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Flow Festival 2017 (11.08-13.08.2017 Helsinki, Finland)
Flow Festival 2017 (11.08-13.08.2017 Helsinki, Finland)
11.08.2017 - 13.08.2017
Suvilahti festival area - Helsinki


Flow Festival 2017 (11.08-13.08.2017 Helsinki, Finland)

During August 11th - August 13th, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland there will be Flow Festival - leading European music and arts boutique festival. Each year Flow Festival is taking place in a historic power plant area Suvilahti.


The music presented at Flow Festival is a strong and varied selection of up and coming and established artists from indie rock to top jazz and from underground hip-hop to top-tier electronic music, both from the Finnish and the international scene. In addition, Flow Festival’s historic power plant structures will be graced with classical contemporary music as well as unique series of music called The Other Sound, that focuses on some of today’s most exciting experimental music.


Friday 11.08.

Lana Del Rey (US) / Aphex Twin (UK) / London Grammar (UK) / Beth Ditto (US)  / Young Thug (US) / Car Seat Headrest (US) / Black Lips (US) / Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming (US) / Roy Ayers (US) / Ibibio Sound Machine (UK) / Skott (SE) / Milo & Moses (FI) / Maceo Plex (US) / Willow (UK) / Clara 3000 (FR) / Vladimir Ivkovic B2B Lauri Soini (DE/FI) / Planetary Assault Systems (live) (UK) / Model 500 (live) (US) / Lorenzo Senni (IT) FRI /Phase Fatale (DE) / Laura Cannell (UK) / NYKY Ensemble (FI) / Veli-Matti O Äijälä & The Kolmas (FI) / Black Motor (FI) / Plié (FI) / Satellite Stories (FI) / Femme En Fourrure (FI) / Oranssi Pazuzu (FI) / Gasellit (FI) / Kauriinmetsästäjät (FI) / Töölön Ketterä (FI)

Saturday 12.08

The xx (UK) / Flume (AU) / Goldfrapp (UK) / Danny Brown (US)  / Death Grips (US) / Sparks (US) / Sampha (UK) / Max Jury (US) / Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang (SL) / Julie Byrne (US) / Timo Lassy Band with special guests (FI/US) / Mikko Joensuu (FI) / VIRTA (FI) / Jon Hopkins (DJ set) (UK) / Inga Mauer (RU)  / Soichi Terada (live) (JP)  / Lil Tony (FI) / Powder (JP) / Linda Lazarov (FI) / Bicep (live) (UK) / Nina Kraviz / Shed (live) (DE) / Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (US)/ Emma Valtonen B2B Kristiina Männikkö (FI) / Antti Salonen (FI) / Silvana Imam (SE) / Front 242 (BE) / Midori Takada (JP) / LSDXOXO (US) / Selvhenter (DK) / Tatsuru Arai (JP) / Neutral (SE) / Neutral (SE) / Alma (FI) / MC Taakibörsta (FI) / Pykäri feat. Ahjo Ensemble (FI) / The Holy (FI) / Litku Klemetti (FI)

Sunday 13.08

Frank Ocean (US) / Ryan Adams (US) / Moderat (DE) / The Afghan Whigs (US) / Angel Olsen (US) / Vince Staples (US) / Princess Nokia (US) / BadBadNotGood (CA) / Fatoumata Diawara & Hindi Zahra (ML/MA) / Verneri Pohjola: Pekka (FI) / Jonna Tervomaa (FI) / Ona Kamu (FI) / Linnea Olsson (SE) / Mr Fingers aka Larry Heard (live) (US) / Fatima Yamaha (live) (NL) / Lena Willikens (DE) / Marie Davidson (live) (CA) / Sadar Bahar (Soul in the Hole – Chicago) (US) / The Hacker presents Amato (live) (FR) / Aleksi Perälä (live) (FI) / SØS Gunver Ryberg (DK) / Timo Kaukolampi (live) (FI) / Jenny Hval (NO) / Moor Mother (US) / FAKA (ZA) / Dmitry Sinkovsky & Aapo Häkkinen (RU/FI) / Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L (FI) / Mesak (FI) / Monsp Records 20 vuotta (FI) / Astrid Swan (FI) / Vesta (FI) / Kube (FI)


Flow Festival joins forces with Forum Box Gallery. As a result of the collaboration Suvilahti will see large-scale and impressive video installations by Pasi Rauhala, Timo Wright and Juhana Moisander. The installations will be projected onto both the internal and external walls of the buildings on the festival grounds. The works in question have been commissioned for Flow Festival, and their impressive implementation is realised in cooperation with Bright Finland and Barco video projectors, which they represent.

