It's no wonder Romanian's hold Electric Castle festival in such high esteem
Cai Trefor
15:54 14th July 2017

The gates have opened for the fifth ever Electric Castle, which is held in a beautiful rural region just outside the city of Cluj Napoca in Romania. As opposed to previous years that have been tormented by heavy rain, the sun smiled on the happy hoards who had gathered in a place blessed with forest clad hills and a rustic 14th century castle, renovated to have world class interactive art installations.

It's in this paradise we've seen none other than Moderat, the phenomenal collaborative project from the duo Modeselektor and solo artist Apparat. The group, who have been hailed as the best live electronic act in the world in the press previously, provided a show that substantiated this claim. They're a spectacle because they've created a mesmerising visual to compliment their incredible wall of sound.

The projection images, independently of the music would get in Tate Modern they're so inventive. Images are broadcast in time with the music across collection of screens and were so huge and well lit that no matter where you were stood, you felt intimately involved in the show. This is the pinnacle achievement of all their careers and not to be underestimated. If this is what dance music in the 21st century is capable of then embrace it.

Elsewhere, Slaves played songs from their first two albums to an adoring crowd of punk fans who did the Jeremy Corbyn chant. The brotherly Kent duo - as ever - play with frenetic pace and sound that harks back to 77 punk but combine it with their own unique wit and lyricism.

UK dub legends Zion Train were a delight.They stole the hearts of the lucky few people who made their way to the dub stage at 1am. It's the kind of wobbly bass and off beat rhythms and Mcing through a proper dub soundsystem that inspired the likes of Jah Wobble of PiL and made the world fall in love with dub. Great start to a festival.