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Electric Castle is a music festival that takes place in July, on the spectacular Transylvanian domain of the Bánffy Castle, near Cluj-Napoca in Romania. The festival is a unique festival experience that combines music, technology and alternative arts. It features many genres of music including rock, indie, hip hop, electronic and reggae, as well as art installations.

Electric Castle
Electric Castle 2017 Logo.jpg
Genre Alternative  · Electronic music  · Electronica  ·  · Rock  ·  · Reggae  ·  · Tech House  · Experimental  · Rock · hip hop · indie
Location(s) Banffy Castle, Cluj, Romania
Years active 2013 – present

The festival was shortlisted for 4 times at the European Festival Awards for the Best Medium Sized Festival Category, among other famous European names. In 2016, over 120.000 people visited the festival grounds during the event.[1] On its past editions, the festival had confirmed names such as The Prodigy, Skrillex, Bring Me The Horizon, Fatboy Slim, Sigur Ros, Bastille, Rudimental, Thievery Corporation, Die Antwoord and many other artists that performed on one of its seven stages.



Main Stage Show


The first edition of Electric Castle Festival took place from June 21 to 23. More than 32.000 people passed through the festival’s gates and on the 4 stages over 90 artists performed. [2]

2013 Lineup:

Morcheeba, Pendulum DJ Set, Feed Me, James Zabiela, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Dope DOD, Dub Pistols, Stanton Warriors, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Wankelmut and Telepopmusik and many others.


The second edition of the Electric Castle Festival took place from June 19 to 22. It had an audience of 79,000 (11,000 only in the camping area), becoming the biggest Romanian music event ever.[3] The 2014 edition went under the slogan of "bigger, stronger, better", with 4 festival days, 5 stages and over 130 artists.[4]

One of the first headliners of the festival, Rusko, was announced in December 2013.[5] Rusko was about to perform for the first time in Romania. The list continued with artists like Thievery Corporation, DJ Fresh and Bonobo. Due to medical reasons Rusko had to cancel the concert being replaced by Dub FX.[6]

Die Antwoord were announced as the headliner in March 2014,Gramatik and Sasha being the last names announced to perform this year. Die Antwoord have included Romania in their world tour for the first time as well. Their concert will represent the release of their new album called Donker Mag.[7]

The number of the artists invited was 130, the number of stages on which the artists performed was 5.[8]

2014 Lineup:

Die Antwoord, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, Dub FX, DJ Fresh, Gramatik, Chris Liebing, Kraak and Smaak, Wilkinson, Foreign Beggars, Delta Heavy, Oliver Koletzki, Dub Pistols, Akua Naru, DJ EZ, Suie Paparude, Notes and Ties Orchestra, The Correspondents, Adam Freeland, Fred V & Grafix, Gramophonedzie and many others.


The third edition of Electric Castle took place from June 25 to 28. It had an audience of 97.000 people, 6 musical stages and over 150 performing artists. The festival spread on 10.000 square meters surface. [9]

2015 Lineup:

The Prodigy, Rudimental, Fatboy Slim, The Parov Stelar Band, The Cat Empire, The Glitch Mob, Maya Jane Coles, Sub Focus, Sigma. Netsky Live, The Subways, Nouvelle Vague, Roni Size Reprazent and many others.

Electric Castle 2016 - Lake View


The fourth edition of Electric Castle took place from July 14 to 17. With a new festival setup, spread on 18.000 square meters surface, the festival brought over 120.000 people in 4 Days. [10]

2016 Lineup: Skrillex, Bring Me the Horizon, Sigur Rós, Bastille, Paul Kalkbrenner, Gorgon City, Enter Shikari, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Dilated Peoples, Camo & Krooked, Pan-Pot, Art Department and many others.


The fifth edition of Electric Castle will take place from July 12 to 16.

2017 Lineup: Deadmau5, Franz Ferdinand, Zedd, Alt-J, Paul van Dyk, Moderat, Nero, Duke Dumont and many others

The CastleEdit

Bánffy Castle (or Bonţida Bánffy Castle) is an architectonic Baroque monument situated in Bonţida, a village in the vicinity of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was built during the 15th century and was owned by the Bánffy family (of which Miklós Bánffy was a member). The owner is Katalin Banffy.

The castle was desecrated during World War II by German troops and neglected by the communist regime in Romania; it is currently being restored by the Transylvania Trust as a cultural center. Through the presence of the Transylvania Trust and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, who are the organizers of the International Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre set up within the Castle, the high quality restoration and long term protection can be ensured.

Electric Castle Festival is supporting the restoration process by donating an amount of the money earned from the tickets sale.[11]


2013 - After the first edition in 2013, the festival was nominated by European Festivals Awards for the Best New Festival and Best Medium Size Festival titles,[12] later on being shorlisted at the Best Medium Size Festival among festivals such as Melt!, Balaton Sound, I Love Techno or Volt.[13]

2014 - The festival was again shortlisted among the best European festivals by European Festivals Awards

2015 - Electric Castle was shortlisted for the third time for the Best Medium Sized Festival by European Festivals Awards

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Music festival brings 120,000 people to castle in central Romania". Romania Insider. 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Peste 32.000 de spectatori, la Electric Castle. Vezi cifrele evenimentului". Ziua de Cluj. 2013-06-27. Archived from the original on 2013-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Record de spectatori la Festivalul Electric Castle de la Bontida". Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  4. ^ Osan, Adina. "Peste 130 de trupe şi artişti vor concerta la Festivalul Electric Castle de la Bonţida". Mediafax. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
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  6. ^ "Rusko nu mai vine la Electric Castle". Ziua de Cluj. Archived from the original on 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
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  11. ^ "Organizatorii Electric Castle: O parte din vanzarea de bilete merg la restaurarea castelului". Ziua de Cluj. 2013-06-22. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. 
  12. ^ "Electric Castle nominalizat la European Festival Awards". Ziar de Cluj. 2013-10-15. 
  13. ^ "Electric Castle și Fusion, nominalizate la European Festival Awards 2013". Infomusic. 09.12.2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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