Flow artistic partner Forum Box is a non-profit artist-run co-operative society, which was initiated in 1996. Its main purpose is to maintain an art space in Helsinki in order to enrich and support the Finnish cultural life. Currently Forum Box co-op has over 80 artist members, all of which are prominent Finnish artists and actors in the field of contemporary art.

In addition to the Forum Box collaboration, Young Designer of the Year Laura Väinölä will build an interactive shrine in the renewed Backyard area.


3 days - from 185 euros

2 days - from 149 euros

1 day - from 99 euros

You can order your ticket online via

For more info check official Flow Festival web site.

Getting there:

The festival area is located nearby the center of Helsinki, easily accessible by public transportation, bike or foot. We recommend the use of public transportation or bicycling when coming to the festival. There isn’t a parking for cars at the festival area or its immediate surroundings.

Street address: Parrukatu 2, 00540 Helsinki.

Bicycle parking

Biking is one of the most convenient ways to arrive to the festival. There is a bicycle parking area free of charge, which is located by the main entrance.

Public transportation

The closest stations and stops:

Metro – Sörnäinen

Bus – Suvilahti and Sörnäinen (M)

Tram – Käenkuja and Sörnäinen (M)

Opening hours

Friday 11.08: 15.3002.00

Saturday 12.08: 14.0002.00

Sunday 13.08: 13.000.30



The festival area has been planned according to easy wheelchair access to all performance venues and restaurant areas. There is a wheelchair podium at the Main Stage and at the Lapin Kulta Blue Tent. The assistant to a disabled person can enter the event free of charge.

There are eleven portable WC with wheelchair access at the area, as well as one accessible indoor WC at restaurant Lämpö.


The age limit for Flow Festival is 18 years. When asked, you must be able to prove your age with a valid ID-card or passport. A minor cannot attend the festival site, not even with an adult. The only exception to this is on Sunday afternoon when Flow Festival’s Family Sunday has activities for children. It means that an adult can bring a little child/children (10-year-olds and under) with him/her to the festival area from 1pm to 5pm. Due to the safety of children, kids are not permitted to stay in the festival area after 18:00.


All tickets will be exchanged for a wristband. Festival guests with the Flow wristband can enter and exit the festival area during the Flow weekend as they wish.


Due to safety reasons and a pleasant festival experience, DO NOT bring the following items to the festival area:

– Alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic drinks

– Pets or other animals

– Umbrellas

– Professional photography gear (tripods, cameras with removable objectives, etc.)

– Selfie sticks, GoPro sticks and other camera sticks

– Deposit bottles

– Weapons of any kind, firearms, drugs/narcotics, alcohol and any other illegal items

– Aerosol sprays (hairsprays, deodorants, paints etc.)

– Any portable chairs


The First Aid point is located at the flank of Voimala (Sörnäisten Rantatie 22). If you’re in need of first aid or help of medical staff, go immediately to the first aid point or contact the safety personnel wearing yellow vests.

The guard and safety services are provided by Local Crew. If you have any questions or concerns related to safety please contact their yellow-vested staff immediately.


You can use cash, debit cards, credit cards and Visa Electron on site. There are no cash machines located on site, and the nearest ones can be found by the Sörnäinen metro station.


It is allowed to take photographs for personal use at Flow. However, it is not allowed to use professional photography gear, such as cameras with removable objectives. Also tripods, selfie sticks, Go-Pro sticks or any sort of camera sticks are not allowed to be brought to the festival site.

This is due to the limitations agreed upon with performers of the festival. Please also remember to respect the privacy of your fellow festival goers when taking photos. It is strictly forbidden to record any audio or video of the performances.


The Festival area has several open Wi-Fi spots accessible for all festival visitors. The exact locations of the Wi-Fi spots will be marked on the festival map.


In accordance to local smoking laws, it is not allowed to smoke by the Main Stage or within any of the tents or indoor venues. It is allowed to smoke at other outdoor spaces, where you will also find ashtrays at your convenience.


Food plays an essential role in the Flow Festival program and the servings together compose a colorful culinary creation. There are approximately 40 different high profile restaurants, cafes and bars serving the varied audience tastes. The restaurants are handpicked to the festival that is known for a quality of food it provides its attendees, and for many visitors food is a headliner in itself.

