Ms. Lauryn Hill, Joensuu 1685 and D.R.E.A.M.G.I.R.L.S. confirmed for Flow Festival
Ms. Lauryn Hill, celebrating this year the 20 year anniversary of her debut album – one of the most remarkable R&B, soul and hiphop albums – will play at Flow Festival on Friday the 10th of August. Hill’s legendary debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, won an astounding five Grammys and sold millions around the world, making it one of the most important records of the 90s. Before establishing herself as a solo artist Ms. Lauryn Hill was known for her work with the American hip hop group The Fugees. Her Flow Festival performance will be the only one in Europe this summer and she will return to Europe in November.
Flow Festival also features Joensuu 1685, an indie band from Helsinki making its long-awaited comeback after a long break. The trio's eponymous debut, released in 2008, made a real splash with its sound drawing from shoegaze, British indie and post-rock and the band's intense live shows ensured their status as a cult favorite. The lineup features Risto and Markus Joensuu, also known for their work in Siinai, as well as Mikko Joensuu, who has found success as a solo artist.
Flow Festival will also host the hour-long D.R.E.A.M.G.I.R.L.S. spectacle created and curated by the D.R.E.A.M. DJ duo. Taika Mannila and Lina Schiffer bring to the stage the most topical women from the Finnish rap scene: the politically opinionated Adikia, R&B, 90s hiphop and trap influenced duo AK, the combination of hiphop, electronic music and pop offered by F, rap duo Sofa, who recently released their newest EP and Yeboyah, whose debut single Broflake caused quite the stir in Finland. In addition to music, the show features impressive choreography, costumes and visuals. The stage design is by the Young Designer of the year 2016 Laura Väinölä, who realized a large-scale art for last year's Flow.
There are two changes to the program of this year's Flow Festival, too. Italo legend Fred Ventura will perform on Sunday instead of Saturday and Alice Glass has unfortunately cancelled her European tour due to scheduling issues. A purchased ticket to Flow Festival can be exchanged for one of the same value for the price of the service fee or upgraded to a more expensive ticket by paying the difference and the service fee.
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