Even though we still don’t know how and under what conditions we will be able to safely return to a concert hall or festival to see our favourite bands live, one can still dream. The best news is that some of the concerts that got cancelled in 2020 have been rescheduled for 2021: Celine Dion and Herbie Hancock are still on the books, just to name a couple.
By Oana Vasiliu
With the vaccine reaching more and more people even in Romania, perhaps we can hope for a more eventful summer than the previous one. The Electric Castle and Untold festivals have been brave and have announced their first confirmed line-ups, as well as their 2021 edition dates.
Yet as I was writing this article, one of the most famous festivals in the world, Glastonbury, was cancelled once again: “In spite of our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year,” the organisers wrote in a statement. And this news was devastating. But we do need a ray of hope, as the Electric Castle campaign says, so here is who may go on stage in Romania this year, if the pandemic allows it.
The most awaited concert is Celine Dion’s performance, originally scheduled for July 29, 2020 and moved to July 25, 2021. It will take place at the National Arena in Bucharest, where Celine Dion will present her new album titled “Courage” and a strong image that combines modern art, pop culture references, and an effervescent personality with motivational and inspirational speeches both for her generation as well as for younger generations. The event is currently sold out.
The first festival to announce its confirmed artists for 2021, in November 2020, was Electric Castle. Twenty One Pilots, Gorillaz, and Deftones will energise the public gathered around the castle in Bontida, Cluj County. Fingers crossed; tickets are still available.
Untold Festival will go even more international, having introduced a new concept named Untold Odyssey, a Mediterranean cruise in a safe and comfortable environment, alongside the best DJs in the world. The show includes accommodation, full board meals and entertainment, port and governmental taxes, service charges, and EUR 200-1,000 on board credit (depending on cabin class), which you can use at your convenience while cruising. PCR tests for COVID-19 will be offered beforehand at the cruise terminal and there will be a medical team on board. There are only 2,500 available tickets for the event and the cruise will go to Rome, Ibiza, and Barcelona. As for the JazzTM festival, one of the greatest jazzmen of all time, Herbie Hancock, was reconfirmed for the 2021 edition. The event will take place on July 2-4, 2021. As one of the leading names in the international music industry, an artist who has made major contributions to music, influencing genres such as electronic jazz, acoustic music, and R&B, Herbie Hancock is the pianist Miles Davis described in his autobiography as “the next step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk and I still haven’t heard anyone overtake him.”
Pink Martini will return as well, with two concerts scheduled for April 12, 2021. The orchestra of 12 artists, playing in no less than 25 languages, will perform two concerts in Bucharest. The band takes you on a musical adventure around the world – they play everything from pop to jazz and classical music. The inspiration for their repertoire comes from the Hollywood musicals of the ’40s and ’50s and combines a variety of genres in a modern and eclectic composition.