Hands down, Helsinki Finland's Flow Festival may just be one of the most underrated outdoor music and art festivals in the world. There's no going out on a limb with the statement - I stand behind it wholeheartedly.

We're just a week away. Hugging the water's edge, a twisting bike-path will be littered with eccentric groups of festival bandits chugging the remains of their cheap Finnish beers in the hot August sun in just eight days. They'll then make their way in massive hoards to Helsinki's historic defunct power plant site known as Suvilahti, housing re-purposed industrial graffiti-clad structures, a brewery and skate park. The thirteenth annual Flow Festival will welcome tens of thousands of local and international guests for a weekend of world-class performances, inventive food vendors and innovative art installations, while probably setting a new attendance record because just look at that line-up.

While there's ton of hyperbole below, it's warranted and we don't regret it. We're excited for Flow Fest and here's what we're most looking forward to:


Sia

Even if it is in a wig on stage in front of tens of thousands of people, experiencing Sia live is a gift that should not be taken lightly. Yes, the Australian power-house vocalists put out one of the pop world's biggest albums of the year with This Is Acting in January, but rather than deciding to travel the world on a giant stadium tour, she's chosen to bless us with her presence with a minimal amount of global festival slots. Flow Festival's headlining schedule spot was her first show announcement of the year so it's safe to say fans have been waiting patiently for the enigmatic artist with the stunning voice to end off the festival in the best way possible. How's that for cheap thrills.


Lil B

The Based God is one of the most generous rap artists out. Not only has he flooded fans with a multitude of music throughout his eccentric career, but Lil B also lifted his infamous curse against Kevin Durant earlier this summer. Now, to top it all off, he's taking the trek all the way from his home on the West Coast to offer his Based God blessing over Helsinki. What an honour.


Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals

The summer could use a little soul, so it's only right that Anderson .Paak is bringing Malibu to Finland. During his break-out year, .Paak has become a festival slot staple, travelling from country to country with his Free Nationals band to deliver his contagiously vibrant songs from one of the year's best albums. In our review of the project earlier this year, we said: "Malibu's brilliance lies in the core of him – Anderson's raw, vulnerable and powerful voice, dense in shades and tones that fill contemporary voids with its fluidity and texture, grit and goodness." So we're ready to experience that kind of energy live.


FKA Twigs

Yes to dystopian R&B and YAS to FKA twigs. The British-bred artist takes the stage on Saturday night and we're ready for the dance moves, ready for that voice and ready for Ms. twigs to put us under her spell with what can only be predicted as the most mesmerising performance on the bill.


Kaytranada

There's a 99.9% chance that Kaytranada's Sunday afternoon set may be the best set of the entire weekend. Have you heard his new album? Have you heard the way he blends genres and cultural influences into a swirl of rich textured sounds? Have you been victimised by the beat as it forces you to dance? That's Kaytranada in a nutshell and the Montreal-producer is about to turn things up a notch to give you that full experience.


Morrissey

There's no telling what he'll do or say and that's precisely why Morrissey is headlining Saturday night's events. That and the endless array of hits he's delivered over his lengthy career. Look forward to songs like 'Suedehead,' 'Tomorrow' and 'The Last Of The Famous International Playboys.'


ANOHNI

There's zero debate that ANOHNI's recent album HOPELESSNESS is arresting and urgent. It's a powerful protest project delivered in the form of electronic pop. When it comes to her live show, we can expect something just as alarming as tracks are delivered in unapologetically avant-garde style like performance art. Be uncomfortable.


Savages

Yes, I would clearly like to mosh to an all-female post-punk band. In fact, the weekend won't be complete without doing exactly that when the British quartet take the stage to perform tracks from their new album Adore to round out the first night of the festival.


Arca

Arca is tremendous. For such intricate, intense musical productions, the Venezuelan electronic producer pumps them out in excess. First it was last year's outstanding highlight album Mutant, earlier this summer it was new mixtape Entrañas and later this year, we can expect follow-up album Reverie. But when it comes to his live set? That's totally unpredictable.


Massive Attack

They have new music and a recently launched app and now Massive Attack are headed to Helsinki with Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers to deliver Friday night's headlining set on the main-stage. The rap collective featured on Massive Attack's 2016 EP Ritual Spirit so it makes sense they'll share the stage.

Find more information and the full line-up here.