Category: Music


ECO Stage line-up @Electric Castle 2018

Working the ECO ways can be exhausting… or so we’ve heard, because we’re just getting started.

This year, the ECO Spot at the Electric Castle Festival will have its’ own stage, powered and supported by Lidl Romania. And as you already know, the stage will be 100% friendly to our environment, using the Solar Sound System which runs on solar and kinetic energy. If the sun will shine high and bright and if the festival people don’t stop pedalling, you’re in for a party! But who exactly are we going to fuel?


We present you this one of a kind party mix:

A line-up that combines Romania’s most noticeable rising artists and unique international DJ’s. The result is a perfect synergy of up-beat sounds raging from house, to electro, tribal and groove. They are the ECO fighters that will animate and give more life to the camping area of the festival. The stage will be ready for you on Wednesday, the 18th of July, with its’ first guest Julian M. starting 14:00.  From Tuesday you can see your favourite artists perform here daily starting 12:00.

For more info on the festivals’ line-up, visit this link:

Put your dancing shoes on and meet us at the castle. Or in this case your sneakers, you’ll definitely need sneakers for pedalling!

Visiting Author: Flavia M. Mocan (La Résistance)


ECO Stage at Electric Castle with SolarSoundSystem

Did you ever find yourself in front of a stage, dancing, singing, enjoying the moment, the DJ, the view, the vibe and the people… when the music suddenly stopped? And did you think that you would do anything to make it start again?

This year the ECO Program ran by MAINOI at the Electric Castle Festival celebrates its 5 years anniversary. In order to properly mark this special year, the ECO Spot will give you the opportunity to keep the party going. All you got to do is… pedal.

The SolarSoundSystem is a concept started by Cédric Carles in 1999 in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The Solar Sound System network and projects traveled from Lausanne to Paris, Berlin, Basque Country, Marseille, even Tel Aviv and now they will join us starting July 18th to the 22nd at Electric Castle. Together with the Solar Sound System brought from Berlin, we will create the unique ECO Stage, powered entirely off-grid by solar panels and bikes linked to generators to pedal your way to the music. It’s simple: if the sun is shy or your pedalling stops, the music stops too. If you move your body to create energy, the show goes on!

This unique concept was created by Cédric Carles, Rubens Ben and Thomas Ortiz in their fight to create awareness and eco-responsibility in a fun and educational way. They’ve created a sound system that works with 100% renewable energy speakers, turntables and sound mixers. And you’ll be able to see solar panels working first hand and to actively participate in building up the joy of naturally-created sounds on the solar dance-floor.

Other notable projects of the SolarSoundSystem include a radio station whose server is powered by solar energy, research into repurposing green technologies of the past and a device for recharging disposable batteries called RegenBox. The RegenBox is completely ecological and works on “non-rechargeable” batteries.

Apart from the fun and interactive part, the Solar Sound System is a conversation starter. It points out that creativity can solve our modern days’ problems related to energy efficiency and climate change while engaging people to not wait for issues to be solved, but get involved and do what they can to be part of the change.

At Electric Castle, come to join the conversation at the ECO Stage located in the camping and to dance to the solar sounds.

The two DJs that will own the stage representing the SolarSoundSystem are Ben Ur and Niki Baida. Their beats are sure to energize you to the bones. Until the time comes, check out their mixes and get familiar to their sound here:

Ben Ur |

Niki Baida |

Until the full ECO Stage line-up is announced, keep a close eye on this space and tune-in to the up-beat Radio 3S – SolarSoundSystem to set your mood for the festival. Groove on!


Article by visiting author: Flavia Mocan (La Résistance)



Lead the Scene, Go Green @ Electric Castle 2018

Summer has already made its full presence since about a month now. We can stay out late and we constantly feel the need to eat ice cream.

But most importantly, our minds wander more. We think about dancing our shoes off while our faces are covered in sunshine. Thinking about those blissful moments which we’re gonna experience at Electric Castle 2018.

