The ARTmania Festival consists of two days of concerts in the central square of the city, along with art exhibitions, club parties and many other cultural projects organised in the medieval fortress of Sibiu. Among the metal bands that played at previous editions are Nightwish, HIM, Opeth, Amorphis, Anathema, Lacrimosa, Tiamat, My Dying Bride and Within Temptation.
ARTmania Festival 2010 is organised by ARTmania Events in collaboration with the Sibiu City Hall, Sibiu Local Council, Sibiu County Council and Continental Hotel Chain.
The first name to be confirmed on the line-up is the American progressive power metal band Kamelot, who are expected to release an yet unnamed album this year.
Ticket prices, location info, up to date line-up on our Artmania Festival 2010 event page.
Update April 8, 2010: Sisters of Mercy to play at Artmania
The Sister of Mercy is the second band confirmed for Artmania festival, August 13-15, Sibiu, Romania.
Originating from Leeds (1980), the Sisters of Mercy were described as playing â€œa slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats.â€ The one constant in the bandâ€™s career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. According to Eldritch, the band is named after the Leonard Cohen song â€œPlaySisters Of Mercyâ€.
Update April 20, 2010: Sirenia confirmed for Saturday at Artmania 2010
According to Artmania, Norwegian symphonic/gothic metal act Sirenia is the first confirmation announced for the 2nd day of this year's edition of the Artmania Festival. They have released their latest album — 13th floor — at the beginning of 2009.
Update April 21, 2010: Serj Tankian will be a headliner at Artmania
The Artmania Foundation announced that former System Of A Down vocalist and songwriter Serj Tankian will be one of the headliners of the Artmania Festival 2010. The artist has released earlier this year a live record, Elect the Dead Symphony, featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand. The album contains material from Tankian's 2007 solo dÃ©but Elect the Dead, as well as some previously unreleased songs.
Update May 21, 2010: Dark Tranquillity to play at ARTmania 2010
Dark Tranquillity have been confirmed for ARTmania Festival 2010, August 13-15, Sibiu, Romania.
Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are the longest-standing band from the original Gothenburg metal scene, and are one of the most integral pioneers of the melodic death metal genre of music.
Update May 26, 2010: Swallow The Sun to play at Artmania
Swallow the Sun have been confirmed for Artmania Festival 2010. They are scheduled to play on Friday, August 13th, on the same day with Kamelot and The Sisters of Mercy.