Flow Festival is one of (if not the most) celebrated festivals in Helsinki, Finland, and this past weekend, August 11-13, EDM Maniac found out why.
Beyond the stellar lineup of heavyweights like Lorde, Blur, Kaytranada, and Wizkid, this festival welcomes visitors from around the world into the industrial charm of the Finnish capital.
Not only does its venue, an old factory called Suvilahti, represent the visual aesthetic of the city but every inch of the event is curated down to the finest detail to represent its home country.
Check out our Festival Report Card below:
The only reason this grade is not a full-on “A” is that we weren’t seeing myriad random acts of ultra-PLUR everywhere we looked, but everyone in the festival was respectful and kind, no one was too belligerent or pushing through the crowd, and everyone was down to party in the exact way that fit the energy of each set.
Also, the attendees were very diverse in terms of age. It felt like a festival that was just as much about seeing the sights and taking in the surroundings (and eating all the locally sourced Finnish restaurants) as it was about dancing your heart out.
Given the factory buildings on site, there was a lot of opportunity for variation in expression when it came to production. The major stages were on par with any top-level festival in the world, while smaller areas used the industrial surroundings to their advantage.
For example, when Moderat (the supergroup consisting of Apparat and Modeselektor) performed they had an intricate and astounding visual production that enthralled the Silver Arena.
But also, the Backyard stage was situated on the grass under a garden of trees where people would rock to drum & bass and techno while The Other Sound X Sun Effects was inside an old warehouse where guest visual artists matched the intensity for the ears with intensity for the eyes.
Also, every act started on time and there wasn’t a single sound issue all weekend.
The lineup was all-around impressive. Headliners and main stage acts like Blur and Caroline Polachek brought their A-game, and Lorde debuted two new songs for her first set ever in Finland.
On the dance/electronic front, there were numerous options. The Resident Advisor Frontyard was the spot Speedy J, Eris Drew + Octo Octa, and Folamour, combined an enormous sound system with intimate dancing while larger more expansive dance/electronic acts like Kaytranada were on major stages spinning to thousands.
But beyond more traditional curation, Flow went one deeper. Every fest these days has a house/techno stage. Flow, on the other hand, had Other Sound X Sun Effects which was made especially for experimental and ambient.
Flow also had Balloon 360 which was all about jazz, with artists like DOMi & JD Beck and Nala Sinephro. Usually, jazz is just a sprinkled-in genre these days, but Flow made it a centerpiece.
What gets a venue the highest grade is if it captures the essence of its location, and Suvilahti did that exactly for Helsinki. Helsinki is a port town with a healthy balance of industrial and urban, and that’s the precise way to describe the venue.
Located within the grounds of an old factory, right on the water, the venue gave a welcome to Helsinki, and there was an amazing flow to the event (pun intended).
Nothing ever got too crowded, bathrooms were clean and readily available, it was very accessible by public transportation, and giant factory buildings were utilized for diverse programming.
There was even a skate park on site. And while unfortunately no one was allowed to skate, the festival painted the entire thing just for the weekend.
Overall Flow is a wonderful festival that demonstrates the kind of next-level care and attention that Europeans put into their events.
Just goes to show that even if a festival is in a city like Helsinki, which isn’t necessarily known for having a thriving music scene, there are people who are passionate about festival culture and who work very hard to curate an event that stacks up to any other around the world.
Featured image by Riikk Vaahtera
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Title: Festival Report Card: Flow Festival 2023
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Published Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 13:19:54 +0000
Teamworx and Yam Refaeli Join Forces on Heartfelt Single ‘Until We’re Falling Down’
In a remarkable fusion of creativity and technology, a collaborative initiative has emerged, bringing together five individuals from diverse artistic backgrounds to create a poignant musical experience. The team includes the dynamic DJ duo and producers, Teamworx (Ben Azoulay and Saar Lagziel), the renowned singer/songwriter Yam Rafaeli (X-Factor Israel finalist), and the visionary project leaders, Tamir Yeshayahu and Idan Shakorka.
Their journey took a unique and exciting turn as they delved into the creation of a song that transcends conventional boundaries. Leveraging the power of AI video technology, they artfully reconstructed the events of a tragic massacre, weaving together a narrative that seeks to leave a lasting impact.
The accompanying video is not for the faint-hearted, as the combination of evocative visuals and a compelling storyline ensures that no eye remains dry. The creators acknowledge that not everyone may be able to watch the entire clip due to its emotional intensity.
The genesis of the song lies in heartfelt conversations with survivors and extensive research across various networks. The lyrics encapsulate a range of emotions, from profound sadness and anger to a resilient hope that authentically reflects the human experience in the face of tragedy.
Beyond being a mere composition, the song holds a profound purpose—to inspire people to sing, dance, and engage with the accompanying video. The vision is to spread this musical tribute to dance floors across the globe, fostering awareness and creating a lasting memorial for friends lost on that fateful day.
