Tired of traipsing through muddy fields? Fed-up of mediocre burger-van fare? Ditch the wellies and treat your tastebuds to some gourmet grub as Finland’s premier music festival Flow prepares to host an urbanite’s ultimate festival fantasy.
Returning for its eleventh year, Flow will take place from 8th-10th August 2014 in the shadows of Helsinki’s historic Suvilahti power plant, promising an adventurous range of programming that encompasses international headliners and inspiring local talent alongside a smorgasbord of delicious festival diversions – all to be revealed in an exclusive line-up announcement in March.
A boutique event that attracts 20,000 visitors a day, a key feature of Flow is the discovery of intimate indoor and outdoor venues across the site, which numbered a total of 12 in 2013. From the notable Balloon 360° stage, whose speciality – aside from hosting world talent like Junip – is its pressurised balloon roof and complete access to the audience, to the imposing Black Tent, providing a party-starting dancefloor with a 4000 person capacity and the platform for last year’s Haim and Disclosure performances, there’s something to rouse every reveller.
In celebration of its milestone tenth birthday last year, the event also boasted special performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Cat Power and The Knife, along with memorable appearances by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Angel Haze, whose stage-hopping antics wooed the entire crowd.
Beyond its tradition of serving up a broad selection of eclectic music, Flow is a real foodie’s feast: renowned for its quality festival fare, which is available from a wide variety of both established local restaurants and exciting street vendors curated as carefully as the line-up itself. To complement the creative cuisine, the weekend also offers a comprehensive taste of the visual arts. Showcasing exhilarating displays, such as the 2013 appearances of contemporary theatre-circus groups Kallo Collective and Krepsko Theatre Group, along with compelling art house cinema and design, the festival embraces Helsinki’s penchant for urban spaces and modern art to perfection.
With the official line-up to be announced in March, the event is set to remain impressively true to form, bringing a host of both billboard-topping and burgeoning talent to the fore. So, get ready to forgo the trench-foot and discover a plethora of accessible festival thrills this summer at Finland’s one and only Flow.