by Oana Tache
Looking forward to the three months of summer, the show has already gotten started with a few crème de la crème artists that already signed into the massive book of happenings that gather in our country. We can’t list all the names that filled our weekends at Quantic Club, Control Club and Expirat Club in Bucharest, but we have to mention at least Lenny Kravitz’ s performance and the EuropaFest that brought names from Israel, Australia, New Zealand.
Moving forward with the speed of light, here’s the complete list of all events that you should not miss this year in Romania. Check out our recommendations in italics:
We start with alternative local Mono Jacks that will play on the 15th of May at the Hard Rock Café.
On the 17th on the same location, all Pink Floyd fans are called in for a legendary tribute.
On the 30th of May, we go to Control Club to listen live to the masterpieces prepared by Alternativ Quartet.
As June comes along we propose a throwback to the Romanian hit factory. If you wanna understand how Romanians were making music at the neginning of the 90’s you have to be at Arenele Romane at La Bairam Festival on June 11th. `
The american superstar LP comes back to Romania to sing along “Lost on you” on June 24th at Arenele Romane in Bucharest.
But on the 26th you have to be ready to shout “sex bomb” with Tom Jones, in Cluj Napoca.
On the 27th, brace yourselves. We have heavy rock music in Bucharest – Disturbed will play at Arenele Romane.
On the seaside the Dakini Fest will start at Tuzla Beach for those who want to pursue spiritual elevation and listen to some soul music.
For those that want to dance, El Carousel Festival brings BLACK EYED PEAS, DIPLO, KAROL G, YOUNG THUG, RAE SREMMURD, ZION Y LENNOX, KHEA and many more between the 27th and 30th of June in Bucharest.
If you’re looking for electronic groovy beats, you have to get to Ramnicu Valcea between June 28th and 30th as DEEP FOREST Fest locks in OXIA, NEVERDOGS, REEBBOT and many more.
On the other side of the country, Paul Van Dyk opens the Arad Open Air Festival on the 28th.
And, you should get ready for more! Because on the 29th we have Garbage LIVE taking over Arenele Romane in Bucharest.
July starts with a Whitesnake concert on the 1st at Arenele Romane in Bucharest and continues with the massive concert set at the National Arena (also in Bucharest) that puts Ed Sheeran face to face with all Romanian lady fans on July 3rd.
Between the 4th and 7th we move to the beach as NEVERSEA Festival gathers every living party maniac for 4 days and 4 nights of non stop party. Big names like G-Eazy, Jessie J, Steve Aoki, Afrojack şi Lost Frequencies, Alesso, Bassajackers, DJ Snake, KSHMR, Salvatore Ganacci, Sean Paul, Vini Vici, Boris Brejcha, Dubfire, Agents of Time, A Skillaz, Delinquent Habbits, Dub FX have already been announced and the organizers say that there are many more to follow.
Back in the capital, Slayer will perform for the last time ever since they are on a fair well tour, so you have to catch the final representation on the 10th of July at Arenele Romane.
Between the 11th and 15th we move again. The small village of Garana — also called Wolfsberg by the Bohemian colonists who inhabited it until some 30 years ago — has developed into an international artist colony, hosting, for the 18th time this year, Europe’s only open-air jazz festival, a kind of contemporary Woodstock.
Exactly at the same period of time, Waha Festival, which aims to be more than a party but an expression of existence, starts in Batanii Mari. So, if you’re the type that wants to break the reality belt for a few day, join the forces of nature and enjoy the tent living experience.
Rock la Mures Festival takes place in Mures County and gathers a lot of hardcore voices: Ministry, The Casualties, Dirty Shirt, Altar, Frontierer, Luna Amara, Ska-nk, Siberian Meat Gringer between the 13th and 15th.
The jewel of the summer is by far the line-up brought by Electric Castle Festival. At it’s 7th anniversary, in Bontida, near Cluj Napoca, the organizers managed to lock in Florence and the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Bring Me The Horizon, Metric, The Vaccines and many more international names that make from the festival at Banffy Castle the most interesting event of the year between 17th and 21st of July.
With an interesting line-up for the blues lovers, Brezoi Open Air, in Valcea between the 18th and 21st, comes with Beth Hart, Ana Popovic, Oscar Benton, EB Davis & The Superband.
Michael Bolton will perform 2 days in the row, on the 20th of July in Cluj Napoca and on the 22nd of July in Bucharest.
Bon Jovi strikes in the capital of Romania. On the 21st of July, he comes back at Piata Constitutiei in the huge concert “This House Is Not For Sale”.
On the 22nd of July, The Cure and Editors will follow Bon Jovi at Piata Constitutiei.
We end the month with the 14th edition of ARTmania Festival that will take place on 26th – 27th of July 2019, in Sibiu with Dream Theater, Opeth, Architects, Madrugada, Wardruna, Alcest and Myrkur are the artists already confirmed for ARTmania.
For all the party people out there the highlight of August will be UNTOLD. The legendary festival that hits it’s 5th anniversary in 2019 is without a doubt the biggest and the greatest event for the electronic scene developed in Romania. In Cluj Arena, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas&Like Mike, Timmy Trumpet, Bastille, James Arthur, Oscar and The Wolf, Loco Dice, Solomun, Andy C, Borgore, Chase&Status, Boris Brejcha, Rusko, Tale of US și Sub Focus B2B Wilkinson, Pendulum DJ Set B2B Friction, Camo&Krooked Live and many more will perform.
Rockstadt Festival breaks the ice for the rock fans between the 1st and the 4th with Accept, Paradise Lost, Unearth, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy and many more. The event will take place at Rasnov citadel.
Summer Well is set on the 10th and the 11th of August at Domeniul Styrbei in Buftea, near Bucharest. The 1975, TENDER, PALE WAVES, Maribou State, Black Honey, The National, Jungle, Razorlight, Zola Blood, Red Rum Club are locked in for the 9th edition of the gathering. Metallica is already sold out but we need to mention this big performance in Bucharest on the 14th of August.
Another new interesting rock, rock alternative, indie and folk festival is taking place in the Piatra Craiului National Park and Vita de Vie, The Different Class, Luna Amara, Coma, Implant pentru Refuz, The Monojacks, Bucium, Robin and the Backstabbers confirmed their presence between the 15th and 17th of August.
Between 15th and 18th, you have to go to AWAKE Festival. A boutique festival for open minds and souls through music and complementary arts, eclectic cultural and sports activities and many other memorable surprises is yearly taking place at Teleki Estate and completes the experience with big names like JP Cooper, Pussy Riot, NetSky, AJ Tracey and more.
The local techno scene gathers at DAVA Festival in Sighisoara on the 30th and the 31st of August. A funky music festival, with an industrial backbone, organized in the medieval landscape, it brings together world-class DJs, great vibes and a unique location.
Tiamat, MoonSpell and Soen are the biggest names signed on to the POSADA Festival line-up in Campulung Muscel on the 30th and 31st of August.
We end August with FALL IN LOVE Festival on the 31st of August, featuring Liam Gallagher, Disclosure, Kaiser Chiefs, Kovacs, Suie Paparude, Jurjak and Firma at Mogosoaia Palace.
With such a list of artists, events and gatherings, featuring everything from electronic party maniacs to rock hard voices, Romania 2019 is Europe’s music capital. This is only the beginning of a new multicultural journey.