Of course, we’re all preparing our festival outfits in advance. We’re also thinking ahead of what artists we’re gonna see and making fun “to do” lists.

However, the mindset we bring to Bonțida is most decisive when it comes to the amount of fulfillment we’re gonna get at the end. It’s dandier than any brand new shoes we’re gonna wear. Why?

‘Cause taking care of the Banffy castle and its surroundings is important. Supporting the ECO cause which affects all of us is crucial. Basically, treating the dance-floor with respect and driving eco-responsibility through music is uber cool.

The ECO Program @ Electric Castle 2018

In 2018, MAINOI‘s ECO Program of Electric Castle proudly celebrates 5 years of sustained progress towards implementing sustainability standards at the festival.

We’re still riding along the journey towards creating the most ECO-friendly festival in Romania. Together with Lidl, we are continuing the #ZeroWaste mission, our long-term objective to reduce, reuse and recycle all the waste generated during the festival.

Last year, when we launched the #ZeroWaste mission, we managed to recycle 65% of the waste produced. This year we are raising the bar to 75-80% recycling rate.

But, there is a catch: we can only do it with all of you onboard!

Here’s how you can get involved:

Keep the Castle Clean

Everywhere in the festival, you will find recycling stations for recyclables (aluminum, plastic, cardboard, paper) and general trash. Thus, recyclable materials are not being discarded together with the other garbage but will get a chance to a second life.


If you camp, you will receive a disposable green bag for your recyclables and a black bag for your trash; please use the bags accordingly and bring the green bags, full with recyclables, at the ECO Spot, near the Lidl store, to get cool incentives in return.

In addition, as of this year, we will be running the awesome NO STRAW policy, therefore you won’t receive plastic straws with your drink. However, if you insist, biodegradable straws made from 100% compostable materials, will be available for you, at the bars, upon request.  

Eco Creators: Showcase the green and win  

We have a contest that might really spark your interest!

Help us raise awareness on our eco activities by showing the whole wide online world your perspective about the ECO program. Use either your lens or your writing skills in the most unique and surprising way, and get the chance to win great eco prizes!

We’re expecting images, videos or articles that showcase the sustainability practices you observe at the festival, but we don’t mind if your imagination goes further than that!  

You only have to post your creative content on your social network (Facebook, Instagram, blog, etc.) with #ecoec and #zerowaste hashtags, send us the link at, until 24th of July, and you can win a bicycle, a solar backpack, and other nice props to help you become a legendary EcoCitizen.


This year you’re going to simultaneously pedal and dance at our ECO Spot, as we are going to set-up the first solar stage ever at a Romanian music festival, by bringing the unique Solar Sound System to the Banffy Castle for your musical delight.

We are welcoming everyone in the camping to enjoy the sounds of our lovely innovative solar stage, located near the Lidl store. The stage runs daily 12h00-20h00 and entirely on solar and kinetic energy produced by you, wonderful electric people, at the bikes installation. Check-out the line-up here:

ECO Ambassadors by Ciuc Radler 0,0%

One of the most engaging alternative transportation with zero carbon footprint awareness campaign is the ECO Ambassadors, now at its forth edition. 40 cyclists who will hop on their saddles and pedal for more than 250 km to get to the Electric Banffy Castle to promote the idea that cycling should be considered a national objective, being a zero carbon footprint means of transportation.. Greet them at arrival, on Wednesday, at 18h00, at the festival’s entry gate and celebrate together afterwards at the Beer Garden.


Join the Facebook event here


Join the ECO Team of Electric Castle 2018

Electric Castle 2018 is incredibly close and the time to kick off the recruitment for the ECO Team has come!

L.E: Deadline extended on some roles, check below! You will join the waiting list & if you are the kind of people with flexible schedule there are many chances you’ll get a call.

Every year, wonderful people have joined our team with the belief that Electric Castle is the place where their contribution to change is guaranteed.

