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Cave Rave in a 5000+ Year Old Lava Tunnel at Secret Solstice

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in festivals

SECRET SOLSTICE 2017 
THE WORLD’S “MOST UNIQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL” ADDS CONCERT IN 5000+ YEAR-OLD UNDERGROUND LAVA TUNNEL
June 16-18, 2017
Reykjavik, Iceland
 

Iceland’s Raufarholshellir Lava Tunnel | Courtesy of Secret Solstice
Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has many reasons to be called the most unique festival on the planet, having garnered that title in one form or another by several news outlets around the world.
And it’s not hard to see why. With extreme side events including the world’s only party inside a glacier (the second biggest in Europe, no less), the chance to adventure around some of the country’s spectacular scenery just a stone’s throw from the festival site, and a 2017 lineup featuring the likes of Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Chaka Khan, Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Richard Ashcroft and many more, guests are well catered to.
But for foreigners making the trek to Reykjavík for Secret Solstice, it’s definitely the fabled Midnight Sun” that has generated the most palpable sense of wonder. Due to Iceland’s close proximity to the Arctic, the sun never sets during the summer solstice weekend when the festival is held, meaning guests experience never-ending daylight for the entirety of the event.
Much of Secret Solstice’s acclaim has been as a result of their utilization of the natural Icelandic setting as is the case with their unique side events, though most would be surprised it goes far beyond simply using nature for event spaces.
The North Atlantic island nation exploits the very power of the planet itself, with the abundant volcanic activity being used to generate the renewable geothermal energy that powers almost the entire country. It’s this power that provides all on-site energy needs for Secret Solstice, which is one of the reasons the event was very easily able to achieve carbon neutral status, something it’s held for two consecutive years now.
Secret Solstice festival director Fred Olafsson further elaborated more on the event’s green initiatives, “we try to lessen the impact of Secret Solstice in all areas, whether it’s partnering up with other carbon neutral brands like Icelandic Glacial water, or working with Toyota Iceland who provide us with hybrid vehicles.” 
Since launching them in their first year in 2014, Secret Solstice has always been known for their special side events, including the already-announcedMidnight Sun Boat Party, as well as their ultra-special Secret Solstice presents Into The Glacier events. Presented by brands like Ministry of Sound, Red Bull and 66ºNorth, both are [on sale now ]. However, as has become tradition for the Icelandic music festival, they’re adding a brand new music-driven nature adventure to this year’s calendar.
Secret Solstice presents The Lava Tunnel will be two exclusive events held underground within natural lava tubes that form natural subterranean arteries. These amazing snaking chambers will become host to two acoustic performances by a prominent Icelandic artist, that’ll be witnessed on June 17th and 18th by a small handful of guests.
The location – Iceland’s Raufarholshellir lava tunnels – was formed over 5,000 years ago during a volcanic eruption, and has left a mark on the landscape that’s lasted throughout the centuries.  This one-of-a kind experience is sure to leave a mark on the exclusive audience of 50 people who are lucky enough to secure tickets for each show, which have [just gone on sale] to the general public.
Although seen by many as remote, Iceland is easier to get to now than ever before, especially for this year’s Secret Solstice. In partnership with airlineWOW air, Secret Solstice are offering all-in package deals

from North America and Europe including flights, accommodation, and a festival pass starting at only $618 USD from some cities. Even better, by using the codes “wowairhotel” and “wowaircamp” (depending on what accommodation you’re choosing to go with) at checkout, early buyers will receive 20% and 25% respectively, while these limited deals are available. WOW air travel packages currently depart from these North American cities – Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Baltimore.

Those planning on heading to Iceland for Secret Solstice’s fourth edition between June 16th-18th, 2017 can book now via [Eventbrite] or [Tix] starting at 24,900kr (approx. £183/€210/$224) for a full festival 3-day event pass or purchase the aforementioned package deals [via the festival’s website].
Whether it’s the lineup, setting in the world’s most northerly capital city, Iceland’s stunning nature, 72 hours of never-ending daylight, or spectacular event experiences you can’t find anywhere else, Iceland’s Secret Solstice is yet again sure to keep its title of the “most unique festival” on the planet in 2017.
Secret Solstice 2017 Lineup
Foo Fighters
The Prodigy
Rick Ross
Big Sean
Chaka Khan
Richard Ashcroft
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Young M.A
Rhye
Seth Troxler
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Pharoahe Monch
Roots Manuva
Foreign Beggars
Kerri Chandler
Dubfire
Ata Kak
Dusky
Youngr
Högni
Kiasmos
Gísli Pálmi
Úlfur Úlfur
Soul Clap
John Acquaviva
Wolf + Lamb
The Black Madonna
The Vintage Caravan
Amabadama
Emmsjé Gauti
Thugfucker
Lane 8
Tania Vulcano
Left Brain
Artwork
Princess Nokia
Tay Grin
Gibbs Collective
Maxxi Soundsystem
Droog
Yotto
SHADED
Cubicolor
Ocean Wisdom
Novelist
Cymande
Ragga Gröndal
Jam Baxter
Nick Monaco
Soffía Björg
DJ RD
Klose One
BenSol
Vaginaboys
Shades of Reykjavík
Tiny
GKR
Aron Can
Dave
Jimmy Maheras
Glacier Mafia
DJ Sammy B-Side
Þórunn Antonía
Lord Pusswhip
Rix
Krysko & Greg Lord
Kinda Super Disco
Alexander Jarl
Fræbbblarnir
Valby Bræður
Teitur Magnússon
Védís Hervör
French Toast
Hildur
KSF
Alvia Islandia
Kristmundur Axel
Bootlegs
Since When
SXSXSX
JoaqoPelli
Fox Train Safari
Kilo
Captain Syrup
Marteinn
KrBear
Skrattar
Mogesen
Rob Shields
AFK
Seint
Holy Hrafn
M e g e n
DJ Baby Mama Drama
+ More to be announced!
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Road to Middlelands Announced – Houston, Lubbock, Austin, Dallas, & San Antonio

