The previous years
We started going to festival 2 years ago, in its second year, when Bonobo and the Thievery Corporation were the headliners and both concerts turned out to be unforgettable experiences; Die Antwoord however was quite disappointing, since they just put on a show rather than a real concert with musical instruments. That year there were only 4 stages, one of which was dedicated to reggae, and you could walk around the whole festival in about 15-20 minutes. As a result of this you would find more and more familiar faces by the third day creating a very warm atmosphere.
This has changed a bit last year as the number of stages increased to five, also the territory of the fest increased significantly giving a lot more room for pubs and restaurant. The selection in these also widened but unfortunately the prices rose with it as well. The camping was also relocated, so getting into the festival became slightly more difficult and took a bit longer than before.
The surprise headliner last year was the rain that lasted for two whole days which made some things difficult, i.e.: getting to the festival by car took 3 hours more than we anticipated. The organisers were not really prepared for this, but lesson is learnt now and anyway this just made us feel like we were in Glastonbury. We had to buy wellingtons because without those it was impossible to walk around in the mud, and miraculously we found a guy selling these from the back of his Ford Transit. We could buy a pair for Lei 40, but recognising the market gap smartly, the last pairs were sold to the needy punters for Lei 70-80. Probably the festival was moved to July in order to avoid massive rainfalls like the one we had last year.
From the real headliners, The Prodigy was surprisingly good – as the last 3-4 times we saw them in Hungary were mediocre performances – Parov Stelar and Rudimental brought their usual vibes and atmosphere, but some main stage performer, like Sub Focus and Roni Size, disappointed us big time, and DC Breaks and High Contrast also gave worse sets than what we heard from them last year at other venues.
This year’s selection
Sigur Rós is going to serve us their truly unique Icelandic psychedelic melancholia, which a must see always. Paul Kalkbrenner, the German minimal techno atmosphere generator, is not only an excellent producer, but great actor as well, as we could see in Berlin Calling, sure thing he is going to play his benchmark hit, Sky and Sand, but he is a lot more than that. His sets are full of emotions, surely one of the greatest in this genre.
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Prevoius Electric Castle articles in English
Only good vibes this year, festival preview and interview with Andy Vancza for 2015
Ruff in the garage business, Ruffinaments interview
Koncertblog Session podcast-series
Tücsökzene, szinesztéziára kihegyezve – a legjobb psytrance-ek Görgőtől / goa-psy, forestpsy
Nők a pult mögött – ezek voltak a legmenőbb breakek tavaly / break, bassmusic – podcaster: Miss Mants, artworker: Szerdahelyi László
Kanye Westtől Redmanig – a legjobb rapek Majkáék szkreccsere, Gerysson szerint / hiphop, rap, r’n’b – podcaster: dj Gerysson, artworker: Csordás Dávid
Balladák és slágerek – Koncertblog Best of Crossover 2015 Legarstól / indie-pop-house-deephouse-pop-mainstream-crossover-funk-slow-newwave-diszkó-nudisco – podcaster: Legars, artworker: vj Manna
Koncertblog Best of Metal 2015 Session by Dr. Zoidberg / metál, deathmetal – podcaster és artworker:Dr. Zoidberg
Nincs mit cifrázni – a drum’n’bass legjava 2015-ben dj Ren és a Koncertblog szerint – podcaster: dj Ren, artworker: Oláh Orsolya
Érzéki monotonitás – szilveszterezz a Koncertblog adekvátan bulizós podcastjával! / house, technó, minimál – podcaster: dj Minich, artworker: Tatlin
Már nem szopnak a ministránsok – fortélyos blaszfémiával indul a Koncertblog podcast-sorozata / metál, hiphop, technó, punk, folk, reggae, blues, alter, pop – podcaster: Dr. Zoidberg, artworker: Szilágyi Rudolf
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