The biggest party of Europe takes place on an island in the Danube, right in the centre of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Every August thousands from all over Europe head to what has become the biggest summer event of the continent. Over 1000 bands and artists perform on 60 stages: pop, rock, metal, hiphop, dance, world music, theatre, performance arts and everything in between.
Why do tens of thousands of people from all over Europe head to the Sziget festival year after year?
- The location of the festival in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. You can be in the city centre within 15 minutes! You can leave and enter the festival island as often as you like.
- The great weather; during the summer Hungary has the same climate as Spain. Forget about ponchos, bring some suncream instead! The wide variety of good food and beverage for cheap prices (a pint of beer will set you back €1,80, a good meal is only €4).
- The international atmosphere of the festival. This is where East-Europeans party shoulder to shoulder with people from West-Europe. Only 25% of the visitors come from Hungary itself!
- The ability to place your tent wherever you like, wether it’s next to your favourite stage or at the banks of the Danube river.
- The variety of activities. Whether you want to learn belly dancing, do some bungee-jumping, learn Hungarian, take a dip in the swimmingpool, watch a movie, sing karaoke or just play football, it’s all possible at Sziget. There’s so much going on that sometimes it’s hard not to forget there are bands playing too!
- The diversity of the bands and DJs performing and the number of stages. There is always something going on somewhere on the island. Any kind of music, any kind of entertainment.
- The fact it’s on an island and the sheer size of the island. There’s so much to see and do you can’t really see every part of the island in just one week.
The 18th edition of the Sziget festival will take place from August 8th until August 15th. With a camping ticket you can stay on the grounds from August 8th 12.00 - 08.00 August 15th.
The 8th of August is the so called Hungarian Day. The majority of the cafes and party tents are open and on the Mainstage a popular Hungarian act will be performing. The best thing about the first day though, is that everybody's still fresh and full of energy, the first day is always one of the best!
The 9th of August will be something special, this year American music icon Prince will be performing. Besides that Klezmatics, Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar and Leningrad will bring you American klezmer, Serbian brass and Russian underground ska. On another stage a European talent contest will be held with the winners of various talent contests all over Europe. Among these acts is Swedish band Emmecosta. Besides that also eleven Hungarian acts will perform accompanied by the Magyar Radio Symfonic Orchestra.
The actual festivities will commence as from August 11th with complete festival programme on all stages. This year you can see a.o. The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Pulp, Interpol, Kasabian, 30 Seconds To Mars, Dizzee Rascal, White Lies, Skunk Anansie, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, Kid Cudi, La Roux, The National, Gotan Project, Judas Priest, Hurts, Richie Hawtin, Goran Bregovic, Motörhead, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, AfroCubism, Deftones, Kode9, Rise Against, Peter, Björn and John, Oi Va Voi, Steve Angello, Lostprophets, Gogol Bordello, Crystal Castles, Cowboy Junkies, Hadouken!, Sonata Arctica, Flogging Molly, 2manydjs, Marina and the Diamonds, Good Charlotte, Kate Nash, Sly & Robbie feat. Jr. Reid, Suicidal Tendencies, Selah Sue, Hudson Mohawke, The Maccabees, Within Temptation, Esma Redzepova, Digital Mystikz, Empire Of The Sun, British Sea Power, Trentemøller and The Haunted.
There's a special focus on ’Meetingpoint Europe’. The days are far gone that Sziget used to be an exclusive Hungarian affair. The Hungarians still constitute the majority of the visitors, but there are also thousands of French, Dutch, German, Italian, Romanian and British visitors. And also hundreds of Belgian, Finnish, Austrian, Polish, Swedish, Spanish, Slovak and other Eastern European visitors have found their way to Budapest. New this year is the Europe Stage, which hosts some of the best upcoming acts that are already very well-known within their own country, but not yet in other countries.