Christmas is around the corner but I'm already thinking about next year's Flow festival. How's that for getting ahead of oneself?! The first world dilemma at hand is whether to get the early bird ticket or not. I mean no artists have been announced yet, not that it's stopped me before. That got me thinking that I never published the images from this year's festival. I went on holiday soon after and didn't think about the images I had taken until a month after. But by then I was still going through travel memories from July. Yes, I really need to develop a better work process. Now, back to the festival. I saw a lot of marvellous performances but only one got me thinking about a possible career direction. The minute Róisín Murphy stepped on to the stage in her granny outfit, I knew this was going to be a performance I was not going to forget in long time. Murphy switched from one quirky outfit to another while singing effortlessly (her voice sounds even better live) and showing off some creative dance moves. I'm very curious what those hairy pants are made of! As the costumes got wilder I started thinking how fun it would be to…
I've never been much of a music festival goer. I'm uncomfortable in big crowds and the idea of sleeping in a tent freaks me out. One festival that has however become a regular on my calender is Flow Festival in Helsinki. What so awesome about it? Besides the diverse line-up and the great food, the festival takes place in the middle of the city so getting home is not an issue. Transport and lodging are some of the reasons I still haven't made it to Pori Jazz and the Savonlinna Opera festival. Not to mention all the festivals abroad like Roskilde, Coachella and Glastonbury to name a few. But hey, there's always next year! What's the verdict on this year's Flow? With the risk of sounding lame, awesome! There was the sweaty bounce fest with Skrillex, Outkast's greatest hits, groovy tunes of legendary Salif Keita and a whole lot more. The highlight was however the set by one electric lady, Janelle Monáe. Of all the artists I saw no one had as much energy and presence from start to finish. With the help of her band she sang, danced and even dived into the crowd. The last time Miss Monáe…
Jens Lekman performing at the 2013 Flow Festival In Helsinki.
I'm planing some more D.I.Y. projects and while working, I'm listening to Grimes, a true do it yourself woman. I saw her perform at last year's Flow Festival and I was impressed by how she did everything herself! I was expecting her to have some kind of band and a few back up singers but it was just her, her equipment and two back up dancers she apparently met for the first time just before the show!
Ane Brun performing at the 2012 Flow Festival In Helsinki.
Kanye West performing at the 2011 Flow Festival in Helsinki.
I'm having one of those days where I'm not getting anything done. I'm listening to Alicia Keys, hoping that her music will help me to magically get some motivation. It might sound weird but some artists have that affect on me. This picture is from Alicia's performance at this year's Flow Festival. What a superwoman indeed!