Flow Festival 2018
Music, art, culture and gastronomy. This is the byline of Scandinavia’s hippest music and arts festival.
In only 12 years, Flow has asserted itself as one of the most anticipated events in the musical and cultural scene of Europe’s Nordic regions. This is in large part due to its eclectic musical programming, which incorporates big names from the international scene as well as from its home country, Finland.
Last year, multi-talented singer FKA Twigs played one of only 2 confirmed European dates for 2016. She was accompanied by US alt-rock band The Kills, (back after a 5-year absence), England’s The Last Shadow Puppets, trip-hop giants Massive Attack and France’s electro-popsters, M83.
Flow’s dedication to sumptuous food comes a near second to its passion for music. The festival site is filled with a huge array of pop-up restaurants and food trucks representing the best cuisine from around the world. And unlike at some festivals, there’s plenty for vegans and veggies to chew on.
Feeling faint? Take a seat, because there’s still more. Thanks to its collaboration with the University of the Arts of Helsinki, art will feature prominently in the festival, incorporating magnificent light installations and other artworks.
Finally, you will also have the opportunity to work your brain by attending one of the talks that form part of the festival’s cultural programme. Most of them will be in English, so you shouldn’t have any trouble accessing them (unless you’ve already had a few too many, that is!)
Festival dates and opening hours
Friday 10th August: 03:30 PM – 02:00 AM
Saturday 11th August: 02:00 PM – 02:00 AM
Sunday 12th August: 01:00 PM – 00:30 AM
Lana Del Rey
- Alma, Angel Olsen, Aphex Twin, Astrid Swan, Bicep, Death Grips, Femme En Fourrure, Flume, Front 242, Gasellit, Goldfrapp, Jenny Hval, Jon Hopkins, Kauriinmetsästäjät, Kube, Lana Del Rey, London Grammar, Maceo Plex, MC Taakibörsta, Mons records 20th Anniversary Show, Silvana Iman, The Afghan Whigs, Vince Staples + many more!
Suvilahti Power Plant
Flow Festival is held in a disused power station built at the turn of the century, located only a few kilometres away from the city centre.
A skeletal old gas container flanking the main stage area, repurposed old structures turned into a brewery and graffitied brickwalls brings a resolutely urban vibe to the festival.
Work, atelier and performance space had been renovated at Suvilahti for use by artists and artist groups, as well as by other cultural operators.
Suvilahti is a unique industrial milieu that is changing all the time – at least its hundred-metre-long graffitiwall is different every day. It is home to a wide range of cultural actors and a venue for major public events and festivals.
How to get there
FROM AIRPORT TO CITY:
- After you’ve booked your package with us, you will receive tailor-made directions. In them we will tell you how you can travel from airport to hotel and from hotel to the venue (transfer tickets are not included in the package price).
- The airport has excellent connections to the whole Helsinki region. You can continue your journey from Helsinki Airport by train, bus or taxi.
- By train: the train station is located on the arrivals floor, between terminals 1 and 2. A single ticket bought from a machine costs 2,70€ (2£) or 3,20€ (2,50£) on the train directly. Train schedules are available on the HSL website.
- By bus: platforms for buses and coaches serving the Helsinki city centre and metropolitan area are located in front of both terminals. Line 615 and the Finnair City Bus operate between Helsinki Railway Station and the airport.
- The trip to central railway with bus 615 station costs 5€ (4£) and takes about 35 minutes. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 5am and and 03:55am (From city to airport, first departure is 4:10am and last 3:10am) It leaves from T1 (platform 2) and stops at T2 (platform 21) too. Finnair City bus will take you to Helsinki central station in 30 minutes for 6,30€ (5£).The bus runs every 20 minutes between 5:45 am and 1:10am daily.
- By taxi: a journey by taxi from the airport to the centre of Helsinki takes about 30 minutes and costs around 45 to 50€ (35 to 40£) and takes about 30 minutes. The taxi stands are located right outside the arrival areas of the terminals.
- To help plan your journey from the airport, you can check this awesome journey planner.
FROM CITY TO THE VENUE:
- The closest stations and stops are: Sörnäinen (metro), Suvilahti and Sörnäinen (bus) and Käenkuja and Sörnäinen (tram).
- This awesome journey planner will help you find the quickest route for you to take depending on where you are staying.
Welcome to one of the trendiest Scandinavian capitals. While often full of international tourists, Helsinki remains one of Northern Europe’s most relaxed cities, far ahead of Stockholm and Oslo.
There’s no fuss in Helsinki: forget select clubs filled with posers, stuffy dress codes and nights where it’s more about parading than having fun.
Helsinki is blissfully tolerant and open-minded, with something to suit all wants and tastes.
In the north of the city, the Kallio neighbourhood has numerous bars and clubs along Helsinginkatu and Fleminginkatu Streets, attracting a more boho-arty crowd. Meanwhile, Punavuori will please fans of house and more commercial sounds.
And don’t be fooled by the apparent reserve of the Finnish. Beneath the mask, you’ll find inveterate party-goers who would give the most hardcore among you a run for your money!
Festival services & information
- Minimum age and access to the festival: you must be at least 18 years old to attend the event. Please note that minors will be denied access to the festival, even if accompanied by an adult. Remember to take a valid ID with you at all times as security staff may perform random ID checks.
- On-site payments and ATMs: you can use debit and credit cards and Visa Electron on site. There are no cash machines located on site, and the nearest ones are to be found by the Sörnäinen metro station and at Tukkutori by Työpajankatu. We recommend using cash on site, as it is the fastest way to do business at Flow.
- Food and drinks: you are allowed to bring small snacks (such as candies, cookies, etc.) into the festival area. However, it is strictly forbidden to bring any type of beverage on-site due to the botte deposit system and the legal regulations followed at the event. All bottled and canned drinks sold at the festival area include a 1€ deposit to be refunded upon returning the empty bottle/can.
- There are plenty of restaurant services on site offering a wide variety of food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Storage and lockers: there is a cloakroom located next to the main entrance of the festival area, after the gates. The cloakroom fee is 2,50 € per customer.