Every year the Helsinki Festival challenges itself to be bigger and more beautiful and more varied than last year. Here are my highlights from the week:
The opening concert of Flow Festival and there the Acid Symphony Orchestra. 10 of the top electronic musicians and DJ:s of Finland led by the composer/dj/producer Jori Hulkkonen. The orchestra is armed with synthesizers , drummachines and black suits. A perfect example of how simple things combined with the perfect attitude can carry and hypnotize the crowd. Can't stay still watching this act! It was a great opening act for Krafwerk that came up next.
The festival setting gave it's own flavor: an old gas-factory turned culture-center.
The concert of Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.
The main stage of the Helsinki Festival is a huge tent that is annually built next to one of the many bays within the center of the city. An idyllic setting for mesmerizing acts. I didn't exactly go inside the tent, but we sat outside and on the other side of the fence. Still, though you couldn't see a thing, the mere sound took your breath away. As far as I could tell, the same happened to the tens or a hundred people with the same idea. No-one spoke a word as they stood with their bicycles or sat on their blankets or just stopped while walking by to listen to this couple.
Applauds within the tent got a backing from the choir of ringing bicycle bells outside.