Having already confirmed the likes of Neneh Cherry and headlining hip-hop veterans Outkast for this year’s event, Finland’s Flow Festival continue to grow their stellar line-up with latest addition Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def.

The Brooklyn hip-hop artist will perform on Friday 8th August on the atmospheric Balloon 360° Stage, which will also host jazz artists such as the U.S-based Roy Hargrove Quintet, along with Finnish groups Mopo and Antti Lötjönen Quartet East.

Mos Def, born Dante Terrell Smith, appeared in his early career on De La Soul’s ‘Stakes Is High’, before cementing his name in the mainstream with hip-hop giants Black Star. Since then, he has forged a successful solo career and sold millions of albums, with his record ‘Black on Both Sides’ certified Gold in U.S. sales and latest album, 2009’s ‘The Ecstatic’, earning a Grammy Award nomination. Mos Def has also enjoyed Emmy andGolden Globe nominations from his successful acting career.

Jazz is well-represented in the Balloon 360° line-up, whose audiences can enjoy gigs in an intimate setting around the full 360 degrees of the platform. On Friday, the stage will be set for Roy Hargrove Quintet, led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Having started his career in the 90s, where he played a major role in crafting the sounds of the likes of D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, Hargrove’s time has been recently devoted to developing his own jazz style, which combines Afro-Cuban rhythms and hard bop.

On Saturday the stage will be graced by Mopo, the hottest trio on the Finnish jazz scene, who take their inspiration from jazz, 70s punk and the Finnish nature. Sunday’s stage will then present Antti Lötjönen Quartet East, led by double bass player Antti Lötjönen: the only person to have played every single Flow Festival from 2004 until 2014. This summer he will bring his fresh new jazz quartet to the festival to perform his own compositions along with carefully selected covers and some solo bass improvisation.

The line-up so far is …

OUTKAST
THE NATIONAL
JANELLE MONÁE
DIE ANTWOORD
DARKSIDE (NICOLAS JAAR & DAVE HARRINGTON)
BLOOD ORANGE
CHARLIE XCX
SLOWDIVE
MAC DEMARCO
NINA PERSSON (THE CARDIGANS)
BILL CALLAHAN
PAUL KALKBRENNER
KAVINSKY (OUTRUN LIVE)
BONOBO
JON HOPKINS
JAMES HOLDEN
JAMIE XX
JUNGLE
LITTLE DRAGON
JOEY BADA$$
ACTION BRONSON
PUSHA T
TINARIWEN
MARK ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI¬JERI
LES AMBASSADEURS
IISA
DEATH HAWKS
RISTO
NOAH KIN
JAAKKO EINO KALEVI
EUROCRACK
SOUND & FURY
TUOMO
MAGENTA SKYCODE
MIREL WAGNER
SIN COS TAN
THE HORRORS
REAL ESTATE
FKA TWIGS
POLIÇA
MARISSA NADLER
JOOSE KESKITALO
PHANTOM
PIETARIN SPEKTAAKKELI
AIVOVUOTO
NENEH CHERRY WITH ROCKETNUMBERNINE

KAKKMADDAFAKKA
SIINAI
DJ KRIDLOKK
NYT KOLISEE – LIVE!
PALEFACE
HOSNI
TOMMY LINDGREN
KEVIN TANDU
TOINEN KADUNPOIKA
JUNO
HEIKKI KUULA + TUPLAAJA
PYHIMYS
PAPERI T
SOLONEN
KOSOLA
KUBE
KEKE KESKEN
CHYDE
LEMPI-JOE
STEPA
ARE
ROOPE K
TIMO PIENI HUIJAUS
JANNE HAAVISTO
MAMBA
JENNY WILSON
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF (DJ SET)
EVIAN CHRIST (DJ SET)
CEEPHAX ACID (L/R LIVE)
I-F (DJ SET)
RON MORELLI (DJ SET)
KATERINA
YOUNG MARCO (DJ SET)
FRED P (DJ SET)
ILLUM SPHERE (DJ SET)
DIDIER (DJ SET)
TREVOR DEEP JR (DJ SET)
MACHINEDRUM (DJ SET)
MARK ERNESTUS (DJ SET)
TAMA SUMO
OPTIMO (DJ SET)
BARIS K (DJ SET)
BIG UPS
BALLET SCHOOL
SASSE & JORI HULKKONEN
AKSIM
RIITAOJA
SAMULI KEMPPI
TEKSTI-TV 666
KHID
KATUJEN ÄÄNET
MR. PETER HAYDEN
SHIVAN DRAGN
BEASTMILK
GIM KORDON
RAUHATÄTI
YASIIN BEY AKA MOS DEF
ROY HARGROVE QUINTET
MOPO
ANTTI LÖTJÖNEN QUARTET EAST

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