The Suvilahti festival area houses 11 different venues for Flow, including massive outdoor and tent stages for thrilling and atmospheric spectacles as well as cosy indoor and outdoor venues for more intimate moments. The Main Stage is fit to entertain the complete festival capacity of 25,000 people, while the smaller stages are suited for audiences of less than a thousand festival goers. Take a closer look below.
All roads lead to the Main Stage, which dominates the center of the festival area. This eye-catching primary stage is located at the core of the Flow environment, and is reachable or visible from almost every part of Suvilahti. The classic outdoor Main Stage has seen some of the brightest stars of the global music scene and been the epicenter of unforgettable Flow discoveries.
Lapin Kulta Red Arena
First introduced to Flow Festival’s audience in 2016, the gigantic tent stage, boasting a capacity of almost 15,000 persons, has become one of the festival area’s reference points. The flagship tent by Kayam has a maximum height of 20 metres, and the stage structure equals the Main Stage in size. The ceiling of the tent has been equipped with 100 acoustic panels custom-made for Flow by Soften. The installation-like panels breathe the festival’s visual identity made by Bond Agency.
Bright Balloon 360° Stage
Bright Balloon 360° is the beating heart of the Flow Festival. The stage was born six years ago as the result of an architecture competition and has since become one of the festival’s hallmarks. The stage is like a planet of its own where the atmosphere is always enchanting and intimate, and offers festival goers goosebump-inducing performance spectacles. In 2017, the Bright Balloon 360° moved to a whole new area with a new seating capacity of over 1,600 persons and new stairwells that helped getting to the upper levels of the venue. Bright Balloon 360° is the namesake venue of Bright Finland.
Zalando Black Tent
The Black Tent is known for its palpable atmosphere. Premiered in 2017, the renewed, silver-shimmering Zalando Black Tent was be able to accommodate thousands of more festival-goers than in the previous years. Top billing artists fill up the tent with music fans year to year, so we recommend that festival goers make their way to the Black Tent events with time to spare for the best seats in the house.
Voimala, the “power plant” of Suvilahti, is the largest of the industrial structures in the area. The wide open, thousand-square-meter hall has the distinction of serving as the Flow Festival’s official sanctuary for electronic beats. The somberly decorated, laser-strewn space creates the perfect conditions for contemporary electronic rhythms, a staple of the festival.
Resident Advisor Front Yard
Premiered in 2017, the lush new Resident Advisor Front Yard offers a large outdoor venue to see the top names in electronic music. At Front Yard the parties take place in the middle of grungy containers and dazzling lights.
Tiivistämö (The Other Sound)
Near to Suvilahti’s hulking gas containers, there is Tiivistämö, which has a rugged feel of its own. Thanks to its slightly smaller surface area, the mood in Tiivistämö is guaranteed to be intimate and snug as well as a venue for unique cultural experiences. Also, because of the more intimate space, we recommend arriving early to get the best gig experience possible. Tiivistämö will host a program called The Other Sound, which shines a light on the gems of experimental music.
Flow’s Red Garden brings quirky parties to the festival. Red Garden is a visual experience in symbiosis with the eternal colour red. It’s a bit of Twin Peaks and a bit of deceased Spanish lady’s ivy-covered mansion, where trees are growing inside her red, velvety living room. Red Garden will take you on a journey through red nightlife along with its red characters.
Flow’s Backyard, formerly known as a club music-focused party venue, invites festival-goers to take a breath amidst the festival buzz and enjoy the relaxed ambience. The transformed Backyard features mysterious and meditative sounds served by top local and international DJs – plus yoga, raw food and art. On Flow’s traditional Family Sunday, Backyard will be one of the venues to host fun activities for kids and families.
In 2017, the Helsinki-based record label and festival We Jazz and Flow Festival hosted a new concept in celebration of vinyl culture next to the Bright Balloon 360 Stage. We Jazz invited a number of record labels focused on vinyl releases to take part in the project, both from Finland and abroad. The labels’ DJs played vinyl only sets during the weekend, and the record shop on site offered a hand-picked selection of goodies from the catalogue of each imprint. There was also a listening booth, and record shoppers could remain carefree during the festival by ordering a home delivery for their vinyl finds. The interior of the area was provided by Eero Aarnio Originals.
Riviera Cinema Bar
The independent movie theatre Riviera Kallio in Harjukatu, Helsinki has brought their pop up concept to Flow Festival for two years in a row. Riviera Cinema Bar is not only the right choice for film freaks, but also for those who love to chill out. So, if you are looking for that refreshing drink, mind-blowing film experience, your lost friend or just a good laugh, Riviera Cinema Bar knows exactly what the happy campers at Flow Festival need.