LOCATION: HELSINKI, FINLAND
DATE: 7TH- 11TH AUGUST 2013
Flow Festival is standing out as one of the most eco friendly festivals of this summer, with a massively increased eco friendly environmental programme. Taking a huge step forward, this year will see 25% of the energy at this year’s festival produced with renewable energy and will see a revamped environmental plan injected into all aspects of organising the festival, starting from planning and production.
The constant change happening in the Suvilahti festival area (a mid century disused power plant) makes it impossible to build permanent electricity networks, making it a huge challenge to create efficient energy solutions. This year though, the local energy company Helsingin Energia will enable temporary solutions that provide notable quantities of green energy during the festival. The Black Tent, for instance, will run on 100% wind power. Flow prides itself on its environmentally conscious attitude each year and last autumn the festival was granted the internationally recognised EcoCompass Event Certificate. In 2012’s 82% of all the waste created at the festival was recycled – the target for 2013 is 90%.
Those providing the food and catering at the festival are encouraged to focus on organic and local food and to use biodegradable dishes, cutting back on the waste generated from the festival. The festival area’s building materials and decorations are also designed to be used for several years and local subcontractors are favoured in building production.
That’s not where it ends though, using its city centre setting to its advantage, the festival audience is encouraged to come to the festival by foot, bicycle or public transport – there is no parking area for cars. Flow also aims to decrease emissions caused by international artists’ travels, by co-operating with other Nordic festivals and reducing their mutual artists emissions from travel. Annually, Flow compensates its carbon footprint to Gold Standard certified sustainable energy projects.
Returning to the historic Suvilahti which is only a short walk away from the centre of Helsinki, the festival strikes an alluring setting for a few days of blissed-out festival escapism. Held in the shadows of a disused power station built at the turn of the century, the looming location is one of Helsinki’s most monumental architectural sites. Embracing its penchant for urban spaces and modern art, Flow’s venue sets it aside as one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of the summer.
Beyond the music, Flow offers a warm embrace of the arts, offering art displays from Scandinavia and abroad as well as showcasing art house film, cinema, lectures and an exceptional array of world spanning cuisine. There’s easily enough to keep attendees occupied, if ever spending a summer weekend in culture hub Helsinki wasn’t enough.
This year marks Flow’s landmark tenth year anniversary and is the perfect destination for adventurous festival-goers in search of something a little different. Prepare to be inspired, intrigued and delighted in unexpected ways this August.
Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th August 2013
Suvilahti power plant area in central Helsinki, Finland
Early Bird 3 Day Pass (Fri + Sat + Sun) £115 (valid until end of Feb)
Early Bird 4 Day Pass (Wed + Fri + Sat + Sun) £140 (valid until end of Feb)
3 Day Pass (Fri + Sat + Sun) £130
4 Day Pass (Wed + Fri + Sat + Sun) £150
+ additional sellers fees.
The capacity is 6,000 for the opening concert and 20,000 per day for the weekend
Flow is an over 18s event and no children will be admitted onto site
Line Up So Far:
ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB
AUTRE NE VEUT
CIRCUIT DES YEUX
EBO TAYLOR & THE ODAPAJAN
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
HANG THE DJ
JAAKKO EINO KALEVI
JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL
LAINEEN KASPERI JA PALAVA KAUPUNKI
MAYA JANE COLE
MINÄ JA VILLE AHONEN
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
SAMAE KOSKISEN KORVALÄÄKE
SARAH KIVI & NON-ORCHESTRA
SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER
THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS
TIMMO LASSY BAND
VERNERI POHJOLA & BLACK MOTOR
Clash Magazine, 2012 – “it’s a relaxed and attractive place.”
The Guardian, August 2012 – “The now defunct Suvilahti power plant in Helsinki plays host to four days of new music in an impressive industrial landscape of gas cylinders and smokestacks.”
Telegraph, 2012 – “This art-filled urban festival, on the site of an old power plant near the city center, is compact, but a lot of thought has gone into creating a variety of colourful entertainment places.”