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Secret Solstice Fest Holds Party Inside a Volcano: Who Will Perform Surprise Set?

by Alexandria Wojcik   Mar 15, 2016 22:45 PM EDT

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After organizers announced a stacked 2016 lineup including artists like Radiohead, Deftones, Of Monsters and Men, Die Antwoord and Goldie (who will play a set featuring his groundbreaking album Timeless) comes word that 20 ticketholders to Iceland's Secret Solstice Festival will get to party inside the now-dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano. While the artist scheduled to perform the surprise set remains to be revealed, the event marks the world's first concert held inside a volcano.

The third annual Secret Solstice Festival takes place in Reykjavík on June 16-19 during Iceland's summer solstice when the country celebrates its longest days, including 24 hours without even a wink of a dark night. In addition to the main stage headliners, the event will feature acts like Jamie Jones, Action Bronson, Skream, Artwork, Flatbush Zombies, Kelela, Lady Leshurr, Slow Magic and Afrika Bambaataa.

The "Secret Solstice Presents Inside the Volcano" special showcase will be held June 18 during the main event. Attendees lucky enough to snag one of the 20 tickets will be transported via helicopter from Iceland's capital city to the entrance of the Thrihnukagigur volcano before descending about 400 feet -- a depth greater than the height of the Statue of Liberty -- into the belly of the inactive magma chamber.

Although the festival's organizers have not yet named the artist who will be playing the stunningly unique gig, they have dropped a few hints.

"We have someone special, though we want attendees to be surprised when we announce who it is at a later stage," director Fred Olafsson said. "I will say that it will be an acoustic performance by a very famous name, and we promise guests will be impressed when we finally make the big reveal," Mixmag reports.

With only 20 tickets available for such an extravagant experience, it goes without saying that the tickets come at a hefty price. Each ticket will cost 250,000 Icelandic krona, or about $1,970, and includes the special geological event, helicopter transport, refreshments and a VIP ticket for the main festival. For more information, head over to the event's website Secret Solstice Festival made history last year when it hosted the world's first ice rave inside a glacier and then offered a $200,000 festival experience, officially the world's most expensive VIP concert tickets ever sold, Dancing Astronaut reports.

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