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A Summer of Music Festivals in Iceland

By Agnes Valdimarsdóttir

  • Icelandic artist, Mugison, performs at 'Bræðslan' Music Festival in 2012. Photo/screenshot

Iceland may only have a population of just over 300,000, but it's still the hippest place to be come summer. Music Festivals across the country are as varied as their locations.



Secret Solstice: June 20th-22nd

It's sometimes said that the only good thing about living in Iceland, is the summer. The endless daylight makes up for the dark winter months and what better reason to celebrate the longest day of the year but by attending a Music Festival? Secret Solstice celebrates the midnight sun by featuring over one hundred local and international artists. 
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All Tomorrow’s Parties: July 10th-12th

All Tomorrow's Parties is an organisation based in London that has been promoting festivals and concerts throughout the world for over ten years. It sets itself apart from big festivals by staying intimate, non-corporate and fan-friendly. The line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists, resulting in unpredictable and exciting events from any (and every) musical genre. And if that's not a good enough reason to attend an ATP Music Festival: It's now in Iceland.
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Bræðslan: July 26th (and week prior)

If you've gone to Bræðslan once, you plan on going again. Maybe it's the tiny village that's an uncommon stop, maybe it's the atmosphere, maybe it's the performances, or maybe it's all of the above. Bræðslan Music Festival is among the smallest ones in Iceland, but the exclusivity and the careful planning make it a hit, year after year.
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Þjóðhátíð: August 1st-3rd

It doesn't get more Icelandic than Þjóðhátíð. The last weekend of July or the first weekend of August, every year, thousands of mainland Iceland residents make their way to the Westman Islands for a long weekend (and for some, a full week) of camping, dancing, socialising and music festival attending under the bare skies. It's an intense three-day weekend that's worth experiencing at least once. The epitome of Icelandic culture, some might say.
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