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  Bestfest Summercamp

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).

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    Bestfest Summercamp 2012

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Festival News Festival News Written 2012-05-29 10:27:00

At B’ESTFEST Summer Camp, the public can enjoy, apart from all the cool music, three days and three nights of new experiences and activities. For this reason, the festival will partner up with Groove ON this year as well. For this edition, the whole concept will have a bigger space allocated for the “octagonal stage” whose line-up will include a lot of jazz, funk, broken-beat, idm, breakbeat, DNB, electro and hip-hop DJs. Presented by Ciuc Premium and Coca-Cola and powered by Vodafone, this year’s edition will take place in B’ESTFEST Park between the 6th and 8th of July and already includes artists such as Garbage, Pulp, Royksopp, Selah Sue, Caro Emerald, Skindred, Trolley Snatcha or Modestep.

Last year’s Groove On area was a smashing hit, being one of the most sought after attractions of the festival. Last year, the “octagonal stage” was the place for hip, creative and happy people and starting this year, fans will have an even larger area to enjoy the groovy atmosphere. In keeping of last year’s tradition, Groove ON wishes to create events that reunite artists from various genres, the “octagonal stage” thus becoming a creative zone, a meeting place of ideas, of people and of the beautiful arts but also a place where people exchange energy. Situated in the middle of the Bazzar, the Groove ON stage is conceived as a vast relaxation zone which will never lack in music. Various artists will create the mood with jazz, funk, broken-beat, reggae, idm, breakbeat, DNB, electro and hip-hop rythms. There will be live interventions (concerts and jam sessions) but also film projections, VJ-ing or image workshops. Artists such as Zicu, UFe, Jo.E, Rotopercutor and many others will perform on this stage.
Festival News Festival News Written 2012-05-29 10:26:04

During this year’s edition of B’ESTFEST Summer Camp, reggae fans will have a dedicated stage, the Blazing Vibez Stage which will gather the best Romanian DJs, MCs and selectahs. The schedule will cover all the muscial styles associated with reggae: roots, dub, reggae, new roots, dancehall, rocksteady, rub-a-dub and jungle. Presented by Ciuc Premium and Coca-Cola and powered by Vodafone, B’ESTFEST Summer Camp will take place between the 6th and 8th of July and includes names such as Garbage, Pulp, Royksopp, Selah Sue, Caro Emerald, Milow, Skindred, Trolley Snatcha or Modestep.

Reggae and urban party fans are familiar with the fact that Blazing Vibez is one of the most renowned reggae parties in Romania with more than 200 events to this day, in Bucharest and other cities. During B’ESTFEST Summer Camp, the Blazing Vibez stage will bring positive vibes: from roots to dub during the day and new roots to dancehall during the festival nights or even jungle and dubstep towards the early hours of the day, for the sleepless party people.

The Blaizing Vibez schedule will be created by two of the most appreciated local reggae communities, Reublika Verde and Jah Army. Born at the initiative of Bogdan Negroiu (El Negro), Republika Verde is an urban attitude crew which reunites a number of activists from the social and the artistic world of the local underground. While promoting the green, strong, fresh vibe of the new modern society, Republika Verde will take care of the roots and dub part of the Blazing Vibez line-up. Jah-Army is the first ever community to be built around the reggae movement in Romania. Active since 2004, it is always working towards spreading the “Rastafarian” movement as well as developping the “dancehall” culture – reggae-themed partys. Jah Army will be in charge of the new-roots, dancehall and jungle parts of the Blazing Vibez line-up.

Among the artists that have already confirmed their presence on the new stage we can count : Blazing Vibez Soundsystem, Republika Verde Crew (Planul Jim, Sistah Rastahfairy, Genochill&Amanet, DippaWizz, MC BBC), Kaya Foundation, Irie Warriors Sound, Chesarion, Ras T, Colentina Soundsystem, Phlo Da Shaolin, Lady Raizah, Selecta B, Jhivago and Praetor (ex-Veritasaga).
Ioana Epure / Festiv Ioana Epure / Festiv Written 2012-05-29 10:24:47

Booka Sahde is the newest name on this year’s B’ESTFEST Summer Camp poster! The German duo will mix in B’ESTFEST Park on the second day of festival, which will take place between the 6th and 8th of July, in Tunari, North of Bucharest. Presented by Ciuc Premium and Coca-Cola and powered by Vodafone, this year’s edition also figures Garbage, Pulp, Royksopp, Selah Sue, Caro Emerald, Skindred, Trolley Snatcha and Modestep.