Vegan choices as well as the use of local, organic and sustainably produced ingredients are emphasised at Flow Festival. As one of the world’s first carbon neutral festivals, Flow aims to provide the audience with ecological restaurant experiences. With the Sustainable meal environmental program the festival educates the food-serving personnel as experts in using the season’s ingredients and sustainable cooking.

Flow Festival’s drink selection is also extensive. In addition to the more traditional festival bars, the special craft beer bar in the area offers a wide selection of drafts while at champange bar extraordinaire audience can enjoy a glass of bubbly while listening to music played by well known dj’s. There are also a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks and quality wines.


Suvilahti festival area
Suvilahti festival area   -   Website
Parrukatu 2
Country: fi


The Suvilahti festival area houses 11 different venues for Flow Festival 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.

Main Stage

All roads lead to the Main Stage that dominates the center of the festival area. This 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. In 2017 Main Stage is even bigger than ever and the renewed sound system creates spectacular musical experience to the festival crowd.

Lapin Kulta Red Arena

This summer Flow Festival brings an unprecedentedly enormous stage tent to Finland. With a capacity of 15 000 people, Lapin Kulta Red Arena doubles the size of the former second stage Lapin Kulta Blue Tent. The flagship tent by manufacturer Kayam is 75 meters wide and rises up to 20 meters. This means that Lapin Kulta Red Arena’s size can be compared to the size of our main stage at Flow Festival. Bars, tables and sitting areas are situated in the audience area surrounding the tent.

Bright Balloon 360° Stage

Bright Balloon 360° is the beating heart of the Flow Festival. The stage was born four years ago as the result of an architecture competition and has since become one of the festival’s hallmarks. The stage is like a whole planet of its own where the atmosphere is always enchanting and intimate, and offers festival goers goosebump-inducing performance spectacles. This year the stage is being reinvented, its seated capacity growing by a whopping 1000 seats. However, we recommend the guests to arrive early to the popular venue to guarantee the best gig experience possible. Bright Balloon 360° is the namesake venue of Bright Finland.

Black Tent

The compact and cozy Black Tent is known for its palpable atmosphere. 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. This year the environment of the Black Tent expands with a brand new, gorgeous food bazaar area accompanied by the latest venue addition, Zalando Factory. Also, the more spacious area makes it more convenient to enter and exit the Black Tent.


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 Backyard

If you have a wander through the festival area you’re likely to come across the welcoming garden area behind the Voimala building and the gigantic nearby gasometers. The legendary Resident Advisor Backyard once more supplies electronic music enthusiasts with a headquarters, surrounded by impressive factory edifices, where people can feel the pampering effects of club music and chill vibes. The Backyard teems with a sensual ambience, just hidden enough from the bustle of the festival’s many stages and performances. The Backyard program is the result of close collaboration with Resident Advisor, the world’s leading online media for electronic music. The family’s little ones are also treated with children’s activities in the same garden area on Sunday afternoon.

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.This year Tiivistämö will host a program called The Other Sound, which shines a light on the gems of experimental music.

Zalando Factory

A fascinating, brand new indoor venue makes its debut at this year’s Flow Festival. The Zalando Factory, constructed inside an old sheet metal storage hall, emanates industrial flavors and assures a close-knit festival experience. Gigs from rising stars are in store here for an audience capacity of some 700 people, and we highly recommend the gig goers to arrive early to get the best gig experience possible.

Champagne Bar & Lounge

The bubbles in the tall drink that is the Flow Festival are provided by the popular and newly revamped Champagne Bar & Lounge. In addition to the sparkling libations the hottest, mostly domestic DJs around can be found here, blasting their best selections. This year the party has been moved from the thoroughfare into the tent itself for maximum danceability.

Riviera Cinema Bar

This autumn, an independent movie theatre Riviera Kallio opens it’s doors in Harjukatu, Helsinki. In celebration of their opening Riviera is bringing pop up concept ‘Riviera Cinema Bar’ to Flow Festival. 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.

Art Laboratory

The University of the Arts Helsinki once again brings its interdisciplinary and exceptionally large art collection to form a part of the Flow Festival experience. Although artworks will be displayed throughout the festival area, the Art Laboratory still represents the artistic center of Flow and is the perfect gallery space to encapsulate the festival’s visual character.

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