Sziget festival


If you ask a Hungarian to name a few festival in Budapest, or in the country, I guarantee you that Sziget will be his/her reply in the first place, or at least among the first three.

This is THE festival of Hungary, the biggest, the most well-known and respected. Sziget started as a low-budget student event in 1993 but by now it became one of the largest musical and cultural festivals in Europe. The one-week-long Sziget is held every year in August, on an island (called Old Buda Island) on the Danube, in the northern part of Budapest.

Some names from the past

For instance, since its opening, Iggy Pop, The Prodigy, Foo Fighters, The Cardigans, Green Day, Paradise Lost, Rammstein, Faithless, Guano Apes, HIM, Oasis, Suzanne Vega, Morcheeba, Placebo, Muse, Kasabian, Pulp, Basement Jaxx, Snoop Dogg, Radiohead, The Killers, Pink, R.E.M., Iron Maiden, White Lies, Sum41… etc. has performed here as well.

This year

On the minus first day, as usual, you can get acquainted with some Hungarian hits performed by some Hungarian musical legends. One of them, is the not so long ago, tragically died young artist, László Bódi or ‘Cipő’, song-writer, artist, musician, rock singer, founder of the Republic band. He has been one of the most popular and successful musicians after the change of the regime in Hungary. He sang about his real emotions, experiences, doubts, life, love, feelings and that’s why his songs are forever-lasting and could reach so many different generations. The organisers of the Festival would like to pay honour to his memory by dedicating this day to him, enabling current Hungarian legends to sing his well-known songs by their own performances in the four-hour-long concert, on the 5th of August, from 7pm.

It’s impossible to give you a full picture about Sziget in a small blog writing, but you should go and check out for yourself how colourful, varied and awesome this festival really is! When you enter the gates, you start to belong to something great and you have the feeling that everyone is your friend there and each tent offers you a special treat and a special party which you should discover and enjoy!

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Find here rock, metal, electronic, blues, folk, gypsy, r’n’b, pop, Hungarian, reggae and all different types of music. Drink in an Irish bar, try the brand new Sziget Eye, watch exhibitions, join the circus, chill out in the Cökxpon Garden, play some games where you can only count on your logic, join the Magic Mirror tent for some great gay party, watch some extremely spectacular street performances, try the Sziget Beach, get lost in a labyrinth, watch varied street performances and ……. the list is far from complete!

See you there! I guarantee that we won’t be bored!

Some artist from this year: Bad Religion, Bat For Lashes, Biffy Clyro, Blur, Boys Noize live, David Guetta, Deichkind, Die Ärzte, Dizzee Rascal, Editors, Empire Of The Sun, Everything Everything, Franz Ferdinand, Hadouken!, Little Boots, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Nicky Romero, Mika, Oscar Mulero, Parov Stelar Band, Regina Spector, Seeed, Skunk Anansie, Tame Impala, The Bots, Triggerfinger, Woodkid.

What: Sziget Festival
Where: Óbudai Sziget
When: 5-12 August
Link:More information

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