Flow weekend got off to a sunny start on Friday. Fascinating artists, trendy restaurants and the unique festival grounds drew people to Helsinki’s Suvilahti. There’s still a small amount of tickets available and 75 000 visitors are expected over the three festival days.
The first day gave the festival audience a chance to familiarise themselves with the enlarged festival area and its brand new venues. The renewed Bright Balloon 360° area offers music and a tribute to vinyl culture in the form of the Vinyl Market by We Jazz. Several of the new venues concentrate on a rich variety of electronic music. On Friday, the hottest names of the international club scene played at Resident Advisor Front Yard, the renewed Backyard was dedicated to relaxation and Red Garden’s party got off on the good foot.
Lana Del Rey‘s performance at Flow’s Main Stage was without a doubt one of the most anticipated moments on Friday and the melancholy pop of the mystic diva wove a powerful spell over friends of all genres. Electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin gave a visually opulent show at the Lapin Kulta Red Arena. The evening came to a climax with an eagerly anticipated performance by indie trio London Grammar, who filled the tent to bursting.
Bright Balloon 360° doubled its capacity this year and hosted the timeless jazz virtuosity of Joshua Redman and Roy Ayers, among others. One of the high points at Tiivistämö’s The Other Sound was Laura Cannell‘s mixture of folk music and medieval traditions. Voimala was a real treat for lovers of techno sounds with Planetary Assault Systems and Model 500.
Flow Festival strives to provide visitors with ecological restaurant options. For the third year, the Sustainable Meal program encourages vendors to create sustainable meals. After an ecological evaluation and a tasting by a discerning panel, this year’s Most Sustainable Meal prize goes to Fat Ramen with their Summery Jalotofu ssäm boats. The winner was chosen by Henri “Paperi T” Pulkkinen, Elina Innanen and Antti Tuomala.
Flow Festival goes on until Sunday. On Saturday, Flow hosts The xx, Flume and Goldfrapp. Sunday’s draws include Frank Ocean, Ryan Adams and Moderat.