Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: 8 – 15 August
There are only a handful of festivals as big as Sziget Festival. Taking over a whole island in the heart of Budapest every summer the festival welcomes almost half a million visitors every year to its gates. And with over 1,000 performances taking place throughout the week-long festival, there is something for everyone.
Once again roping in some of the biggest and best names this year’s Sziget Festival will see Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Mumford & Sons and Shawn Mendez headline the festival. They’re joined by Liam Gallagher, Bastille, The Kooks, MØ, Stormzy, Zara Larsson, Wolf Alice, Lykke Li and so many other names we could never list them all…
Did you check the new #SZIGET2018 names? Dua Lipa * Gorillaz * Shawn Mendes * Stormzy * The War On Drugs * Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker * Lianne La Havas * Desiigner and many more – and still so many more to come! #SZIGET2018 #szigetfestival #IslandOfFreedom #SzigetLoveRevolution pic.twitter.com/VYPgU88He3
— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) February 24, 2018
Where to start? Last year saw Kasabian, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Major Lazer, P!NK, Flume, Alt-J, PJ Harvey, Biffy Clyro, Two Door Cinema Club, Birdy, Charlie XCX and hundreds more, and previous editions have seen the likes of Rihanna, Muse, Bastille, David Guetta, Amy Winehouse, The Prodigy, The National and countless other bands grace its stages.
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Music isn’t the only thing happening around Sziget, with installations, performances, yoga classes and daily activities at the main stage the festival is a treasure trove of activities, so make sure you head out and explore to your heart’s content. A stone’s throw away there is also the incredible city of Budapest, where you can head out and unwind at the city’s famous baths, visit the incredible markets or just go and explore what the ancient city has to offer.
Sziget has been around in one form or another since 1993, where it began as a humble student festival in Central Budapest. The festival has now hugely expanded, with over 10 times the amount of visitors last year than 20 years ago. Tickets for the massive seven-day extravaganza are currently on sale at €299 + fees (usually €325). For more info, a full lineup and ticket packages visit the Sziget website.
Tinie Tempah & main stage holi: Sziget Festival / Rockstar Photographers
Rihanna: Sandor Csudai / www.facebook.com/csudaisandor
Header Image: Varga Benedek – http://vargabenedek.hu