Mioritmic is a special festival, offering a unique vibe every year. This time was no different.
Underground music lovers gathered in the heart of Transylvania for yet another edition that will remain in our minds for a long time. Now in its fourth year and boasting positive reviews from previous programs, the three day event is quickly establishing itself as a must in its genre segment. With a balanced mixture of Romanian & international artists, the festival seen as “the autumn edition of Sunwaves” can definitely be considered, as Nastia mentioned, a bestseller. From Friday night to Monday morning, Mioritmic disconnected everyone from the real world. And what could you ask more?
The location is one of the festival’s main assets. Not very far away from the downtown of Cluj-Napoca, being hosted next to the woodlands of Baciu forest, the fresh air was like strong coffee every time you went out for a break and for sure it helped the public to remain energized until the very end. But beyond this welfare, there is something spectacular about listening to music surrounded by an all-natural outdoor setting.
One of the strengths of this event was the sound quality. It’s not uncommon to hear about noise restrictions being implemented nowadays, especially if we consider that the get-together was happening in an urban space, but the remote location of Mioritmic successfully avoided dealing with such regulations, allowing the music to be played at a more than satisfactory level the entire weekend. The festival was built with the purpose to keep a certain intimacy and the tents were not too large in order to live the experience in quality. No matter where you were standing in the crowd, the Funktion-One sound system delivered dully, making the affair as intense as possible. This made up for a delightful experience, not only for the crowd but also for the artists in their quest to distribute high-quality sets.
From the very first edition, Mioritmic impressed with the visuals and the attention they pay to details and decoration; this year there were some changes, similar to what you could see at Sunwaves 20 and Maraton. Mapped on crafted wooden boards, organic and delicate projections inspired by nature (such as humming birds, rain drops, flowers & trees blossoming), these were synchronized with music, creating an interesting atmosphere for the audience and upgrading the experience with a cinematic touch. The DJ booth was decorated with flowers and mushrooms as usual, elements that provided an anecdote-ish feeling.
The line-up and the schedule are yet other essential aspects that have a great impact on the way a festival turns out and aside of some mentions from the public regarding the positions of Rhadoo and K.D.Chriss, this part was done efficiently. From the beginning to end, the number of participants were rising steadily, as the crowd wanted to live the whole experience this event has to offer.
Overall, the music of the entire festival was remarkable. Starting with Friday night, Lizz, G76 and Charlie offered a great evolving entry with fluid sounds to Petre Inspirescu’s truly inspirational performance that was full of classical and imaginative gizmos. Bringing at the decks a catalog of adventurous dance floor material, we can consider Petre Inspirescu’s performance as the festival highlight, which was continued by a genuine after-hour session delivered by Cap, who closed the tent with a marvelously placed “Let the music play” by Virgo, giving a hint that he could have go on for many more hours.
Turning to the other tent, DeWalta and Mike Shannon enjoyed a rather uncommon live set full of instrumental elements, including David’s excellent implementation of his saxophone act. This unusual but revitalizing feat was followed by a deep and complex soundscape dropped on the floor by Sonja Moonear. Combining organic with mechanic vibrations, the Swiss artist continued the vast groove of the room, which was led to the end by Nastia, one of the public’s favourite.
Alexi Delano – My Busted SH-101 (The Persuader Remix), played by Nastia
Saturday night started with Rhadoo, who had an extended set scheduled, which implied both warm-up and main session. Those who expected an aggressive performance had to adapt to a more artistic vision, some even complaining about the fact that it was not that out bounding or contributory as expected, although the “General” prepared a very technical and properly mixed mellow that was definitely appreciated by those who have a fine ear for electronic music.
Dubtil – Indoieala (AMP011), played by Rhadoo
The participants that were in need of something more intrusive, had the occasion to catch an in-form Margaret Dygas that played integral tracks combined to create an exploration of something beyond the Romanian sound. From there, tINI took a turn and forged an entertaining groove that kept the attendees jump on the dancefloor. For those who wanted to hear another live session, Wareika came with some unexpected work, in a good way. With only one tent filled with sounds towards noon, Barac took up where Rhadoo left off, giving a usual, darkish interpretation of some greatly blended pulses.
Skee Mask – Torpor 12 (Session) – played by Tini
The morning saw Mihigh behind the decks, who draw up a picture of all-natural ingredients, one of the most fluent realization of this edition, a highly creative act. After that, it was Arapu’s time to surprise the usually judging viewers, as he implemented a fusion of his usual organic tempo with some really combative basslines that continued the linearity of the whole piece of art this festival has to offer. Trying to induce another warm-up image as the night was unfolding, K.D. Chriss lowered the BPM and tried to create another separate deed for the forthcoming closing hours, which slightly disrupted the crowd’s desire of keeping an up-tempo dancefloor.
RV – Que Belle Epoque, played by Mihigh
Gescu had the job to re-burst the warm feeling and he did this efficiently, while Herodot adopted the best options in order to reach the finish line in an outstanding way, concluding with “Stay Right Here” by Better Daze, one of the highlights of the night.
The fiesta achieved its feet to cheer up and mesmerize this diverse crowd. Being the 4th edition, the word spread out and the number of participants that came from abroad increased, which is definitely a plus. Slowly becoming one of the pillar events of this segment of electronic music, Mioritmic is a project that mostly lives up to what such a venture should imply and we hope that the work they are putting into will continue to ascend for the coming chapters as well.
A great time for all, looking forward for next year.
Vrac – Default 44, played by Charlie
Topper – Krankenhouse, played by Denis Korablev
Yamen & Eda – MS Dos, played by Petre Inspirescu
Giammarco Orsini – On The Floor, played by Sonja Moonear
Transform – Transformation (Tobi Neumann Matthe Styles mix), played by Barac
Model500 – The Chase (Express Mix), played by Priku
LoSoul – Soda Island, played by Herodot