B’estfest proves new lakeside location is a success with music, activities and more giving Eastern Europe another top festival destination.

Taking place last weekend, 6th-8th July, B’ESTFEST Summer Camp was as a fun village of music and activities s et next to a lake on the outskirts of Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. The festival offered festival goers a journey through a wide range of musical genres, with more than 100 acts on 7 stages.

Headlined by Pulp, Garbage and Röyksopp, the festival gave music fans the the right combination of alternative, indie, metal, electro, urban, pop-rock and fusion with side attractions and numerous food and drink on offer to make for a fun packed for three days and nights. Selah Sue, Caro Emerald, Milow, The Qemists, Skindred, Dope DOD were also amongst the acts that energized the crowd on the two main stages. The Dance Arena brought to Romania the best of breakbeat, drum’n’bass, dubstep, electro and house, with shows by Andy C, Stanton Warriors, Modestep or Trolley Snatcha, to name but a few. The rock-metal stage served headbangers with a fine selection of roughness: Kreator, Moonspell, Obituary, Meshuggah and Tristania took the stage over the 3 nights. Blazing Vibez Stage was dedicated to the fans of reggae, roots, dancehall & bass music, throwing a massive party till the break of dawn. Set up in the middle of an octagonal boutique area, the Bazaar, filled with handmade and vintage shops, as well as alternative jewelry designers and workshops, the Groove On Stage became the chill-out hot-spot for the lovers of lounge, IDM or broken beat music.

Proving it is more than just a festival, B’ESTFEST Summer Camp, is a complete experience, a “planet” of music, arts, recreational activities, joyous fun and endless partying. Aside from the 7 stages, the festival area included several bars & terraces, a Theatre Tent, a Sports Area, with basketball, beach/water football and volleyball, a Playground, with bumper cars, carousel and cotton candy, an extreme sports area for the bikers, the skaters and the adrenaline lovers, with a bungee jumping as the main attraction, a Lake Lounge area, with hammocks, shisha, and a book corner, an Arts&Crafts tent with expositions and workshops, as well as a huge Cinema Area, with festival awarded movie projections. The festival continued this year its environmental friendly initiative, the ‘B’ESTFEST goes green’ project, setting up headquarters in the Green Village, a 100% self-sustained area within the festival site, which hosted various NGO’s, workshops and art expos (art made of waste), where everyone interested was able to get information and tips for a “greener” behavior.

Launched in 2007, B’ESTFEST is Romania’s leading festival brand. After winning a place in the finals of the UK’s event industry Oscars the UK Festival Awards 2009 (for Best Overseas Festival), B’ESTFEST also received a nomination for the Best Medium Size Festival category at the European Festival Awards, followed again by nominations in the 2011 UK and European Festival Awards. B’ESTFEST has become a representative cultural brand for Romania, presenting more than 200 outstanding acts from all over the world to an audience of over 175.000 people, and becoming the only Romanian music festival included in the Top 20 European Festivals published in The Times, 2009 and Guardian, 2011. B’ESTFEST is also proud member of Yourope, an association of the most important European festivals which helps promote new European artists at top international festivals and a part of ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program).

The 2012 edition was included by international publications and travelling sites such as The Guardian, TravelBite, StudentsLoveUni and BakPakGuide in their top choice of “must-see” European festivals this summer.

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