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 nearly half a million daily visitors, half of which come from outside Hungary.
2018 will see the 26th edition of Sziget take place from Wednesday 8th to Wednesday 15th August. That's not a mistake, next year’s Sziget will take place from Wednesday to Wednesday.
Confirmed acts include headliners Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Gorillaz, Lana del Ray, and Mumford & Sons, along with Liam Gallagher, Bastille, Lykke Li, The Kooks, MØ, Parov Stelar, Kaleo, Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, Gogol Bordello, Clean Bandit, Blossoms, Milky Chance, Wolf Alice, Little Dragon, Cigarettes After Sex, Goo Goo Dolls, and more, with many more still to be announced.
For all of the details including day splits please see the line-up page.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
7-day pass: 299 euros
5-day pass: 275 euros
3-day pass (choice of days): 189 euros
Day pass: 70 euros
Camping Tickets are valid from 8th August 10:00am, Non-Camping Tickets are valid from 10th August 06:00am. Both types are valid to 15th 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 £25, 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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