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Majority of Neighbors Happy with Secret Solstice

There are mixed opinion among people who live near to last weekend’s Secret Solstice music festival in Reykjavík. However, the majority of neighbors interviewed said they still feel positive towards the festival.

A quarter of people Vísir spoke to said they were unhappy with the festival; naming the noise as the biggest irritant. One person was particularly worried on behalf of animals at the nearby petting zoo—saying that the noise of the festival was a threat to the animals’ health.

“I found it completely awful, to use just one word. The whole house was shaking from midday on Friday until midnight on Sunday,” Margrét K. Sigurðardóttir said. “It is a personal attack on us right here in the neighborhood and has no home here,” she added.

Margrét was no less unhappy with the Reykjavík health and safety directorate, which has concluded that noise levels at the festival did not exceed given limits. Margrét describes the assertion as ‘preposterous’.

Homes near the festival site at Laugardalur park were able to claim a discounted ticket to the festival. Two people interviewed said they felt one discounted ticket was scant compensation.

The majority of people had no complaints about the noise and many neighbors said they were happy about the festival. Most said they had not noticed the noise, while others said it was good to have some life in the park.

“I enjoy this valley every day and I think it’s fine for others to get to do so too,” says Inga Kjartansdóttir, who lives nearby.

Many others contacted by Vísir said they could hear the music from their homes, but that it was not unbearable.

“It was nice to be at home and hear the music. I really enjoyed it,” Víðir Helgi Helgason says—adding that he had bought a ticket to Secret Solstice, but couldn’t go because he recently had his tonsils removed.

“I was really happy with the organization of the festival. I think they always stuck to the timetable,” says Rósa Björk Sveinsdóttir. Concerts on the main stage ended before midnight every night.

A lot of neighbors said they were happier with Secret Solstice this year than they were last year, because it was less noisy this time round—especially because there were no early morning sound checks.

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