The Cure, Tame Impala, Robyn, Father John Misty, Modeselektor, Mitski, CupcakKe, Yves Tumor, Makaya McCraven, Amnesia Scanner, Gasellit, Ville Valo & Agents, Ruusut, Iisa, Sofa and Jaakko Eino Kalevi are the first names to be revealed
Flow Festival, which takes place in the Suvilahti area of Helsinki on 9.–11. August, announces its first bookings, for the 2019 event. Among them are The Cure, a cult band on the verge of their 40th anniversary and one that’s been a lifelong soundtrack to several generations now. The band was born in the aftermath of the punk explosion, and had big hits like Friday I’m In Love, Boys Don’t Cry and Just Like Heaven. Flow also hosts Tame Impala, an Australian band that has grown to be the biggest name in alternative rock. What started as a solo project for Kevin Parker in 2007, Tame Impala has drawn on a wide array of influences ranging from 60s psychedelia to electronic music.
Robyn, the Swedish star who made a successful move from the world of pop to more club-oriented sounds will also take to the stage at Suvilahti in August. She released her new album Honey in October, which was immediately hailed as one of the most important releases of the year. Flow is also hosting charismatic American musician Father John Misty who is equally beloved by critics and fans. German electronic music pioneer Modeselektor and American and Japanese indie rock artist Mitski who have recently gained lots of hype behind them and are set to become one of the most important recording artists of the year.
Also slated for a performance at the festival is American rap artist CupcakKe with her unapologetic lyrics and defence of LGBTQ rights. Rising producer Yves Tumor who draws from experimental electronic music to create his unique sound, rising Chicago-based jazz drummer, producer and composer Makaya McCraven and Berlin-based Finnish producer duo Amnesia Scanner, whose music has recently been praised by media outlets such as Pitchfork, Resident Advisor and The Guardian.
Other domestic artists booked at this point include electronic pop super group Ruusut, Gasellit, an energetic live act who released their fifth album in October, Sofa, a rap duo dedicated to the cause of feminism, equality and liberty, and electropop cult artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi who has a solid international following. Agents, led by guitarist Esa Pulliainen will perform with singer Ville Valo, who rose to fame as the frontman of HIM. Ville Valo & Agents are releasing an eagerly awaited album of songs by Rauli ”Badding” Somerjoki in February. Lisa comes to Flow with a special set based on her album Päivii, öitä, featuring an extended live band and special guests.
Flow Festival will host over 100 performers, with more names to be released early next year. Three-day tickets for Flow are on sale at Ticketmaster and Tiketti.
Flow Festival’s confirmed partners for 2019 are main partner Lapin Kulta, partners Oatly and Plan B, and media partners Basso and Helsingin Sanomat.