For the first time in Romania, Transatlantic, the prog supergroup that includes Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, drums), Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard, vocals, guitar, keyboards), Pete Trewavas (Marillion, bass guitar) and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, guitar) will play on the stage in the Great Square of Sibiu at the 15th edition of the ARTmania Festival, which will take place on July 22-24, 2022 .
The band will be on a European tour to promote their latest creation, The Absolute Universe, an album that the authors themselves claim is a completely new concept: a double-album of over 90 minutes, but also a more short, 60 minutes, which is not just an edited version of the long one, but an independent creation.
In addition to Transatlantic, they will also perform on the stage in the Great Square in Sibiu, during the three days of the festival (az): My Dying Bride, Testament and The Pineapple Thief. Other important names will be announced in the next period .
The 15th edition of ARTmania Festival will take place during 22nd-24th of July 2022.
Currently reconfirmed artists (alphabetical order):
My Dying Bride
The Pinneaple Thief
More names to be announced soon
Thank you for your patience and for being with us in these volatile times. We have been a bit silent as we were constantly talking with the artists and modifying plans, watching the international landscape changing permanently and waiting for the arrival of the promised legal predictability which would have allowed us to offer you the international edition you deserve.
Until recently, we truly believed that we’ll be able to have an edition with at least some of the announced artists, in spite of the difficult context. Unfortunately, the postponement of band tours, the constantly changing list of quarantined countries, the fact that we are restricted to 2,500 participants in our festival space (a number lower than that of festival passes already sold) and the current Romanian legal pandemic restrictions make it impossible for us to host the 2021 edition in the announced form.
Also, it is impossible to be 100% certain that the future pandemic context would allow us to bring you the announced international line-up in the following months.
That is why, with great sadness, we are forced to announce that ARTmania Festival will be postponed for 2022, during 22nd – 24th of July.
The well-known ❞ ❞ is the brainchild of the British artist Bruce Soord, a project that from its very beginning succeeded in having a loyal fan-base and attracted the attention of various record labels. Their music has sometimes been compared with that of Radiohead or Porcupine Tree, but The Pineapple Thief mixes acoustic sounds with theatrical rock and neo-psychedelia. It has managed to build a bridge between prog, indie rock and sophisticated pop and has extended its configuration with members like the highly acclaimed drummer Gavin Richard Harrison, known for playing with the progressive legends Porcupine Tree and King Crimson.
’ , we are in close contact with them and with other exciting names. The full line-up will be announced at a later date, as this pandemic still unfortunately messes up with tour and concert schedules at international level.
, all tickets bought for ARTmania Festival 2020 & 2021 will be valid for ARTmania Festival 2022.
Those who didn’t manage to buy a festival pass, but would like to be with us at the 2022 edition to enjoy our favourite artists and meet again with the much missed festival friends, can get their 2022 ticket for 290 lei + taxes, which will be available for purchase until the next announcement of 2022 artists, from www.artmaniafestival.ro
Though we are finding ourselves in an even tighter spot, as a result of passing through the 2nd pandemic year with restrictions and without help from the authorities, our credo that “we are in this together”, for better and for worse, still stands. As hard as it is for us, we are aware that some of you may also find themselves in a difficult situation.
That is why, though we will truly appreciate the essential help offered by those of you who kept and will continue to keep your ticket for ARTmania Festival 2022, we will offer refunds to the ticketholders who are also in financial difficulties and need the reimbursement. Those in need for a refund have to fill in, until 15th of July 2021, the form available on the following link: http://bit.ly/ARTmaniaFestival_RefundForm
We will be able to refund the ticket until 31st of December 2021.
As we cannot let another year completely pass without meeting with you, guys, in a concert/ festival like atmosphere, in the weekend initially reserved for our ARTmania Festival, we will organize a new event adapted to the current restrictions.
We know that nothing can beat human closeness and the need for togetherness, especially in these trying times. And we know that live concerts and safely enjoying a festival like atmosphere with friends will help us all regain a bit of hope.
Full info regarding this new event will be announced soon, as we are working on establishing the final details.
Though we hoped for a different, better year, the existence of this 15 year old festival – the oldest Romanian rock festival – depends also on your support. For now, you can help us by keeping your ticket for next year’s edition and with honouring us with your presence at “ARTmania Evenings”.
Stay safe and stay tuned for more details soon!
The ARTmania Team