Sziget has loads of other things on offer to festival goers, as well as the music, there is; theatre, dance, classical music, cabaret, performances, films, fine art, crafts, literary presentations, programmes for kids, sports and other free time activities. In 2012 the Sziget Festival was visited by Michael Eavis, who said Sziget is "a fantastic festival, more colourful and probably a lot cleaner than Glastonbury."
Sziget Festival, (pronounced see'-get) takes place on Óbudai-sziget ("Old-Buda Island"), an island in the Danube, Budapest, Hungary. Taking place in August, the festival started as a local event in 1993 playing host to various Hungarian artists and has grown into a large European festival, showcasing over a thousand international artists over 60 stages, from many genres, to 400,000 daily visitors, half of which come from outside Hungary.
2013 will see the 21st edition of Sziget take place from Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th August, with camping available from Monday 5th August.
Day 0 - will be themed 'wonderland', with Quimby on the Main Stage and World Music Party Main Stage hosting Muzsikás, an internationally well-known Hungarian folk band, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year with their guests and international stars.
Latest additions are Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Franz Ferdinand, !!! Timbuktu, and Noisia.
Headliners Blur are joined by David Guetta, Empire of the Sun, Everything Everything, Dizzee Rascal, Enter Shikari, Hadouken!, Les Tambours du Bronx Azealia Banks, The Bots, Boys Noize, Editors, Ska-P, Chase & Status, Alex Clare, Tame Impala, Michael Kiwanuka, Skunk Anansie, Nicky Romero, Parov Stelar, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bad Religion, Woodkid, Katy B, Netsky, Peter Bjorn and John, Chris Liebing, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Calexico, Rachid Taha, Tako Lako, Warsaw Village Band, Fanfara Tirana meets Transglobal Underground, Biffy Clyro, Nero, Mika, The Cribs, Regina Spektor, Bat For Lashes, Flogging Molly, Dub FX, Little Boots, The Joy Formidable, Erol Alkan, Booka Shade, Gesaffelstein, Felix Cartal, Donots, Hoffmaestro, dOP, Blaudzun, Daily Bread, Splendid, Rangleklods, Feed Me (DJ Set), Mystery Jets, Chuckie, Guy J, Jozif, Rubik, The Gaslight Anthem, John Digweed, and many more.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.
There are actually two days of events before the festival proper, 'Day One' which features only Hungarian acts, and 'Day Zero'.
The Puglia Sounds Mambo Stage line-up will feature Crifiu, Dellera, DJ Henry, Gli Sportivi, Iori's Eyes, Kalascima, Linea 77, LNRipley, Lord Cumiana, UNA, Mascarimiri, Mellow mood, Mr. Bogo, Municipale Balcanica, Punkreas, Redrum Alone, Rezophonic, Scanna Wigan DJ, The Big Ska Swindle Band, The Hacienda, The Link Quartet, Uazzaman&Jahno, and Underdog.
A week ticket with camping is priced at £190, a 5 Day Pass without camping is priced at £170, and a campervan pass is priced at £112. Day tickets are available for £43. Beware of false tickets. Buy your ticket only from authorised vendors.
Children aged 10 and under have free entry if accompanied by an adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Cirque du Sziget
A new venue enriches the Sziget Festival programme this year. The Cirque du Sziget will host breath-taking "new-circus" productions and also some impressive shows of young Hungarian acrobats, put together exclusively for the event.
Camping Tickets are valid from 5th August 10:00am, Non-Camping Tickets are valid from 7th August 06:00am. Both types are valid to 12th August 08:00am. Daily ticket holders can enter the festival site from 02:00am to midnight on the day indicated on the ticket, and can stay until 08:00am the following day.
For those wishing to extend their stay on at the festival once the validity of their ticket has ceased, a new wristband can be purchased. Those who don't buy a new one will be obliged to leave the festival site.
Sziget attracts 60,000-70,000 visitors per day. There are many reasons to explain the international success of Sziget Festival. Apart from the line-up and wide variety of activities like swimming, karaoke, lessons in Hungarian or bellydancing, the location is one of them. Sziget is many festivals in one, a week long non-stop event with almost 50 program venues and around 200 programs daily. Performing bands range from the biggest names of the international pop/rock scene to stars of world music and electronica, but you will also find metal, folk, jazz, blues, alternative and even classical tunes, while you are wondering around the huge festival area.
The festival is held in a park on the Sziget Island in the heart of Budapest. The diversity, quality and price of food and beverage at Sziget are incomparable with other festivals. A pint of premium beer will set you back around £1.50, and for £3 you can make your choice between Indian, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Hungarian, vegetarian or fast food.
Festival-goers will be able to buy a CityPass for around ÂÂ25, granting free entry to the Turkish baths, spas and lidos of the city and use of all public transport for twelve days.
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