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in festivals

The Road To Middlelands

Gear up for the inaugural music and camping festival with an incredible lineup of acts performing across five major cities in Texas this April

insom.co/RoadToMiddlelands

 LOS ANGELES, CA – Insomniac and C3 Presents have revealed the stacked lineup for a series of highly anticipated shows scheduled in the weeks leading up to the first ever Middlelands music and camping festival, taking place May 5-7, 2017 at the Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds. In five major cities across Texas this April, talented artists such as Slander, Madeon, DJ Craze, Hucci, and LOUDPVCK will take their sets on The Road to Middlelands. Intimate venues in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, and Dallas will give fans a taste of what’s to come at the inaugural three-day festival in Todd Mission, TX. Tickets are on sale now for each 18+ event at: insom.co/RoadToMiddlelands

San Antonio

Date: Wednesday, April 19

Artist: DJ Craze

Venue: Lush Rooftop

Address: 4553 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78249

Houston

Date: Thursday, April 20

Artist: Slander

Venue: SPIRE

Address: 1720 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Austin

Date: Thursday, April 20

Artist: Madeon (DJ Set)

Venue: Vulcan

Address: 418 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Dallas

Date: Friday, April 21

Artist: LOUDPVCK

Venue: Lizard Lounge

Address: 2424 Swiss Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

 

Lubbock

Date: Thursday, April 27

Artist: Hucci

Venue: Level Nightclub

Address: 1928 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX 79404

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Morocco’s Oasis Festival 2017 Adds Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Maceo Plaex, Solomun, & More!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in festivals

OASIS FESTIVAL 
September 15-17, 2017
The Source Music Resort
Marrakech, Morocco
Just added! Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Henrik Schwarz, Marcellus Pittman, Daniel Avery, Anja Schneider, Unes, Kornel Kovacs, and more join the lineup for Morocco’s 3rd edition of Oasis Festival

OASIS LINEUP
Anja Schneider | Artunique | Auntie Flo | Charlotte de Witte | Chloé | Daniel Avery | Harvey Sutherland (live) | Henrik Schwarz | Jaza | Jeremy Underground | Karenn (live) | KiNK (live) | Kornél Kovács | Maceo Plex | Mar1 | Marcel Dettmann | Marcellus Pittman | Matthias Meyer B2B Patlac | Mike Servito | Moodymann | Nicolas Jaar (live) | Patrice Bäumel | Polyswitch | Richie Hawtin | Thris Tian | Unes | Young Marco
Oasis Festival returns to Morocco this September 15-17, 2017, bringing a world-class music line-up to luxury music resort The Source. Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech, Oasis has put Morocco firmly on the map as the must-visit festival destination of the moment. Now in its third year, the festival continues to showcase the finest international talent, as well as shining the spotlight on the flourishing Moroccan electronic music scene. The second wave of acts are revealed today, with headline guests including dance music pioneer Richie Hawtin and multi-instrumental producer Nicolas Jaar, along with Henrik Schwarz, Marcellus Pittman, Daniel Avery, Anja Schneider, Unes and more!
Richie Hawtin makes his Oasis debut, with a headline performance on Friday, September 15th. The pioneering electronic artist and technological innovator has been a leading figure on the global electronic music scene since the turn of the ’90s. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has founded seminal labels Plus 8 Records and M_nus, produced groundbreaking musical works as Richie Hawtin and Plastikman, and toured the globe with his cutting-edge shows and event concepts like ENTER. and CONTAKT.
Chilean-American musician Nicolas Jaar will bring his captivating live show to Oasis on Sunday, September 17th. From his 2011 debut album ‘Space Is Only Noise’, to his most recent LP ‘Sirens’, the multi-instrumental producer continues to make sophisticated electronic music that enraptures critics and fans alike. His live performance at Oasis 2017 is guaranteed to be a true festival highlight.
Also confirmed to make their way to the Red City are German DJ, Innervisions producer and composer Henrik Schwarz, Detroit selector Marcellus Pittman, Mobilee mainstay Anja Schneider, London-based producer Daniel Avery and one-third of Stockholm’s influential Studio Barnhus crew, Kornél Kovács. Oasis continues to showcase Morocco’s leading talent too, confirming the Moroccan dance scene’s founding father Unes and Moroko Loko resident and rising star Jaza. Completing the phase two lineup announcement are Artunique, Harvey Sutherland (live), Mar1, Matthias Meyer B2B Patlac and Patrice Bäumel.
The new acts revealed today join an incredible roster of talent at Oasis, including Ellum label founder Maceo Plex, Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann, hardware maestros KiNK (live) and Karenn (live), plus Auntie Flo, Charlotte de Witte, Chloé, Jeremy Underground, Mike Servito, Polyswitch, Thris Tian, and Young Marco. All this, plus the festival’s official Opening Party, which features a special 4-hour set from Ibiza main man Solomun, a back-to-back session from Kenny Glasgow and My Favorite Robot, plus sets from Moroccan electronic music ambassadors Amine K and Karmon. With lots more still to be announced, this is shaping up to be Oasis Festival’s biggest year to date!
With sun-kissed days and starlit nights soundtracked by an impressive league of house and techno talent in the luxurious surroundings of The Source Music Resort, Oasis is made complete with stage-side swimming pools, daily yoga sessions, lush gardens, adventures in Marrakech, and stunning views of the nearby Atlas Mountains. Oasis brings the finest slice of festival paradise to the ancient world of Marrakech, creating a truly unique cultural experience.
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