Kanye West sheds tears as he closes Finland’s Flow Festival

But Mogwai tell Helsinki crowd they should be 'fucking sectioned' if they watch the rapper over Battles

Kanye West shed tears during his headline set as he brought Finland‘s Flow Festival to a close last night (August 14).

The rapper was clearly overcome with emotion when he sang the words to the track ‘Runaway’ in front of a huge crowd on the Main Stage. West also drew the song out to its full 10 minutes during a mammoth set which lasted two hours despite the star arriving 45 minutes late for his performance.

He entered in spectacular fashion as he kicked off his headline slot on a raised platform in the middle of the crowd, footage of which you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below.

His flamboyant set featured a troupe of female backing dancers, three keyboard players, pyrotechnics and fireworks with much of his material drawing from his 2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and 2008’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’.


He also performed a medley of his collaborations with Jay-Z, Katy Perry and Estelle.

During ‘Homecoming’ he told the crowd:

You will never see one man come to the stage with this many hits. It’s all about rap music, we don’t give a fuck about the press. One thing to remember there is no me without you.

The gig came just days after he took a tumble at a gig in Norway and a bizarre onstage rant at the Big Chill festival.

He played:

‘Dark Fantasy’
‘Jesus Walks’
‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’
‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’
‘Hell Of A Life’
‘Flashing Lights’
‘Good Life’
‘Love Lockdown’
‘Say You Will’
‘Swagga Like Us’
‘Run This Town’
‘American Boy’
‘Through The Wire’
‘All Falls Down’
‘Touch The Sky’
‘Gold Digger’
‘All Of The Lights’
‘Chariots of Fire’
‘Lost In The World’
‘Hey, Mama’

Earlier Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite hit out at the rapper at the end of their set in the Nokia Blue Tent as he urged the crowd to watch Battles instead.


He said:

Battles are up next. If you go and see Kanye instead you should be fucking sectioned.

The mainman also wished drummer Martin Bulloch a Happy Birthday as the band ran through a set featuring tracks from their new album ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’, including ‘How To Be A Werewolf’ and ‘Mexican Grand Prix’.

Later Battles played a host of tracks from their new record ‘Gloss Drop’ including the Gary Numan backed ‘My Machines’.