Hugging the water's edge, a twisting bike-path littered with eccentric groups of festival bandits chugged the remains of their cheap Finnish beers in the hot August sun before making their way in massive hoards to Helsinki's historic defunct power plant site known as Suvilahti. There amongst the repurposed industrial graffiti-clad structures, brewery and skate park, the twelfth annual Flow Festival welcomed 70,000 local and international guests for a weekend of world-class performances, inventive food vendors and innovative art installations, while setting a new attendance record.

A skeletal gas container marked with the words "Make Sense Not War," greeted me and the rest of the sold-out crowd as they dispersed between the large main stage, two tent areas, one glowing 360 balloon stage and a DJ-accompanied sun-soaked backyard, housing the carefully constructed line-up of some of the best acts on this year's festival circuit. After grabbing my media pass, I feasted on a plate of Korean fried chicken while doing a full walk through the vibrant and environment-oriented art installations until the stages were soon occupied with the first round of performers.

Electric genre-bending sounds and eccentric performances dominated day one as Elliphant, Diplo and Major Lazer conquered the first night with boisterous bass and Mad Decent antics. In a large plastic balloon, Diplo leaped off the mainstage and rolled across the hands of thousands of screaming fans as lights flashed, confetti swirled and big booty backup dancers thumped through the party anthems from the group's latest album Peace Is The Mission. It was a lot. But when Walshy Fire attempted to get the massive crowd to take their clothes off, the party got too real for some (me,) who headed into the black tent for Run The Jewels, who closed out the night with undeniable quality rap and charismatic chemistry.

Urban excellence claimed day 2 as the hot sun peaked by the time Shamir appeared on stage to deliver a charmingly awkward performance, using his nonchalant stage presence to win over the young audience's hearts with his Ratchet album cuts. But it was soon time for the youngins to move to the side for their own safety for UK grime-star, Skepta's gig.

From the second the BBK artist hit the stage, a massive mosh-pit of shirtless sweaty grime fans flailed around between 'That's Not Me,' 'Nasty' and 'It Ain't Safe,' while Skepta stopped and re-started each song multiple times until the energy was at a death-defying peak. Slowing things down with 'Castles,' just long enough for the frenzied crowd to wipe the sweat from their heated faces, the 'Shutdown' beat dropped alarmingly and the mob lost the remainder of their minds. From the media pit to the mosh pit, I joined them, despite wearing a dress and held my own in the centre of it all.

When the climax was over, the endless crowd left the tent panting, soaked in sweat and missing material items fallen victim to the horde. A new festival friend I had just made even lost his new Yves St. Laurent shades worth 500 euros, but unfortunately, all's fair game in the grime pit - including my dignity.

Allowing just enough time to catch our breath and chug down a much-needed beverage, OVO oddball ILoveMakonnen attempted to harness the same energy, bouncing around the stage to 'Maneuvering,' 'Wrist' and 'Tuesday' with his recently slimmed down frame. It's really insane what a world tour can do to your physic. Innovative performers claimed the coveted final day slots as both Flying Lotus and Tyler The Creator unleashed their hypnotizing eccentric energy with dynamic sonic arrangements. But after Tyler's shoulder popped out of its socket mid-performance, he depended on the crowd's energy to get him through the rest of the show, which ended with 'Cherry Bomb,' the title track to Tyler's latest album that he confessed he made solely for European music festivals just like Flow.

While Beck then took over the main stage to an erupting sea of fans to perform classics from Odelay as well as epic covers like Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love,' I looked to my left to spot a particular red-headed front-woman dancing freely to Beck's 'Loser' right beside me. I seemed to be the only one in close range to notice it was Florence Welsh blowing off excess steam with flailing limbs and hair tossing before her headlining tour-ending show on the same stage later that evening. But rather than intruding or pointing out the sighting, it only seemed right to dance along with her.

For someone who had ultimately lived and breathed every festival experience imaginable this past summer, it was as if Florence wasn't ready to say goodbye to any of it. And from the crowd to the stage, where she theatrically performed draped in white, Florence put her summer tour, Flow Festival and the setting sun to sleep.

"Wherever we're travelling and wherever we go, when we see you singing, we're at home," she said. And for the entire weekend, it was as if we all were.

Flow Festival returns to the old industrial area of Suvilahti, Helsinki on August 12-14, 2016.