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Flow Festival has revealed eighteen new artists for this summer’s festival. With this unveiling of artists as well as the daily program, all ticket types are now available. More artists will be published next week.
Flow Festival will feature the queen of rap Cardi B, who won the Grammy for best rap album for her debut Invasion of Privacy – making her the first female solo rapper to win the honour. Not only did she have one of the best releases of 2018, she was also chosen by Time magazine as one of the most influential people on the planet and now the artist known for her undeniably unapologetic attitude will be making her Finnish debut. In addition, Flow Festival is adding to the lineup songwriting talent Dev Hynes’s R&B project Blood Orange, who published his critically acclaimed album Negro Swan last year.
Other acts to play at Suvilahti include legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, pop star Tove Lo, Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, whose new record comes out in March, as well as legendary pop star Neneh Cherry, who released an album called Broken Politics to near universal praise last year. Flow will also present Earl Sweatshirt, who has grown from hip hop collective Odd Future’s child prodigy into one of the most important rap artists working today, and British artist slowthai, who explores a musical region delineated ’by grime, rap, dubstep and garage. He’s definitely one of this year’s must-see acts. Legendary EBM ensemble Nitzer Ebb and boogie/soul kingpin Leroy Burgess and his group will also perform.
Finnish additions include J. Karjalainen, one of Finland’s most popular artists and back in the spotlight with a new album released last year; The Holy, who have attracted some international attention; and Maustetytöt, a pop group with a punk attitude, who’ve managed to become a serious cult band before even releasing their first album. Also taking the stage will be Henrik! who probably plays the currently weirdest hardcore right now and is known for his intense live shows, as well as Jesse Markin, one of the year’s most fascinating new artists whose music is a mixture of electro, rap and indie. He was previously affiliated with the hip hop group Megaphone State.
Finnish rap will be represented by Pyhimys, who totally cleaned up at this year’s Emma awards, essentially the Finnish Grammys. He will be performing the summer chapter of his series of themed shows centering on the four seasons. Rapper Eevil Stöö’s record label Katakombi presents a live spectacle, featuring DJ Kridlokk and Koksu Koo, among others. The next generation of Finnish rap is represented by Bizi, recently signed to PME Records; F, a bold and courageous musician influenced by electronic music; and SITOI, with rich and complex lyrical artistry telling the stories of today.
Next week Flow Festival will publish the Resident Advisor Front Yard program featuring electronic music. All in all, almost 150 artists will perform at the festival. The booked acts are:
Cardi B, Earl Sweatshirt, Neneh Cherry, slowthai, Nitzer Ebb, Leroy Burgess Full Band feat. special guest Christine Wiltshire, Makaya McCraven, Ville Valo & Agents, Pyhimys - Neljä vuodenaikaa: Kesä, Katakombi and Maustetytöt.
Tame Impala, Robyn, Blood Orange, Pond, Yves Tumor, Amnesia Scanner, Gasellit, Ruusut, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Sofa, Bizi, SITOI & F, Jesse Markin and Henrik!
The Cure, Father John Misty, Tove Lo, Modeselektor (live), Mitski, Cupcakke, Pharoah Sanders Quartet, J. Karjalainen, Iisa and The Holy