Electric Castle Festival returned for its sixth edition as Europe’s most spectacularly located festival. Boasting an unbelievable multi-genre line-up of renowned artists across nine stages, fans flocked from across the world to experience the offering in the ‘Heart of Transylvania’. Damian Marley, The Bloody Beetroots, Wolf Alice, JP Cooper, Netsky and more all performed, whilst festival-goers also indulged in the impressive yoga, film, circus and food offerings across the festival. Proving itself once again to be one of the most exciting festivals around!
With a jam-packed weekend of music on the horizon, DAMIAN MARLEY kicked off proceedings on the Wednesday with a set worthy of his 2017 MOBO. DANNY HOWARD also played Wednesday night, making the most of his expansive knowledge of dance music to keep the crowds moving into the early hours.
A highlight of Friday at Electric Castle Festival for many in The Hangar were goth-royalty THE HORRORS, with tracks including ‘Still Life’ and ‘Sea Within A Sea’ attracting some of the biggest sing-a-longs of the weekend. Elsewhere, MURA MASA played a set of wall-to-wall bangers on the Main Stage, while Anglo-Danish trio OFF BLOOM proved that no act is too tough for them to follow with a spellbinding show straight after The Horrors. JACKMASTER played late into the night, and Canadian dubstep stalwart EXCISION entertained ravers with a recognisable blend of heavy dubstep and deep house.
The sun was still shining as Saturday rolled in, with MÚM playing a suitably experimental set at The Hangar. Meanwhile, Dutch indie kids KENSINGTON rocked out on the Main Stage, before giving way to an arresting live performance from THE BLOODY BEETROOTS, whose signature blend of metal and techno fed the anarchic hunger of a willing crowd. Playing in the early hours was RICHIE HAWTIN, administering a dose of full-blooded techno to the Dance Garden.
Kicking off the final day of Electric Castle Festival were Bristolian punk-rockers IDLES – their unfathomably energetic performance inciting a moshpit halfway through the first song and resulting in the set of the weekend for many of those in the crowd. Over on the Main Stage JESSIE J took control of the microphone and her audience, attracting what must have been the biggest crowd of the weekend eager to catch singalong classics such as ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Do It Like A Dude’. For those less pop-inclined, CANCER BATS picked up where IDLES left off with a set of visceral punk at The Hangar, before NOTHING BUT THIEVES played a memorable set back on the Main Stage.
Festival-goers partied until the sun came up on Monday morning, celebrating as Electric Castle Festival’s most successful year came to a close. Bring on 2019!