner can exchange it.
This year both on Saturday and Sunday, before The Other Sound program begins, we will be showing awesomeness in form of a film in the Voimala building. Saturday’s flick, Machine Soul, is a documentary film about Finnish electronic musicians where electronic music is discussed from their point of view. It is a glance of methods and rituals, but most of all about the burning passion that drives the artists forward year after year. Machine Soul is a homage to the pioneers and newcomers of the Finnish Electronic music scene.
Sunday’s film is Fresh Dressed, a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought styles from the streets to high fashion catwalks. The film draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders. Sunday’s show is a premiere in Finland.
Watch the trailer for Machine Soul here.
Watch the trailer for Fresh Dressed here.
Download a brand new Flow Festival mobile app on your phone, link it with your MyFlow schedule and set it alarm right before your favorite artist, and your phone will keep you updated where to be and when during the Flow weekend! You can also browse restaurant menus, find venues from the map and learn important information about Flow Festival.
The information has already been updated since the release, so remember to update your Flow app from the right top corner of the screen and you will have the latest Flow information on your phone with you.
Flow’s map of the festival venues and areas is now available. Again this year, the licensed drinking area is one big site. This means that festivalgoers can move between stages with their drinks without any barriers or crossing points. At this year’s festival area you can also find new Art Laboratory venue, located in Oranssi’s building. Read more about Art Laboratory here. Flow also introduces new, oasis-like green eat & drink zone, Eden, located near Tiivistämö and Resident Advisor Backyard.
The map, of course, also includes the numerous Flow Festival venues, food stalls and bars that are scattered around the festival area.
Explore the festival area map and download the pdf file here!
Flow Festival organizes a festive day for kids and families once again on Sunday August 16th, when 0-10-year-olds are welcome for free with their ticket-carrying parents from 2pm to 5pm.
Children’s entertainment takes place in the green Backyard area, where the circus students of the award-winning Circus Helsinki perform and University of The Arts Helsinki and Kipinä Productions organise creative Ihmebussi X workshops. The daytime program is hosted by Alina and Luca, who also host the popular Ipanapa radio show on the Helsinki-based Basso radio station. The little ones can also enjoy tasty “Zoo” juices at the Family Sunday.
Read more about Family Sunday here.
Want to taste vegetarian beetroot veef salad, power boosting wheatgrass shot or fresh Phangan coconut and lobster? These and many more delicious dishes can be found from the mouthwatering menus of Flow’s food vendors.
Check out the restaurants and menus here.
Flow not only uses existing models of environmental leadership, but also actively develops new ones with several partners. In 2009, Flow was one of the first carbon neutral festivals. And in 2012, Flow was the first event to be granted the Eco Compass certificate in Finland. This year Flow will pilot a model of ecological food, and continue its successful environmental collaboration initiatives.
Read more about Flow’s environment work here.
We have listened to your wishes and fixed up the schedule a little bit in cooperation with artists. On Saturday 15th August Paperi T and Foxygen will switch places. On Sunday 16th Tyler, The Creator, Tove Lo, Future Brown, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Cityman and Maaseudun Tulevaisuus have new stage times. Also, some minor changes have been made to the set times. Check out the fresh, new and even better schedule, create your own MyFlow schedule and download a printable pdf on here.
The schedule for Flow Festival 2015 has been released. On the site’s Schedule 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 changes.
See the schedule here!
Flow Festival, production house Veli Creative, and beer label Lapin Kulta present Flow TV, a new reporting concept that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at festival life. The documentary series gathers together experiences from in, around, and behind the scenes of Flow Festival. The people seen on camera are those responsible for making Flow what it is today – program planners, production team members, Flow visitors old and new, as well as volunteer workers. The episodes dive into the Flow process to show just how the massive concert areas are built, what the volunteers get up to, and how and on what principles each year’s artist lineup is formed.
The Flow TV episodes are the handiwork of director Matti Vesanen, cinematographer Juho Vesanen, producer Joni Lindroos, and presenter Kaarle Hurtig. You can follow Flow TV at www.flowfestival.com/en/tv, which already includes the first episode of Flow Festival Ljubljana.
The Other Sound is a unique series of music that focuses on some of today’s most exciting experimental music, and this year the program presents classical contemporary music for the first time, more sounds from the margins of electronic music than ever, and a couple of arresting alternative realities. The late Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals will be interpreted by Peter Gordon, a close collaborator of Russell’s. Singer-songwriter Grouper will perform her touching blend of ambient and folk music and Marsen Jules from Germany will present his arresting ambient landscapes. At the experimental edges of electronic music we find Filastine & Nova, the politically active Indonesian-American group while US-based The Space Lady brings her original realities to Flow. The lineup is complemented with other fine, alternative acts such as defunensemble, Dog Life, Hockey Night, Janne Westerlund, Mika Vainio, Modern Feelings, The Mystic Revelations of Teppo Repo, NYKY Ensemble, O Samuli A, Olavi Louhivuori and Vladislav Delay. This year’s selection is curated by Arttu Tolonen, together with the festival’s artistic directors Tuomas Kallio and Toni Rantanen. Additional picks have been made in cooperation with the University of the Arts Helsinki. For the second year running the experimental lineup is housed in the Voimala building.
Read more about all the artists here.
This year the Flow Festival site will evolve into an ever more impressive space as the festival begins an extensive collaboration with Bright Finland, a multi-skilled provider of audio, lighting, video, content production and event structure services, along with design and production collective Sun Effects, known for its unique designs and grand productions. Also, one of the most singular stages will be renewed with a massive video implementation by Bright Finland’s technology services specialists and the stage is named as Bright Balloon 360°, after the company.
Flow Festival and the new partners are now stepping into a new era, and the contract signed guarantees an event technology execution unforeseen in Finland for the next three years, according to the Artistic Director of Flow Festival, Tuomas Kallio.
The video at the Flow main page is made by the Helsinki-based production collective Veli Creative. These young professionals have created the vivid video combining animation and last year’s Flow Festival video material by Cocoa. More videos will be out during the summer as Veli Creative has become Flow’s this year’s video partner . Get to know the Veli crew here!
Tuomas Karppinen brings vast expertise in sound engineering and mixing to Flow, when he starts as the festival’s Technical Production Manager. In recent years Karppinen has focused on technical production, consulting and stage managing in Finland and internationally. Emilia Mikkola continues as Production Manager. The marketing communications team remains familiar from previous years with Milla Valjus as the Marketing Manager and Susanna Hulkkonen as the Press Officer. Managing Director Suvi Kallio has returned from her maternity leave to lead the operative side of the festival. The artistic direction continues to be led by Tuomas Kallio and Toni Rantanen together with the recently named new programme team.