The ancient Finnish Midsummer celebration is said to come with magical forces, and Solstice proved to be one of them. With its panoramic view of never-ending pine forests and majestic lakes, it is hard to believe that the festival site at the Rukatunturi mountain top is a real thing. Although it was, and it created memories that will last for life amongst a crowd that felt like one big group of old-time friends since day one. Induced by the elements of nature, connected through the power of music.
A post-pandemic euphoria burst could be felt throughout the whole weekend. After 2 years of pause, the second edition of the festival could finally take place and it was an exquisite representation of the visionary yet humble Finnish electronic music scene. Electrifying sonic vibrations were served throughout the day into the night, creating spirited dancefloors packed with beautiful, smiling faces.
The nature-surrounded Valley Stage dipped you into the more delicate sounds with groovy and ecstatic sets by Hanna Ojanen, Raphaël Top-Secret, and PLO Man b2b Hashman Deejay.
While atop the hill, situated in a dust-packed ski lift that felt like a raver's sanctuary, the Peak stage delivered heavier dance-floor-oriented sets with some strong performances by emkay, Sansibar, Ben UFO, and the iconic debut b2b closing set by Spekki Webu & Mama Snake
When seeking deeper explorations the Kelo Tent was the perfect addition to this year’s edition with hypnotizing performances by Spekki Webu (Live), Veera Neva, and Gem-K (Live).
The fact that these musical moments could be enjoyed under a 24-hour around-the-clock flaming sky with fiercely penetrating sun rays made this trip feel like a total dream. It is fair to state we experienced somewhat of a spiritual Midsummer celebration. Solstice: the festival that got us all nostalgic from the moment we got home. We are glad to return to the Finnish ritual this year. Join us here on the ride up North.