For the anniversary edition – 5 years of our ECO Program – we now have available dozens of volunteer, promoter, recycler and photographer roles to support the main common goal: creating the most ECO-festival in Romania! >> mai jos articolul în limba română <<

This summer we continue the #ZeroWaste campaign, which is our long-term goal of reducing, reusing and recycling all the waste generated at the festival. Last year we recycled, with the efforts and enthusiasm of the entire team, 60% of the waste created during the festival.

In 2018 we want to aim even higher, who’s with us?

Available roles:

ECO-Volunteers for Electric Castle

Volunteers Electric Castle

/ open position for any gender;

/ free entrance to the festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ work takes place on the ECO Spots from camping;

/ 6 hour shift/day;

Every year there is always a positive energy around the ECO Spots. Here only good music is playing and anyone’s welcome to join!

A volunteer must:

  • arrive on-site for training on Tuesday, July 17th, 14:00;
  • be available to work both day and night;
  • wear the ECO uniform (t-shirt, bandana);
  • inform and educate about the ECO Program’s campaigns
  • help the ECO Team in various ways and for different tasks, specific for outdoor events;

Main skills:

  • spontaneity and openness to speaking with people;
  • knowledge of waste management and recycling or, at least, the ability to learn super fast;
  • coherence and expressiveness in speaking Romanian and English (advanced level).

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 22nd.


ECO-Promoters for Electric Castle

Volunteers for Electric Castle

/ position for girls;

/ free entrance to the festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ paid role (details on the interview);

/ 8 hour shift during the day.

A promoter must:

  • be on-site for training, Tuesday, July 17th, 14:00;
  • wear the specific ECO uniform (t-shirt, skirt, leggings, bandana, accessories);
  • inform and educate about the Zero Waste campaign of the festival and the sustainability policy of Lidl, the sponsor of the ECO program;
  • explain the mechanisms and persuade people in joining ECO competitions;
  • be creative in convincing people to throw the waste they generate into the right bins;
  • involve festival goers in an ECO questionnaire about their recycling habits and their level of satisfaction for the program.

Main skills:

  • spontaneity and openness to talking with people;
  • knowledge of waste management and recycling or, at the very least, the ability to learn super fast;
  • coherence and expressiveness in speaking Romanian and English (advanced level).

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 22nd.


ECO-Recyclers for Electric Castle

Recyclers for Electric Castle

/ open position for any gender;

/ free entrance to the festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ paid role (details on the interview);

/ 6 hour shift, 16:00-22:00 and 22:00-04:00.

A recycler must:

  • be on-site for training, Tuesday, July 17, 14:00;
  • gather recyclable waste and better the recycling process;
  • mentor the cleaning team to ease up the selective sorting;
  • wear the ECO team uniform (overalls, t-shirt – don’t be afraid, it will be very cool 🙂 ).

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 22nd.


ECO-Photographer for Electric Castle

Photographers for Electric Castle

/ open position for any gender;

/ free entrance to festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ paid role (details on the interview);

/ 8 hour shift during the day;

A photographer must:

  • be on-site Tuesday, July 17th, 14:00;
  • collaborate and work with the ECO Promoters;
  • capture the ECO Program activities in a most expressive and natural way;
  • own advanced equipment and a portfolio;
  • have experience in photography at outdoor events.

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 15th.

More details on our page‘s Facebook Messenger or by e-mail: contact (at) mainoi (dot) ro





Electric Castle 2018 este incredibil de aproape și a venit momentul să dăm START-ul recrutărilor pentru echipa ECO!

În fiecare an, oameni minunați s-au alăturat echipei Mainoi din convingerea că Electric Castle este locul în care au garanția că pot contribui la schimbare.

Pentru ediția aniversară – 5 ani de program ECO – punem la bătaie zeci de roluri de voluntari, promoteri, reciclatori și fotografi, pentru a susține principalul scop comun: crearea celui mai ECO festival din România!

