Secret Solstice Festival
Secret Solstice is the annual midnight sun music festival that is held at Reykjavik's Laugardalur in Iceland, where a host of established, world renowned artists join a selection of exciting international up and coming musical talent, who together descend upon the festivals stages to play over three whole days.
Given the fact that Iceland is located so close to the Arctic Circle, the summer solstice means for the duration of the festival there is 24-hour sunlight, which cannot be seen at any other festival in the world. The Laugardalur recreational area (which translates to hot springs) is where the festival site lies and the grounds encapsulate a geo thermal hotspot, a place where old residents used to wash their clothes, whilst the visitors of today visit the swimming pools, zoo, theme park and botanical gardens.
Secret Solstice's past guests are a genre defying selection that, for the festival's fairly small size, is very impressive. Since their inaugural festival in 2014, huge international artists of the ilk of Schoolboy Q, Banks, The Wailers, Gorgon City, FKA Twigs, Múm, Hjaltalín and more have joined incredible festival headliners like Massive Attack and The Wu Tang Clan, both of whom rarely play live gigs these days.
During the day, outdoor stages welcome a well balanced mix of local and international talent, with Him of GusGus putting in one of the most impressive performances of 2014, being the best of both worlds. And when the sun brushes the horizon but never fully sets, the 'night time' revelry begins inside the ice rink structure, welcoming several world class dance music artists, curated by The Warehouse Project. Guests from previous years incldue Damian Lazarus, Carl Craig, Kerri Chandler, Eats Everything, Skream, Paul Woolford, Clive Henry, Francesca Lombardo, Josh Butler, Voyeur, Oneman, Jamie Jonem Disclosure, Moodymann and a load more.
With a selection of local food delicacies including an incredible Icelandic soup, on site art and an intimate capacity, Secret Solstice is one of the most unique festivals on the planet that offers world class music in one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
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Venue Address: Secret Solstice Festival, Laugardalur, Reykjavik, 104 Reykjavík