PHOTOS: Secret Solstice – Day 1

The festival takes place in Laugardalur, Reykjavik.

The festival takes place in Laugardalur, Reykjavik. Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

Iceland’s 2017 Secret Solstice music festival got under way yesterday evening, in an atmosphere of excitement in beautiful Icelandic summer weather.

Among the acts were bands SSSól and Stuðmenn, which have both been prominent in the Icelandic music scene for decades. SSSól was everything expected, a lively stage performance and all the old hits. Stuðmenn however decided to make a twist on their well-known music. They were joined by American musician and producer Printz Bo­ard, best known for playing with the Black Eyed Peas. The outcome was an interesting twist on a music that's been around for ages in Iceland.

The legendary Chaka Khan was last on stage on this first night of the festival. It truly is amazing how many high notes that woman can sing in the space of an hour. She of course finished up with her hit songs, Ain't nobody and I'm Every Woman.

The concert ended just before midnight, under a midnight sun which lit up the night like it was the middle of the day.

A photographer from mbl.is [Iceland Monitor's syster media] was at the event and took the pictures below.

Chaka Khan was the last artists to step on stage.

Chaka Khan was the last artists to step on stage. Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

The festival site is located close to the city centre.

The festival site is located close to the city centre. Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

Printz Bo­ard performed with Stuðmenn.

Printz Bo­ard performed with Stuðmenn. Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

Chaka Khan finished with two of her greatest hits.

Chaka Khan finished with two of her greatest hits. Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

Unlike the previous year, all of the biggest names perform ...

Unlike the previous year, all of the biggest names perform on an outside stage. Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

SSSól

SSSól Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

The weather was great on the first day of the ...

The weather was great on the first day of the festival Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

Icelandic Þórunn Antonía on stage

Icelandic Þórunn Antonía on stage Photo: Iceland Monitor/ Hanna Andrésdóttir

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