Vara aceasta continuăm campania #ZeroWaste, care constituie obiectivul nostru pe termen lung de reducere, reutilizare și reciclare a tuturor deșeurilor generate în cadrul festivalului. Anul trecut am reciclat, cu eforturile și entuziasmul întregii echipe, 60% din deșeurile create pe parcursul festivalului.

În 2018 vrem să țintim și mai sus, cine e cu noi?

Roluri disponibile:

ECO-Voluntar la Electric Castle

/ post disponibil atât pentru fete, cât și pentru băieți;

/ intrare gratuită la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/tură;

/ lucrează la ECO Spot și în campinguri;

/ tură de 6 ore/zi;

În jurul ECO Spot-urilor din fiecare an se adună mereu o energie pozitivă aparte, se leagă constant prietenii, se ascultă muzică bună și oricine e bine-venit.

Un voluntar trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului pentru instruire, marți, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • fie disponibil pentru a face schimburi atât pe zi, cât și pe noapte;
  • poarte uniforma ECO (tricou, bandană);
  • informeze și să educe în legătură cu campaniile Programului ECO;
  • ajute echipa ECO la orice este necesar si tine de specificul organizarii unui eveniment de outdoor.

Aptitudini principale:

  • spontaneitate și deschidere către a vorbi cu oamenii;
  • cunoștințe în domeniul gestiunii și a reciclării deșeurilor sau, cel puțin, capacitatea de a învăța super-rapid;
  • coerență și expresivitate în vorbirea limbii române și a limbii engleze (nivel avansat).

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 15 iunie.


ECO-Promoter la Electric Castle

/ rol disponibil doar pentru fete;

/ intrare liberă la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/shift;

/ rol plătit (detalii la interviu);

/ tură de 8 ore pe timpul zilei.

Un promoter trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului pentru instruire, marți, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • poarte uniforma ECO specifică (tricou, fustă, jambiere, bandană, accesorii);
  • informeze și să educe despre campania Zero Waste a festivalului și politica de sustenabilitate a Lidl, sponsorul programului ECO;
  • explice mecanismele concursurilor ECO și să convingă oamenii să se implice în activitățile eco propuse;
  • fie creativ în a convinge oamenii să arunce deșeurile pe care le generează în coșurile potrivite;
  • implice oamenii din festival într-un chestionar ECO despre obiceiurile lor de reciclare și nivelul de satisfacție față de program;

Aptitudini principale:

  • spontaneitate și deschidere către a vorbi cu oamenii;
  • cunoașterea gestiunii și a reciclării deșeurilor sau, cel puțin, capacitatea de a învăța super-rapid;
  • coerență și expresivitate în vorbirea limbii române și a limbii engleze (nivel avansat).

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 22 iunie.


ECO-Reciclator la Electric Castle

/ post disponibil atât pentru fete, cât și pentru băieți;

/ intrare gratuită la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/tură;

/ rol plătit (detalii la interviu);

/ tură de 6 ore, în intervalele orare 16:00-22:00 și 22:00-04:00.

Un reciclator trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului pentru instruire, marți, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • adune deșeurile reciclabile și să ranforseze procesul de reciclare;
  • mentoreze echipa de curățenie pentru eficientizarea colectării selective;
  • poarte echipamentul de echipă (salopetă, tricou – nu vă fie teamă, vor fi unele foarte cool 🙂 ).

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 22 iunie.


ECO-Fotograf la Electric Castle

/ post disponibil atât pentru fete, cât și pentru băieți;

/ intrare liberă la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/shift;

/ rol plătit (detalii la interviu);

/ tură de 8 ore pe timpul zilei;

Un fotograf trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului marti, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • colaboreze și lucreze cu promoterii;
  • surprindă activitatea Programului ECO într-o manieră cât mai expresivă și naturală;
  • dețină echipament performant, portofoliu și experiență ca fotograf la evenimente outdoor;

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 22 iunie.

