Transylvania’s Electric Castle Festival Was Anything But SpookyArticle by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Mon July 23, 2018 | 11:40 AM
Take a trip, if you dare, to the heart of Transylvania and the 16th-century Bánffy Castle. This totem of Gothic architecture is nicknamed the "Versailles of Transylvania" and though it may cast ominous shadows across the Romanian landscape, it's also the backdrop and inspiration for Electric Castle, widely known as Eastern Europe's best mid-sized dance music festival.
Despite its location (it is famously Dracula's home, of course!) and spooky, Gothic setting, the gathering is anything but. Electric Castle has grown from 32,000 people in 2013 to a triumphant 121,000 revelers most recently, while attracting 30 different nationalities. Fortunately, the only thing that any of them has come to drink is beer (which is cheap and plentiful here), so you can leave your wooden stakes and garlic at home.
While Electric Castle is situated in the furthest reaches of Europe, its stellar lineups act as a magnet for fervent dance music and pop fans from all over. This year, Jessie J, Excision, Damian Marley, Ignite, Mura Masa, Richie Hawtin, Groove Armada at Elrow, Icona Pop, Golan, Wolf Alice, Nothing But Thieves, Alison Wonderland, The Bloody Beetroots Live, and many many more international names populated the festival's stages for a raging weekend of dancing, partying, and damn good music.
Check out our images shot by photographer Ian Young from Electric Castle's festivities this past weekend.