Additions to Flow Festival's lineup include US-based hip hop acts Tyler, The Creator and iLoveMakonnen, UK-based electro debutant Years & Years and US-based Future Brown. Flow will also feature fresh Swedish pop act Elliphant, established American DJ Diplo as well as Finnish artists Paperi T, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?, French Films, J. Karjalainen's Lännen-Jukka act, Manna and Regina.
Flow Festival adds several new acts to its lineup. Making its debut in Suvilahti in August 2015 is The Odd Future rapper and producer Tyler, the Creator, who is known for his provocative performances. iLoveMakonnen's Tuesday was one of last years biggest anthems, and expectations skyrocketed, when the promising young artist signed to Drake's label. Touted as one of his generation's primary hip hop acts, London-based trio Years & Years recently won the BBC Sound 2015 vote, which focuses on predicting the coming year's breakthrough acts. Each single so far has proven the band is capable of writing timeless pop hits infused with the day's quirky sounds, combining electro-pop to dance to, r'n'b and house. Super group Future Brown formed by Fatima Al Qadiri, J-Cush and Nguzunguzu has also recently made an impact with an exciting combination of hip hop and grime.
Singer and MC Elliphant is one of Sweden's most promising stars with her unique sound that is influenced by dancehall and bass music. Her breakthrough has been supported by top producers such as Dr. Luke and Diplo. The American DJ Diplo will also perform at 2015's Flow both as a member of Major Lazer and djing on his own.
Local acts have also been added to the lineup, such as Paperi T, who has gone solo from rap trio Ruger Hauer and become one of the countries most talked about debutants. Others included are Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? who play nostalgic pop-rock, indie rock group French Films who are working on new material, Jukka Karjalainen who plays the only show of the year performing solo as Lännen-Jukka, and Finnish-Algerian singer-songwriter Manna, who takes the Flow stage with a band including strings. Gracing Suvilahti will also be Regina, playing at Flow a few months before the tenth anniversary of its Katso maisemaa debut album and about three years since its previous live show.
Other confirmed acts for the 2015 Flow Festival include e.g. Alt-J (UK), Beck (US), Belle and Sebastian (UK), Florence + The Machine (UK), Flying Lotus (US), Foxygen (US), Future Islands (US), Major Lazer (US), Run The Jewels (US), Todd Terje live (NO) and The War on Drugs (US). For additional information about all the artists: www.flowfestival.com/artists
Known for an eclecticism that spans both the local and international and showcases upcoming talent alongside major established artists, the first line-up announcement includes Florence + The Machine, fronted by the enigmatic Florence Welsh, whose grandiose vocals are arguably the greatest of this generation. The band is currently recording much-anticipated new album which follows 2011’s critically acclaimed ‘Ceremonials’.
Also announced today is Major Lazer, the dancehall electro project from American producer Diplo, while indie-rockers Alt-J, who received theprestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 with An Awesome Wave, will bring their playful, electro-influenced sound to Finland for the first time.
These first additions to the 2015 line-up also include Todd Terje, the Norwegian DJ, producer and songwriter who will perform his acclaimedlive set. Another taking the stage will be one of today's most respected producers of electronic music, Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, nephew of legendary jazz musicians Alice and John Coltrane, who combines hip hop, IDM and jazz to create his own distinctive sound.
U.S. rappers El-P and Killer Mike, better known as Run the Jewels also join the Flow 2015 line-up, as do cult synth rockers Future Islands,whilst Foxygen – who also debut in Finland at Flow – will add their 1970s-style psychedelic rock to the mix.
The Helsinki-based event will provide a platform for performances from both international and local acts, with new additions including Swedish-born singer, songwriter and rapper Neneh Cherry, who will perform with the British instrumental duo RocketNumberNine.
Neneh Cherry and RocketNumberNine recently released a collaborative album entitled ‘Blank Project’, produced by prominent British producer Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet.
Other new international additions to the festival, which will be held from 8-10th August 2014, are energetic Norwegian indie-rockers Kakkmaddafakka along with electronic pop from feisty Danish newcomer Karen Marie Ørsted aka Mø.
Local Finnish acts added to the line-up include the instrumental rock group Siinai, who are about to release a highly anticipated album, producer and rapper DJ Kridlokk, plus rap collective Nyt Kolisee – live! performing their only gig of the summer. ‘Nyt Kolisee’ is a chart-topping album released this spring, where some of Finland's most talented rappers reinterpret popular Finnish singer-songwriter J. Karjalainen's album ‘Et ole yksin'.
