Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin and Luciano are among those journeying to coastal resort of Mamaia this year.
As testament to the growing popularity of Romania's Black Sea coast as an international clubbing destination, the list of artists appearing across the four-day May Day celebrations reads like an almost comprehensive round-up of the scene's biggest names. The coastal resort of Mamaia, and more specifically its Nord Beach, is where the thousands flock to each May 1st; this year those in attendance will be presented with the widest selection of events and artists in the gathering's history.
First up is Sunwaves, who will roll out over April 29th - 30th with their ninth edition of the festival. At the summit of their bill are perennial favourites Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos, who will be joined by Marco Carola, Lee Burridge, Thomas Melchior, Valentino Kanzyani, Masomenos and Audiofly. In terms of local names, Arpiar trio Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu and Raresh will all appear in addition to Cezar, Praslea, Kozo and Dan Andrei.
The Bucharest-based Mission have teamed up InDeep&Dance, meanwhile, for a party under the name Pirates of 1st of May. Topping their lineup is Cocoon ringleader Sven Vath, who will be joined by a vast selection of European, US and Romanian DJs that includes Steve Lawler, Tania Vulcano, Kerri Chandler, Art Department, Guy Gerber, Onur Özer, Brothers' Vibe, Dyed Soundorom, Mihai Popoviciu and Ali Nasser.
Mamia venue La Mania will be providing yet more options for those in town, with their club/beach offering over three consecutive days and nights. Lee Foss and Mike Huckaby will both be appearing at a warm-up party on Thursday 28th April; the next night Sasha, Danny Howells and Nima Gorji man the decks in the club's main room, with all four members of Visionquest—Seth Troxler, Shaun Reeves, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson—taking care of the terrace; and closing out the main room on Saturday April 30th is Luciano alongside Reboot, Marc Antona and Maayan Nidam, with DJ Sneak on the terrace's decks. All dates at La Mania will be followed by an afterparty on the beach featuring artists from the previous night's party.