Visionary artist Frank Ocean makes his Finnish debut with a live show at Flow Festival in Helsinki, and is the festival’s most requested artist of recent years.
Frank Ocean is one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed artists of his era. The enigmatic artist came back from a four-year musical hiatus last year, when he released the album Endless via livestream on his website and just one day later followed it up with the album Blonde.
Blonde featured performances by the likes of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, André 3000 and James Blake, and production credits for Ocean himself, as well as Pharrell Williams, Tyler The Creator and Jamie xx, among others. It was picked as album of the year in 2016 by a number of main medias.
Alt-country superstar and rock cult favorite Ryan Adams returns to Finland, putting an end to a 15-year wait by fans. The extremely productive artist has in recent years moved away from his country roots and towards a timeless brand of American rock.
Adams will release a self-produced album named Prisoner on February 17th, which includes the already released singles Do You Still Love Me?, Doomsday and To Be Without You.
Reviews have compared the new album to his cult hit debut from 2000 Heartbreaker, calling it one of his best.
Other acts confirmed to Flow Festival include electronic supergroup Moderat, Atlanta-based rapper Young Thug, singer-songwriter-producer Sampha, brothers Ron and Russell Mael of cult rock band Sparks, indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, house producer Mr Fingers aka Larry Heard, techno favorites Model 500 with a live show and Destiny Nicole Frasqueri’s collective alter ego Princess Nokia.
Confirmed artists have been assigned days and all ticket types are on sale.
Friday will see performances by Lana Del Rey, Aphex Twin, London Grammar, Young Thug, Car Seat Headrest, Maceo Plex, Model 500 (live).
Saturday features The xx, Flume, Sparks, Sampha, Jon Hopkins, Bicep (live),and Alma.
Artists rounding out the festival on Sunday include Frank Ocean, Ryan Adams, Moderat, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, Princess Nokia, Larry Heard (live), Jenny Hval, Mikko Joensuu and Vesta.
Flow Festival takes place 11.–13. August in Helsinki’s Suvilahti area.