Last weekend, we headed to the world’s second most northerly capital city for three days of fantastic live music. Held in an old power plant near central Helsinki, Finland, Flow Festival has boasted some of Europe’s best line-ups since its inception in 2004. This year was no different. Main Stage headliners FKA Twigs, Sia and Massive Attack were joined by Iggy Pop, Last Shadow Puppets, Stormzy and plenty more. Here are eight of the best snaps from the festival.
Stormzy kicked off proceedings on Friday. A raucous crowd bellowed the Thornton Heath rapper’s lyrics right back at him – proving grime isn’t only popular in the UK.
Iggy Pop got down and dirty with the Finnish crowd during his cover of Johnny O’Keefe & The Dee Jays’ ‘Real Wild Child’. Nice to meet you too Iggy…
FKA Twigs brought dazzling visuals and gravity-defying dance routines to her headline set on the Main Stage.
Bristol trip-hoppers Massive Attack made good use of the fading light to air some rather political videos during their Friday night set. Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers added soulful exuberance for a few numbers.
Morrissey played arguably the show of the festival on Saturday night in the Lapin Kulta Red Arena. He opened with fan-favourite ‘Suedehead’ before zipping through a hit-filled set that included ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’ and Smiths classic ‘Meat Is Murder’.
Aussie singer-songwriter turned pop powerhouse Sia drew the largest crowd of the weekend on Sunday night. Her main stage-closing set was all monochromatic wigs, oversized silk bows and soaring power ballads.
New Order stopped by Flow Festival’s Main Stage in their apparent bid to play every major European city. ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘True Faith’ featured in a greatest hits bonananza, before the band closed with a double helping of Joy Division favourites – ‘Decades’ & ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.