Sziget- the best festival in Europe?
Sziget- the best festival in Europe?

Sziget festival in Budapest is fast becoming one of the major European festival destinations with its great bills and a real atention to detail. Fed up of rainy day UK festivals with the same bands on- then check out this eclectic gem.

“ Glastonbury but sunnier, sandier and with more trees”, NME.

Winner of the ‘Major Festival of the Year’ 2012.

5th -12th August 2013, Budapest, Hungary.

“Sziget Festival is a 21st Century rarity, by way of it’s eclectic bill and beautiful location and a crowd that isn’t cynical about the pleasures of sharing music and art with others……Sziget truly feels like Paradise City.” THE GUARDIAN, May 2011.

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This Years Festival, Now In Its 21st Year, Sees A Superb Line-Up Including Blur, Chase & Status, Editors, Tame Impala, Azealia Banks, Dizzee Rascal, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Everything Everything, Michael Kiwanuka And Alex Clare.

In 2012, the 20th year of the festival, there was much to celebrate when SZIGET FESTIVAL was crowned ‘Major Festival Of The Year’ at The European Festival Awards, winning the prestigious award despite being in competition against the very best festivals in Europe including Exit, Roskilde, Oxegen, Hurricane, Lowlands and Pinkpop.

Last year one of the 400,00 visitors was Michael Eavis, who said afterwards:

“Sziget is a fantastic festival, more colourful, and probably a lot cleaner, than Glastonbury!”

Despite its size and yearly rise in popularity and capacity, Sziget has retained its good, old-fashioned festival values with a laid back atmosphere; a vast range of good quality, cheap food; inexpensive beer (around £1.50 for a premium brand), and no camping restrictions/cattle herding! Campers can pitch up and come and go from the festival site as they please, making the festival an appealing European escape for those who may want to check out Budapest and the surrounding areas (where the shopping opportunities are the most diverse yet cheapest in Europe) as well as immersing themselves in all the amazing sights and sounds that this unique festival has to offer.

The festival, which began life as a student event back in 1993 – and now attracts crowds of over 390,000 daily visitors from all over the World and caters for every musical and cultural genre in over 60 stages –  has become the biggest event in Central Europe, and one of the most exciting and colourful events in the European festival calendar. Set on the stunning Obudai Island on the River Danube, Sziget boasts 7 days of incredible, eclectic musical treats from around the globe (around 1000 acts play across the 60 stages), endless amusements, entertainment and revelry to suit every type of festival-goer 24/7.  Learn belly dancing, try bungee jumping, camp anywhere you like – next to your favourite stage or on the banks of this beautiful island in the middle of the Danube, a majestic river flowing straight through the heart of the amazing city of Budapest.

Acts Confirmed To Date Include:

Blur, Chase & Status live, Editors, Azealia Banks, Dizzee Rascal, Alex Clare, Enter Shikari, Skunk Anansie, Ska-P, Die Ärzte, Seeed, Michael Kiwanuka, Tame Impala, Hadouken!, Katy B, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Everything Everything, Netsky live, Bad Religion, Woodkid, The Bots, Peter Bjorn & John, Wax Tailor, Triggerfinger, Zaz, SKIP&DIE, Empire of the Sun, Boys Noize, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Ingrosso, Oscar Mulero, Chris Liebing, Deichkind, Parov Stelar Band, Afterhours, Left Boy, Calexico, Rachid Taha, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Leningrad, La Pegatina, Moana and the Tribe, Mokoomba, Fanfara Tirana meets Transglobal Underground, Tako Lako, Shutka Roma Rap, Figli Di Madre Ignota, Dubioza Kolektiv, Dakha Brakha, R.U.T.A., Warsaw Village Band, Cankisou, Söndörgő, Besh o droM and guests, Parno Graszt & Latcho Drom, Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra en Csik Band and friends. Many more to be announced soon!

Sziget organisers are working to put together amazing value packages for UK travellers, including budget camping packages, through to luxury trips, to suit everyone’s budget. The ‘city pass’, a hugely successful introduction in 2011, allows travellers to visit the spa baths, museums and galleries, take buses, metro and trains throughout the city, and will be available this year too.

For ticket news and details, check out the official Sziget website for UK and Ireland: The festival is also on twitter as @szigetfest

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