Sziget Festival draws to a close
Sziget Music Festival, Óbudai Island, August 10th 17th
The granddaddy of all Hungarian music festivals spread over 250 acres on an Island in the north of Budapest is now in its 23rd year, and is planned to host at least 400,000 fans as a sort of "Eurowoodstock". The sziget festival takes place on Óbudai Island, and runs for a week (though this year continues the trend of featuring an additional "day 0", which has in recent years, been a way to push even more Hungarian Bands (though this year's 0-day breaks the mould a little..) This festival has won several awards, and goes from strength to strength.
This year's sziget promotion has a "Let's get..." theme, with lots of variants on posters all over the place to highlight the musical (Let's get loud ), artistic (Let's get creative!) aspects of the fesival, as well as keeping the previous trademark Island of Freedom idea (Let's get Free, Let's get loved).
With some government funding, sponsorship and of course 400,000 fans, the budget has been muscled up to allow the organisers to pay more for attending bands, which in turn has nudged some real "A-listers" into the lineup. The biggest names this year are Ellie Goulding, Limp Bizkit, Florence and the Machine, Kings of Leon and Avicii, plus of course the fact that the festival kicks off with the biggest name of all, on "day 0", Robbie Wlliams. (click here for the full list)
A 5-day pass is 239 Euros, and a day-pass come in at 65 Euros, if purchased at the last minute, Do be careful though, as it has happened in the past, that the festival has reached its statutory "full level" (an island can only safely take so many manic festival-goers) in which case they are forced to stop selling tickets for that day.
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