Nowadays, most summer music festivals are a dime a dozen. No matter the location, you can count on a few universal truths: Tickets will be too expensive, you’ll have to wait 45 minutes to piss and for some inexplicable reason, Foster the People will play one of the main stages, even though they haven’t been commercially relevant since 2011. (Are we really still THAT stoked to hear four minutes of “Pumped Up Kicks”?)
That’s what makes Iceland’s Night + Day Festival so intriguing. For starters, there’s nary a Foster the People to be found on the bill. But more importantly, instead of sweating your balls off in an open field and squinting to see, I dunno, Cold War Kids in the distance, you’ll listen to chill tunes while lounging beside the Skogafoss Waterfall, one of the country’s most iconic and beautiful natural wonders.
Night + Day is the brainchild of British band The xx, who naturally are headlining this year’s event, but if you’re not into their dreamy electronic jams, there are plenty of compelling supporting acts to sweeten the pot: Earl Sweatshirt, Kamasi Washington, Sampha and Warpaint all fill out the undercard, which also includes some Icelandic artists whose names I can’t pronounce, like Hogni and Bjarki.
The festival goes down July 14-16, and tickets are on sale now for around $185, which grants you access to all three days and nights as well as general camping. Book your flight to Keflavik International Airport through Wow Air and use the code WOWNIGHTDAY for a five percent discount. And while you’re there, make sure to experience Iceland’s Volcanoes, Icy Fjords, and Northern Lights.