A new year has come – unfortunately, with no new participants to Sziget Festival announced by the organizers. But life doesn’t stop because of this delay. Neighboring Romania has its own – growing – festival scene with events being announced and performers being booked across the year. And some of them happen right in time to also make it to Sziget’s lineup this year.
We’ve already covered the lineup Electric Castle has announced so far in this article so we won’t do it again, especially since the festival hasn’t announced any new names yet. But there are three other events (aside from Untold) taking place in Romania in August that might be worthy of a bit more attention.
ArtMania Festival (July 27-28, Sibiu, Romania)
Names announced so far: Steven Wilson, Leprous, Rome, Zeal & Ardor, Distorted Harmony
ArtMania is a festival taking place in Sibiu, Romania, since 2006, usually inviting rock and metal bands to perform in the city’s “Large Square”. In the past, it has been headlined by bands like Nightwish, HIM, Opeth, Anathema, Tiamat, and Within Temptation.
It doesn’t limit itself to music, though – it touches many other aspects of gothic metal and other metal genres, including visual arts, literature, screenings, and other attractions.
Summer Well (August 11-12, Bucharest, Romania)
Names announced so far: The Kooks, Cigarettes After Sex, Rationale
Summer Well is a relative newcomer – it was first organized in 2011 with headliners like Placebo, Bastille, and The National. Over the years, it has hosted performers like Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers, and Interpol, among others.
Awake Festival (August 17-19, Teleki Estate, Gornesti, Romania)
Names announced so far: Wilkinson (live), Milky Chance, The Subways, The Parlotones, Fink, Subcarpati, Mihail, Satra B.E.N.Z., DJ Shiver, DJ Sauce, DJ Antenna, Detour
An event that’s once again about more than just music yet with a great lineup – last year, it was headlined by artists like Rag’n’Bone Man, Tom Odell, and Modestep, among others. Its attendees will get the chance to explore the Teleki Castle, an 18th-century baroque dwelling for the (obviously) Teleki family, the first public library in Romania, and many others.