Festival Profile: Sziget Festival 2019

Name:  Sziget 

Where:  Budapest, Hungary 

When:  7 – 13 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 over 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.


Leading the European festival charge, Sziget has so far announced its one and only name for this year’s edition. Taking the opening headline slot will be the one and only Ed Sheeran. With thousands of acts still to be announced for next year’s festival, we’re sure the lineup will once again be one not to be missed.

Former Glories:

Where to start? Last year saw Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Mumford & Sons and Shawn Mendez headline the Hungarian festival, alongside Liam Gallagher, Bastille, The Kooks, MØ, Stormzy, Zara Larsson, Wolf Alice, Lykke Li 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.

Rhianna headlining last year’s festival

Tinie Tempah at Sziget 2016

Also Look Out For:

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 main stage

Everything Else:

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 565,000 people passing through its gates in 2018. Tickets for the massive seven-day extravaganza go on sale from October 1st via the Sziget website.


Photo credits:
Tinie Tempah & main stage holi: Sziget Festival / Rockstar Photographers
Rihanna: Sandor Csudai /
Header Image: Varga Benedek –

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