Iceland’s Secret Solstice 2019 Reveals Phase One Lineup With Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Morcheeba, Pussy Riot, MK + More

Iceland’s Secret Solstice 2019 Reveals Phase One Lineup With Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Morcheeba, Pussy Riot, MK + More
The world’s most unique festival returns to Reykjavik for their sixth edition
over the Midnight Sun weekend!
Early Bird Weekend Passes On Sale Now!
June 21-23, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland
[YouTube] - Watch the Secret Solstice 2018 Official Aftermovie HERE

Secret Solstice, the world’s most unique music festival, has revealed the phase one lineup for its sixth edition in the land of fire and ice this June 21-23, 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Performing in the Nordic country for the first time ever, Secret Solstice is proud to present Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, Martin Garrix, and Rita Ora as festival headliners across its three days in the capital city. Featuring 40 acts across dance music, electronica, hip hop, pop, and rock including Boy Pablo, Foreign Beggars, Kerri Chandler, Morcheeba, MK, Pussy Riot, and many more, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind festival while admiring the natural beauty of Iceland.
Kicking off the festivities, Dutch dance music crossover superstar Martin Garrix will headline Secret Solstice’s Valhalla main stage on Friday, June 21. Also performing on opening day will be British singer-songwriter Rita Ora, who released her sophomore album ‘Phoenix’ to much acclaim at the end of 2018. With a to-be-announced headliner for Saturday, June 22, the grand finale on closing day will bring one of the biggest and most iconic voices in rock to Iceland as Secret Solstice will welcome former lead singer and writer of legendary band Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant to Iceland with long-time collaborators The Sensational Space Shifters on Sunday, June 23.
Also performing across the 72-hours of non-stop daylight during the summer solstice weekend will be an eclectic collection of top international and local Icelandic acts. Festival-goers can look forward to appearances from Norwegian rising indie act Boy Pablo, the return of UK electronic hip hop group Foreign Beggars and house music icon Kerri Chandler, Parisian crate-digger Jeremy Underground, the Icelandic debut of dance music legend Mr. G (LIVE) and Area10 labelhead, hitmaker MK (Marc Kinchen), downtempo groovers Morcheeba, Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot and more. Rounding out the dance music lineup will be Second State techno signees Chris Hirose and Clint Stewart, No.19 Music co-head Nitin, Los Angeles’ Ricoshëi, Berlin tech duo Smash TV along with ALXJ, Dilivius Lenni, Monello, and Vom Feisten.
On the local front, rap supergroup XXX Rottweiler will return to Secret Solstice for an exclusive performance plus sets from contemporary singer and composer Högni, jazz/electronica fusion artist Ari Árelíus, singer-songwriters Auður and Svala, Captain Syrup, electro-pop duo ClubDub, house and techno DJs Bensol, Exos, Ingi Bauer, Jóhann Stone, KrBear, Mike The Jacket, Oktav DJ, Vibes. Also performing will be rock outfit Pink Street Boys, dance act Rokky, rap performers Séra Bjössi, Sprite Zero Klan, and Ragga Holm of the award winning Reykjavikdaetur.
For five years, Secret Solstice has brought together diverse lineups featuring powerhouse and emerging acts, exclusive glacier and lava tunnel parties, and a luxury music festival experience. Bringing forward-thinking and world renowned artists to Iceland, Secret Solstice has become a platform for discovering the next generation of talent for international success. Catering to adventure and destination festival-goers with a passion for the outdoors and exploration of Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes, Secret Solstice is a must-attend event this summer.

