The Secret Solstice music festival is making big changes in its fifth iteration this year, not only by selling fewer tickets, but also by signing a revised agreement with the City of Reykjavík regarding this year’s festival clean-up. Kjarninn reports that last year, there were many complaints from residents of the Laugardalur neighborhood where the event is held on the east side of Reykjavík about bad behavior by festival attendees during and after the festival, particularly regarding all the trash that was left behind.
Jón Bjarni Steinsson, one of the festival’s organizers, said that Secret Solstice has contracted a British company to handle festival clean-up and recycling this year. In addition, there will be 15 employees participating in the clean-up as well. Jón Bjarni attributes some of last year’s trash problem to the fact that the fence surrounding the stage and concert areas was taken down too early, allowing the trash to blow into the neighborhood. This year, he says, the fence won’t be taken down so soon after the event ends.
Organizers also elected not to sell as many tickets to the event this year. 15,000 tickets are available this year and the event was expected to sell out. Jón Bjarni remarked that Icelanders have a tendency to buy tickets at the last minute, which can make it difficult to estimate in advance exactly how many people will attend an event. By setting a new and lower ticket limit, he says, it makes it easier to predict the number of people who will actually attend.
Secret Solstice began on Thursday and will end on Sunday. Bonnie Tyler was the festival’s opening night headliner, while some of the other most anticipated acts include Stormzy, Gucci Mane, and Clean Bandit.