With large backpacks and hand-written hitchhiking signs to Budapest, prospective Sziget party-goers are once again gaining visibility in town, just as the countdown before the start of the annual music festival reaches its final stages. The party starts on Monday with two warm-up days, before reaching full-blown proportion between Wednesday and Sunday.
Minus 1 & counting…
For those not yet in the loop over Hungary’s biggest music fest, Sziget (Island) was first held on Óbuda Island north of downtown Budapest (also known as Hájógyári Sziget, Shipyard Island for its industrial past) since 1993 and has become a major fixture on Hungary’s varied summer festival programme since.
As well as a healthy dose of local musicians (there is a specially dedicated Hungarian music stage) such as Budapest Bár, The Grenma and Vad Fruttik, Sziget is also a platform for big international names. The line-up this year includes close neighbours (Serbia’s Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra) and bands from further afield (Australia’s Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and many countries in between.
Ticket prices run from EUR 17 for Monday’s “warming up” day (if bought in advance. EUR 21 on the spot), through EUR 49 for day tickets between Wednesday and Sunday to EUR 199 and EUR 229 for non-camping and camping weekly passes respectively.
District III, Óbudaisziget
Getting there: HÉV suburban trains depart from Battyányi tér, stopping at Filatorigát.
There is tons more info at sziget.hu in English.