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Finland Puts on Best in Show at Flow

While the major acts dominated the main stage at Flow Festival, it was Finlands new talent that really impressed.

Published: August 20, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • Finlands Jaakko Eino Kalevi performing at this years festival.
    Photo: Sergey Chernov / SPT

  • Held over three days, almost 130 acts performed across nine stages.
    Photo: Sergey Chernov / SPT

  • A chance encounter led British music journalist Kieron Tyler to becoming a regular on the Baltic music scene.
    Photo: Sergey Chernov / SPT

  • The popular annual music event continues to attract a loyal following.
    Photo: Sergey Chernov / SPT

It was to be expected that Manic Street Preachers, OutKast and The National were going to have the biggest crowds at Flow Festival, held in Helsinki, Finland earlier this month. But alongside the big international names, the almost 130 acts that performed at the festivals nine venues across three days also showcased some of the most interesting live acts from the Finnish music scene.

The major Finnish acts included the countrys current biggest international hopefuls, folky English-language singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner now on Sub Pop in the U.S. and electronic musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi, who was recently signed by Domino Records in the U.K. But Flow Festival also offered a whole range of unique and exciting Finnish music from indie folk and alternative rock to reggae and hip-hop.

The Main Stages program opened with Risto, a keyboard-driven, Finnish-language alternative band from the city of Tampere, described by a local as a perfect example of Finnish psychedelia, Finnish craziness, while the Other Sound stage reserved for less conventional music sported Hopeajarvi, a frenzical garage-punk quartet from Helsinki and whose very first chords sent the crowd jumping.

The day after the festival had closed, The St. Petersburg Times sat with Kieron Tyler, a contributor to the Mojo magazine and a frequent visitor to music events both in Finland and Estonia, at the Sokos Vaakuna hotel in the center of Helsinki to discuss Flow Festival and local music in general.

Q: What were your impressions of Flow Festival, specifically about the Finnish artists who played there?

A: Thats an interesting question. Obviously there were Finnish artists playing and I noticed the main stage was about the international big names Manic Street Preachers, Janelle Monae, OutKast. Though there was a lot of Finnish music at Flow Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Siinai (Siinai were playing on a big stage in a big tent) it was interesting to notice that the audience wasnt necessarily going for the Finnish names. So I was watching a band like Mr Peter Hayden, and there were some curious people in the audience, but by the time they finished playing, there were fewer curious people in the audience. However, its very, very good that Flow is putting on and mixing in less known Finnish names to get them in front of that mainstream audience. Thats a good thing. It can only be a good thing.

Q: Could you mention some bands that you found interesting?

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the clubs website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBAs and Capital Legal Services event Arctic Expedition this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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