Sziget Festival , HU

With over 1,000 acts booked each year and 70,000 fans attending each day, Sziget is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe.

Every August, the 266-acre Hungarian island of Óbuda is taken over by a week-long non-stop party in paradise. With artists ranging from the biggest names of the international pop and rock scene to stars of world music and electronica, there is truly something for everyone at this multi-genre extravaganza.Often labelled as the European alternative to Burning Man, no day is ever the same at Sziget. It is an amusement park for festival fans, with a plethora of extraordinary activities, surreal venues, and unique installations to transport you to another world!

The week-long festival has grown from a relatively low-profile student event in 1993 to become one of the prominent European rock festivals, with about half of all visitors coming from outside Hungary, especially from Western Europe.It also has a dedicated “party train” service (with resident DJs) that transports festivalgoers from all over Europe.

In 2011, Sziget was ranked one of the 5 best festivals in Europe by The Independent.The 2011 festival won theEuropean Festivals Award in the category Best Major European Festival in early 2012.

Sziget Festival is notable in that it contains acts from many different genres. 2006 saw, among others, a blues stage, a jazz tent, a world music stage, alongside the main stage with more typical popular rock acts.

The festival is popular with west Europeans. Around 50% of visitors come from outside Hungary, with the largest group coming from theNetherlands. Many also come from the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Ireland.

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LOCATION AND HISTORY

Óbuda Island, or Island of Old Buda is the largest Danubian island in Budapest. Located in District III, it is a popular recreational area, year round. It is the home of the international Sziget Festival every August.Originally known as Aquincum, by AD 89 it was home to a Roman legion of 6,000 men.A city grew around their fortress and became the capital of Pannonia Inferior in 106. By the end of the 2nd century, the population had reached 40,000. After 409, the Romans abandoned the area.

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