Making plans for the summer is one of the hardest things a teenager has to do. You want to spend time with your friends, but as we all know, it’s still important to spend time with your family.
There are numerous things that you can do such as going to the park, spending some time at the beach, or going to a restaurant. However, some teens want to do something more memorable, something that is more out of the ordinary, something like attending a music festival.
A music festival is a very entertaining way to spend time with friends and even family. There are many venues for anyone and everyone, with different genres for every taste. Luckily, Romania hosts some of the biggest music festivals in Europe.
Here are The Bite’s top 5 picks:
The Untold Festival is the biggest festival in Eastern Europe. It’s been taking place in Cluj, Romania for the past four years, and the fun never seems to end.
This event offers many different genres of music since there are multiple stages and artists singing at the same time, and some of the artists that will be performing this year are Jason Derulo, The Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, and many more.
People from all over the world come to take part in the Untold and have as much fun as possible. Untold has managed to amaze its audience every year with the live shows, fireworks, confetti showers, and so on. The organizers have yet to announce this year’s theme and are keeping the eager audience in suspense.
Date: 2-5 August
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Price: 4-day pass: 549 Ron (4-day VIP pass: 1.100 Ron)
The Electric Castle Festival successfully combines having a unique location and an amazing lineup for its audience. The event features a lit-up, 15th-century castle in Bontida, and one of the special features that Electric Castle brings to our country is the immersive visual effects, some of which include the art installations.
Another feature would be the combination of technology, music, and alternative arts, as well as the many genres it features including rock, indie, hip-hop, electronic and reggae. Electric Castle was also shortlisted four times at the European Festival Awards for the Best Medium Sized Festival Category.
Recently, the first lineup was released, and some of the artists that will be performing are Jessie J, Mura Masa, St. Germain, The Bloody Beetroots, and London Grammar. The organizers also have created a camping area where people are free to rent or set up their own tents. The access passes to these areas are up for sale on the festival’s website.
Date: 18-22 July
Location: Banffy Castle, Bontida
Price: General access pass: 549 Ron (Premium pass: 899 Ron)
Neversea Festival aims to lure over 150,000 participants this year with new artists and up to 5 different stages. The location, a beach surrounded by the sea, is truly amazing. Similarly to the Untold, it also has numerous stages with different artists playing at the same time, giving you the opportunity to choose who you want to see and when.
The first wave of artists announced consisted of The Script, Hardwell, John Newman, Alan Walker, Redfoo, and many more to be announced later on. One advantage of attending the Neversea is that there are hotels everywhere that are very close to the location itself; they are almost all within walking distance. The range of housing options makes it very easy to plan for your trip during the festival.
Since the Neversea is relatively closer to Bucharest, some of the students at AISB are planning on attending. Cristina D., a 9th grader, says, “I think a music festival is a memorable way to spend your summer with friends. As the festival is fairly closer than others, it makes it easier to get there.” 2018 will be the second time that Neversea takes place in Romania, and the organizers promise four days full of fun and surprises.
Date: 5-8 July
Location: Constanta, Romania
Price: 4-day ticket: 449 Ron (4-day VIP ticket: 900 Ron)
Summer Well Festival
Summer Well is not as big at as the other festivals and is very close to our capital, Bucharest. This festival takes place in Buftea by the lakeside and woodland maintaining its intimate vibe despite its international lineup. This year’s lineup features artists such as Justice, Bastille, The Kooks, Kodaline, and Rationale.
Some distinctive features would be its art installations, quirky shops, and illuminated paths through the woods, which are perfect for taking pictures and exploring a different side of Romania. Summer Well also offers camping grounds for anyone who would prefer camping rather than driving back and forth from the city or a hotel.
This festival attracts a rather small audience but never ceases to surprise and make every single participant feel the intensity of the music and art. Evelina K., another 9th grader, says, “I am very eager for Summer Well. It’s very close to Bucharest and I get to spend time with friends without having to worry about things such as finding a hotel and so on.” A huge advantage for teenagers to attend Summer Well is its proximity and not needing to worry about booking a hotel.
Sunwaves Festival is Romania’s most acclaimed techno and electronic music festival that takes place in Mamaia, by the Black Sea. Hitting its 19th edition this summer, Sunwaves is held twice a year, the first event taking place at the beginning of May and the other in August. The festival held in August – taking place at a time of the year when the Romanian seaside is at its full capacity – tends to be very crowded.
Sunwaves is very special, and there was even an occasion when Bill Patrick and tINI played back to back for a straight 31 hours. Sunwaves mostly caters to true techno fans (and of course for anyone who wants to attend). They don’t have an exact schedule, but there is a list of artist line-ups but that is barely followed, making it a very “go-with-the-flow” event. DJ’s usually play from dusk till dawn, not caring about their wellbeing, but rather making sure everyone is having the best time they possibly can.
If you have no idea what to do with your friends for the summer and want to try something new and different, these 5 festivals offer a truly unique experience, each one offering different music for specific genres.