Best Music Festival in Helsinki: Flow

Flow 2016

Flow is definitely coming – less than a month and the best music festival of Finland (even Nordics?) is here! Flow is music festival here in Helsinki and it is ALWAYS a weekend when we’ll send our kids to their grandparents and spend our weekend listening music and enjoying great Flow-feeling with our dear friends at festival. Since we are living in downtown Helsinki we’ll invite friends over for whole weekend to sleep, enjoy breakfast and preparty listening best artists from flow-app before entering to festival.

Flow is in Suvilahti, Helsinki. Place is easier to understand when I tell it is in Kallio-area near to metro station Sörnäinen. Kallio is 2-3 kilometers from Stockmann/Railway station so really in downtown. Easiest way to get there is to bike (there is a “bike lot” in front of festival with thousands of bikes, love it!) but if you don’t have one just walk or take metro or tram 7A/7B/6 (step out from tram also in Sörnäinen).

Festival area itself is a pearl – location is just great and old pretty buildings and gas holder creates a “post industrial feeling” which ensures atmosphere is just perfect. Festival is pretty trendy place – you can see beautiful people wearing interesting cloths (no heels however since best to walk around with flats) and you can taste different delicious foods. There is always also art, this year video installationsOf course the main point is music – there are several stages with different artists all the time. This year I am waiting most for Lana Del Rey, London Grammar and always so great Alma (a Finn you should listen a bit right away if you don’t know her!).  Age limit to festival is 18, I would say most people are 30-45 years.

Days for festival this year are 11-13.8.2017. If you plan to enjoy the festival, I suggest you buy your tickets now since normally at least some days are sold out well in advance (however not yet when I am writing this). More information of festival you find here. There are lots of information also in English. Also I guess – since me and my friends Anne and Marjo love Flow festival so much, we’ll write more about this before the festival.

Pictures here are from last year.

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Music Festivals in HEL – Tuska

The other high-class gem of Summer, besides the world-famous Flow, is all metalheads’ perennial favorite — Tuska Open Air Metal Festival.  Both events take place in the same venue, Suvilahti a few kilometers to the north and east of city center. Drawing a crowd of around 30.000, it’s now in its 18th year and a perfect way to kick off the summer vacay season.

There’s something magical about the mix of a brightly sunlit summer day and a constant battery  of death, black, grind, thrash, industrial, old school metal and more from three stages — two big ones and a club.

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With Finland being the most metal country in the world it’s perhaps no wonder Tuska works as well as it does. Every year, bands ranging from the experimental to the obscure, from home-grown favorites to chart-toppers, there’s something for everyone.

Given the urban setting, everything is easily accessible, facilities from bars to shops to food are great, plus there are no muddy fields with tents. After a day of moshing to the best, you still have time to hit the bars.

IMG_3189.JPGIMG_3133.JPGIMG_2963.JPGWhat’s more, the city edicts finally allow the bands to play until midnight on Fri & Sat. If you’re in town already the week before, there’s extra gigs all week, and after-festival clubs, too.

Check out the lineup from http://www.tuska-festival.fi/en/schedule — it’s on this year from 1 to 3 July.

Oh, and senior citizens get free entry.

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Music festivals in Helsinki – Flow

One of the most interesting music festivals in Helsinki is definitely Flow festival. It’s a perfect way of getting tuned into Helsinki’s artistic and relaxed atmosphere. The festival takes place from 12th to 14th of August – just when the evenings start getting darker and festivals better.

Each Finnish city has its own music festival and Flow is the one to visit in Helsinki. You can buy the tickets already now and get to know the artists playing in each stage. Yes, don’t worry if you don’t know a single band on the list – it’s a great opportunity to explore some new music and just enjoy the atmosphere.

The Flow festival has been organised since 2004 and it has grown its popularity every year reaching over 70,000 visitors. It’s been organised in old power plant area in Suvilahti which a unique and convenient area for an urban festival.

Flow is a nice experience also to someone interested in food. There are several nice restaurants offering food for all tastes; vegetarians, organic and sustainably produced food.

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Photo by Jussi Hellsten, Flow Festival

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Photo by Samuli Pentti, Flow Festival

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Photo by Jussi Hellsten, Flow Festival

What? Flow music Festival
When? 12. – 14.8.2016
Why? Atmosphere, bands, arts and food