About This Festival
Take a trip, if you dare, to the heart of Transylvania and the 16th-century BÃ¡nffy Castle. This totem of Gothic architecture is nicknamed the "Versailles of Transylvania" and though it may cast ominous shadows across the Romanian landscape, it's also the backdrop and inspiration for Electric Castle. Situated just outside Cluj-Napoca, Romania's second city, Electric Castle has grown from 32,000 people in 2013 to a triumphant 121,000 revelers most recently. Fortunately, the only thing that any of them has come to drink is beer, so you can leave your wooden stakes and garlic at home.
The castle itself – despite dating back to the 1500s – was recently renovated after being placed on the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Electric Castle is even doing its bit by donating a portion of profits to its long-term conservation, which means you can party hard and feel good about your hard earned cash going towards keeping BÃ¡nffy intact.
Electric Castle may be situated in the furthest reaches of mainland Europe, but it attracts over 30 different nationalities. Much of this is thanks to the stellar lineups and luminous vibes on offer, but also undoubtedly the price. Tickets start at under a hundred dolalrs, which is a steal compared to many of its competitors. On top of that, flights to Romania are cheaper than most European inter-city trains. Onsite beers are around barely more than a dollar, with spirits and mixers knocking in at not much more than that. The average meal might set the hungry festival-goer back a few more. If that wasn't enough, you can get your place at the festival via a monthly price plan. Like BÃ¡nffy itself, these prices are pure 16th-century madness, and it's unlikely you'll find such A-list names at Z-list prices elsewhere.
To make the whole package yet even more enticing, an extra day was added in 2017. Wednesday has now been bestowed with the title "Day Zero," wherein campers are let in to set up and get the drinks flowing. As anyone who has ever been early to Glastonbury knows, this early day is in many ways the finest; it's less busy so you've got more room, no one's tired, no one's got stringent plans about who they want to see. There's little to do but sit and commune with your fellow humans and toast the fact you've got nothing to do for five days except ensure you are having as much fun as galactically possible.
The organizers rely on a potion of the biggest current rock and indie names, twinned with crowd-pleasers from the world of electro, dance and techno. Over the years the bill has been topped by the likes of Bastille, The Prodigy, Bring Me The Horizon and Sigur Ros, with huge dance names like Skrillex, Bonobo, Paul Kalkbrenner and Fatboy Slim making it scientifically impossible to stop dancing.
It's not enough for any self-respecting festival to just rely on the names on the stage. Fortunately, Electric Castle doesn't skimp in the thrills department and you can go hot air ballooning, zip-lining and even something called "big jumping," which involves jumping from a 10-meter-high ledge onto an inflatable crash pad. The Tech World also has two Escape Rooms, where virtual reality games and a flight simulator live, whilst, if you can't get through the festival without buying a vintage bowler hat, the fashion corner will keep you sartorially satisfied.
Of course there will be those who simply refuse to do anything but rave, and they'll be well served, as Electric Castle is a truly 24-hour festival. The Dance Stage stays open all day and night, so for those who embrace the night as readily as Count Drac himself, glory awaits.
From the Organizer
Electric Castle is a unique festival experience that takes place on the amazing domain of Banffy Castle, in Transylvania. It shakes up the way people interact with a festival by combing an eclectic musical lineup with arts, technology and a visually innovative concept.