While the festival markets of Europe's major countries may feel a little saturated, those in its deepest corners are just starting to stir. And as more and more fans venture off the beaten track in search of these undiscovered gems, they continue to grow and grow.
Romania is one of these. A country that bristles with charm, culture, and fortunately for music fans, a festival scene to match.
Here are five picks sure to tempt any music taste.
#5 Revolution Festival
Headliners: Gogol Bordello, Dub FX, Wilkinson
Since its first edition in 2015, Revolution's vibrant mix of music (spanning electronic to metal) alongside interactive art areas has made it one of the country's most unique festival experiences.
When & Where: 31 May – 2 June 2018, Timisoara
#4 Summer Well Festival
Headliners: Justice, Bastille, The Kooks
Whilst attracting globally renowned alternative artists to its secluded, lakeside woodland, Summer Well manages to retain its boutique, intimate vibe despite its international lineup.
Add in art installations, quirky shops and illuminated paths through the woods, and you've got one heck of a weekend.
When & Where: 11-12 August 2018, Buftea
#3 Neversea Festival
Headliners (2017): Tiësto, Afrojack, Fatboy Slim
For a first year festival to pull in a lineup that included Tiësto, Afrojack and Fatboy Slim was truly remarkable, but then again, Neversea is from the people behind Untold.
And as anyone who's familiar with Untold will know, that means no holding back. Neversea's debut made it the largest music festival ever held on a beach in Romania, welcoming over 100 artists to perform on its sun-drenched shores.
When & Where: 5-8 July 2018, Constanta
#2 Electric Castle
Headliners: Damian Marley, Jessie J, London Grammar
Marrying a truly unique location with a varied, yet superstar lineup, Electric Castle lights up the grounds of a 15th century castle. Breathing life into this ancient structure, the festivals lays on immersive visual effects and surprising delights throughout.
When & Where: 18-22 July 2018, Bontida
#1 Untold Festival
Headliners: The Prodigy, Bonobo, Afrojack
Despite having only been founded in 2015, Untold soars to the top of our list. Showcasing its lineup of the biggest names in EDM and big room house music in various spots across the city – including the impressive 30,000 seater Cluj Arena stadium and the nearby Polyvalent Hall – Untold has begun attracting dance music fans from around the world.
When & Where: 2-5 August 2018, Club-Napoca
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