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Kendrick heads to Finland

UNIQUE: Escape to a converted gas holder this August when Flow Festival returns to the Baltic Sea

SYNONYMOUS WITH bringing music from old school legends to topical newcomers, Flow Festival returns to Helsinki from August 10-12. The festival offers a warm embrace of the arts and an exceptional array of world spanning cuisine – and is just a short walk away from the centre of Helsinki, making it one of the world’s most unique events.

Held in a disused power station built at the turn of the century, this monumental architectural site Is brought to life with lighting, decorations and, of course, incredible music. Gracing the stages at the event will be, among others, rapper Kendrick Lamar, one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those
who inspired him.

His fourth album, ‘DAMN’ was the third most streamed album in 2017 on Spotify and earned the man several Grammy nominations – as well as a spot on the list of most frequently requested artists for Flow. Poet, singer and songwriter Patti Smith, who earned her stature as an iconic and faultlessly honest artist decades ago, is also lined up to appear.

Grizzly Bear, one of the foremost indie bands of the 2000s, will make their Finnish debut and perform songs from their latest album ‘Painted Ruins’, which came out in August. Flow Festival will also host one of today’s most respected and popular electronic musicians Bonobo and 21-yearold DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa. Both are trailblazers of the dawning post-EDM era and have been nominated for a Grammy Award for the best dance/electronic album.

Also playing at the festival is one of today’s most wanted DJs and current holder of the number one spot of Crack Magazine’s list of the most exciting
DJs, Helena Hauff, as well as the ultimate house/techno straight shooter and legend Moodymann. One of the year’s most exciting new acts is Brockhampton, a unique, high-quality, conscious 15-person rap collective that originally came together on a web forum.

Modern Norwegian sounds are represented by promising pop star Sigrid, a newcomer from just last year who recently won BBC’s Sound of 2018. One of her fellow contestants Alma, with her gorgeous voice, perceptive lyrics and yellow hair, will make Flow one of her few gigs in Finland this summer.

Both Sigrid and Alma will release their debut albums before the festival.

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