Electric Castle festival is kicking off today in the iconic setting of Bontida near Cluj, with 250 artists expected to tread the boards until Sunday, July 16.
The festival enjoying the exquisite view of Banffy Castle has a budget of EUR 1.5 million this year, with over 150,000 spectators being expected.
For the festival has grown larger and larger every year, the organizers and the Cluj Police have instituted brand new security rules inside the venue, enforced as a first at the festival.
So, spectators attending Electric Castle will be checked by the metal detector at the entrance to the castle this year, while cars will undergo a pyrotechnic check.
Authorities say that the premiere checks will ensure the event will take place in safe conditions.
The chief of the Cluj Police told a press conference that 25,000-30,000 participants are expected on a daily basis. He informed there will be fire safety checks 24 hours in 24, for five days, specialized police teams and three bandog patrols. “We wanted to make the festival more safe, we have no information on potential attacks or negative events,” he added.
All vehicles entering the festival area will go through only one place, including the ones transporting the supplies or the artists, so that they could undergo the pyrotechnic check.
There will be 100 policemen, 100 gendarmes and 50 representatives of the Emergency Situations Inspectorate, medical staff and volunteers deployed in the area of Bontida commune, to provide first aid in case of emergency or medical problems.
Electric Castle is the first festival in Romania that relocated the electronic music from indoor venues in the open air, and moreover, near a historical castle. Since its first edition in 2013, the festival has been nominated in the finals of the European Festival Awards every year at “the best medium size festival” category.