Visionary artist Frank Ocean makes his Finnish debut with a live show at Flow Festival in Helsinki. Ocean is the festival’s most requested artist of recent years. Frank Ocean is one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed artists of his era. The enigmatic artist came back from a four-year musical hiatus last year, when he released the album Endless via livestream on his website and just one day later followed it up with the album Blonde. The critically acclaimed album went to number one in the album charts in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and New Zealand. The two records follow his breakout albums: Channel Orange and the Nostalgia Ultra mixtape.
Blonde features guest performances by the likes of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, André 3000 and James Blake, with production credits for Ocean himself, as well as Pharrell Williams, Tyler The Creator and Jamie xx, among others. It was picked as album of the year in 2016 by a number of medias, including Time magazine, with Rolling Stone stating that the record “perfects avant-garde soul” and The Guardian calling it one of the “most intriguing and contrary records ever made.”
Alt-country superstar and rock cult favorite Ryan Adams returns to Finland, putting an end to a 15-year wait by fans. The extremely productive artist has in recent years moved away from his country roots and towards a timeless brand of American rock, in the spirit of, say, Tom Petty. Adams will release a self-produced album named Prisoner on February 17th, which includes the already released singles Do You Still Love Me?, Doomsday and To Be Without You.
Reviews have compared the new album to his cult hit debut from 2000 Heartbreaker, calling it one of his best.
Other acts confirmed to Flow Festival include electronic supergroup Moderat, Atlanta-based rapper Young Thug, singer-songwriter-producer Sampha, brothers Ron and Russell Mael of cult rock band Sparks, indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, which was originally born as a solo vehicle for frontman Will Toledo, house producer Mr Fingers aka Larry Heard, techno favorites Model 500 with a live show and Destiny Nicole Frasqueri’s collective alter ego Princess Nokia, as well as domestic acts Oranssi Pazuzu, Töölön Ketterä, Mikko Joensuu, Pykäri feat. Ahjo Ensemble, Litku Klemetti, The Holy and Vesta
Confirmed artists have been assigned days and all ticket types are on sale. Friday will see performances by Lana Del Rey, Aphex Twin, London Grammar, Young Thug, Car Seat Headrest, Maceo Plex, Model 500 (live), Femme En Fourrure, Oranssi Pazuzu, Kauriinmetsästäjät ja Töölön Ketterä. Saturday features The xx, Flume, Sparks, Sampha, Jon Hopkins, Bicep (live), Alma, MC Taakibörsta, Pykäri feat. Ahjo Ensemble, The Holy ja Litku Klemetti. Artists rounding out the festival on Sunday include Frank Ocean, Ryan Adams, Moderat, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, Princess Nokia, Larry Heard (live), Jenny Hval, Mikko Joensuu and Vesta.
Flow Festival takes place 11.–13. August in Helsinki’s Suvilahti area.
Flow Festival’s confirmed partners for 2017 are main partner Lapin Kulta, and partners Bright Finland, Plan B, Paulig and Sun Effects, as well as media partners Basso, Helsingin Sanomat, Clear Channel and Resident Advisor
3 days: 175 € until February 15th
, 185€ from February 16th
2 days: 149€
1 day: 99€
Prices apply until further notice. Ticket price includes service fee.