Last year, Neversea festival made its debut, providing an experience that left a lasting positive impact on its attendees, resulting in an incredibly high level of anticipation ahead of this year’s event. This year, fans were left in awe once again as Neversea met and exceeded all expectations, inviting a vast number of high-profile artists to take to the stage and deliver monumental performances across the festival’s five glorious stages. Over the four day festival over 210,000 people from around the globe were in attendance, an absolutely staggering number for the festival’s second edition.
Set on the beach in Constanta, Romania, the festival boasts an incredible backdrop for its performances, with sets running through the night and into the early hours of the morning during the sunrise. The festival site itself was a wonderland of activities, shops and picturesque photo opportunities where attendees were able to capture the moment and share their experience with the world. As well as offering a range of worldwide cuisine, the festival also offered a number of bars serving quality cocktails. Partygoers were even able to purchase clothing and accessories from designers at the boutique shopping area, as well as official Neversea merchandise from the main clothing store. The location was certainly reflected in the event’s atmosphere, which effortlessly balanced relaxation with euphoria and escapism.
On the first night, attendees were treated to jaw-dropping sets from leading artists including Dutch megastar Hardwell, dynamic duo Lucas & Steve, Norwegian mastermind Alan Walker and Amsterdam-based power-duo Yellow Claw, plus many more. With mesmerising firework displays as well as captivating visuals, attendees were left in awe of the sheer beauty of the festival and its stages. As well as leading artists at the main stage, Neversea offered a wide variety of talent across the rest of the festival at The Ark, the Daydreaming stage and the Oasis stage. Highlights included American producer NGHTMRE and British band Modestep, both of whom provided ferocious sets that enabled the energy level to erupt throughout the crowd.
Day two saw Neversea play host to even more spectacular performances from the likes of Steve Angello, Galantis, Jonas Blue, Kungs, Redfoo, Aloe Blacc, Pendulum, Nina Kraviz, Claptone and many more. Attendees were truly spoilt for choice, with Steve Angello delivering an emotionally-charged and equally euphoric performance at the mainstage while Pendulum unleashed a ferocious level of energy at The Ark. Aloe Blacc provided a moving performance, the highlight of which was undoubtedly his Avicii tribute when he performed global hit ‘Wake Me Up‘, resulting in the gathered crowd singing along, a bittersweet yet euphoric moment.
Although it seemed impossible for Neversea to top its first two days, on the third day the atmosphere within the festival grounds reached new heights, particularly during Armin van Buuren‘s breathtaking performance which lasted five hours, with the sunrise on the beach providing a spellbinding backdrop. Taking to the stage, he instantly declared “Romania, I am home”. With such a loyal fan base in the country, it comes as no surprise that Armin van Buuren felt at home at Neversea and as a result he undoubtedly performed one of his best ever sets. Other highlights of the night included Tujamo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, John Newman, Âme, Chase & Status, and Camo & Krooked. Partygoers were well and truly spoilt for choice and were able to sample artists from a variety of genres across the music spectrum.
The final night of the festival brought Neversea 2018 to a close in truly spectacular style. The main stage was abundant with world class artists including Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, W&W, Scooter, and The Script, at the main stage. Axwell Λ Ingrosso in particular caused mayhem during their high-powered set which resulted in a huge crowd reaction, particularly when performing their hit Swedish House Mafia anthem ‘Don’t You Worry Child‘, creating a magical moment filled with euphoria and emotion. Steve Aoki delivered a massive set filled with explosive anthems, detonating his usual level of unrelenting energy. Irish super-group The Script also sent waves through the crowd with hit after hit, as attendees sang along to every lyric. Although the main stage provided an all-star lineup, the festival’s other stages also garnered a great deal of attention owing to the high calibre of the acts performing. Highlights included Eats Everything, Jamie Jones, Dub FX, Noisia and Black Coffee, all of whom provided flawless sets.
The phenomenal level of production and pyrotechnics at Neversea was truly staggering, providing the perfect platform for leading artists to perform unforgettable sets. With such a high volume of esteemed artists on the lineup, it comes as no surprise that attendees traveled from far and wide to be part of the experience and witness the festival’s second ever edition. Now, fans are already looking ahead to next year’s edition of the festival, which will undoubtedly see Neversea expand its offering even further still. One thing is for certain, Neversea is an experience that no music fan should miss.
If Neversea 2019 seems a long way off, Untold in Cluj-Napoca is run by the same organization and is due to take place next month on 2-5 August and offers a huge lineup featuring the likes of Armin van Buuren, Black Eyed Peas, The Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Alesso, Diplo, Kygo and many more. Another high-quality festival with plenty to offer, this year’s edition looks set to be the best yet. Tickets for Untold are available here.
Register for Neversea 2019 here.