Hungary is many things to many people and it is as a renowned festival nation that it attracts crowds of music fans. The busy 2013 season is about to open with the Rockmarathon near Pécs and the Efott Festival by Lake Balaton.
Heavy-metal fans will descend on the annual Rockmarathon in Malomvölgy, a valley eight kilometres south of Pécs. This year’s rock, metal, punk and hardcore acts will include Kreator, Sick of it all, Terror, Evergrey and The Hellfreaks (Hungarian). The festival, being held for the 13th time this year, is one of the most popular in Eastern Europe and entry to the metal-dominated line-up is EUR 35 for the week from 24 to 30 June, including camping.
In addition to 18 headliners, more than 100 other acts will tear it up on the three stages. Local and newcomer bands will perform throughout the day at the “Yuk Stage”. The organisers have also put together a theatre programme, a marathon run and sporting facilities.
Each year the one-week event attracts fans from throughout Hungary and abroad, who make the pilgrimage to the 2010 capital of culture for the special atmosphere. Unlike traditional festivals on the flat lands, this event takes place in the idyllic, wooded valley between the villages of Kökény and Kökénypuszta.
Student party at Balaton
At around the same time the Efott Festival in Zánka at Lake Balaton will host some 70 acts on four stages, including Faithless, Anima Sound System, UFO, Hõsök and Neo under the slogan of “Nothing but freedom”. DJs and folk and rock bands will keep the crowds awake until late into the night.
After the dancing frenzy, visitors can take in the poetry slam featuring both Hungarian and international slammers. The festival, also known as Hungary’s largest student party, boasts a broad spectrum of music against the backdrop of a gleaming lake and sandy beach.
24 to 30 June
Malomvölgy between Kökény and Kökénypuszta near Pécs
Week ticket if purchased up to 23 June: EUR 35. Day ticket EUR 17
25 to 30 June
Zánka at Lake Balaton
Week ticket: HUF 17,490
www.efott.hu/en/ (in English)