ARTmania Festival Sibiu 2012 announces a premiere and a comeback: Edguy and My Dying Bride are meeting the Festival’s audience Saturday, August 11. The concert schedule is defined today and the line-up for the seventh edition of ARTmania Festival is as follows: Die Toten Hosen, My Dying Bride, Deathstars, Edguy, Epica, Delain, Poets of the Fall and Trail of Tears. 

The German band Edguy, a new premiere for Romania, will hit the stage at the ARTmania Festival.  The rightful heir of the heavy metal throne with over two million albums sold, nine studio albums and sold-out concerts in over 37 countries, inseparable on stage from Aerosmith and Scorpions,  Edguy will be heard to the stars and back on the ARTmania stage, in a concert dedicated to their latest released album “Age of the Joker”.

Edguy’s story begins in 1992 when 3 colleagues, only 14 years old, made their dream come true. They are Tobias Sammet, vocals and bass back then, guitar players Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer. The band was completed in 1997 with bass player Tobias “Eggi” Exxel and drummer Bohnke. Edguy can pride with only one line-up change in 20 years of making music; almost a record in the industry.

Also a record, this time a personal one, reaches the festival thanks to the last confirmation: My Dying Bride will play in Sibiu again in 2012, and after this edition it will be the first band to have played three shows at the ARTmania Festival. The well-known British band has released till now 11 studio albums and has celebrated 20 years of existence last year. It has already played two times in Romania, in 2007 and 2009, and they are coming back for a third time in 2012.

“We have evolved like any other band, winning and losing members, developing the musical style we started with, but in the same time we kept it interesting. The most important thing in these two decades is that we still love very much what we are doing and we hope to go on like this for the next 20 years”, Aaron Stainthorpe declared in a metalunderground interview in 2011.

The ARTmania Festival has been endorsed by the City Hall of Sibiu from the first edition in July 2006. An important ally in the battle for musical dissemination is Tuborg, a known brand, integrated in the artistic schedule of the Festival through its Tuborg Sound platform. Tuborg Sound has been supporting the festival for three years, promoting not only the platform itself but also Romanian bands, either well known or just emerging. Starting last year the ARTmania Festival was joined by bikers under the Harley Davidson® logo, a brand which could not miss the annual meeting of free spirits.

In 2012, the ARTmania Festival will take place between August 6 and 12 and will offer art amateurs a varied cultural program including concerts, exhibitions, workshops and other events dedicated to the fine arts. The concerts in the Large Square will take place on Friday and Saturday, 10th and 11th of August.

Tickets and full passes for the ARTmania Festival Sibiu 2012 can be purchased in Eventim and Diverta networks, and online at eventim.ro, myticket.ro and at shop.artmania.ro, for 130 lei/pass and 90/day ticket, while starting with July and until the last festival day passes will be 150 lei and one day ticket 100 lei for the main festival events.

ARTmania Festival is an event cofinanced by the Local Council of Sibiu with the Town Hall and the Cultural House of the District of Sibiu.


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