Booka Shade

Booka Shade is one of the most famous names in European electronic music. The duo is made up of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, two producers from Frankfurt, considered as the forefathers of house, tech house and deep house movements in Germany, they are one of the most sought after artists of this music genre. Tracks such as ”Body Language” and „Mandarine Girl” have ensured the group’s huge success, not only in their home country but in the whole world. The renowned online magazine Resident Advisors has dubbed “Body Language” the best track of 2005 and “Mandarine Girl” was used by Will.I.Am as sample in his track “Get your Money” from his solo album, “Songs about girls”. The band’s discography is comprised of 6 studio albums, over 20 singles and no less than 30 remixes for artist such as Moby, Depeche Mode, Will.I.Am or Moderat. Over the years the duo has taken part at a number of international festivals like Big Day Out, Future Music Festival (Australia), Identity Festival (United States), Dour (Belgium) and this year they will stop at B’ESTFEST Summer Camp as well.
Festival News Festival News Written 2012-04-19 11:30:41
B’ESTFEST SUMMER CAMP is the newest, alternative European festival taking place in a beautiful park on the shores of Pasarea Lake, close to the capital city of Bucharest in Romania. The 3 day event running from 6 to 8 July boasts a variety of artists and activities with tickets from only 60 EUROS making it great value for money too. The first acts to be announced include Pulp, Garbage, Kreator, Dope D.O.D, Shelah Sue Andy C and Stanton Warriors.
B’ESTFEST SUMMER CAMP features top international artists alongside local and regional favourites across 4 stages with numerous other entertainment and sports areas, bars & terraces that feature live shows, DJ sets, unconventional art exhibitions, creative workshops, chill out zones, arts&crafts corner, well as a special designated place for eco-green activities and NGO's programs there really is something for everyone.
The main and the secondary stage schedules will alternate, giving the crowd the best mix of alternative, indie, pop-rock and fusion music. Already confirmed for 2012 are the cult Brit-pop legends Pulp, the alternative and post-grunge icons Garbage, Selah Sue - Europe’s reggae-soul phenomenon, Caro Emerald - one of the chart favorites of recent years, the acoustic-pop singer-songwriter Milow, The Qemists – live drum’n’bass at its finest, Skindred – bringing that incredible mix of metal, hip-hop and reggae, Dope DOD - the Dutch experimental hip-hop group that awed acts such as Limp Bizkit or Korn, the feel-good Neapolitan gipsy punk representatives, Mala Vita.
The Dance Arena combines both live acts and DJ sets serving up the best of breakbeat, drum’n’bass, dubstep, electro and house. Taking to the decks will be Drum’n’bass, pioneer Andy C, breakbeat duo Stanton Warriors and the dubstep revelation Modestep.
The Aftershock, stage is dedicated to the rock, punk, hardcore and metal fans featuring acts such as Kreator, one of Europe’s best thrash metal acts, Moonspell - the Portuguese finest when it comes to gothic fusioned with death, doom or black metal elements, the death metal kings of Obituary, Meshuggah – extreme metal at it’s best, or Tristania, Norway’s proud messengers of gothic metal.
The festival organisers are also keen to continue environmental friendly initiatives with the support of one of Romania’s most renowned artists & eco-activists. The ‘B’ESTFEST goes green’ project aims to inform and co-interest all the involved parties (from the suppliers, sponsors and production team to the audience) on eco-green issues and to reduce the effects that events can have on the environment. Amongst last year’s initiatives was to encourage the audience to use public transport (with special bus services), as well as a rent-a-bike and car pooling scheme. The main headquarters of the program was 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” behaviour.
As well as the variety of entertainment and great value ticket price, the food and drink is also cheap with 1 cold beer for approximately 1 EURO and a food court featuring traditional restaurants, enabling festival goers to sample delicious local Romanian dishes. So, if you like traveling, discovering new places, meeting new people and going to the craziest parties, but still want to keep some money in your pocket then B'ESTFEST SUMMER CAMP is well worth considering. As an added bonus you get to visit Dracula's homeland (and actually his tomb is nearby the festival site!), in one of the coolest capital cities of Europe.

Andy C, Caro Emerald, Dope D.O.D, Garbage, Kreator, Mala Vita, Meshuggah, Milow, Modestep (Live), Moonspell, Obituary, Pulp, Shelah Sue, Skindred, Stanton Warriors, The Qemists and Tristina with more to be announced.

3 day festival pass: 215 RON (60 EURO)
I day festival pass: 125 RON (28 EURO)
camping voucher: 10 RON (£3.50 EURO)
Buy tickets here
By Plane: There are many airlines flying direct to Bucharest from UK and European destinations including British Airways, Lufthansa, and Wizz Air.
From the airport: As official transport partners of B'ESTFEST Summer Camp, eufest is offering a scheduled service of transfers from Bucharest Otopeni Airport and Bucharest Baneasa Airport. The journey takes approx 20 mins and prices start from £7 each way.
Book your airport transfer here
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