Flow Festival: Red Arena

Flow Festival is one of Finland’s premier music festivals held annually in Helsinki’s Suvilahti. It has a lineup of about 150 artists on seven different venues. Flow Festival has been designed by Sun Effects since it’s beginning, and I have been deeply involved with the lighting and technical design processes of all of the venues since 2017.

Lapin Kulta Red Arena is the “second” stage of Flow. It is a tent stage with a capacity of 10 000 people, and it acts as a counterpart for the open air Main Stage, hosting some of the bigger international and Finnish acts on the festival. In my opinion it is one of the best, if not the best festival venue in Finland – being a dark tent with a big capacity and a main stage sized lighting rig that is intentionally designed to be slightly more personal than the more rider focused rig on the Main Stage.

I have designed the Red Arena house rig in 2018 and 2019, and operated the stage since 2017. My design goal with this stage has been in trying to create rigs that are easy for productions to visit, but that still have their own destinctive visual identity that can co-exist with the visuality of the show being performed on it.

Olavi Uusivirta – 2018
Olavi Uusivirta – 2018
Fever Ray – 2018
Fever Ray – 2018
Bonobo – 2018
Jorja Smith – 2018
Mura Masa – 2018
Anna Puu – 2018
Anna Puu – 2018
Pariisin Kevät – 2019
Pariisin Kevät – 2019
Pariisin Kevät – 2019
Neneh Cherry – 2019
Neneh Cherry – 2019, photo: Hannu Iso-Oja
Neneh Cherry – 2019, photo: Hannu Iso-Oja
Tove Lo – 2019
Tove Lo – 2019
Tove Lo – 2019
Modeselektor – 2019
James Blake – 2019
Ruusut – 2019
2019, photo: Hannu Iso-Oja