Reykjavík Approves Another Secret Solstice Festival

Reykjavík City Council approved a contract with representatives from Secret Solstice music festival for three days of concerts in Laugardalur from July 21-23, RÚV reports. The festival is heavily in debt to the city and has also been accused of neglecting to pay artists. The production company that took over the festival last year point to its previous organisers are responsible.

In April it was reported that Secret Solstice owed the City of Reykjavík a total of ISK 42.5 million ($354,000/€314,000), a debt that the capital’s district commissioner had unsuccessfully attempted to recover four times. The freshly-signed contract outlines a repayment schedule from the festival to the city amounting to ISK 19 million ($154,000/€138,000). It also stipulated that the city will contribute ISK 8 million ($65,000/€58,000) in funding to the festival, on the condition that it be more family-friendly than in previous years. The festival organisers are also required to return the Laugardalur area in the same condition as they received it before the rental period.

Past performers sue

Metal band Slayer, who headlined the festival last year, is reportedly suing its organisers for only having received partial payment. The band says it is still owed ISK 16 million ($133,000/€118,000). Icelandic feminist rap collective Reykjavíkurdætur has also recently blasted the festival, saying that not only were they not paid for last year’s festival, but they’ve also been invited this year to perform for free.

Four Seriously Injured in Southeast Iceland Bus Accident

Bus accident Hof

 

Four individuals are in hospital with serious injuries following a bus accident in Southeast Iceland yesterday afternoon. Police will interview South Iceland Police Chief Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson says weather conditions were dry and visibility good at the time of the accident.

“It was dry, sunny weather,” Sveinn told RÚV. “But the road is very narrow there and no shoulders to speak of to give some leeway. But there was some wind and gusts of wind which were blowing onto the road.” Sveinn says the bus had just passed two trucks when the accident happened. “It’s as if [the driver] loses control after that and somehow swerves [off the road].”

At 3.05pm yesterday afternoon, police received notice of a bus which had tipped over near Hof, Southeast Iceland. It took emergency crews around 30 minutes to free two passengers who had landed under the bus. The bus was transporting 32 passengers in total, all from China, plus a local driver. All 33 individuals were transported from the scene by helicopter: seven to Reykjavík, ten to Akureyri, and 16 to Selfoss, for revision and medical care. Four individuals were categorised as seriously injured. A police statement reported that many others had broken limbs and cuts that required treatment.

Route 1 was closed at the scene of the accident but reopened around 7.00pm after injured passengers were assisted. Police will conduct interviews today with those involved in the accident.