Magnetic Man headline day one of Flow Festival

Plus The Drums, Big Boi and Broken Bells make their Helsinki debut

Magnetic Man headlined the opening night of the Flow Festival in Helsinki in the early hours of this morning (August 14).

The dubstep supergroup previewed a series of new tracks from their forthcoming self-titled debut album on the Tent Stage, including Top 10 hit ‘I Need Air’ and their next single ‘Perfect Stranger’, which features Katy B.

The trio performed inside a cage drenched in lasers throughout their set, which saw Benga whipping up the crowd on several occasions.


The producer kept chanting to the crowd, “When I say ‘Magnetic’ you say ‘Man’,” during the show, before he asked them to hold up their lighters and mobile phones for ‘I Need Air’, which you can watch below.

Earlier, Outkast rapper Big Boi wrapped up proceedings on the Main Stage, as he showcased a series of tracks from his recent solo album ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’, alongside his main band’s classics, including ‘Ms Jackson’ from their 2000 LP ‘Stankonia’.

The frontman also brought a gaggle of girls from the audience onstage for his band’s 2003 hit ‘The Way You Move’, before he rapped over Queen‘s ‘We Will Rock You’ and performed recent single ‘Shutterbugg’.

Earlier, The Drums made their Helsinki debut, packing out the Tent Stage as they premiered tracks from their self-titled debut and their 2009 ‘Summertime!’ EP in the city for the first time.

Singer Jonathan Pierce constantly thanked the crowd for being “so sweet” throughout their set, as they played the likes of ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, ‘Don’t Be A Jerk, Johnny’ and ‘Forever And Ever, Amen’, the latter of which drew the biggest cheer.

Over on the Main Stage, Air also drew a huge throng as they performed a host of hits from their 13-year back catalogue, including ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’ and ‘Sexy Boy’ from their seminal 1998 debut ‘Moon Safari’, and ‘Don’t Be Light’ from 2001’s ‘10,000 Hz Legend’ LP.


Earlier, Broken Bells kicked off proceedings by performing a cover of Tommy James And The Shondells‘ 1968 single ‘Crimson And Clover’ during their early set.

The duo were backed by a five-piece live band as they reeled off tracks from their self-titled debut, with Dangermouse switching between piano, bass and drums throughout.

In between performing the likes of ‘The High Road’ and ‘Vaporize’, the pair also took time out to pay tribute to the late Sparklehorse leader Mark Linkous.

“This is a song we wrote with Mark [Linkous], which is great,” frontman James Mercer told the crowd as the duo performed ‘Insane Melody’, taken from the ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ album which Danger Mouse wrote with Linkous.

Speaking before the gig, Dangermouse told NME: “We love festivals like this because they’re just so laid back and fun and clean,” before joking, “Our music is really laid back too so I don’t expect see any crowd surfing.”

The Flow Festival, which is staged on the site of a former power plant and is now in its seventh year, also saw Finnish electro duo Villa Nah warm up proceedings back at the Tent Stage with a series of tracks from their debut ‘Origin’.

The second day of the event kicks off later today with performances from MIA, Robyn and Sleigh Bells.

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