Iceland comes alive every summer with a plethora of outdoor activities, cultural festivals and music festivals. One of the most popular of these is the Secret Solstice Music Festival, also known as The Midnight Sun Music Festival. The annual music event takes place during 96 hours of sunlight from Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th and we’ve created this guide to the 2018 Secret Solstice Music Festival to help you navigate it. For four days, music fans will descend upon the festival site to hear various acts such as Slayer, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler, DJ Steve Aoki, and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. There are a variety of festival packages and passes available as well as extra activities on the festival grounds.
There are several packages available for festival goers with a variety of accommodation options:
Option #1 is the Must-See Festival Pass + Hotel Package
You’ll get a four-day Secret Solstice Festival pass for two as well as lodging for three nights at the Hotel Reykjavík Natura.
Cost: 130.800 ISK per person
Estimated in different currencies: $1,213 | €1.048 | £921
Option #2 is the Must-See Festival Pass + Camping Pass
You’ll get a four-day Secret Solstice Festival pass for two as well as a camping pass to the Secret Solstice campground. If you don’t have camping gear, tents are available for rent with Rent-a-Tent. They will set everything up including inflating the mattresses and will be on-site 24/7 for assistance.
Cost: 28.900 ISK per person
Estimated in different currencies: $268 | €232 | £203
There are other passes and ticket options available, such as day passes, V.I.P passes, special event passes and passes to see individual acts like Slayer. You can also take part in non-music events while at the festival.
2018 Secret Solstice Music Festival Line Up
Getting things warmed up earlier in the evening on Thursday is electro house musician and DJ Steve Aoki followed by beloved Eclipser of the Heart Bonnie Tyler’s later that night. Both acts are at the Vallhöll stage. Getting crowds hyped over at the Hel stage will be Belgian DJ Charlotte de Witte.
Friday’s musical acts are even more varied, with Gucci Mane, Dreamwife and Dubfire taking the Valhöll, Gimli and Fenrir stages respectively. Festival attendees even have the added bonus of watching the 3 o’clock Iceland versus Nigeria World Cup game on the big screen at Valhöll. After Saturday’s draw with Argentina, Team Iceland is on the warpath, so Nigeria better watch out!
On Saturday, Secret Solsticers get to see Slayer, who is arguably the festival’s biggest draw and best-known headliner. Other acts include Death from Above, J.I.D, Earthgang, and J. Philip.
Closing out the festival on Sunday are Stormzy and Clean Bandit in a back to back set at Valhöll stage, Icelandic band Högni and English rapper J Hus on the Gimli stage and German musical duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse on the Fenrir stage.
2018 Secret Solstice Music Festival
Secret Solstice recently received a nod by The European Festival awards. Additionally, the festival has the remarkable attribute of being completely carbon-neutral. It draws music fans from across the world who enthusiastically want to partake in the festivities under the Midnight Sun. This event definitely deserves its title as the world’s most unique festival, and we think you understand why. You can find all festival information at www.secretsolstice.is.