Early bird weekend passes for Secret Solstice 2019 are available from $133 USD while supplies last with VIP passes on sale now from $250 USD at www.SecretSolstice.is. New for 2019, weekend youth passes for attendees 13-17 years old are available from $99 USD as well as adult day passes for $91 USD with children up to 12 years old given free entry. For the high-end festival experience, Secret Solstice offers its limited availability luxury pass, Oðinn with added perks and amenities such as Oðinn only pop-up lounge and viewing area, fast track, priority entry, backstage access, limited edition commemorative Óðinn festival pack, complimentary food and drinks at the festival, exclusive side event discounts plus more perks to be announced. Icelandic tour packages are also available to buy through the Secret Solstice website.
Stay tuned for the phase two lineup announcement coming soon!
Early Bird Weekend Pass from $133 USD | €117 | £101 | 15990ISK
Day Pass from $91 USD | €80 | £69 | 10990ISK
Youth Pass (13-17) from $83 USD | €73 | £63 | 9990ISK
VIP Weekend Pass (18+)  from $250 USD | €219 | £189 | 29990ISK
Oðinn Weekend Pass (18+)  from $1254 USD | €1099 | £949 | 49990ISK
Kids Pass Free for children 12 years and under
Secret Solstice 2018 | Photo Credit: Neon-Photography.com
Secret Solstice 2019 Phase One Lineup
Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters [UK]
Martin Garrix [NL]
Rita Ora [UK]
Morcheeba [UK]
Foreign Beggars [UK]
Pussy Riot [RU]
Kerri Chandler [US]
Mr. G (LIVE) [UK]
Jeremy Underground [FR]
XXX Rottweiler [IS]
Boy Pablo [NO]
Smash TV [DE]
Högni [IS]
Ari Árelíus [IS]
Auður [IS]
Bensol [IS]
Captain Syrup [IS]
Chris Hirose [DE]
Clint Stewart [US]
ClubDub [IS]
Dilivius Lenni [DE]
Doctor Victor [IS]
Exos [IS]
Ingi Bauer [IS]
Jóhann Stone [IS]
KrBear [IS]
Mike The Jacket [IS]
Monello [DE]
Nitin [CA]
Oktav DJ [IS]
Pink Street Boys [IS]
Ragga Holm [IS]
Ricoshëi [US]
Rokky [IS]
Séra Bjössi [IS]
Sprite Zero Klan [IS]
Vibes [IS]
Vom Feisten [DE]

+more to be announced!

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Haiku Hands Share "Dare You Not To Dance;" North American Tour Starts In March

Photo Credit: Stephanie Simcox

"We eagerly await the group's debut album and we're certain that Haiku Hands is a name we will see at every festival lineup" - VOGUE

"Soundtracked by a mix of brash house, high energy hip hop and a mutation of riot grrrl previously unheard this side of the Atlantic, Bea Lewis, Claire Nakazawa and her sister Mie, aka Haiku Hands, have proven themselves one of the biggest musical revelations of 2018." - CLASH

"When Haiku Hands become one of the most hyped live acts on the planet, it should come as a shock to nobody" - NME

"The Australian trio...bring a truly eclectic melting pot of styles to the table, all ending up in a brilliantly fun, intoxicating end product...they proceed to give the trio the best reaction that Horatio's sees all weekend." -DIY

Australia's favorite collective, Haiku Hands, have shared their aptly-titled new single, "Dare You Not To Dance," ahead of their upcoming tour. Speaking on the origins of the song, Haiku Hands states: "One nonchalantly mutters "I dare you not to dance fucker's" into a microphone in Sydney and another makes it a hook in a rowdy jam session in Melbourne. This song is an outcome of exploration between Haiku Hands, Joel Ma (Joelistics) and Angus Stuart (El' Gusto). A bold maneuver made to taunt, provoke and defy."

The single comes on the heels of the previously shared high energy, dance-ready tracks "Squat," "Jupiter" and "Not About You," which collectively have amassed over 3.5 million streams and landed spots on iTunes charts across the globe. "Jupiter" was also included on Matt Wilkinson from Beats 1 "Best Songs of the 2018 So Far" list and has received airplay on BBC R1 and Radio X. 

Dare You Not To Dance {Lyric Video}

Previously, the group announced a run of shows in North America, supporting CHAI. The tour will be making stops in San FranciscoLos Angeles, BrooklynSeattlePortland and more, including a support slot for Cupcakke at Thalia Hall in Chicago on March 21. See a full list of dates below. The band have also announced they will be attending SXSW this year. More news on that to follow.

Haiku Hands have impressed audiences and critics worldwide, becoming one of the most hyped prospects in pop and hip hop in 2018. Based across Melbourne and Sydney, the core of Haiku Hands is Claire NakazawaBeatrice Lewis and Mie Nakazawa. Together, they curate, perform and work as a collective of artists, engaging and exploring social norms with their lyrical and visual content. Their influences range from hip hop to pop, electronic to dance and everything beyond. 

