Reaktor Backyard’s lineup presents an eclectic selection of dance music from house, soul and Italo disco to Detroit techno.
Flow Festival’s Reaktor Backyard is the verdant oasis full of good vibes for club music aficionados in the post-industrial Suvilahti area. On Friday, Backyard will be taken over by Fred P with his futuristic take on house and techno, the soul, gospel and disco influenced Tone B. Nimble, one of the leading lights of New York’s house renaissance Levon Vincent and Mafalda, who was born in Portugal and has established herself as one of the most interesting names on the London club scene. Friday’s Finnish performers at Backyard are Tomi K who plays soulful dance tunes and Sebastian Holm & Marju with their charmingly playful touch.
On Saturday Reaktor Backyard hosts Detroit techno ambassador and progressive house producer Theo Parrish, the Raw Silk duo with their blend of soul, disco and jazz, and Chilean producer of dark-hued deep house Valesuchi. Also taking the stage, and stirring up the dance floor will be the highly praised Palms Trax and Jeremy Spellacey, known for his multifaceted touch as a selector. The home team will field Olli Koponen mashing some downbeat and ambient up into a bit of trance and house, and Sansibar’s unique soundscapes.
On Sunday, the Reaktor Backyard audience will dance to the rhythms proffered by Darryn Jones with his collection stretching from soul to punk, Belgian eccentric Nosedrip and long-time members of famous German club Salon des Amateurs Lena Willikens and Vladimir Ivkovic. Domestic representation will be by the cosmopolitan music enthusiast Lauri Soini and the Männikkö siblings with their Disco Obscura concept.
This year, Backyard is partnering with Finnish strategy, design and technology company Reaktor.
Flow Festival takes place in Suvilahti 9.–11. August 2019.
Almost 150 artists perform at the festival. The following artists have been published so far:
Cardi B, Erykah Badu, Earl Sweatshirt, Neneh Cherry, Slowthai, Nitzer Ebb, Leroy Burgess Full Band, Makaya McCraven, Ville Valo & Agents, Pyhimys – Neljä vuodenaikaa: Kesä, Ibe Special, Katakombi, Maustetytöt, Donato Dozzy, DJ Python (live), Eva Geist (live), Ash Lauryn, CCL, Denzel & J. Lindroos, Fred P., Levon Vincent, Mafalda, Tone B. Nimble, Tomi K, Sebastian Holm & Marju
Tame Impala, Robyn, Blood Orange, Big Thief, Pond, Yves Tumor, Amnesia Scanner, Astrid Swan & Stina Koistinen feat. Owen Pallett, Gasellit, Ruusut, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, SOFA, Bizi, F & Sitoi, Jesse Markin, Henrik!, The Black Madonna, Juliana Huxtable, Dream 2 Science (live), Carista, Katerina b2b Linda Lazarov, Yu Chuan, Sansibar, Theo Parrish, Palms Trax, Valesuchi, Jeremy Spellacey, Raw Silk, Olli Koponen
The Cure, James Blake, Father John Misty, Tove Lo, Modeselektor (live), Stereolab, Mitski, Cupcakke, Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Khruangbin, J. Karjalainen, Iisa, The Holy, Nina Kraviz, Baba Stiltz, K-Hand, D. Tiffany, DJ Yeboyah, Willikens & Ivkovic, Lauri Soini, Darryn Jones, Nosedrip, Disco Obscura: Tero Männikkö & Kristiina Männikkö
Flow Festival confirmed partners for 2019 are the main partner Lapin Kulta Pure, partners Oatly, Perlage, Reaktor, SEAT and Stopteltat as well as media partners Basso, Clear Channel, Helsingin Sanomat and Resident Advisor.
This year, Flow is expanding outside the festival area already before the festival weekend. Contemporary dance, electronic music and audiovisual art take over the Finnish National Opera’s Almi Hall the Wednesday and Thursday preceding Flow Festival the 7th and 8th of August. Tickets will go on sale 3rd April at 12 am. Read more here