16 – 18 JUNE 2017
Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has many reasons to be called the most unique festival on the planet, having garnered that title in one form or another by several news outlets around the world.
And it’s not hard to see why. With extreme side events including the world’s only party inside a glacier (the second biggest in Europe, no less), the chance to adventure around some of the country’s spectacular scenery just a stone’s throw from the festival site, and a 2017 lineup featuring the likes of Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Chaka Khan, Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Richard Ashcroft and many more, guests are well catered to.
But for foreigners making the trek to Reykjavík for Secret Solstice, it’s definitely the fabled “Midnight Sun” that has generated the most palpable sense of wonder. Due to Iceland’s close proximity to the Arctic, the sun never sets during the summer solstice weekend when the festival is held, meaning guests experience never-ending daylight for the entirety of the event.
Obviously, much of Secret Solstice’s acclaim has been as a result of their utilisation of the Icelandic setting as is the case with their side events, though most would be surprised it goes far beyond simply using nature for event spaces.
The North Atlantic island nation uses the very power of the planet itself, with the abundant volcanic activity being used to generate the renewable geothermal energy that powers almost the entire country. It’s this power that provides all on-site energy needs for Secret Solstice, which is one of the reasons the event was very easily able to achieve carbon neutral status, something it’s held for two consecutive years now.
Secret Solstice festival director Fred Olafsson further elaborated more on the event’s green initiatives, “we try to lessen the impact of Secret Solstice in all areas, whether it’s partnering up with other carbon neutral brands like Icelandic Glacial water, or working with Toyota Iceland who provide us with hybrid vehicles.”
Secret Solstice’s full 2017 lineup as it stands can be found below, including all newly-announced names:
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Wolf + Lamb
The Black Madonna
The Vintage Caravan
Shades of Reykjavík
DJ Sammy B-Side
Krysko & Greg Lord
Kinda Super Disco
Fox Train Safari
M e g e n
DJ Baby Mama Drama
More to be announced!
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