Flow Festival continued on Saturday in Helsinki, delighting the crowd with a particularly stimulating selection of artists. 25 000 visitors came to the festival on both Friday and Saturday and the same amount of people are expected on Sunday. There’s still a small amount of Flow tickets available for Sunday.
After getting off to a promisingly sunny start, the festival was challenged by a storm that stroke Helsinki’s Suvilahti area Saturday evening about 7 pm. The Flow Festival production was well-prepared for the challenging weather conditions. Because of Saturday’s weather forecast, a range of predictive safety measures had already been taken throughout the day. The staff responsible for the area, stages and technology have years of experience regarding major event productions, and they are experienced in dealing with extremely challenging weather conditions. The safety team was continuously in contact with the Finnish Meteorological Institute, to keep up with the latest developments in the weather conditions.
Due to demanding weather conditions, some of the stages had to be temporarily closed, which resulted in some cancellations and changes in the schedule. The Bright Balloon 360° stage had to be closed, and the concerts of Timo Lassy Band, Mikko Joensuu and Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang were unfortunately cancelled. Danny Brown’s concert had to be cut short, and performances by Sampha and Front 242 cancelled.
The second festival day featured several stunning performances. At the Bright Balloon 360° stage Max Jury and Julie Byrne took their listeners on a nostalgic road trip across the United States. At Voimala, Nina Kraviz and René Pawlowitz aka Shed drove the club crowd wild. Saturday’s highlights included the genre-busting Goldfrapp, showcasing a return to their electronic roots after the storm ceased. Finnish artists charmed the assembled multitudes, too. Alma, starting half an hour late due to unfortunate weather conditions, had the audience eating out of her hand with her down-to-earth but energetic show – one of her few performances in Finland this summer. The artist, who has made a real splash on the international scene, featured guest stars and a stunning light show that really came into its own in the dark Lapin Kulta Red Arena.
Flow’s Saturday was full of high points all over the area. Flume got people dancing on his debut show in Finland and filled the Red Arena to its brim. The xx mesmerised the Main Stage with their indie pop. In the Black Tent, Death Grips bowled people over with their experimental take on hip-hop and explosive live energy.
Music is not the only art form that finds a home at Flow. Graffiti, movies, video installations and environmental art are presented by Flow’s partners Galleria Forum Box, Make Your Mark gallery and Aalto University. Art pieces dotted around the festival grounds include a hundred-meter mural called Jukeboksi, which visualizes the music played at Flow. Huge video works bring the historic buildings of the power plant to life for the festival weekend. Laura Väinölä‘s colorful Altar of Attraction charmed the crowds. The atmospheric Riviera Cinema Bar presents some of the most interesting movies coming out this fall.
Flow Festival continues on Sunday, with Frank Ocean, Ryan Adams, Moderat, BadBadNotGood, The Afghan Whigs and Angel Olsen still to come. Sunday also offers festival hijinks for the whole family with Family Sunday.