Secret Solstice 2018
96 hours of never-ending daylight, more than 150 acts on the bill, partying under Iceland's surreal midnight sun, and experiencing the fantastical Icelandic landscape: it must be the return of Secret Solstice. Having won accolades from local and international press since its first edition in 2014, including being called "The Most Unique Festival on Earth", Secret Solstice is sure to be the summer festival of a lifetime. In 2018, its fifth edition, this young Icelandic festival will see acts like Slayer, Stormzy, Gucci Mane, Clean Bandit, Bonnie Tyler, Death From Above and many more.
Are you an intrepid explorer always on the search for a new musical adventure in far-flung places? Do you fancy yourself as a trailblazer? A bit of a crusader? Not many people can say that they’ve partied inside a glacier or danced in a lagoon heated by volcanic fires. And if you haven’t, you’ll probably want to add it to your list. Secret Solstice provides the opportunity to do both, hosting side parties in Langjökull glacier and the 120-year-old Flúðir lagoon over the weekend (Iceland's oldest geothermal bath), presided over by top local and international acts. Whatever you experience at Secret Solstice 2018, it'll be a sure way to turbocharge your Instagram feed and make your friends green with envy!
Expect to see the crème de la crème of local Icelandic artists too, including Jet Black Joe, Högni and Une Misère to name few. Many might be names you've not yet heard of, but considering the contribution of Icelandic music to the international music scene over the last few years, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Festival dates & opening times
Thursday June 21th 5:00 PM - Monday June 25th 2018 2:00 AM
- 6LACK, A-Trak, Agent Fresco, Alvia, Artwork, Ása, BenSöl, Between Mountains, Birgir, Casio Fatso, Cell 7, Charlotte de Witte, Death from Above, Dillalude, Dream Wife, Droog, EARTHGANG, Elli Grill, Fox Train Safari, GDRN, Geisha Cartel, GKR, Goldlink, Grúska Babúska, HAM, Hildur, Högni, Holmar, Hórmónar, IAMDDB, J Hus, J.I.D, Jet Black Joe, JFDR, John Acquaviva, Johnny and The Rest, JóiPé & Króli, Klose One, KrBear, Landaboi$, Maher Daniel, Masego, Matt Tolfrey, Nitin, Petre Inspirescu, Pink Street Boys, Ragga Holm, Raresh, Rhadoo, Ryan Crosson, Rythmatik, Shaun Reeves, Skream, Sprite Zero Klan, Steve Aoki, Sylvia Erla, The Egyptian Lover, The Retro Mutants, Úlfur Úlfur, Une Misère, Vala CruNk, Vio, Vök, wAFF, We Made God, Young Nigo Drippin
The Secret Solstice takes place in Laugardalur Park, close to the historical centre of the capital, Reykjavik. A peaceful haven where the locals come with their families on Sundays, Laugardalur is transformed into an open-air temple of hedonism during the festival. Its 6 stages are named from Nordic mythology, a strong reminder that you are in Viking territory. Valhalla, Gimli, Askur, Fenrir, Ragnarok, Hel: whose altar will you worship at?
how to get there
FROM AIPORT TO CITY:
You can reach downtown Reykjavik from Keflavik airport in 45 minutes.
- By bus: one-way ticket from 2700 ISK (around 22€/19£), bookable in advance via Reykjavik Excursions
- By taxi: from 18 000 to 21 000 ISK one way (120 to 150€ / 100 to 115£). There usually are many taxis lined up outside the airport terminal but you can also pre-book one via Hreyfill, Taxi-Reykjavik or Borgarbílastöðin.
- By shuttle: one-way ticket 2400 ISK (around 19€/17£) bookable in advance via Gray Line Airport Express Reykjavik benefits from an excellent bus system (called ‘Strætó’) which will drive you nearly anywhere. One way fares cost about 460 ISK (around 3,70€ or 3,20£). No change is given on the bus so you will need to pay with the exact amount. Be sure to ask for a transfer ticket (‘skiptimidi’) which you can use aboard different buses for 75 minutes. You can check the Strætó website for more information on public transportation and fares in Reykjavik.
Reykjavik barely numbers 120,000 souls (one third of the country’s entire population) but it’s bursting with life and energy – there are no less than 150 night-time venues strung along Laugavegur, the main street of the town’s historical centre. Don’t be surprised to find that some places are deserted before 11pm: Icelanders tend to drink at home with friends until late in the evening, before venturing out into the crowded bars and clubs of the city centre. Don’t forget to take some ID with you. The minimum legal age for going into a bar in Iceland is 20, and even if you’re twenty-five, there’s a good chance they’ll ask you to prove it! In Iceland, do as the Icelanders do. If you have the opportunity to stay in Reykjavik over the weekend, then you’ll want to join in with a game of rúntur. The principle is pretty straightforward. You go round all the bars in the neighbourhood until you collapse. This Icelandic version of the pub crawl usually goes on into the early hours of the morning, but even the hardest drinkers among you might find it challenging to keep up with the locals – remember that sometimes it’s best to quit while you’re ahead!
FESTIVAL SERVICES & INFORMATION
- On site, you will find many vendors and merchants to quench your thirst, please your taste buds and satisfy your stomach.
- The local currency is called krónur: you can exchange most foreign currencies at all local banks or the foreign exchange at Keflavik airport.
- The following are prohibited on the festival site: animals (except pre-approved service animals), professional photography/ videography/ audio equipment without an autorization, drones, personal soundsystems, tents/ canopies, chairs or furniture of any kind, hammocks, umbrellas, luggage carriers, skateboards/ scooters/ bicycles, fireworks, weapons, containers, graffiti or painting supplies, outside food or beverage (except 2 factory sealed bottles of water up to 1 liter each), illicit substances.