Festival Mates: B'estfest
In this first edition of Festival Mates, we get chatting to the organiser's of Romania's B'estfest . . .
B'ESTFEST Summer Camp (outskirts of Bucharest, the capital city of Romania) returns in 2012, bigger and better: more stages, more bands, more DJs, more friends, more activities, more beer, more fun!And all that “more” for the same ticket price as last year:28 EUR for a one day ticket and 60 EUR for a three day pass!!! The sixth edition of B’ESTFEST will take place between 6th-8th of July, on the shores of Pasarea Lake in Tunari village, in B’ESTFEST Park. Just 10 minutes drive from the airport, B’ESTFEST Park is a green field next to a willowy lake, that includes a generous camping space, one main stage, a secondary (fusion) stage, a dance arena, a rock stage, as well as numerous other smaller stages, entertainment areas, bars & terraces that feature live shows, DJ sets, unconventional art exhibitions, creative workshops, relaxation spaces, games and hand-made fashion-fairs. One shouldn’t overlook the food-court either, with several traditional restaurants, serving the most delicious Romanian dishes ever! And just to be clear, B'ESTFEST Summer Camp 2012 is the best alternative for another year spent under the threatening global crisis: one of the freshest, coolest and most affordable music festivals in Europe at the moment!
What's your name, what's your festival & what's your role in running things?
Laura Coroianu, B'estfest Summer Camp, Festival director
When did you first set up the festival and how did it go ? What was your motivation for putting it together in year 1?
There was virtually no festival culture in Romania, and it was high time we created one.
What were your influences in terms of festivals you had visited before?
I have been a big fan of Lowlands for many years that was my main inspiration and role model
What's been your biggest festival to date? What's been your own personal highlight & why ?
The biggest festival to date was in 2009 when we had Santana as a headliner. In 2011 we moved B'estfest from a concrete setting in the city to a superb location right on the outskirts of Bucharest. I still cannot believe we found this place, it has a lake, a forest, a beautiful village nearby and 45ha of green festival land.
Can you make a living running a festival ? If not, what else do you keep busy with through the year?
No, we are not making money yet on B'estfest. The rest of the year we promote other show, from Lady Gaga to Red hot chilli peppers and from Madonna to Depeche mode.
Which acts (Alive or dead) that you've never had play would you like to see headline the festival ?
The cure, Radiohead, Iron Maiden, Green Day, Muse
How do you see the festival industry changing over the next few years?
There has been an amazing festival boom in the past 6 years. In the next 2-3 years many festivals (big or small great or minor) will disappear, when they realize they cannot sustain such major projects. Also, there are not enough artists to go around to all these festivals.
When do you start planning for the festival ? Is there a full-time team involved - how many ? How does this change in the lead-up to the actual event itself?
We begin booking acts 1 1/2 years in advance. The core team of the festival, including bookers and production personnel is 15 people. We become 25 two months advance.
What's a typical day like for a festival organiser?
Reviewing budgets and production issues, occasionally attending bookings meetings.
What's the best & worst part of running a festival ?
The best part is seeing super happy people, having a great time and creating fabulous memories. The worst part is watching the weather forecast and fretting about rain.
Which artist is never getting asked back to play again - and more importantly, why?
We haven't had a horrible experience with an artist yet- Thank God
When did you first set up the festival and how did it go?
2007, it was a smash from the first edition - According to the public feedback of Romania's first big festival.
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