I really tried. I promise you. I really had in mind to write a daily wrap up also for days three and four of my first Eistnaflug experience. But I miserably failed. I was falling into Eistnaflug mode and that means: I stumbled to my tent somewhat between 5 and 8 a.m. four days in a row after I had seen some of the most passionate and remarkable performances I ever attended (and I attended A LOT so far).
Oh boy, still recovering from yesterday’s blast at the venues and around town! I’ve meanwhile completely lost control about time, just falling into my tent when I feel like which meant 7 a.m. this morning after tons of great talks to people all around the campsite.
Usually I don’t like advertising like “party at the edge of the world” too much. Sounds a bit over the top and strained. But, man, there’s some truth when it comes to Eistnaflug!
Saturday was definitely the best day at Secret Solstice even though it was raining again. As I´m writing this review the festival is over already and I´m a little bit sad but happy at the same time to leave Iceland with all those amazing memories. I met awesome people, danced to the music I love the most and felt like home (it’s this warm feeling in your heart connected to a specific place). But let´s start with Saturday for now:
Second day started relaxed with a few people hanging around the Festival area. Good news: it was not raining. A lot of families and kids enjoyed the moment when the sun came out. Other people got their very special Secret Solstice tattoo, most of the younger visitors just got drunk. Some dudes also chilled at the Viking hot tub. It reminded me of a big adventure playground for adults. But wasn’t there something really important? Ahh right MUSIC!
The weather at my arrival in Iceland on wednesday was extremely promising. Even though the Icelandic people seem to not even know the word “weather forecast”, I looked it up and it was not so promising for the rest of the week. Secret Solstice, that´s four days of bright daylight, four days of party and concerts and also four days of pushing your body to the limits. Nevertheless, the line up is totally worth it.
Indeed, the Iceland Airwaves music festival is always good for a surprise. No matter what kind of music you’re looking for, you’ll find new quality stuff. Toneron already attracted my attention even before the festival when I browsed the Iceland Airwaves 2015 playlist on Spotify. We actually almost missed the concert then but luckily dropped in just in time in the end.
A small, remote town in the middle of nowhere. There’s a museum on local and natural history and a school. There’s even a small hospital and of course, there is fishery. Everyone knows each other, it’s quiet and tranquil all year round. Except a few days when hordes of metalheads invade to celebrate a feast of electronic guitars, heavy riffs and dark music during the brightest days of the year: the Eistnaflug metal festival!
A long time of waiting is finally over. Just a few minutes ago, one of our Iceland favourites, the promising Indie rock band CeaseTone released their full length debut! And we were incredibly lucky to be able to listen to it already a few days before it was sent out into the world now.
If there is one word that describes Iceland’s thriving music scene best, it might be colorful. There are artists like Teitur Magnússon or Prins Póló that might be green. There are also yellow ones like AmabAdama, Júniús Meyvant or GKR. There are some deep blue ones like Vök, Kiasmos and Samaris. And – if you want to count it as a color – there’s a lot of black of all shades of course.