AWAKE, named one of the 20 best boutique festivals in 2019 by The Guardian. New names confirmed for the 2019 edition, JP Cooper cancels show

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AWAKE is listed as one of the 20 most exciting boutique festivals by the renowned newspaper, The Guardian. The internationally acclaimed publication has placed AWAKE among important international festivals such as Body & Soul (Ireland), Meadow in the Mountains (Bulgaria), Sacred Ground (Germany), Secret Solstice (Iceland), Mandera (Italy), Parallel (Spain).

The nomination revolves around three of the most important things that make AWAKE a unique experience.

  1. The exquisite location of #AWAKE3 is among the reasons why AWAKE was selected, as “Teleki Estate, an 18th-century baroque castle with more than six hectares of gardens beside the River Mureș” makes for the perfect grounds to spend 4 days in the heart of Transylvania.
  2. Another key factor that makes AWAKE unique is the eclectic line up with “drum’n’bass, hip-hop, indie, soul to punk”, and well-known acts like Netsky, Pussy Riot, Dirtyphonics LIIVE, Lady Leshurr, De Staat, Triggerfinger, AJ Tracey.
  3. The festival experience wouldn`t be complete without the activities that make AWAKE a one of a kind arts&music aficionado destination: a Cinema and Theatre stage “Under the Bridge”, an open-air exhibition (ARTDOOR), the thought-provoking discussion platform Feed Your Mind, the chill & relax areas in Serenity Meadow.

    Awake 2018, Day 3. Awake Photo Team: Bethlendi Tamas

AWAKE, therefore, continues its internationally acclaimed narrative, after being shortlisted as Best Medium Size Festival 2018 within the European Festival Awards Gala and selected by as one of the 20 most intimate festival experiences of 2018.

The first two editions have already welcomed audiences from all over the world as AWAKE is at the Romanian forefront on the hottest worldwide trend: boutique festivals. Rather than a throw-all festival, AWAKE seeks to be carefully curated and novel, while offering the chill & thrill audiences expect from such inspiring events.

The third edition of the AWAKE Festival- #AWAKE3- takes place on the Teleki Estate in Mures county, Transylvania, central Romania on August 15-18.

Full article in The Guardian here.

New names confirmed for this year edition, JP Cooper cancels show

Meanwhile, AWAKE added new names to this year’s line-up. Enter Shikari and Coma are just two of the new names joining artists like Netsky, Pussy Riot, Dirtyphonics Liive, Lady Leshurr, De Staat and Triggerfinger on AWAKE Main Stage (The Cube).

However, according to a last minute update , the organisers announced that, due to a delay in his new album release, JP Cooper had to pull back from all live events over the summer, and it is with huge regret that the artist team had to inform us he is canceling his appearance at AWAKE 2019 as well. “Despite mutual efforts on both sides, keeping the show on was not possible for this year, but we are working on rescheduling for future editions“, a press release reads.

Enter Shikari, one of the pioneer bands of electronicore musical genre, will rock the Teleki grounds between the 15th and 18th of August. The band is known and loved for its unique blend of electronic music, post-hardcore, alternative rock and metal. Their powerful lyrics are often known for conveying political messages, addressing hot topics like climate change, the use of nuclear weapons and capitalism.

Coma is one of the most beloved Romanian rock bands, with almost 20 years of activity on the local nu-metal scene. Their discography is made of 4 albums: “Somn”, “Nerostitele”, “Coma Light” and their latest album, “Orizont”. The mix of emotional lyrics and powerful choruses has become a trademark in their songs and shows.

Ada Kaleh, Ali Nasser, Andrey Pushkarev, Arno aka Einzelkind, Crihan, Denis Kaznacheev, Golan (DJ set), Janeret, Leo Pol (live), Maria von C, Ruben Keyko, Sweely (live), Varhat and Vlad Dinu will join a well-curated stage dedicated to the fans of electronic music. Ada Kaleh is one of the most appreciated Romanian DJs and he`s well-known for the use of organic sounds and immersive soundscapes. Ali Nasser will join The River Stage and entertain house and deep-house aficionados. Andrey Pushkarev describes his DJ sets as “a work of architectural, structural, and musical genius, ranging from deep and sensitive melodic techno, to soul-beating house grooves, creating a synesthetic aura that is almost as powerful as his record selection

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