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We’ve written about our favorite music festivals in the area before, but since spring is already approaching (slowly, but surely), announcements are being made and we can’t hide them from you! One of our favorite festivals, JazzTM, has started announcing their lineup for their 2018 edition! And it looks very, very promising so far! So don’t make any plans for the first weekend in July.

 

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Photo via Jazztm.ro

About JazzTM

JazztTM will take place between June 29th and July 1st. Wondering how much this fantastic jazz event will cost you? We have great news: it’s free! You’ll just have to get here! (And maybe find some accommodation, food, and drinks). The festival is organized by the Timisoara City Hall and it is completely free to attend by music lovers. The festival’s goal is to make quality music accessible to everybody.

The event takes place every year in the Opera Square and usually draws in a great number of people from all walks of life. It is a very interesting experiment, after all, that proves that music should be available to everyone, as it can touch everyone. The festival will be reaching its 6th edition in 2018 (June 29th – July 1st 2018), being one of the “trademarks” of Timisoara.

Previous editions have brought to Timisoara big industry names like Richard Bona, Kurt Elling, David Murray şi Macy Gray, Terri Lyne Carrington / Lizz Wright, Al Jarreau, The Cat Empire, Anoushka Shankar, Dianne Reeves, Liv Warfield w/ Prince’s NPG Hornz, The Ruff Pack, Marcus Miller, DeeDee Bridgewater, Dhafer Youssef, Imany, Jacob Collier, BadBadNotGood, The Chick Corea Elektric Band, Miles Mosley x The West Coast Get Down, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah și Monty Alexander etc.

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Photo: The Cinematic Orchestra

JazzTM 2018: Names Announced

As for the names that will enchant us this year, the top names are: The Cinematic Orchestra, Gregory Porter, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. This “top 3” list is however accompanied by several interesting musicians, some of whom are Romanian: Bariș Demirel, The Jam Community, Sorin Zlat Trio, Krisper, B.A.U. and Trompetre. In case you aren’t familiar with this music, we encourage you to listen to these artists. You will most likely find something to your liking in this list.

But let’s take a closer look at the headliners:

The Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra, nujazz pioneers, are a group formed by Jason Swinscoe in 1999. It has since become one of the most respected British bands in the last 19 years. TCO have played “sold-out” at the Royal Albert Hall (twice), as well as at the Sydney Opera House. They participated in countless festivals all over the world.

 

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter, an artist whose music is both timeless and current, has had a remarkable career, starting with his sensational debut with “Liquid Spirit” (2013) that quickly became a global phenomenon and the most-listened-to jazz album online (20 million hits).
The album received the platinum disc in the UK and Germany and the golden disc in France, the Netherlands and Austria.

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel’s career spans over the last 25 years. During these years, he has had numerous collaborations with amazing artists like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter and jazz legends like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian, and Gary Burton. Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the most influential guitarists of his generation.
His latest project, entitled “CAIPI”, is an ambitious and profoundly personal project
with major influences of Brazilian music; its production lasted ten years.

 

Are you impressed yet?! See you in July? We hope so!
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If you are traveling to Timisoara at the beginning of August and you’re a festival lover, you might want to change your plans – or just improve them. Sziget Festival one of the biggest festivals in Europe and this year it will take place between 8-15 August. They have just announced headliners and, yes, they are big! And did we mention the location is just 3.5 hours away from Timisoara?!

If you don’t know the festival we can tell you it started off as a student festival in 1993 and now it became one of the biggest festivals in Europe. It was also the two-time winner of the European Festival Awards in the Best Major European festival category.

Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Mumford&Sons and more…

 

The first names have just been announced a few days ago on the Sziget Festival Official Facebook page and website and there will be more to come in the upcoming period.

The full list of the first announcement:
Arctic Monkeys/Kendrick Lamar/Kygo /Mumford & Sons/Liam Gallagher/Bastille/Lykke Li/   Parov Stelar/The Kooks//Kaleo /Zara Larsson/Gogol Bordello/Clean Bandit/Blossoms / Milky Chance/Wolf Alice/Little Dragon/Cigarettes After Sex/ Goo Goo Dolls/Fink/Seasick Steve/  Above & Beyond/ Nothing But Thieves/Slaves/Everything Everything/Lewis Capaldi/ Lemaitre/  La Femme/Joe Goddard live/ Ummet Ozcan/Sam Feldt Live/Jay Hardway/The Him/Alle Farben   WhoMadeWho/Shame/Perturbator…and more to come

The Island of freedom…where dreams become reality

The festival takes place on an island and so all of the activities take place on this island. And we are pretty sure you won’t get bored! It’s worth mentioning that in 2017 you had 8 stages to pick from. And if one day you just feel like chilling in the sun and working on your tan, there’s a beach there!

photo: [ Sandor Csudai ] . www.facebook.com/csudaisandor

The accommodation:

As far as accommodation is concerned, you have two options: either stay in Budapest (but make sure you book something in advance – otherwise you might be left out) or buy a camping ticket from the Sziget Festival website (the basic camping is included in the 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day pass). You can even bring your own caravan or rent a house.  You have 6 campings to pick from, and they even have a family camping which is kid-friendly.

The prices:

The really early-bird tickets are already sold out but you can still find tickets at an affordable price, on the Sziget Festival official website.
1 Day pass: 70 €
3 Day pass: 189€
5 Day pass: 275€
7 Day pass: 299€

If you’re still not convinced, see below the 2017 Official After Movie. And stay tuned for the next announcement, we are pretty sure that the best is yet to come! In any case, if plan on staying in Timisoara, check some of our local festivals which take place this year.  

To be continued…..