The Best Music Festivals in Bucharest

Bucharest music festivals
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Georgeta Gheorghe

Although not yet blessed with large scale, ground-breaking music festivals, Bucharest is the place to go to for indie, classical and world music. Here are the seven best music festivals taking place every year in the Romanian capital, from jazz, to electronic to traditional folk music.

Summer Well

The capital’s most famous summer music festival, Summer Well has grown year after year and is increasingly attracting music fans from neighbouring countries. Held since 2011 at the Știrbey Estate, outside of Bucharest in a forest that turns into an enchanted space for a weekend. Household names such as The National, Interpol, Editors and more have graced the stage so far, and, judging by the past editions, the best is yet to come, as the music event has already gathered a large and loyal following.

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George Enescu Festival

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TimeShift Festival

After a successful first edition in 2017 which brought to the scene an eclectic mix of names such as Faithless, David Guetta, Loco Dice, Young Fathers, White Lies and more, Bucharest music fans are tuning in and hope for yet bigger things to happen.

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Bucharest Jazz Festival

One of the major cultural events of the summer, Bucharest Jazz Festival, taking place in July, turns the city into a jazz lovers’ paradise, with concerts by acclaimed names of the jazz scene performing in different locations throughout the city. Entry to this event is free of charge.

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Rock the City

Another music festival with an enduring tradition, Rock the City is the biggest event in Bucharest catering to the large numbers of rock music lovers. Iron Maiden, Muse, Guns N’ Roses and Rammstein are but some of the heavyweights that have headlined previous editions and expectations are mounting as to what the upcoming edition holds in store.

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Balkanik! Festival

First held in 2010, Balkanik! Festival has so far attracted some of the best voices in world music as well as orchestras from all over the globe. One of the most beloved music festivals in the Romanian capital, it attracts crowds of music fans of all ages who routinely dance until sunrise.

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Outernational Days

Just two-years-old, Outernational Days, held in July, is one of the most upbeat, eccentric and exuberant music events in the Romanian capital. Last year the three-day music fest brought to Bucharest artists from Niger, Kenya, Turkey, Senegal, Lebanon and several European countries.

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