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  1. Mad Cool 2018

    Good grief! Why can't they just refund the difference?
  2. Sziget Festival 2018

    I think it being on flat park land, with good weather but plenty of shade when it's really hot, makes it a much easier festival physically than I am used to.
  3. Sziget Festival 2018

    @conorC - I think you would struggle to camp because the best spots would be gone & you could end up with no shade or on a mad slope! Othere than that - the best headliners can be any day - except the last night when it is always a crap DJ! (Although we have had the best time at The World Stage both years for the finale - there is something magical about being in a crowd for a band you've never heard of, singing in a language you don't understand, with a crowd who know every word!)
  4. Sziget Festival 2018

    Tbf - the festival doesn't really get going til about 4pm so there is always an opportunity to trip into Budapest earlier on one or two of the days even if you like the headliners every day!
  5. Sziget Festival 2018

    @curlyjake It's actually fantastic to stay in the city because it's such a beautiful charismatic city and I actually feel you miss out a bit by being on site! (This as a 30 year Glastonbury camper who thinks it's all part of the fun usually!) transport in Budapest is good. The train to Filatorigat next to the festival runs all night. If you need a second train to your apartment you may struggle more later on, but instead of queueing for a taxi on site - go to Filatorigat and head one stop back towards the city - there are always a few taxis there. The queues on site get long, and although we never did this, we saw the short train hop to a taxi as a good potential way to get home last year. To get the best combination of festival and city I recommend centring your accommodation search in Margrit Hid (Margaret Bridge). You can get the train back to there all night, but it is also only a short walk from the city centre bars, restaurants etc. The boat also always goes to and from there but is more hit & miss for other stops. Having said that - we loved staying near Petofi square - it's so close to the city stuff, and it was fine on the train. One day we needed to flit home during the day band it was actually a shorter round trip on the train to the city and back that the time it would have taken me to get from The Pyramid to my tent and back at Glastonbury! Don't fall into the trap of staying as close as possible to the festival though - it's a pretty soulless part of town. Last year we stayed in fabulous apartments right across the river from Sziget, but we missed the Budapest buzz of our first year, and to top it off, it took as just as long to get there once we had to head down river for a bridge! The city pass is a marvellous thing. It's a wristband so you never have to worry about having it with you. As well as getting you everywhere you need to go all week, you get one free visit to a Spa, and reduced entry thereafter, as well as other sightseeing discounts. our favourite Spa is on Margrit Sziget - Ther are more spectacular old ones architecturally, but this is a new one with an amazing range of pools - swimming, waves, fountains, play, slides, thermal - all set in landscaped gardens. The island itself is lovely too with some great places to eat on the riverside. (I almost wish I hadn't put that because the traditional spas get very packed but this one didn't) Its hot in Budapest in summer - don't be fooled by it not being in the med - it's hot, camping is hot. Those who have camped seem to have found that the more expensive options look great but are right next to some of the all night noisier parts of the site. Hope this is helpful - we are dong Nos for the first time this year, but Sziget was our first festival abroad and we loved it so much that we'd booked for the following year before we even got home from our first one. Still - it is important to try different things, but I will be jealous of everyone at Sziget next year! Do it!
  6. Sziget Festival 2018

    Boomtown and Sziget are usually the same weekend but I know Bohemian Betyars managed to do both in 2016. They have a video on YouTube of them getting to both festivals!
  7. NOS Alive 2018

    We're now all signed up for this one too. Apartment, flights and tickets all booked now! Somehow we ended up going for this ahead of really knowing who might play, but the combination of a great city with beaches alongside a festival with a decent line up history swung it and we just decided to go for it! I love Wolf Alice, and was really hoping that whatever festival I rocked up at next year might give us The Arctic Monkeys - so fingers crossed!
  8. Sziget Festival HU

    I didn't think it was bad. There are lots of open questions which will be difficult to quantify for research but it wasn't bad to fill in. Remember English is not this person's first language. anyway - done!
  9. Sziget Festival 2017

