What do you get when you combine a varied selection of incredible music from Iceland and abroad, a weekend of never-setting sun in Reykjavík, and phenomenal experiences like the only party in the world inside a glacier?
Dubbed the “Most Unique Music Festival on Earth” by several media outlets, Secret Solstice will be held for the fourth time in 2017, between the 16th and 18th of June in Iceland’s capital.
Legendary rock act Foo Fighters head up this year’s lineup, bringing their massive live show to Reykjavík. Richard Ashcroft, front man of revered rock band The Verve, will open for Foo Fighters as a very special guest of the festival on Friday evening, the 16th of June. Rounding out the live contingent, the Queen of Funk Chaka Khan will entertain guests young and old under the never-setting sun at her first ever show in Iceland.
Icelanders are well accustomed to the sun never going down over summer months, however, for foreign guests it’s an extremely special event to witness. As Secret Solstice is held during the longest days of the year, everyone there will experience the mystique of the midnight sun with a party the likes of which they’ve never experienced.
But it’s not all about the natural phenomena; being a festival, it’s the music that will steal the show at Secret Solstice 2017. And with an estimated 150+ names on offer, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
2017 includes the biggest hip-hop lineup in Iceland’s history, with huge names from North America and Europe. Rick Ross, Big Sean, Young M.A, Pharoahe Monch, Ocean Wisdom, Left Brain, Princess Nokia, Foreign Beggars, Novelist, and two-time Grammy nominee Anderson Paak, will all have crowds jumping during this year’s solstice weekend.
Those wanting to dance are equally well catered for, featuring British electronic heavyweights The Prodigy and Dusky, well-known names in the scene from America like Seth Troxler, Dubfire, and The Black Madonna, not forgetting house music legend Kerri Chandler, returning for his third stint at Secret Solstice this June.
Beyond foreign names, Secret Solstice has a proud history of showcasing the immense local talent to the world. As always, their 2017 edition won’t be any different.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Högni has been a festival favorite since the very first edition of the event, wowing foreign guests and international press alike with his stunning solo shows. Providing dance vibes, Kiasmos is Iceland’s premier electronic act, known for its incredibly choreographed visual shows that accompany melodic and brooding dance tunes.
Rockers The Vintage Caravan’s global audience is growing fast, with fans flocking to their gigs to experience their unique 1970’s style, and all-encompassing on stage energy. Finally, local stars Gísli Pálmi, Emmsjé Gauti, Alvia Islandia, GKR, Tiny, Aron Can, and Úlfur Úlfur will be just a few of the names representing Iceland’s burgeoning hip-hop scene.
Beyond the main event, Secret Solstice also features some phenomenal add-on experiences for a small number of guests, in the form of ultra-special side parties with concepts not reflected at any other event, like their Midnight Sun Boat Party, where a handful of people dance as they sail on the Atlantic Ocean after midnight.
The most well-known of these is easily the Secret Solstice presentation Into the Glacier, having been hosted since 2015. Held within a 500-meter long tunnel carved within Langjökull—Europe’s second-largest glacier—each event will be attended by only 125 guests, who will get the chance to party inside a cavernous expanse of 10,000-year-old ice.
As a proud founding sponsor of Secret Solstice Festival, WOW air will fly thousands of guests from North America and Europe to the event this year to experience what has become a truly special event on the global festival calendar.
In partnership with Secret Solstice, WOW air has created all-inclusive packages including flights, accommodation, and a festival ticket from all our destinations to Iceland for this year’s event. Starting at a mere €580, and with accommodation options from on-site camping to luxury hotels, customizable upgrades and add-ons, it’s by far the easiest way to plan your Secret Solstice 2017 adventure, with the least amount of hassle.
Limited tickets to Secret Solstice 2017, spectacular side event parties, as well as WOW air travel packages are available now via the Secret Solstice website, while they last.