It was announced two days ago that Radiohead will be headlining at this year’s Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland. The latest update on this exciting news is that the band will play in the Laugardalshöll stadium, which holds fewer people than there are festival tickets available. While the stadium seats 11,000 audience members, there are 13,000 tickets to be sold.
Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, the Communications Director for the festival, doesn’t foresee this being a problem. She anticipates that not everyone purchasing a ticket will want to see Radiohead and emphasizes that there will be plenty of other concerts going on simultaneously. There are currently 93 bands booked, with a potential of having 170 for the final line-up.
The Secret Solstice Festival began in 2014 and occurs during the lightest time of the year in Iceland. The dates are June 17th-19th, which is a period when the sun doesn’t set and there are 24 hours of daylight. Several other events happen alongside the festival, including the Secret Lagoon Glacier Party, Midnight Sun Boat Party and Glacier Party. Many participants camp in order to reduce the cost of accommodation.
Other headlining bands from the past include Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, and The Wailers. This year, besides Radiohead, there in a sturdy program of Icelandic bands, such as Gísli Pálmi, Úlfur Úlfur, Emmsjé Gauti, as well as other performers from all over the world.