Electric Castle Festival is in Transylvania, Romania in a Castle rumoured to be where the legend of Dracula came from… need I say more?!
I was very kindly asked to go to Electric Castle this year by the festival themselves. I must admit I had never heard of it before but when I looked it up I was really interested.
A 5 day festival on the grounds of a beautiful Castle in Transilvania, with the most eclectic line up of music. The site is sponsored by Lidl and there is a Lidl Village with an actual supermarket; something you need so badly at every festival! Cheap fruit and basics are an actual godsend; especially if you are camping. Which we weren’t but I can relate because I have plenty of times in the past.
It was also a godsend to me; being gluten-free and vegan at any festival is very hard. At least I could go into the supermarket and buy fruit, dried fruit, crisps and dark chocolate if I needed to.
There were SO many stages and areas of entertainment at the festival including a sandy ‘beach’ style area with dance music. Yoga classes and Volley Ball which looked amazing. If we had been camping on site I would have definitely taken part in both. As we were about half an hour away we spent the daytimes exploring the city and having lunch before hitting the festival site.
Cluj in Transilvania was a mixture of beautiful backdrops and bleak falling apart or half-finished buildings. But this juxtaposition made for a really amazing aesthetic. We visited a cafe very high up the hills one day to see a fantastic view of the whole town.
On two of the other days, we found an incredible vegetarian and vegan, health restaurant called Samsara Food House. Full of healthy, and very tasty dishes like pasta, pizzas, salads and sushi and drinks such as kombucha to help you feel strong and ready to take on hours of partying! It’s really important to me that when I eat it’s full of nutrients and not just carbs or sugar that get me by. But actual components I need to keep going through long days at festivals. A lot of festivals don’t provide food like this, although it’s getting much better and I’m always stoked in the UK when I’ve seen stalls like Buddha Bowls. It was, however, a godsend to find this incredible restaurant in Romania. The prices were also SO inexpensive – Romania is cheap!
In terms of music, the line up was such a mix, very eclectic! From Jessie J to Mura Masa, from Little Big to Cancer Bats. LA based Hardcore legends Ignite played, which I was very happy about, as well as Cancer Bats being a massive highlight for me. I’m a hardcore kid what can I say…
Mura Masa was incredible too, with his incredible female vocalist/dancer; together they tore down the main stage. The young dude from Guernsey held a huge crowd at the festival just with his beats and her awesome dance and vocal ability. Their visuals also helped; as every Mura Masa video has really relatable, well-shot, storylines that looked great on the screens of the main stage.
The main stage screens are something to mention too; they wrapped around way further than the usual side of stage screens do. Meaning you could see what was happening from really far back. It was a really good set up; other festivals should take note.
All in all, I had a fantastic, magical time exploring both Cluj and Electric Castle Festival.
Below you can see some exploring we did in the town, my many outfits for the festival and some amazing views within the site.
At the Premium lounge overlooking the main stage.
A bar with a view overlooking Cluj, before we headed to the festival.
Tourist stops in Cluj.
Inside the festival at sunset.
Around Cluj town in the day.
Inside the Cider Gardens in the Festival.
Hanging out with Cancer Bats before they played!
Mike from Cancer Bats.
Inside out hotel room:
We explored the Botanical Gardens in Cluj.
My look on the final day:
Random people love photo bombing.
Me, Bluebell and Marianne.
Hope you enjoyed my photos and overview from the festival. x