Detalii suplimentare pe mesageria Facebook a paginii noastre sau pe mail la contact (at) mainoi (punct) ro


Vino așa cum ești 😉




Internship: eco angels & guardians wanted for Electric Castle 2017

Hey there, lovely students, fresh graduates & professionals finding themselves at a turning point in your careers,

Are you looking for a place where you can be yourselves and, at the same time, develop your future careers or new skills?

Are you both fond of ecology & music and want to make a change in the world?

We are looking for part-time interns in the ECO program we are running at Electric Castle festival (12th-16th July 2017). Wanna be you? 

Here are the general terms of the internship:

  • you need to be available 4 hours/day to work remotely with us between 25th April – 25th July;
  • you will have 2 meetings/week with your coordinator;
  • you live in Bucharest or Brasov;
  • you have a laptop and good internet connection;
  • you are available for being present in Bontida (Cluj) between 10th-17th July and work a 6-hour shift / day or night – this work will be remunerated, and you will also get camping accommodation and a meal per day;
  • We expect from you: to embrace our vision, mission and values; to dedicate yourself to the project with enthusiasm, all the way through it; to be proficient in Romanian and English; to have strong writing skills;
  • We offer you: a once in a lifetime experience at Electric Castle and our mentorship so that, at the end of the three-months internship, you will have gained practical and diverse experience in the communication field, with a focus on: ecology and sustainability, organising events, brand development, social media, research and awareness campaigns and engaging with diverse audiences.


Roles in the team

  1. Music Drives Change (MDC) Angel
  • Content researcher, copywriter and social media manager of the blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts;
  • Project Manager of the MDC campaign at Electric Castle 2017.
Your strengths:  
  • You’re a natural in playing with words;
  • Curious like a cat, you love digging out the web for the most interesting pieces of news related to sustainability and the music industry;
  • A creative, an out-of-the box thinker, with a nice and natural social presence.

Continue Reading..


Regulament Concurs “Grimus ECO Challenge – Music Drives Change”

Fă-ți încălzirea pentru EcoChallenge: îmbracã-te în verde, mergi într-un colț din natură și posteazã dovada foto împreunã cu un mesaj creativ care să îndemne oamenii sã iubească natura, împreună cu hashtagurile #ecochallenge #jbblendingspirits și poți câștiga o pereche de căști Sony și o sticlă de 3 litri de whisky J&B. Ne vedem la EC 2016!

Citește REGULAMENTUL: 2016-06-15RegulamentGrimusEcoChallengeMusicDrivesChange


premii eco challenge


Join the ECO Challenge @ElectricCastle Festival & Follow Music Drives Change!


Change Agents for Electric Castle 2016 Wanted

UPDATE: The application is still open for two roles: Promoter and Social Media Communicator. Read below the description of the roles and APPLY HERE (click to fill in the form).

“We are the people who will green the world”

ECO volunteers wanted! MAINOI and Electric Castle are taking the ECO sustainability program of the festival further this year. After the success of our 2014 and 2015 programmes, we decided making this year’s program, named ECO Challenge, even bigger and bring the ECO site to the camping too, with an ECO cinema. For those of you who don’t know much about it, ECO Challenge is a project designed to raise awareness about climate change and to educate people about the importance of being eco-responsible.

This year we’re looking for a team of dedicated change agents, on both paid and unpaid positions, volunteers who share our vision and who are willing to be an active part of all of our eco-activities at the festival.

When and where?Continue Reading..


Voluntariat la Cluj Morning Rave

morning rave cluj updatat

Îți place să dansezi la orice oră și să împarți energia pozitivă cu cei din jurul tău?

Vrei să te alături mini revoluției de conscious raving? Vino la prima ediție de morning rave din Cluj. Sâmbătă, pe 11 iunie, de la 9.30 a.m. la 13.00, la Cluj Arena dăm muzica tare.

Arată-ne că ești plin de energie și willing to take the lead in warming up the party while spreading the good vibes.

