The priceless electric experience at Banffy Castle

Newsroom 20/07/2016 | 12:18

For the fourth edition of Electric Castle which took place in Bontida, Cluj county, at Banffy Castle, over 120,000 electric people have attended the event, despite the weather and the heavenly rain. Seven stages and several brand activations were available for those willing to spend their time at Banffy Castle, offering a full roster of incredible acts and activities such as helium karaoke, treasure hunt, volleyball, big jump on a huge mattress, hot-air balloon climbing, yoga lessons and more. This year’s festival featured over 170 artists performing at the castle including Sigur Ros, Skrillex, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Gorgon City, Gui Boratto, Elliphant and many more.

For this fourth edition of Electric Castle, the organizers together with Mastercard has brought to Romania a new payment solution, based on contactless RFID technology in a usable way, which functioned as a “digital wallet”. Participants funded their accounts festival bracelets directly through an account created on www.electriccastle.ro before or during the festival and received the money left on the bracelet back in their account.

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Day 1 – meet and greet the electro beats

Over 23,000 festival-goers were at Electric Castle in the first day of the festival, following the 8,000 persons who were already there from the “Zero Day”. The star of the evening was Sigur Ros, who was for the first time in Romania, promoting his latest album.

Day 2 – It’s bucketing down

On the second day of the festival, over 27,000 fans gathered up in front of the seventh scenes for live music, along with the rain. One of the most amazing shows was delivered by Paul Kalkbrenner, for whom fans all around the world have come to see him. Moreover, Enter Shikari’s performance seemed like a tribute to the rain which started to fall, while the soloist of the band crowd-surfing on a heavenly rain.

Day 3 – It rained cats and dogs

The festival’s organizers called us the heroes, taking into consideration that Saturday it was raining cats and dogs – over 80l/m2, meaning it rained in one single day more than it rained in the region in one and a half months. Over 33,000 electric people danced, sang and had fun until the morning in awful weather conditions. Skrillex was the headliner of the evening, offering a complete mix between music, video projection, lasers and fireworks. After the show, he had some fun at Boiler stage and Redbull Music Academy.

Day 4 – Chasing the electric rainbow

God is an Astronaut, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon and Gorgon City were the ones who convinced over 30,000 people to come for the last day of Electric Castle at Bontida. Just before the first concert at the Main Stage, a beautiful rainbow appeared over the castle. It rained again soon after the sunset, but the show went on until Monday morning.

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Indeed, it was a priceless experience. Looking forward for the next year’s edition of the festival!

Photos courtesy of Electric Castle

Oana Vasiliu

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