Kelela and Seinabo Sey added to Flow Festival’s lineup – FKA twigs cancels her show
Helsinki’s Flow Festival has added more top names to its impressive lineup. The festival will host the R&B and electronic music star Kelela, Sweden’s most luminous pop-soul artist Seinabo Sey, the delightful band from the Netherlands Mauskovic Dance Band as well as a bunch of domestic acts. Furthermore, FKA twigs has cancelled all her upcoming shows, including her appearance at Flow.
The respected visionary Kelela is one of the hottest names of the moment. The music of the artist, who released her new album Raven early this year, effortlessly combines contemporary R&B and progressive electronic music. Vulnerability and honesty are strongly present in the music of the American singer, songwriter and producer, which she also embodies in her captivating concerts. At Flow, you can enjoy the magic of Kelela on festival Friday. In addition, Sweden's gift to the world Seinabo Sey, who rose to international success with her debut album Pretend and its mega-hit Younger, will return to the festival. Releasing new music this year, Seinabo Sey will take over Flow's Main Stage on Saturday. The Amsterdam-based Mauskovic Dance Band will also arrive at the festival, combining Afro-Caribbean rhythms, cumbia, minimalist space disco and artistic underground. On the other hand, FKA twigs has announced cancelling all her future performances, including her show at Flow Festival.
A number of top Finnish names have also been announced for Flow. The award-winning rap artist and poet Paperi T has revived his solo career this year and will release his third album in May. This multifaceted, multi-awarded artist will make his long-awaited return to Flow's stage on festival Friday. In addition, Finnish R&B pioneer Karri Koira will appear at the festival. The hugely popular artist sold out the 10th-anniversary tour of his debut album last fall and is guaranteed to bring the party to Flow's Saturdays as well. Flow will also feature a special joint gig by two long-time artists when Finnish rap stars Eevil Stöö and Stepa arrive to perform at the festival on Sunday.
In addition, Flow Festival will feature several domestic bands on the rise this year. Releasing their acclaimed debut in 2021, Kissa is a combination of glitter-saturated 70s glam spectacle, decadent rebellion against rebellion and passionate love. The band accelerates to the summer of 2023 by releasing their second album in the spring and will take Flow’s stage on the festival Saturday. Also on Saturday, Flow will see the domestic indie sensation Pearly Drops, streaming millions internationally, whose softly stained pop music combines vintage soundscapes with modern worlds in a fascinating way. On Friday, the new gem of the Finnish underground, Business City, hypnotising with sourly blunt techno, will perform at Flow.
Added to Flow’s lineup are also two up-and-coming domestic artists, Nelma U & Safira, with their rare joint show, Pihlaja, who released her second album in November, Bizi, who makes smooth R&B-influenced rap, and Jami Faltin, who recently won the public vote of YleX's Läpimurto competition. Furthermore, Ege Zulu's previously announced appearance at Flow will be moved from Saturday to Friday.