Căutăm voluntari pentru următoarele roluri:

  • îngeri – care să întâmpine și să îmbrățișeze oamenii la intrare, pentru a-i face să se simtă bineveniți;
  • dansatori – care să se danseze în mulțime și să facă lumea să vrea să se alăture – avem nevoie de zâmbetul și de mișcările tale;
  • animatori – care să danseze pe scenă și să anime petrecerea – You just need to be yourself and have an amazing time on stage;
  • sparklers – care sa machieze oamenii cu sclipici;

În schimb, cu cel mai mare drag, îți oferim un bilet pentru tine și încă un prieten, precum și raw food snacks la eveniment.

Înscrie-te aici până pe 20 mai. 

Detalii la 0742177921 (Anda) sau pe pagina evenimentului.



Keen to be green? Be our International Eco-Ambassadors group!

Are you a group of 2 to 5 friends who love cycling, music festivals and fun? Then this is for you!

Team up, put your cycling equipment together, work your body out before the show and start riding the joy and fun of spreading the word about an eco-friendly world by bicycle through Europe on your way to Electric Castle Festival in Romania.

Check out this year’s line-up and get into the vibe by watching the 2015 after-movie:

If you are:

a. residents of one of the following countries: Germany, France, UK, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece

b. experienced cyclists with proper equipment (bicycle, gear) for long journeys,

then we – MAINOI NGO – environmental responsibles for Electric Castle, invite you to be our ECO Ambassadors and fill in the application for your entire group here by April 27th. Update: Deadline extended until June 22th.

When starting the journey, you can either reach the starting point of the closest hub to your location, namely: Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Munich or propose another city.

Each group need to have an ECO Ambassador Leader, who will:

  • lead the group of cyclists (2-6) from your country to Romania;
  • plan the journey from your country’s starting point to Oradea (Romania). We recommend EuroVelo routes to reach Romania, but you are free to adapt them according to your group’s location.
  • help us spread the call in your country to find the other cyclists who will complete your group. You can choose the members of your group. Anyone you know with a cycling record of one journey of at least the same distance that you would be riding together can join you.
  • define the minimum technical requirements that the eco-ambassadors should meet to join the ride;
  • be MAINOI’s and Electric Castle’s contact person;
  • monitor the journey through the Strava app, send pictures and videos from the road;
  • promote cycling as alternative means of transportation, love for Mother Nature and eco-friendliness at the festival.

What do you get in return?

  • ECO Ambassadors will receive free entrance and free camping at the festival.
  • Eco Ambassadors Leaders receive the ECO Ambassador title, which means free entrance at Electric Castle Festival, free camping spot, and other festival goodies, such as meals, coffee and drinks;
  • The ECO Ambassador Leader also gets a camera to capture all the wonderful and funny moments from the journey.  Take good care of it, because it can be all yours after completing the journey;
  • we are waiting for you and the other groups at the Romanian border to travel together the last 350 km (Romania does not have cycling lanes, so you will find this incentive very helpful).

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ECO Electri Castle MAINOI Romania

The Eco-Ambassadors Campaign 2016 is an initiative of MAINOI Association and Electric Castle Festival to promote cycling as alternative means of transportation and to spread the word about the shift we all need to make towards a carbon-emission free lifestyle.

Last year 12 ECO Ambassadors joined our CO2 Footprint Reduction Program, by riding their bicycles to the Banffy Castle from more than 250 km. It turned out to be a beautiful collective experience, so this year we decided to dig deeper and reach out to nature lovers and adventure seekers throughout Europe.

We are looking forward to meeting you, Eco Ambassadors Leaders! We are the people!

For more details, contact | +40 730 490 890



RESONATE is a short documentary about the global electronic music movement. The video looks into what inspires and drives artists, producers and the audience, by touching upon five dimensions: the creation, innovation, collaboration, consumption and celebration of electronic music.

The video was launched at the end of 2015 by the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s biggest club festival and conference for electronic music.

Check out the documentary below: