Top 10 must-see acts at Electric Castle Festival 2017!

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Electric Castle is a five day Festival in Romania, inside the walls of a 15th Century castle. Encouraging great music, great food and booze from prices as low as just $2. Summarising what you can imagine to be a great summer atmosphere.

Each year the Festival announces a handful of some of the best acts. This year the line up includes a of variety of music genres from some of the most must-see artists.

Starting on Wednesday 12th-16th July, the 24 hour music policy Festival is destined to give you a great experience.

Furthermore, here are the TOP 10 ACTS NOT TO MISS at this year’s Electric Castle Festival:

  1. Deadmau5: Deadmau5 will be headlining the festival, bringing to you a collaboration of urban house tracks that you just simply cannot miss.
  2. Slaves: Kent based duet, Slaves, are a charismatic act full of everlasting energy and are certain to give you that ‘feel good’ adrenaline rush for your upcoming weekend.
  3. Alt- J: Originally formed in Leeds, the indie trio have gone from strength to strength. Dabbling in indie rock and folk, the sweet Alt-J are definitely ones to see at this year’s Electric Castle Festival.
  4. Franz Ferdinand: Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand, are a indie pop group who in 2004 published their earworm track ‘Take Me Out.’
  5. House Of Pain: Hip Hop legends House of Pain, are back in the music scene and will be making an appearance  at Electric Castle this year.
  6. Duke Demont: Duke Demont, another house inspired DJ that you can’t miss at Electric Castle Festival this year. In 2013 he released ‘Need You 100%’ which reached over 150 thousand likes on YouTube. He has since released a number of house bangers.
  7. Eats Everything: Showcasing fun, psychedelic dance music, Eats Everything are at the forefront of transcendent beats and are definitely an act you want to see at Electric Castle this year.
  8. Zedd: Solo musician, Zedd, will be kicking off  day one at Electric Castle alongside Slaves, Moderat and many more. Playing his set at the main stage at 12:30am.
  9. DJ Sneak: In the words of DJ Sneak he is happy to present you with heavy “house music all night long!”
  10. Nero: Finishing off with Nero. Those in which are Famously known for their futuristic and unique music videos and are essentially the heart of dubstep. If you’re like myself and are a fan of electronic or drum and bass then Nero are 100% a must-see act for you this year at Electric Castle.


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Words by Laviea Thomas




Reggae Rockers, Jeramiah Ferrari, talk new directions, their embarrassing moment with UB40 and Butterfly Sex Bongs.

“Sex bong”. Bass player Hanson Pollitt completes the song title after I had left the word ‘butterfly’ hanging over the conversation. The table instantly erupts in laughter as the other band members remember one of their earliest efforts, Butterfly Sex Bong. “We were in Lilford Park, we were high and there was loads of butterflies,” lead singer Ryan Barton explains. “And I just said ‘imagine how cool it would be if you had a butterfly inside a bong’, just a real stoner conversation”. “So where did the sex part come in?” Guitarist Josh Aitchison points out. “Well me [Ryan] and Hanson were having sex at the time.” The whole room is once again flooded in laughter as drummer for the band Stuart Welch breaks his repetitive hand tapping to give a lively knee slap.

The band joke about themselves as ‘Leighfers’’, hailing from a small northern town that no one has heard of. “So when we’re in London we just say were from Manchester” says Aitchison,“it makes us sound more cultured.”

The small room at the top of The Barfly is completely bare except from the two torn and tattered sofas surrounding a decaying coffee table. As I sit around the table with the band members of Jeramiah Ferrari, noise from the Camden high street creeps in through the top guided window which is barely ajar.

Jeramiah Ferrari have been developing their distinct Rock infused Reggae sound since the release The Cactus Killer EP in 2011. “We probably couldn’t tell you one band that were doing it in Leigh at that time, we didn’t know of any” Barton says, asserting that there was no-one in their Greater Manchester area playing Ska or Reggae when they were. When asked why they chose to play Reggae, Ryan simply replies “we just thought let’s do something different, so we tried to mix Reggae with our Rock and Punk influences.”

Since the release of their self-titled album in 2014 the band have been touring tirelessly across the U.K and Europe filling the bill at a number of festivals including Boomtown, Beatherder in Lancashire and the goMAD Festival in India. This has given them the chance to meet and tour with some of their musical idols, including The Wailers, Steel Pulse and The Blockheads. They will be touring with the latter again this year. “It’s top, we’ve done a couple of gigs with The Blockheads, they’re great musicians and a really good band to see live.” On the subject of meeting musical idols Barton remembers an incident he had with UB40 “I really embarrassed myself with UB40… they were playing Can’t Help Falling In Love With You and shouting ‘Ryan, come up on stage and sing’, which would have been mint, but I was having a piss” He says, covering his face in shame.

“We are focusing now on some new stuff, we’re going to be playing some of it tonight” Barton reveals to me when asked whether the band have started writing the follow up to their debut album, “It’s kinda changed a little bit.” The band are now going a little bit more indie, taking influences from The Smiths and The Police, describing the new sound as ‘indie-ska’. An original direction for one of Britain’s most exciting new reggae bands.

Words by Liam Williams


Music Reviews

Just when you thought Sweden couldn’t export any more perfect power pop, Two Blocks Down by The Happy Hippo Family comes along – and it’s an indie pop belter. The Swedish quintet have compiled surging synths with a super smooth vocal to create four minutes of anthemic, euphoric and uplifting sonic joy. The band, consisting of Martin Qvarfordt on vocals, Rickard Andersson on guitar and vocals, Carl Viman on guitar and keyboard, Timmy Bjärnebro on bass and vocals and Björn Fhager on drums, already have one LP, titled Monacoville, under their belt and have just finished recording their second album with the help of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign.

Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign here.

Listen to Two Blocks Down below:

Words by Shannon Cotton


Film Wave, Videos

We got Sutton indie band The Bulletproof Bomb tipsy in our homemade Club Tropicana and spoke to them about their upcoming appearances at Reading and Leeds, played a game of Would You Rather? and even challenged the lads to make their own cocktail, creatively titled, The Bulletproof Bomb, get it?

Video by Hannah Cade, Shannon Cotton, Bill Baker and Jack Gibbs


Music Reviews

Sundara Karma are the kings of consistency. From the first version of Freshbloom back in 2013 to their latest offering Vivienne, the Reading natives have always managed to nail a pure indie pop sound. Against soaring riffs and bouncing drums frontman Oscar Lulu sings a modern day love story: “wild eyes, skinny jeans, disengaged at just nineteen”. This track is included on the band’s second EP (titled EPII) due for a November release. The newly signed quartet are continuing support slots with The Wombats and Circa Waves as well as embarking on their own headline tour this month.

Stream Vivienne below:

Words by Shannon Cotton

ALBUM REVIEW: Toy – Join The Dots

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Second album in, London psych-rockers Toy haven’t swayed much from the foundations of their debut. The same swirling feedback, nonchalant vocals and expansive instrumentals lie behind their latest offering Join the Dots. It all just feels a little more together; a little more like they’ve managed to finalise the sound that they were always aiming for.