Solstice Festival is not your average festival. With its picturesque location and the unreal atmosphere created by the midnight Sun, it feels like an extended dream. We do our best to enhance this feeling with the music and art program.
Program / Music
As the decade nears its end, Ben UFO has certainly claimed top place in it. Avoiding his name has been nearly impossible with the Hessle Audio co-founder hitting every good spot around the globe.
From the UK pirate radio sound circling around dubstep, 2-step and jungle, and the style that spawned off from those, the loosely defined UK Funky, Ben’s repertoire has always combined his early influences with the more worldwide house and techno sounds, arguably contributing to his success beyond the Queen’s original land.
During the past 10 years Ben has shaped up to be a dance music chameleon, feeling at home on big stages as well as small intimate spaces.
Is it ok to bring back the phrase “deejay’s deejay”?https://soundcloud.com/benufo
One could almost describe Roza Terenzi as a child prodigy. She produced her first ever track as a nine-year-old in 2003. And it’s actually pretty dope, at least for a friggin nine-year-old (www.kayteecee.bandcamp.com/releases). Anyway, fast forward to 2019 and Terenzi is playing all the places that say “you made it”, from Dekmantel to Berghain, Primavera to Concrete. All this has come from working tirelessly at her craft: between 2018 and 2019 she has released six EPs, and there is no end in sight.
Yeah, a lot of accolades listed here, but this is the kind of work ethic you want from an artist, right? We’re very excited to welcome Roza Terenzi to Solstice 2020 🌲https://soundcloud.com/roza-terenzi
More often than not you’ll hear Vladimir play slow (yet powerful) music. “I think that slower tempos leave people more space to figure out what else is happening that isn’t commanding how they have to behave in a given moment. There is a moment of silence you feel when people react to slow music.”
For Ivkovic it all began in the mid-80s at his friend’s discotheque, and continued on to small gatherings at his family’s restaurant that turned into impromptu parties. He would rent a PA and people would come. For him, DJing has a deeper meaning than mindless escapism: “When the entirety of humanity is coming out of the speakers, loud, it’s beautiful.”
Vladimir’s cosmic spells will work wonders in the misty nature of northern Finland at Solstice 2020 🌲
From Kuudes Linja to Berghain, Juho Kusti is 1/2 of Finland’s favourite techno operation, Deep Space Helsinki. Neither Juho or DSH should need any introduction. Spacey techno at its finest delivered to you by a fine gentleman.https://soundcloud.com/juhokusti
No gimmicks, no bullshit. Katerina is as pure as a mother’s affection for her child. A highly sensitive and complex artist willing to go the extra mile. As her love for (dance) music covers everything from Prince to Drexciya and Legowelt, Manuel Göttsching to Steve Reich and Gil-Scott, it’s pointless to make any assumptions. What you can be sure about is that whatever comes out of the speakers, it’s delivered with 100% love and dedication from a lifelong music enthusiast.
Highly affected by her environment, we’re keen on hearing how the northern nature shapes Katerina’s output.https://soundcloud.com/katerina
Something of a local legend by now, DJ Lifegoals has people eating out of his hand when he plays live. Though he’s only recently emerged under his current alias, Lifegoals has a long history in electronic music, having started collecting records at the tender age of 13 under the guidance of a local DJ.
Euphoria is always within reach when DJ Lifegoals is at the controls, and indeed, his trancey breakbeat sound should sit well on top of Ruka, with a view upon the endless sea of trees and lakes.https://soundcloud.com/djlifegoals
Skooge records was founded in a forest 6 millennia BC, during a time of great upheaval and general dissatisfaction. Skooge records or “The Skooges” aimed to counter that dissatisfaction, providing people with an alternative way of life, a path of non-separation and divinity.https://soundcloud.com/skoogerecords
Our music program is a carefully curated mixture of international guests, local heroes and rising talents. Each artist is handpicked for just the right moment and every stage has its own strong character. On Thursday we start with our opening day program. On Friday and Saturday we go all in at the festival site.
During the two main festival days the music spreads out to three stages. The Peak Stage sits on the highest point of Ruka, and provides the festival’s high octane dance music, from techno to electro, trance and beyond. The Valley Stage, located in a little valley down from the Peak, has an intimate wooden dance floor with a focus on ethereal, warm and organic music. The Tipi tent is for sitting and laying down, for those chill out moments. The tent features ambient and downtempo DJ-sets on Friday and a jam packed lineup of mind bending experimental live sets on Saturday.
We don’t really believe in putting music too much into genres, we just have the good stuff – what we believe works best in the magnificent setting of Solstice Festival.
We’re constantly on the lookout for rising talents. If you feel like you should be on the bill, feel free to hit us up [email protected]
There are exceptional places for art to happen, exist and to be experienced on top of the fell. Solstice 2020 art program brings together a group of young emerging artists to create commissioned site-specific art installations. Coming from different backgrounds, each artist has a different way of embedding their artistic practice within the surrounding forces of solstice sunlight and northern nature.
Since the installations are built and exhibited on a fell, the artists were encouraged to use natural and sustainable materials. As the two forms of expression, music and visual imagery come together with nature, they evoke a sense of physical presence.
In addition to the group we will invite one artist to join the program through an open submission. To apply, send an open letter to [email protected]