About This Festival
The Midnight Sun
In a market saturated with beach festivals and muddy fields, Secret Solstice maintains an edge on all the rest by providing guests with a one-of-a-kind experience: dancing all weekend long under the midnight sun. At this Iceland-based festival, one thing is for sure: You won’t be combing sand or mud out of your hair for weeks to follow.
Surrounded by Reykjavík’s breathtaking landscape – which is akin to the surface of the moon in places – Secret Solstice brings a diverse lineup of electronic, indie and urban talent to its 8,000 attendees. Combined with the lush greenery and aquatic features of the festival site, attendees are instantly immersed in an environment that feels fresh, ancient and wild.
Iceland is also very close to the Arctic Circle, and because the three-day festival runs in tandem with the summer solstice (hence its name), attendees get to experience a crazy 72 hours of nonstop sunlight. Not only is this completely bewildering for one's mind and body, throwing that circadian rhythm into disarray – it’s can also serve as a catalyst to carry on raving beyond your normal level of endurance. The thoughtful team at Secret Solstice are well aware of this, so the program is almost relentless for the duration of the festival. Of course, there’s plenty of room to chill as well – fancy a dip in a geothermal pool? Yep. A picnic on the grass with newfound friends? All good.
Raving in a Glacier
Ever dreamt of raving inside a glacier? Of course you have. Well, now it’s time to turn the dream into reality and enjoy the world’s only event of its kind. Tickets for the once-in-a-lifetime experience sell out pretty quickly, and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The ultra exclusive parties will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of June when lucky ticket holders will be transported by former NASA rocket moving equipment to the top of the second largest glacier in Europe and given a tour of the Langjökull cave system, followed by the once in a lifetime event. Into The Glacier is also available for people not attending the festival, so we’d advise snapping the tickets up before the locals do. Inside you’ll also get two drinks and one hell of an Instagram shot.
Speaking of exclusive, the festival made headlines in 2015 when it announced that it would sell the "world’s most expensive festival ticket" priced at $200,000. Yep, no joke. The package Included first-class flights from anywhere on the planet for two people, a luxury five-bedroom villa in Reykjavík for five nights, helicopter transfers, a private experience at the famed Blue Lagoon, personal assistants, a private car service and driver on-call 24/7, private yacht party (including skeet shooting and golf), private chefs every night, lunch inside the magma chamber of a dormant volcano and much more. Probably somewhat normal for anyone who could have afforded the ticket anyway.
Hot and Bothered?
Reykjavík has been known to hit record high temperatures of67 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) in June, providing the ideal climate for the ultimate summer blowout festival. Among the cleanest, safest and greenest cities in one of the most unique countries in the world, it's made its way up the ranks to the top of many a festival-goer’s bucket list.
The vast majority of Secret Solstice’s energy is sourced from harnessing the geothermal heat that lies underneath the ground in magma chambers, making the festival’s ecological footprint amongst the smallest in the world. So, eco-conscious guests can focus more on partying, knowing that an event of such magnitude and duration is naturally heated and generated.
History and Past Lineups
- 2015: Skream, Zero 7 and Droog rocked the Secret Lagoon Party at a 125-year-old geothermal pool, with Kelis, FKA Twigs and Wu-Tang Clan headlining. Thugfucker, Tale of Us, Wankelmut, and Miss Kittin were also on hand to keep guests dancing as day turned to night.
- 2014: UK megabrand The Warehouse Project hosted a Hel Arena takeover; bringing Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Paul Woolford, andCarl Craig along for the ride whilst Massive Attack, Disclosure, and Eats Everything took to the Valhӧll main stage.