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What to do in Romania? Go to Music Festivals!

Are you a music lover? As soon as you say “YES!” the is no question for you “What to do in Romania?” Of course, to go to a music festival! Romanians are experts in quality hang outs. As many as five fests have been nominated for this year’s European Festival Awards:

  • Untold goes for “Best Major European Festival”
  • Neversea is in two categories: “Best Major European Festival” and “Best New Festival”
  • Electric Castle and Summer Well – “Best Medium Sized Festival”
  • Revolution Festival – “Best Small Festival”

Untold has already been awarded as the “Best Major European Festival” in 2015, the first time when a first edition took that big award. Electric Castle appears in the contest for the fifth time. Also, last year you could see Jazz in the Park and Plai nominated for “Best Small Festival” and Revolution Festival as “Best New Festival”.

Neversea (https://www.neversea.com), Revolution Festival (http://revolutionfestival.com) and Plai (http://www.plai.ro) don’t have dates for 2018 for the moment but you still have a broad choice in front of you. Enjoy!

List of music festivals in Romania in 2018


Soundart Festival 2018

When: May, 10–12

Where: Form Space Club, Cluj-Napoca

Music: modern experimental

Line up: Stoned Jesus (Ukraine), Somali Yacht Club (Ukraine), Lowbau (Austria) and Purple Dino (Greece)


DET Open Air 2018

When: May, 11

Where: Arenele Romane, Bucharest

Music: metal

Line up: Bucovina (Romania) as the special guest

Link: http://www.metalhead.ro/

Old Blacks Rock & More Festival

When: May, 25

Where: Arenele Romane, Bucharest

Music: rock

Line up: headliners Iedera (Romania) and Vița de Vie (Romania)



Afterhills Music & After Festival 2018

When: May, 31 – June, 3

Where: Șes Bahlui, Iași

Music: mix

Line up: Hurts, Paul van Dyk, The Crystal Method, Vini Vici, Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano, Ancient Core, Black Water, Bogdan Vix, FiRMA, Fried Friend, George Andreas, Kaleidonescu, Kapnobataii Kogaionului, Kodeera, Les Elephants Bizarres, Logical Elements, Omul Spîn, Proton, Subcarpați, Șuie Paparude, The Motans, Zdob și Zdub



Jazz in the Park 2018

When: June, 21 – July, 2

Where: Parcul Central Cluj, Cluj-Napoca

Music: Jazz

Line up: Fanfare Ciocârlia, Moonlight Breakfast, A-C Leonte, JazzyBIT, Antal Gabor Trio



Dakini Festival 2018

When: June, 27 – July, 1

Where: Tuzla Beach, Constanța

Music: chill, psy-trance, micro-house, dance

Line up: Gaudi AllStars Orchestra Live, Prem Joshua Band Live, Ott. Live, Aes Dana Live, Solar Fields, Ace Ventura, Alpha Portal, Astrix, Emok, Sideform, Tsubi, Ada Khaled, Matei Tulbure, Paul Agripa, Petre Inspirescu and more


Shine Festival 2018

When: June, 30 – July, 1

Where: Arenele Romane, Bucharest

Music: alternative rock/metal

Line up: headliners Skillet (USA) and Pop Evil (USA)




Garana Jazz Festival 2018

When: July, 12–15

Where: Garana, Caras-Severin

Music: Jazz

Line up: TBA



Electric Castle Festival 2018

When: July, 18–22

Where: Banffy Castle, Bonțida

Music: electronic

Line up: Damian Marley, London Grammar, Netsky, Valentino Khan, Quantic, JP Cooper, Wolf Alice, The Horrors, San Holo, Nastia, Fakear, High Contrast, Makoto, Krakota, London Elekricity, Northlane, Cancer Bats, Dubioza Kolektiv, Kris Kros Amsterdam


ARTmania Festival 2018

When: July, 27–28

Where: Piața Mare din Sibiu, Sibiu

Music: rock

Line up: Steven Wilson, Leprous, ROME, Zeal & Ardor and Distorted Harmony

Link: https://www.facebook.com/ARTmania.Festival/


UNTOLD Festival 2018

When: August, 2–5

Where: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca

Music: electronic

Line up: Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Axwell^Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Ellie Goulding, Hurts, MØ, R City, Tinie Tempah, Example & DJ Wire, Jasmine Thompsonși Marshmello


Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2018

When: August, 2–5

Where: Citadel Rasnov, Brasov

Music: rock

Line up: POWERWOLF (Germany), BELPHEGOR (Austria), CONVERGE (U.S.A.)METAL ALLEGIANCE (U.S.A.), SEPTICFLESH (Greece), FLESHLESS (Czech Republic), DYING FETUS (U.S.A.), INGESTED (England), FULL OF HELL (U.S.A.), GUTALAX (Czech Republic), MISERY INDEX (U.S.A.), OBSCURE SPHINX (Poland), BUCOVINA (Romania), DUST BOLT (Germany), INFEST (Serbia), KUROKUMA (England), GET THE SHOT (Canada), KISTVAEN (Romania), E-AN-NA (Romania), DIRTY SHIRT (Romania) and Ansamblul Folcloric National Transilvania, IMPURE WILHELMINA (Switzerland)

Link: http://www.rockstadtextremefest.ro

Summer Well Festival 2018

When: August, 11–12

Where: Domeniul Știrbey, Buftea

Music: alternative

Line up: Cigarettes After Sex, The Kooks, Rationale, Justice, Kodaline and HMLTD



AWAKE Festival 2018

When: August, 17–19

Where: Domeniul Teleki, Gornești

Music: electronic

Line up: Wilkinson (live), Milky Chance, The Subways, The Parlotones, Fink, Subcarpați with Hanu’ cu Braga, Mihail, Șatra B.E.N.Z., DJ Shiver, DJ Sauce, DJ Antenna and Detour



Old Grave Fest 2018

When: October, 12–13

Where: Club Fabrica, Bucharest

Music: trash metal

Line up: Pagan Altar, Dawn of Winter, Nocturnal Witch, Phrenelith, Eggs of Gomorrh and Malokarpatan