THE BEGINNING

The Helsinki event takes place 12-14 August.

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Now in its 13th year, Flow provides an annual lesson in how to programme a festival. Staged at a disused power station in the centre of Helsinki, for three days the site becomes home to specially-commissioned art installations, an array of gastronomic delights, and some of the most fascinating musical scheduling anywhere in the world. Here’s who we’ll be watching between 12th and 14th August.

ANOHNI
AKA an opportunity to see one of the year’s standout records performed live. If ANOHNI’s recent London Barbican shows are indicative of her Flow set-up, expect appearances from ‘Hopelessness’ producers HudMo and Oneohtrix Point Never, plus powerful visuals accompanying songs lambasting surveillance culture, US defence policy and environmental negligence. Helpfully, during ecocide anthem ‘4 Degrees’ you can assuage your conscience with the fact that Flow has been certified as completely carbon neutral.

Iggy Pop
If David Bowie’s unexpected passing taught us anything, it’s that we need to cherish our idols while we still have chance. With this in mind, Iggy Pop’s show at Flow is not to be missed. Currently basking in the glory of April’s brilliant, Josh Homme-produced ‘Post Pop Depression’ LP, he and his band will be tearing up the Main Stage on Friday evening. Here’s hoping he performs the closing rant from ‘Paraguay’ in full.

FKA Twigs
Sure, Tahlia Bennett’s Friday night show clashes with techno legend Jeff Mills’ set, but will Jeff Mills be performing jaw-dropping interpretive dance routines and/or attempting full body contortions? No, he will not. Plus, Flow is FKA Twigs’ final European festival date of 2016 which makes it all the more noteworthy.

Massive Attack / Young Fathers
As their incendiary BST Hyde Park double-header proved, Massive Attack and Young Fathers are currently one of the UK’s most compelling live propositions. Expect extraordinary lighting design, ominous motion graphics, and a thrilling mixture of classic tracks and new material, all delivered with a healthy dose of political commentary.

Liima
Comprised of three members of Efterklang plus Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö, Liima specialise in spacey, synth-led experimentation, pitched somewhere between Talk Talk and a more sedate Animal Collective. Their excellent debut for 4AD was recorded live, with no overdubs, so it’s probably pretty representative of what you can expect from their Saturday evening set.

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