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Iceland’s “Best Outdoor Festival” Coming Up

Besta Útihátídin, which translates as “The Best Outdoor Festival”, will take place at Gaddstadaflatir in Hella, south Iceland, this upcoming weekend, July 8-10.


Primarily a music festival, some of Iceland’s most popular bands will perform, including Quarashi, Gus Gus, XXX Rottweiler, Valdimar, Agent Fresco, Berndsen and Of Monsters and Men, as listed on

According to Morgunbladid, around 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival. Organizers stress that violence, especially sexual violence, will not be tolerated.

To demonstrate their stand on this issue, one of the organizers, Quarashi, has donated ISK 500,000 (USD 4,300, EUR 3,000) to Stígamót, the education and counseling center for survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

There is a large campsite available for festival guests and good facilities for caravans and trailer tents. Festival passes cost ISK 7,900 (USD 68, EUR 48) if purchased early on and ISK 9,500 (USD 82, EUR 57) at the gates.

Children ages 13 and younger get free admission if accompanied by adults. Otherwise, the age limit is 18.

In other music news, the concert series “Hot Thursday Jazz” is ongoing in Akureyri, north Iceland. Tonight, the acclaimed quartet Mógil will perform at local concert venue Deiglan. Tickets are available at the entrance. The concert begins at 9:30 pm.

In Reykjavík the singer Lára Rúnars and the bands Valdimar and 1860 will perform at Café Rósenberg tonight. Valdimar is a newcomer to the Icelandic music scene and has been very well received; 1860 will release its debut album in late July.

The concert begins at 9 pm and tickets cost ISK 1,500 (USD 13, EUR 9).

Click here to read about other upcoming concerts: an unplugged concert in the capital region tonight and an Icelandic concert in New York.

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