Bon Iver was born when its founder and frontman Justin Vernon ran away from heartache by retreating to a cabin in Wisconsin to write songs. Bon Iver’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago came out in 2007, first self-released and later officially re-released in 2008 by Jagjaguwar. It was immediately clear that Justin Vernon is one of his generation’s most talented songwriters. Both critics and audiences praised Bon Iver’s distinctive sound and Vernon’s memorable falsetto. The debut is widely considered one of the 21st century’s finest albums.
The band’s eponymous second album, released in 2012, and 22, A Million, released in 2016, were equally successful and highly regarded, with the former winning a Grammy award in 2012 for Best Alternative Album. After taking a few years off from recording, the band released an eagerly anticipated new album i,i in August 2019, to five-star reviews in publications all over the world, from NME to Helsingin Sanomat. Justin Vernon has called it their mature and coherent album so far. The new album features contributions from James Blake, Brad and Phil Cook, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Bruce Hornsby and Moses Sumney, among others. Bon Iver, one of the Flow audience’s most requested artists, performed last time in Helsinki at the 2012 Flow Festival.