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Icelandic 'Midnight Sun' Music Festival shocks organizers

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You may have missed our announcement a few weeks ago, but if not, you may know that Examiner.com is teaming up with Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland this year, to bring you coverage on what we've already called "the world's most unique music festival."

That might be a big call for some, though what Secret Solstice has on its side is that due to its unique location, the sun literally won't set for around 72 hours, meaning the entire event will experience perpetual daylight.

This may all sound great, but festival organisers say the attractiveness of the unique concept isn't without its problems.

According to Leon Hill, one of Secret Solstice's organizers, the startup festival is growing faster than any of them had anticipated. While that's a result any festival would love, they're struggling to keep up with demand in some cases.

"For a startup festival, it's obviously still a learning curve for some of us involved. And being a new event, creating brand recognition is a massive challenge as well." Said Hill.

Despite some of these growing pains, Hill says it hasn't dampened the spirits of the team at all.

"What's completely taken all of us by surprise is how insanely well people have responded so far. With a very small budget, we've already sold out our first run of discounted tickets, almost completely on word of mouth."

"And at times we've had our site crash, simply due to the volume of people trying to get information, or buy tickets. For any festival, that's gotta be a plus." He said.

Examiner.com were the first to break news in the United States of the festival's launch, only a few short weeks ago. On Tuesday, their second announcement of acts was made, bringing their total bill to 70+.

The first full lineup is as follows:

MASSIVE ATTACK
WOODKID
KERRI CHANDLER
MÚM
CARL CRAIG
DAMIAN LAZARUS
EATS EVERYTHING
APHROHEAD
SKREAM
BODDIKA
GORGON CITY
JACKMASTER
HJALTALÍN
ONEMAN
PAUL WOOLFORD
DROOG
WAZE & ODYSSEY
MAUS
BEN PEARCE
SAMARIS
MAMMÚT
SÍSY EY
CELL7
ARTWORK
CLIVE HENRY
FRANCESCA LOMBARDO
KLOSE-ONE
JOSH BUTLER
MY NU LENG
MIA DORA
MOSES HIGHTOWER
OJBA RASTA
PLASTIC LOVE
OCULUS
VOYEUR
INTRO BEATS
SOMETIME
FUTUREGRAPHER
ELÍN EY
AGZILLA
AMBA DAMA
HAZAR
HARRIMANNN
ROB SHIELDS
GHOZT
HOUSEKELL
YAMAHO
DJ KÁRI
CAPTAIN FUFANU
THIZ ONE
CASANOVA
BEN SOL
AXFJÖRÐ
ALVIA ISLANDIA
FOX TRAIN SAFARI
MODESART
ORANG VOLANTE
DJ FLUGVEL & GEIMSKIP
PY
ÁRNI²
KANILSNÆLDUR
STEVE SAMPLING
ATLI KANILL
TANDRI
BISTRO BOY
CRYPTOCHROME
RIX
FRÍMANN
EWOK
TANYA & MARLIN
GERVISYKUR
JULIA RUSLANOVNA
KING LUCKY
MOSI
LAFONTAINE
VÖK
QUADRUPLOS
RUSSIAN GIRLS
SKENG
SKURKEN

Iceland's 2014 Secret Solstice music festival will be exclusively covered in North America by Examiner.com. Between the 20th-22nd of June, we'll be bringing you all-access coverage from the event in Reykjavík, Iceland. The festival is running special deals on tickets and accommodation for the American audience now, with information on their website. For more information, follow Secret Solstice on Twitter, or check their Facebook page.

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