It’s time to hang out by the Danube River on Óbudai-sziget Island, home of the namesake festival in Budapest, Hungary. The leafy, 108-hectare destination north of Budapest city centre makes for one hell of a party-island, catering to revellers for an entire week of music, interactive art and camping.
From its beginnings as a low-profile student event in 1983, Sziget Festival has morphed into one of the biggest Eastern-European music events. Being based in the heart of Budapest, an energetic hub where east meets west makes attending all the more desireable. Most revellers usually stay a few nights (die hards commit to the full seven days) on the island camping. Getting little sleep is standard procedure, but with a 24-hour rotation of acts, food and services available, it will be a little like a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas, but with infinitely more character and charm.
As for the line-up, Sziget delivers in both big names and regional performers. From main stage Electronic Dance Music ragers to gypsy music entertainment, there is a diversity of performance, music and art that other festivals can only try and live up to. As for must visit themed areas, take a trip to Tarot Labyrinth, where one’s path is determined by the fate of the cards, and the Luminarium, an inflatable chill zone that looks like an otherworldly church.
To suggest that Sziget is eclectic would be an understatement. This is non-stop party for open-minded souls who wish to get silly and soak up the sounds of a wide ranging selection of genres.
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