Flow Festival is a music and arts festival in Helsinki, Finland, organised annually in mid-August. The ninth edition of the festival took place on 8–12 August, 2012, at the historic Suvilahti power plant area, which welcomes some 18,000 visitors per day during the festival weekend. The music presented at Flow is a strong and varied selection of up and coming and established artists from indie-rock to soul and jazz and from folk to contemporary club sounds, both from the Finnish and the international scene. Alongside interesting and topical music, Flow is about urban spaces, visual arts, cosy decoration, and high quality of on site services, such as good food and drink.
Flow’s 2012 program is the most varied in the festival’s history thus far. The musical program spreads itself along 11 venues and consists of some 100+ artists, both international and domestic, featuring several colours of the current musical palette left of the immediate mainstream. International acts this year include the Icelandic superstar Björk, Bon Iver, Feist, The Black Keys, Bobby Womack, Monolake, Lykke Li, Four Tet & Caribou, Swans, Miike Snow, Flying Lotus, Frank Ocean, Richie Hawtin, Saint Etienne, Yann Tiersen, A$AP Rocky, The War on Drugs, St. Vincent, Nicolas Jaar, Ane Brun, Theo Parrish, Hudson Mohawke, Daniele Baldelli, Pinch, Africa Hitech, Korallreven, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Friends and Mika Snickars, among others.