Electric Castle hosted its fourth edition in Romania, with a packed out, versatile line-up, matched with an abundance of activities to get involved with, writes Oscar Berkhout
This year’s festival featured over 170 artists, performing on eight stages over the four days. Skrillex, Sigur Rós, Bastille and Bring Me The Horizon headlined over the course of the festival, with Skrillex being the main highlight with an electric performance, fitting for Electric Castle.
Some household names from the UK also made appearances at the Transylvanian festival, General Levy, Congo Natty and Flava D all brought the energy to the crowds in the early hours of the morning. With 24-hour music, the festival was one where music never sleeps; the nights consisted of some heavy rain and storms, but the mood of the fans was never dampened.
French Ska and Reggae group Babylon Circus put on a standout performance, captivating the crowd with incredible live brass and an energy that was completely unmatched by any other act over the few days. After the screams from fans once their set time had finished, the group all rushed out again to engage a last five minutes of pure enthusiasm.
Los Angeles hip-hop group Dilated Peoples also brought a new dynamic on day two – the golden era of sampling and vinyl scratching took over for the hour that they had on the main stage. DJ Babu introduced Rakaa and Evidence through Nas and Alchemist instrumentals and with the amount of times they’ve toured Europe, they knew how to control the crowd and get their heads bopping.
With the surroundings of Bánffy Castle in Bonțida, the setting was unique to say the least – beautiful, historic buildings complemented the vast amount of countryside neighbouring the small town.
The nearest city, Cluj-Napoca is another attraction for the festival – known amongst the locals as the capital of Transylvania, the city offers a vast range of restaurants, bars and other local attractions. Cluj hosts both new and old; with a gigantic shopping mall just outside of the city centre, home to all name brands that you could think of, as well as the Old Town, where you can go to truly appreciate the architecture, the Bánffy Palace and a long stretch of road host to lovely restaurants and bars.
Electric Castle has redefined the festival landscape in Romania – eclectic line-ups, plenty of free rides and activities, an unmatched atmosphere and delightful people. Romania is really stamping itself on the European scene.
More info: electriccastle.ro