With so many festivals popping up over Europe this year, it’s often difficult for some to hit the ground running, festivals need character, a solid lineup and something that sets it apart from the rest. That’s exactly what Secret Solstice is all about, with a huge lineup including Massive Attack and Disclosure, a more than prime location in Iceland’s Reykjavik featuring beautiful views against a sublime backdrop, we have to remember this is only the first ever Secret Solstice, who knows what the future brings?
I’m a huge huge fan of the four biggest names at Secret Solstice, three of which I’ve actually reviewed here at The West Review. Massive Attack are from where I live- Bristol, England and as such have always been a follower, their trip-hop stylings are something of a pioneer of the genre and are an integral part of the British music scene. Electro duo Disclosure are the most exciting act of the genre at the moment and their debut album Settle was one of the most commercially and critically received albums of last year. TDE MC ScHoolboy Q is also a key figure at Secret Solstice, his debut studio album Oxymoron flew off the selves and rocketed to number one, as well as these three, the multitalented French musician Woodkid also has his name high on the bill. Besides the four biggest names, the amount of electronic musicians at Secret Solstice is exciting – the likes of Skream, Gorgon City, Eats Everything, Maus and Damian Lazarus are all there to get your feet stomping.
Now this is where Secret Solstice comes into its own, it’s in Reykjavik, Iceland. For those of you unaware, because Iceland is so close to the Arctic Cirle it has unique weather and seasonal qualities, what this means for Secret Solstice and its festival-goers is that it’s 24hours of solid sun, so come midnight and beyond, it still feels like it’s midday, what an incredible atmosphere that must create. Just looking at some of the images of Secret Solstice interests me, take a peak at the beautiful snapshots below.
With a strong lineup and an even stronger location, Secret Solstice is one of the most exciting new festivals to hit the already hot European festival scene. It’s in a prime environment brimmed with character and that extra zap of divergence. It’s worth noting that the festival ticket is only £105, all this for a mere fee! And of course, we have to remember that this is the very first edition of Secret Solstice, what a way to kick it off. Have a look at the full lineup by clicking below: