Flow Festival 2011 New Line-Up Additions
aaamusic | On 18, May 2011
The Human League, Battles, Jamie Woon and Murcof + AntiVJ among newly-announced acts, day tickets go on sale today
Flow Festival, organised this year for the eighth time in Helsinki on August 12–14 has added more artists to its line up. In addition to the newly-added artists, the daily schedule for the festival is released and the day tickets plus two day tickets will go on sale today.
New additions to the Flow Festival line up include the British New Wave legends The Human League, plus Battles, Jamie Woon, and About Group, which is the latest project of Hot Chip vocalist Alexis Taylor.
Flow acts confirmed so far include: Kanye West, the king of new pop music, Q-Tip, the legendary MC from the pioneering hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, makes his first appearance in Finland, the Swedish songstress Lykke Li, the “Nordic Daft Punk”, Röyksopp. Other Flow acts include post rock heroes Mogwai, sporting an audiovisual stage spectacle, Iron & Wine, one of the most original acts in the contemporary folk/indie scene, futuristic pop wunderkind James Blake, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, authors of the Year’s Best list topping album “Before Today”.
The new wave of indie rock is well represented at Flow by the likes of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Midlake, Warpaint, Twin Shadow, The Dø and Destroyer. Janelle Monáe, Mayer Hawthorne & The County and The Budos Band keep the Afro-American musical tradition well in place, whereas Sly & Robbie with Junior Reid are one of the most legendary reggae combos around. The traditionally strong club line-up at Flow this year includes: Matthew Dear Live Band, Hercules & Love Affair, Tensnake, Joy Orbison, Martyn, and Oni Ayhun, among others.
The early evening concert series organized at club Voimala on the festival site feature three distinct sound concepts over the festival weekend. On Friday, the German artist Hauschka together with Finland’s Samuli Kosminen present their experimental stylings, whereas Saturday will see the rise of young Nordic singer-songwriters. Thus far confirmed for Saturday at Voimala are Sweden’s First Aid Kit and the Finnish newcomer Mirel Wagner, with an additional third act to be announced. On Sunday, the American “new grass” star Tony Thrischka will perform solo.
The strong club line up at Flow will receive additions in 2562, A Love From Outer Space (Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston), Zomby, Horse Meat Disco and Analog Africa Soundsystem. The Los Angeles club institution The Do-Over hosted by Aloe Blacc will mark their first ever appearance in Europe at Flow’s Sunday club programming.
New Finnish acts added to the bill include Delay Trees, Minä ja Ville Ahonen, Non Person, Renassaince Man, and We Love Helsinki.
A new Flow venue this year, the rooms normally occupied by the Helsinki centre for contemporary circus, Cirko, will host the experimental music and visual arts programming entitled “The Other Sound”. The first act announced on the bill is the Mexican electronic music composer Murcof, perfoming together with the AntiVJ collective.
The full line up for”The Other Sound” concept will be released in June, and more acts will still be added to the Flow line up at large during the coming weeks.