    Last year (2016) we stayed at Central Studios and apartments at Regi Posta near the middle of Budapest. The flats are really spacious and basically but adequately equipped. The owners were really helpful with our arrangements. We got it off Booking.com at a really good price (about £300 for 10 days although I guess it'd be a bit more now). The flat we were in would have slept 4-5 or even 6 comfortably. This year we had an air bnb which was right across the river from the festival, but it turned out to be just as long to get there! overall - we preferred our first location. It is great to be in the middle of Budapest and experience that as well as the festival on a daily basis. You can get the boat up the river which is a spectacular way to get to the festival. You may need to get a taxi at least part of the way back but we usually managed to weave our way back by some combination of public transport and walking. (Although as a tip, the best way to get a taxi is to get the train from Filatorigat at the festival for just one stop back towards the city and then pick up a cab - it saves the crazy queues at the festival itself) The area around central studios and apartments has some great bars, restaurants, an aldi & tescos to pick up provisions, and it is right by the river. You can pick up trains and trams as well as the boat. The train is actually really quick even though you have a couple of changes on route. On our first day we were under prepared for some (unusual) bad weather and decided we needed to actually go back and change - it actually took less time than nipping back to our tent at Glastonbury! you will love this festival - it takes a day or so to click into its groove, especially with being off site, but once you and it gets going, it's got a tremendous vibe and loads to see and do.
  10. Beyond The Tracks

    To be fair it only seems to have drastically undersold on Sunday, as the reduced ticket offer would have gone in more directions if they were concerned about Friday and Saturday. Many festivals have to take a little hit in the first couple of years whilst they build their reputation, and the feedback on this one is good enough to build their reputation. I know some people thought £45 was too much, I don't know how easily they could put it on for less. For me, knowing Leftfield would cost that much on their own was enough to send me there on Friday. Did Sunday have the same kind of pull? It will be a shame to move it though, as I really liked the city centre, slightly gritty location next to the railway line. I did feel very proud of Birmingham though because it was such a lovely crowd!
  11. Beyond The Tracks

    Some people complained that the toilet queues were too long. Although they seemed lengthy, they moved fast, and the toilets themselves stayed in good nick throughout. I've certainly seen much worse queues, and far worse toilets elsewhere! However, the festival have immediately responded by putting more toilets in for the remainder of the weekend! That's how you do organisation - good to see Brum managing this after some of the other festival derailments earlier in the summer! The ground held up well yesterday despite some heavy downpours throughout the day, but I would say the grass has gone at the front and it could get slippy. They have also put on their Facebook that you can take food and soft drinks in - so show security the Facebook page if they try to take this stuff off you!
  12. Beyond The Tracks

    We had a tremendous time there tonight. The 2 stages are actually right next to each other and only exist so that the vibe doesn't drop during the changeover. The stage times indicated an overlap but every act on the bill was there to be seen.e The atmosphere was lovely. There was a good amount of space, but this was added to by everyone's willingness just to let people past them. If you want to be nearer the front - go on! I think it benefitted from maybe being a little undersold. Everyone was really smiley, friendly and generally just up for a good time. The craft beer/cider bar was great and it was brilliant to have 3 different good ciders on offer. There seemed to be a good variety of drinks on offer. Queues for beers and toilets weren't unreasonable. Toilets stayed immaculate today from my experience! i really hope this takes off and we see it back next year. Loved it. Bring on The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy!
  13. Beyond The Tracks

    To be fair - I think I will cope better with rainy Brum than that couple of days when it was 38 degrees over there!
  14. Beyond The Tracks

    I would say that you need least trainers with some grip. I don't think it's too boggy, but I think it's likely to be pretty slippy, especially once a lot of people have arrived and trodden the ground in.
  15. Clash regrets...I've got a few

    Don't worry about it! If you have queued for 20 minutes for a drink, it's pretty annoying when the barstaff rule out everything down to your 5th choice - running out of lemonade does limit your options, and gin and tonic doesn't even count as a posh drink - the frozen magueritas, Prosecco, and Pimms were the ones that really fried my brain! At least you weren't the women who called me a 'f***ing retarded bitch' for the bar not having small bottles of non-diet coke! I am glad you had a good time at Sasha & Digweed, and hope I helped to contribute in some way by eventually treasure hunting some form of alcoholic refreshment behind that bloody bar!