The last hurrah of festival season is upon us, with a bunch of incredible multi-day, multi-stage events happening throughout the Nordic region going down this weekend. That includes the Flow Festival, the weekend extravaganza that kicks off tomorrow in Helsinki. There you can catch a bunch of the folks that are also playing Way Out West and Øya Festival (Beck, Florence & The Machine, Pet Shop Boys), a smattering of acts from across the globe, and, most importantly, lots of local Finnish musicians.
As ever, we want to help any of our readers attending Flow Fest to navigate this year’s massive lineup with some suggestions of the local acts you should make some time for.
Vladislav Delay (playing Friday @ 12:30am on The Other Sound stage)
The producer better known to his family as Sasu Ripatti is an amazing voice in the electronic music world, capable of mixing together warped electro and house in his DJ sets while also creating cloudy, crackling original compositions.
Verneri Pohjola Quartet (playing Friday @ 6pm on Bright Balloon 360° Stage)
Leading his own quartet is Verneri Pohjola, a trumpeter and composer who takes to both playing and writing with a clarity and calm that only the best European jazz players seem to have access to. He and his group should provide a nice respite in the midst of music festival chaos.
Shadowplay (playing Saturday @ 12:15am on Tiivistämö stage)
These post-punk icons are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their first single, “Night Porter,” a slinky, saxophone-infused bit of dark pop, with what will surely be an emotional performance at this year’s Flow Fest.
French Films (playing Saturday @ 4pm in the Lapin Kulta Blue Tent)
The spirit of the C86 movement is strong in this Helsinki quartet. Their work is perfectly agitated, fearsomely tuneful, and oozing with the offhand cool that only the best bands in the world can pull off.
Emma Salokoski (playing Sunday @ 5pm on the Main Stage) A familiar voice in her native Finland thanks to her collaborations with groups like Q-Continuum and Quintessence, this impassioned modern folk singer and songwriter is using her big Flow Fest appearance as a release party for her first ever solo album.
Modern Feelings (playing Sunday @ 9pm on the Other Sound stage)
A collaboration between some Finnish players and musicians from Russia, Modern Feelings creates spine-tingling avant garde jazz that stumbles, creaks, shrieks, and rumbles along in proud, fractious glory.