At the heart of the song’s narrative are the stark events of October 7 at the Nova Festival. The lyrics vividly address a horrific massacre where over 300 attendees, seeking nothing but the joy of dancing peacefully, lost their lives at the hands of Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.
Yam Rafaeli’s impactful vocal delivery, combined with Teamworx’s masterful production, creates a connection that transcends the auditory experience. For those seeking a deeper connection, a compelling 3-minute video clip accompanies the audio, providing a visceral and emotional visual experience.
As the creators aim for the song to find its place in the playlists of renowned DJs and resonate across global dance floors, “Dance until we fall” stands as a powerful artistic endeavor—a tribute, a call to action, and a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
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By: Andy Bedhun
Title: Teamworx and Yam Refaeli Join Forces on Heartfelt Single ‘Until We’re Falling Down’
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Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 16:08:30 +0000
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Fred again.. Samples Baby Keem in Stellar ‘leavemealone’
I can’t really begin this article without commending Fred again.. for his insane production and mixing skills. Ok that feels better… Fred Again.. brings out an unique blend of Baby Keem’s ‘South Africa’ and ‘Bullies’ to craft ‘leavemealone’. The Atlantic Records track is a nasty electro journey with Jungle influences and incredible melodies. The result is 3:43 minutes of pure goosebumps.
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The song introduces a blend of Baby Keem’s original tracks in a masterful positioning, adding reverbs and stuttering that makes transitions seamless. The build up is as emotional as it is sick in the best way possible. It’s so good you just want to cry on the dancefloor as you keep dancing and your tears turn into joy. The hip hop elements fuse with the Electro and UK style in a very dynamic composition. Fred again.. really outdid himself with this one. The repitches and stutters are so well presented it is truly a Grammy-worthy situation.
The American Rapper is known for his role on the Black Panther soundtracks, as well as credit contributions for Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. His free flowing style with heavy trap and bass influences made him the right candidate for the UK producer Fred again.. to ascertain his prowess and construct this masterpiece of a track.
Fred again.. and again?
The UK producer and DJ just gets better and better. He worked with Skrillex and Four Tet for ‘Rumble’. Besides, he produced happiness anthems like ‘Delilah (pull me out of this)’ Fred again.. is a force in this era. Alone this year, He managed to book an eight-night residency at the Shrine in LA. And, gave us three nights at Forrest Hills Stadium. Moreover, he is now a nominatee for Best Dance/Electronic Album at this year’s Grammy Awards for Actual Life 3 (January 1- September 9 2022). His ability to develop story like songs and albums that feel like intimate journal entries is such a beautiful ability.
Nevertheless, we present you ‘leavemealone’:
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By: Jay Seabrook
Title: Fred again.. Samples Baby Keem in Stellar ‘leavemealone’
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Published Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2023 18:21:15 +0000
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Summer Camp Festival Evolves Into New Concept, Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie
Summer Camp Festival in Illinois has had an impressive 22-year run. The creators will enter an exciting new era in 2024 with their new festival concept: Solshine: A Music and Arts Reverie. Debuting at Summer Camp’s beloved venue of Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, the first-ever edition of Solshine will take place from Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26, 2024. There will also be a pre-party on Thursday, May 23.
The festival has expanded from 2,000 attendees in 2001 to over 25,000 attendees in 2023. They present a cross-genre music lineup and experiential programming helped cultivate a dedicated fanbase and inclusive community. Over the years the festival also hosted a wide variety of music acts including Tom Petty, Zac Brown Band, Skrillex, Diplo, Griz, Goose, Pretty Lights, Subtronics, Primus, Willie Nelson & Family, Liquid Stranger, Rebelution, REZZ, Slightly Stoopid, STS9, The Disco Biscuits, Excision, Zeds Dead and many more.
Looking toward the future while celebrating the past, Summer Camp’s organizers will channel their flagship event’s longstanding legacy into their new Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie concept. The festival will host a diverse, cross-genre lineup of musical acts spanning jam bands, electronic, bluegrass, funk, rock, and everything in between. In addition to its music programming, the Solshine will offer a variety of workshops, food & craft vendors, and activities – the heart and soul of what made Summer Camp a ‘home away from home’ for attendees who returned year after year.
Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie will also retain Summer Camp’s core ethos of building an inclusive community around music. Through its mission of sustainability, the festival will aim to inspire attendees to live a life of intention and purpose to create a positive impact on the world. To capture this spirit, the festival will host the coveted experiential art area The Illumination Woods, and the permanent garden SOULPATCH as a dedicated area to increase knowledge of permaculture and sustainability.
Tickets are available here!
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By: Drew Barkin
Title: Summer Camp Festival Evolves Into New Concept, Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie
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Published Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2023 18:17:49 +0000
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