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March 24, 2023

2009 edition of Stufstock Festival, canceled or postponed for September

The seventh edition of the Stufstock Festival, expected to take place in August, in Vama Veche, according to traditions, might be canceled due to a shortage of funds, yet the organizers hope to move the event in September and present a version that would only include Romanian bands.

“We are still looking for funds,” Mircea Toma, the organizer of the event declared for Mediafax. “We postponed it for September, as the first part of fundraising was quite unfriendly. Another misfortune is the Ridzi scandal (Monica Iacob Ridzi, former Youth and Sports Minister, editor’s note), because it cut all prospects regarding public funds,” the organizer added.

“If things will finally happen, this year’s edition of the festival will be 100 per cent Romanian – “Best of Stufstock” – with a stage dedicated to consecrated artists and a stage for newcomers,” Toma mentioned.

Last year’s edition of the festival had a budget of approximately EUR 450,000, approximately half of which was offered by sponsors. The lineup for 2008 starred bands such as dEUS, Apocalyptica, Air Traffic, Jean-Luc Pont, The Amsterdams, etc.

Moreover, in 2007, the Festival was attended by over 40 bands and independent artists of Romania, the United States of America and Europe, including The Dandy Warhols, Toy Dolls and Cradle of Filth. Started over seven years ago, as an event of protest that wanted to recover the rights of alternative music on the seaside, dominated at that time by mainstream music. In 2008, Stufstock had reached the maturity of a genuine festival.

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