Is it just me, or does it seem like the rest of Europe tends to pull off the most eclectic and all-round amazing festivals in the summer? I passed through Switzerland’s Montreux in ’09 (Best. Fest. Ever) and rather excitingly, TCé will be heading to Finland next month to get a load of Flow – a creative music and arts festival based in Helsinki. With a passion for experimentalism and quality music, they’ve got an impressive lineup in 2011, with Kanye West as the main headliner, and other awesome acts on board include Janelle Monae (OMG!), Lykki Li, Mogwai, Empire of the Sun, A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip and our Capital’s very own electro-popster James Blake.
Flow also has a strong tradition of championing underground heroes from their native country and beyond, so if Ignatz, Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate, Kemialliset YstŠvŠt or Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, mean anything to you musos out there, we’ll be scoping them out, along with a unique art installation from Berlin-based Croatian artist Ivana Franke (check out her stuff here) at the new Cirko venue of the festival site.
Rest assured we’ll keep you posted on all this and more on August 12 to 14, but for more information visit www.flowfestival.com. If you fancy coming along, 3-day tickets are 115 € (£101) and flights can be taken with Blue 1, starting from £237 for a 4-day return trip from Heathrow to Helsinki. For accommodation info ,visit the Scandic Hotels site. (Words: Matilda Egere-Cooper)