We had landed in Helsinki a day before the Flow Festival madness began. Seven hours into the future and running on fumes. The sea breeze chilled the mid-August air but the line-up was hot for three long days and nights, as 75,000 people arrived in trench coats and bomber jacket's to Finland's Suvilahti power plant for good food, vibrantly curated art installations and a long list of A-list, A-1 performances from Sia, Stormzy, Massive Attack, Morrissey, Savages, FKA twigs, Anderson .Paak and Kaytranada.

It was the Based God who greeted us upon arrival and immediately blessed the weekend in a way that only he could. With a backwards dad hat and beaming smile, Lil B loitered outside the tent he would soon be performing at to connect with Finnish fans, who snapped photos with the West coast rapper, in exchange for a photo of his own to post on Instagram. But his calm, personable demeanour soon fluctuated to insanity once he took the stage to deliver an hour-long set that included bouncing around to his own production with a half-chub while screaming "I don't give a fuck." And so the weekend began.

Stormzy brought the grime, Mura Masa brought the ambience and Iggy Pop brought the drama during the first night's festivities in time for Jamie xx to end off the night in a cloud of smoke and effortlessly danceable mix. But where Day One started with a fervent whirlwind of wine-induced Flow Festival jitters, Day Two's vibe was an upgrade in mature fete refinement. FKA twigs, M83 and Morrissey delivered unmistakably cultivated performances while the rain drizzled into the evening. But the night was overshadowed by legendary Ghanaian singer-songwriter Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band, whose drumming and contagious energy resonated high over the glowing Bright Balloon 360° Stage far after the grounds were cleared.

Sunday managed to pack acts like Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Anderson .Paak and Descendents into a short afternoon but as the sun began to set over the Helsinki industrial buildings, tens of thousands gathered under the purple sky for Sia. Sia, the enigma. Sia and that voice. While it was recently revealed that the Australian singer-songwriter may be sued by Isreali festival fans who weren't pleased with her "impersonal" performance at Tel Aviv, Flow fans had a different reaction.

Masked by her trademarked wig, she stood to the back of the stage while diving immediately into some of the year's biggest hits from the winter-released This Is Acting, while dancers made infamous by her poignant music videos, reenacted the conceptual pieces live on stage. It was special. It was a set you won't ever forget. And that's what Flow Festival is good for. Thanks for the memories.

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