When we say 'Into the Valley', most people will envision its old location- an obscure site that for two years, has seen people from all over the world head to Dalhalla in Rättvik, Estonia. (pictured above)
This year, event organisers have packed up and marched off to an equally outlandish venue - a sunken prison in Rummu, Estonia. That was not a typo, we did say sunken prison.
Initially, we did wonder just how you can get a festival inside any prison, let alone one which is located below ground, but that is for them to worry about. It turns out that Rummu, just outside Tallin, is also a mythical limestone quarry as well as doubling up as site of an abandoned jail (imagine trying to escape this bad boy).
Delve into this concept with an open mind, as we attempt to describe what revellers will encounter during the trip from June 29 - July 1 this year.
Upon further inspection, this is not your average prison. In fact, if any current prisoners should happen to get hold of this article, there may well be a full scale riot. Rummu is astonishingly beautiful.
Envisage crystal clear waters, a picturesque beach and a jailhouse which looks more 'deserted chateau' than criminal holding-pen. White sand appears to inundate the dusty valley and creates that sought-after Burning Man look.
Once festival organisers move in, we expect this site will transcend into a gulf of hedonism.Whilst many will argue that the ITV festival site which preceded this estranged lock up was absolutely ideal, organisers claim the move stemmed from the festival outgrowing Dalhalla. There was not enough accommodation and because, in our opinion, with a few Funktion 1's on the go, it looks like the old venue would have fallen down sometime soon.
Granted we can not anticipate a replica of previous festivals at the lagoon-like colosseum in Dalhalla, but we can take a stab in the dark about what to expect.
There is always magic in the air when you are part of the first time a festival has been at a site, before the hoards arrive and things begin to change.
We Recommend you experience this mirage like allurement, just as it is.
Full Line Up
Thursday, June 29
The Black Madonna
Haidl & Lindstrøm
Friday, June 30
Answer Code Request
Cobblestone Jazz (live)
Kim Ann Foxman
KiNK featuring Rachel Row (live)
Saturday, July 1
Francesco Del Garda
Hessle Audio with Ben UFO, Pearson Sound & Pangea
Sailor & I (live)
Stockholm Murder Girls