Also stepping onto the Flow stage to perform will be Paleface, Hosni, Tommy Lindgren, Kevin Tandu, Toinen Kadunpoika, Juno, Heikki Kuula + Tuplaaja, Pyhimys, Paperi T, Solonen, Kosola, Kube, Keke Kesken, Chyde, Lempi-Joe, Stepa, Are, Roope K, Timo Pieni Huijaus, Janne Haavisto and Mamba.
These new additions will join confirmed acts such as OutKast, The National, Janelle Monáe, Die Antwoord, Paul Kalkbrenner, Slowdive and Bill Callahan, with more artist confirmations expected shortly.
One of the most successful hip hop groups of all time, OutKast, returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and is one of the over 30 artists included as the first additions to Flow Festival 2014. The 3-day tickets are available through Lippupalvelu and Ticketmaster from March 6th at 10am.
Flow Festival is organised again in Suvilahti, Helsinki on August 8–10 with a broad selection of the moment’s most interesting music. Besides the comeback gig of OutKast, the festival features dark indie rock from The National, hip hop from South Africa's controversial Die Antwoord and R&B soul artist Janelle Monáe.
Others coming to Suvilahti will be Darkside – the joint project of Nicolas Jaar and multi instrumentalist Dave Harrington – U.S.based Blood Orange that rose to prominence with last year’s Cupid Deluxe, and Charlie XCX who is rolling out one hit after another. This year's festival crowd will also witness the return of the shoegazers Slowdive, promising guitar-driven indie rock from Mac DeMarco, as well as Nina Persson, the former The Cardigans singer, who released her solo debut early this year, and singer-songwriter Bill Callahan with his warm baritone recently featured on his fourth album Dream River, picked as Mojo Magazine’s album of the year 2013.
Electronic music will be prominently featured with hugely popular German Paul Kalkbrenner and French act Kavinsky, as well as a frontline of Brits including Bonobo, Mercury Award nominee Jon Hopkins, James Holden and Jamie xx – of The xx fame – all joining Flow. There’ll be soulful electro from British duo Jungle, and Little Dragon from Sweden who will release its fourth studio album in May. Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson andPusha T bring a quality dose of U.S. hip hop to Flow. African rhythms will be served up by Malian Saharablues outfit Tinariwen, Senegalese Mark Ernestus presents JeriJeri and Les Ambassadeurs, a Malian super group including Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam’s Amadou Bagayoko, andCheick Tidiane Seck.
Local acts at Flow include Iisa, Death Hawks, Risto, Noah Kin, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Eurocrack and Sound & Fury. Tuomo will perform his only Helsinki gig of the summer at Flow, while Magenta Skycode plays its only gig in Finland all year.
Legendary rap group Public Enemy will perform at Flow Festival on the Sunday 11th of August. Cody ChesnuTT is added to Saturday's lineup. Azealia Banks cancels her gig due to illness.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest albums in the history of hiphop: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy. 10-year-old Flow Festival celebrates also this, and the group will take the stage at Suvilahti. Come witness the always polemic, the always unbeatable, the one and only Public Enemy.
With his songs full of delicate but raw soulfulness and tradition-laden r&b guitarmanship, Cody ChesnuTT has become a stand out artist among modern singer-songwriters. With the timeless quality of his music and lately sold out shows, he seems to finally be gathering the appreciation he was always destined for.
Azealia Banks, initially set to perform at Flow Festival in Helsinki on the Saturday 10th of August, cancels all her August performances due to serious throat infection.
The tenth Flow Festival will be held 7–11 August 2013 in Suvilahti, Helsinki.
In her 12-year career, Alicia Keys has gathered 14 Grammys and sold over 35 million sold records. Success withFallin', You Don't Know My Name and Empire State of Mind – to name just a few of her hits – together with her reputation as a dazzling performer have taken Keys to work with the likes of musical greats Ray Charles, Jay-Zand Jack White.
The fifth studio album from Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire, was released in 2012 with the title track becoming a worldwide hit. Known as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and, of course, a veritable songwriting talent, Keys has over the years become one of the most praised artists of our times. She last performed in Finland in 2004, and now she will finally be seen for a second time, now in Suvilahti in August.
More acts will be added to the lineup during the summer. Earlier, artists such as Azealia Banks, Bat For Lashes, Beach House, Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, The Knife, Kraftwerk 3D Show, My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Of Monsters And Men and Solange have been announced in the lineup.