Electric Castle Festival

Dear Diary,

Today I will tell you a little bit about our awesome experience at Electric Castle Festival. Electric Castle has become an international festival and every year there are more and more people attending the festival from all over the world. This explosion kicked off the festival, which has been nominated for Best Medium Sized Festival since its first year, and since then it has reached the finals every year. The first edition of this festival took place in 2013 when about 32.000 people were present, their number is growing year after year. At the 2016 edition, 120.000 people participated. The festival takes place in the county of Cluj in Bonţida village, 32 km away from the city of Cluj-Napoca.

But what makes this festival so popular all around the world? First of all, its location is an amazing one, the old Banffy castle, also called the Versailles of Transylvania lights up on the festival days. The castle is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments built in the 15th century, with stylistic features belonging to Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Neogothic styles. It was destroyed during the Second World War when the German troops retreat, but now is restored through the presence of the Transylvania Trust and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Electric Castle Festival is also supporting the restoration process by donating an amount of the money earned from the tickets sale. Of course the location has some shortcomings when it’s raining (people who have been, know that 😂), but let’s be serious that’s the thing that gives it more charm and makes it more special.

Secondly, the line-up. From year to year, the organisers did everything they could and managed to satisfy even the most demanding tastes by bringing awesome artists to EC stages. They fall into different musical styles from rock, reggae, hip hop, electronic music or indie. Among the artists who climbed the EC stages are: James Zabiela, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Dope DOD, Dub Pistols, Stanton Warriors, A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Wankelmut, Telepopmusik, Die Antwoord, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, Dub FX, Gramatik, Chris Liebing, Wilkinson, Foreign Beggars, Delta Heavy, Oliver Koletzki, Notes and Ties Orchestra, The Correspondents, Adam Freeland, Fred V & Grafix, Gramophonedzie, The Prodigy, Rudimental, Fatboy Slim, The Parov Stelar Band, The Cat Empire, The Glitch Mob, Maya Jane Coles, Sigma, Netsky Live, The Subways, Nouvelle Vague, Roni Size Reprazent, Skrillex, Bring Me the Horizon, Sigur Rós, Bastille, Paul Kalkbrenner, Gorgon City, Enter Shikari, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Dilated Peoples, Pan-Pot.

Thirdly and the most import thing that makes it so special are the people. The people make the festival really cool. They are crazy, and every time when it rains they still stay and dance and party in the rain. Last year we had some stylish hats that were ruined after the first day, because we were dancing all night in the rain😂. There was mud everywhere and we were dancing. How isn’t that special? 100.000 people dancing in the rain. Everyone who is there gives a positive energy and a great vibe to the festival and the location, and this makes them come back year after year. Electric Castle is one of Europe’s few truly 24-hour festivals and it is set to be a full festival experience featuring street performers, stand-up comedy acts and the most elaborate production ever. It will be spanning across ten stages and people can not only take advantage of the the amazing music, but also of a broad food offering, performing arts, barber shop, yoga classes, fashion corner and much more.

In terms of accommodation, if you are not camping or a camping fan, it is recommended to stay in Cluj. Plus, you can still stay a few days to visit the second largest city as population in Romania, a lively city full of students. Transport from Cluj to Bonţida with the bus will be provided by Electric Castle for the price of 3 euros round trip. There are a lot of buses and they come in about 10-25 minutes and usually take off from Horia Demian sports hall. In case you do not want to go by bus you can take an Uber, especially if you have more friends with you.

Electric Castle announces this year an entirely unprecedented and amazing festival. Among the most important names that will be present on the EC stages are: Alt-J, Moderate, Architects, Gus-Gus, Slaves, Dixon, House of Pain, Noise, Franz Ferdinand, Zedd, Nero or Duke Dumont plus many others. So you definitely should take part in this year’s electrical experience.

PS: If you are sill not sure if you want to take part in this unique experience take a look at the aftermovie (at the end of the article). If you have any questions or you do not find accommodation, you can leave us a message and we can find you something in Cluj. But EC already has some packages with accommodation, more information can be found here. So take your boots and raincoats, be awesome and see you there!

See you soon,

Alex

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