Martin Garrix and Hardwell meet Cancer survivors at Untold Festival

Last weekend at Untold Festival young cancer survivors were given the opportunity to go backstage and meet superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Hardwell, thanks to work organised by the Youth Cancer Europe Foundation.

A group of 10 youngsters aged 18 to 25 were given the opportunity through a social media competition organised by the Foundation for its network of cancer survivors, with some traveling to Untold’s host city of Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania, Romania, from as far afield as Spain.

Hardwell met the group of survivors during the festival’s opening night on Thursday, while Martin Garrix greeted the youngsters just before his headline performance on Sunday night. Both DJs have topped the prestigious DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list, the world’s biggest music poll, where Garrix is currently number one.

The Youth Cancer Europe Foundation, formed in 2015, is a registered charity made up of 15 youth cancer organisations from across Europe which focuses on meeting the most urgent needs of young people with cancer, including age appropriate and equally accessible cancer treatment across Europe with long-term follow up and quality of survivorship, as well as acting as political and regulatory representatives of young people with cancer in the continent.

Katie Rizvi, CEO and Founder of the Youth Cancer Europe Foundation, said:

“We were over the moon to be able to invite a group of young cancer survivors from the continent to travel to Cluj-Napoca to attend the world famous Untold Festival. Having Martin Garrix and Hardwell, two of today’s biggest DJs on the planet, accepting our invitation to meet and greet the group backstage was just the cherry on top of the cake. Our survivors were incredibly excited, and we can only thank the Untold Festival, as well as Martin Garrix’s and Hardwell’s team for taking care of us and ensuring that our group of brave young people had a time to remember”.


(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.

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