Tour Dates (North American Dates in Bold)
01/31 - The Foundry, Brisbane 
02/01 - OAF, Sydney 
02/02 - The Cambridge, Newcastle 
02/05 - UC Hub, Canberra 
02/08 - Party In The Paddock, Launceston 
02/10 - St Kilda Fest, Melbourne 
02/16 - Howler, Melbourne 
02/23 - Splore Fest, Auckland 
03/01 - Fat Controller, Adelaide 
03/02 - Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth 
03/12 - 15 - SXSW 
03/18 - DC9, Washington DC *
03/19 - Market Hotel, Brooklyn *
03/20 - Velvet Underground, Toronto *
03/21 - Thalia Hall, Chicago #
03/25 - Moroccan Lounge, LA * 
03/27 - Rickshaw Stop, SF *
03/29 - Vera Project, Seattle * 
03/30 - Holocene, Portland * 
04/26 - 05/11 - Groovin the Moo Festival, AUS 

*= supporting CHAI
#= supporting Cupcakke



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Rodrigo y Gabriela covers Pink Floyd's "Echoes"; announces new album







(credit: Ebru Yildiz)

Five years since their last album, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of the most ambitious music of their 20-year career together. Entitled Mettavolution, the band's new LP will be released April 26 via ATO Records and is available to preorder here. Tune in to a Facebook Live event from Rod and Gab's studio in Mexico today at 12 noon ET.

Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rod and Gab's passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested in South America and the USA in 2017, before more fine tuning and further tweaks on their Australian tour of 2018, a long list of new material has been distilled down to six new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions and one audacious, jaw-dropping cover song.

Rodrigo y Gabriela have shared a first taste of the album in the form of "Echoes", a cover of the Pink Floyd track, which takes up the whole of the second half of Mettavolution. Long-time Floyd fans, Rod and Gab lovingly pay homage to the prog-classic song off of the band's 1971 opus Meddle, while at the same time weaving their own golden threads into its timeless textures, to create something exciting, contemporary and unforgettable.



Deep-rooted fans who discovered Rod and Gab through their 2006 self-titled breakout album have long recognized the Mexicans' mastery of their instruments. And while Rodrigo's shimmering, hummingbird flourishes hovering over Gabriela's extraordinary engine-room rhythm section are ever-present on Mettavolution, what sets this new record apart is the laser-guided focus on melody, energy and beat. There is not an ounce of excess baggage on the fresh, dynamic tunes that Rod and Gab present here, first on a white-hot side one that acknowledges the duo's thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City and then gives way to the aforementioned incredible new arrangement of "Echoes," inspiringly reimagined for two acoustic guitars.
Rodrigo and Gabriela: "We are big Pink Floyd fans. That track, specially the live in Pompeii version means a lot to us, we even made a huge visual reference in our video for "Hanuman." Besides that, the lyrics are even more relevant now than they were 45 years ago, the search for knowledge about ourselves, it's becoming a key element for survival these days, that's what evolution is all about at the end of the day."
On working with noted producer Dave Sardy, the guitarists add: "Everything was ready for it, all the circumstances around the idea of agreeing to work with a producer came together right at the time we talked to Sardy. And our intuition was right. We talked to a lot of great producers before him but the conditions just weren't there. When we talked to Dave it just felt we had arrived." Recorded in Los Angeles, Sardy, -- best-known for his work with Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle and Band of Horses -- has helped Rod and Gab to a new recording career pinnacle.
Through relentless touring and terrific word-of-mouth support, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as a hugely in-demand live act, particularly in America, where they sold out the Hollywood Bowl (two nights) and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, both as recently as summer 2018. They have also sold out multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le Zenith in Paris and Radio City Music Hall in New York, not to mention venues in Australia, Japan and Europe. With career album sales well in excess of 1.5 million worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as globally successful artists who are eager to write new chapters in their already illustrious story.

Rodrigo y Gabriela will be touring throughout the year. North American tour dates will be announced soon.

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13 - Munich - Technikum
15 - Berlin - Columbia Theater
17 - Bourges - Printemps de Bourges
18 - Luxembourg - den Atelier
19 - Brussels - Cirque Royal
21 - Dublin - Olympia Theatre
24 - London - Roundhouse
25 - Paris - Olympia
27 - Chamonix - Musilac Mont Blanc (festival appearance)

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1. Mettavolution
2. Terracentric
3. Cumbé
4. Electric Soul
5. Krotona Days
6. Witness Tree
7. Echoes

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