Untold Festival

Untold Festival is the largest electronic music festival held in Romania, taking place in Cluj-Napoca at the Cluj Arena. It's held annually and has been designated Best Major Festival within European Festival Awards 2015. Guests include a vast range of European countries, as well as Asia and North America.


Untold's official website is referring to editions as chapters.

Untold: Chapter 1

The first edition of the festival took place in 2015 mainly on Cluj Arena, when Cluj-Napoca was appointed the European Youth Capital. The main artists that performed were: Armin van Buuren, Avicii, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and ATB. Other performing artists were: Duke Dumont, Fedde Le Grand, Lost Frequencies, Sasha, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tinie Tempah, Tom Odell, John Newman, Fatman Scoop, Tujamo, John Digweed, Patrice, Boney M, Culture Beat and East 17, among others. During the four days of the festival, more than 240,000 people attended the concerts held on several stages in the centre of Cluj-Napoca. It pulled in €20 million in revenue.

Untold: Chapter 2

The second edition of Untold took place in 2016, from 4 to 7 August mainly on Cluj Arena. It welcomed Top 5 DJ's of the world: Tiësto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Armin van Buuren, plus Afrojack. Other performing live artists were: Dannic, Fedde Le Grand, Naughty Boy, Lost Frequencies, Faithless, Parov Stellar, Scooter, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Kwabs, Labrinth, John Digweed, Sasha, Nneka and Tujamo. It took place during four days in the centre of Cluj-Napoca and involved 10 stages. Over 30,000 foreigners attended the 2016 edition. The festival itself attracted a crowd of 300,000 over four days.

Untold: Chapter 3

The third edition of the festival took place from 3 to 6 August 2017 on Cluj Arena. There were seven DJ headliners who were announced in January 2017: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell / Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Marshmello and Steve Aoki. In March the live acts were announced, these being: Ellie Goulding, Example, Hurts, Jasmine Thompson, , John Newman and Tinie Tempah. The festival took place during four days in the centre of Cluj-Napoca and involved 10 stages. Other performing artists were: Alan Walker, Don Diablo, Dillon Francis, Charli XCX, Redfoo, Era Istrefi, The Avener, Dannic, Lost Frequencies, Sander van Doorn, Dubfire, Kadebostany, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Solomun, Sven Väth, Andy C, Borgore, Pendulum, Chase & Status and GTA, among others. It sold over 330,000 tickets for the four days of Untold and reported record profit (more than in 2015). Untold organisers invested more than €10 million in the festival.

Untold: Chapter 4

The fourth edition of the Untold festival was held from 2 to 5 August 2018. The first artists announced for the 2018 edition are: The Prodigy, Bonobo, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Tiësto, Fedde Le Grand and Steve Aoki.

Untold: Chapter 5

The fifth edition of the Untold festival was held from 1 to 4 August 2019. The first two rounds of ticket sales sold out within respectively 3 and 10 minutes, each having 15,000 festival tickets available. Amongst the first artists announced for the 2019 edition were: Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Bastille, James Arthur, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Timmy Trumpet, Boris Brejcha, and Tale Of Us. Armin Van Buuren released the official anthem of Untold Chapter 5, "Something Real", on 12 July 2019.

The festival, in conjunction with YouTube Music, officially released 6 playlists exclusive to the service, which are the [ UNTOLD Main Stage], [ UNTOLD Alchemy], [ UNTOLD Fortune], [ UNTOLD Forest], [ Daydreaming Experience] and [ UNTOLD Galaxy]

This edition gathered a crowd of 370,000 over four days, making it the most successful chapter in history.

Untold: Chapter 6

The sixth edition of Untold is planned to take place in 2020, from 30th of July to the 2nd August.

On the 20th of February 2020, Untold announced its first wave of artists. David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will return to the main stage. Other big EDM acts are Alesso, Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Above & Beyond (group), Lost Frequencies, DJ Snake and Steve Aoki. Pussycat Dolls, Iggy Azalea and The Script make the list as big pop-acts, while Paul Kalkbrenner, Charlotte de Witte and Richie Hawtin make up for the techno stage. Borgore, Netsky (musician) and Wilkinson (musician) are just some of the confirmed underground acts..

Awards and nominations

International ambassador

Guests include a vast range of European countries, as well as Asia and North America.

In 2016 Untold became the international ambassador of Romania and Transylvania, the land of Dracula, the festival bracelet allowing visitors to visit for free or at a discounted rate a series of major Romanian sights such as Bran Castle – home of Vlad the Impaler, Corvin Castle, the Merry Cemetery, the Mocănița Steam Train, the Turda Salt Mines, and many other touristic attractions. The initiative aimed at supporting Romanian tourism, by inviting guests to stay longer and explore the no. 1 must-see destination of 2016, according to Lonely Planet.