In the last years, the trend of the festivals was started, two of the biggest are Coachella and Tomorrowland, but there are two pretty big ones that happen in Cluj Napoca, Romania. If I caught your attention read along to find 2 gemstones for the festival lovers.
For those who don’t know this yet, I live in Cluj, a gorgeous city in Transylvania, Romania. The city is known also for the 2 music festivals that take place during the summer, Electric Castle at the Banffy Castle in Bontida village and Untold, that takes place in the heart of the city. Even if the music style is quite different from one to the other, it’s still very common for the people to be the same. Let’s divide and conquer these 2 festivals.
A medium-size festival that takes place near Cluj Napoca, at the Banffy Castle. The main type of music is the electric one, but it also includes “rock, indie, hip hop, electronic and reggae, as well as art installations” as they advertise on their official website.
The first edition took place in 2013 and it was a huge success, since then each year the number of people coming is increasing, reaching 210 000 people, 9 stages and numerous local and international artists. Apart from great music, there are also a bunch of activities that can be done at the festival including riding the giant wheel, getting temporary tattoos, doing your hair and make-up, participating in contests, experiencing the local and international cuisine, 4D cinema experience, VR, beach volley and so many others.
Even the myth of the Banffy curse didn’t scare the people off, but only drown more people in. The legend says that the castle is hunted and each year there will be heavy rain to scare people off, 3 years ago the rain was so powerful that Skrillex had to stop his show, yet this created a trademark for the festival and the official footwear are the rubber boots.
If you are curious about this year’s line-up here are a couple of the artists that were present: Damian Marley, Jessie J, Mura Masa, Richie Hawtin, Groove Armada, San Holo, Wolf Alice, Subcarpați, Little Big and many others. If you plan on joining you should know that the festival will take place in July and the ticket for all days (5 days) is around 300 RON (65 euros).
It is the largest electronic festival from Romania, it’s held in Central Park from Cluj Napoca and it has won the prize for Best Major Festival in 2015, the year when it all started. For Chapter 1, the line-up included: Armin van Buuren, Avicii, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and ATB. This year, Chapter 4, had an even more impressive line-up including The Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Bonobo, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Tiësto, Fedde Le Grand and Steve Aoki.
For 4 days you can enjoy electronic music, a series of activities within the park and on the Arena, the main stage is present, where you can see the biggest artists come and perform.
Although I cannot say I am a big fan of electronic music or of crowded places, I have to say that the park looks amazing during the festival and the vibe you get from the people is a great one, everything is festive and everywhere you look there are people having fun. It is one of the best places to be in August. If you plan on coming you should know that the accommodation prices will be higher during this period and you should consider booking with a year in advance. The price of the full pass is around 450 – 500 Ron (100 – 110 Euro) and usually, the festival takes place at the beginning of August. Tickets are available starting from the fall.
If I haven’t convinced you to book your plane and festival ticket, I will try to do that with appending a couple of photos from Cluj Napoca, the city where I am living now and the heart of Transylvania, see you at the festivals next year!