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  1. Similar to others. We are now 57 & 59 & really looking forward to going again having gone twice previously around 2016 in our earlier 50s. There is no getting away from it being a predominately young festival, but it is so friendly and lovely that it’s never an issue. We met so many fantastic youngsters from all over the world who happily drunk, sung and danced with us, that it wasn’t so much a case of ‘not feeling old’ but just feeling really comfortable and accepted with being the age we are & that is actually even better! I have been to Primavera Porto & Nos Alive Lisbon & it is incomparably better than either of those. Definitely worth getting a flat in the city - ridiculously cheap especially if you book now, and centre your search around Margrit Hid - it places you an easy train journey for the festival, but also close to the city, the river, the sights. For many British festivals the camping is part of the vibe, & whilst that would also be the case here, the boats and trains in and out of the festival, as well as the city itself all have ‘the vibe’ too. come along - you will love it x
  2. Go to Sziget - you won’t regret it. There’ll be some decent headliners and a decent undercard....& but none of that’s the main thing - it’s one of the best festivals you could ever be at... a proper WORLD party in a fantastic city. Every person you meet is from somewhere else, so much to explore on the island & in the city. A Glastonbury level of life changer. Don’t hesitate.
  3. Ed might have been at the last Sziget, but it will still be a 3 year gap - so who knows? We have booked for next year on the Prime release, but I have to tell you that I was somewhat surprised to then come here and find you discussing potential headliners! I had read this.... https://www.maximaltrips.com/blog/sziget/sziget-headliners & with a double headline of ‘The Sziget headliners 2022 are amazing!’, I read the list as being next years headliners, completely missing the bit where it said ‘this is who they had booked for 2020!’ Anyway, it’s done now, and between the overall vibe of the festival, the overall amazingness of Budapest, & the fact that they always book some decent acts along with some weird and wonderful stuff from across the continent that I have never heard before, I have no regrets! See you there! 🙂
  4. amfy

    Toilets

    I got into a lot of trouble online for suggesting that a lot of the problem was people not flushing, but it was. I noticed, not only at BD but at other festivals this year, that there is nothing to tell people that the loos flush. A handle is a good clue, but lots have a concealed foot pedal & people literally don’t know they are flushable! I honestly believe lots of portaloos would be loads better if there was a simple set of instructions on flushing!
  5. Yes - but it isn’t usually like this and I think the pressure of pulling it together in the 4 weeks since July 19th was greater than they could have envisaged.
  6. There was a real issue sorting out toilets. They did arrive in a horrible state and were bad before the festival even opened on Wednesday night! If anything they improved as the festival went on, but still not great. On Wednesday night there were hardly any toilets on site (apparently due to a last minute let down). It is easy to believe that someone got on a phone to someone at Boardmasters and simply said something along the lines of ‘I don’t care if they haven’t been cleaned, we’ll deal with that when they get here, just get them over to us!’......& then when they got there tried their best but it was too much!
  7. We had to show a double jab on the app or a negative LFT within 48 hours before arriving and again after another 72 hours. Someone on our shift felt ill and tested positive on Sunday morning. Him and his family had come straight from Boardmasters. They were immediately taken off site and the rest of our shift were tested immediately during the shift, & everyone else was asked to test before going on shift after that. So - there were precautions, but a positive can take a few days to show up so it can only reduce risk not eliminate it.
  8. A lot of festival staff went from Boardmasters to Beautiful Days, and that may be an issue - vendors, volunteers, security, especially with these 2 festivals being geographically close. In fact, regardless of proximity, a lot of festival staff are moving from festival to festival now in general - heading to the IOW as we speak!
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    Toilets

    To be fair Beautiful Days has had the most incredibly spotless and well resourced loos for so many years that the regulars do absolutely expect there to be loo paper. I think people’s anger and disappointment was worse because it was so out of character for this festival, but for me that was why they deserved a bit of leeway instead of people immediately calling them rip off merchants for not having this sorted in this difficult year. This isn’t a festival that stops caring as soon as you’ve paid for your ticket, they really try to give people a good experience and will be sorry that people struggled with this, especially with so many young families. I also find this odd as I don’t only carry loo paper (well - pocket tissues) at festivals, but on nights out to pubs, and even out shopping. In my experience you can’t rely on loos anywhere to have clean seats or toilet roll & it’s a pretty basic precaution imv.
  10. We asked for straw or wood chip at The Big Top on Sunday morning as it was lethal, but we were told that the site itself does not allow the festival to use anything like that because it hampers the grounds returning to normal. We were reduced to trying to catch punters as they slithered in and around the tent!
  11. I haven’t camped at Sziget but I camped at many UK festivals for many years and very much see camping as part of being at (or ‘in’) a festival. However, I disagree that at Sziget the deciding factor in camping or staying offsite is whether you are there for the ‘line up’ or ‘the festival’. We have stayed in the city when we have gone to Sziget mainly because we are a bit older and couldn’t deal with sleeping in a tent in that heat, but staying in the city is an amazing experience of its own for people of all ages. Budapest is a truly amazing city, and travelling into the festival by boat is spectacular. Loads of people travel in daily and the journey in and out is very much part of the day with a fantastic sense of community too. At the festival itself, of course we like to see several of the bigger names, but we also love exploring the whole Island, the installations, the political workshops which dig deep into key questions for Hungary about refugees and LGBTQ, the games and activities, and of course, our favourite Sziget thing, small stages with some obscure Eastern European, gypsy punk reggae which half the crowd know word for word in a language you don’t understand but you just catch their joy and join in! I may be offsite, but I’m there for the festival and we really do festival!
  12. Same here. I got to meet Hot Chip, Swim Deep, Goat Girl and Lucy Blue briefly. I had to go and find Alice from Dream Wife for someone, & Maisey Adam the comedian stopped and chatted to us for quite a while.
  13. Beautiful Days is a fantastic family festival. It’s not as big as Glastonbury so getting around isn’t such an issue with small children in tow. Even at the main stage there is always room and it’s easy enough to get in and out even at headline times.with some kind of buggy/trolley contraption.... ...but more than that it is a great festival for adults which is absolutely made for kids. It is a joy to see kids running round loving having old fashioned childhood summers - listening to story time in the woods, climbing trees, learning magic, enjoying fancy dress... .....& it’s quiet at night, & there are showers in the campsites which aren’t miles away, which have queues, but not ones that are miles long. .....sometime between about maybe 4/5 to 8/9 years old is a lovely times for kids to experience Beautiful Days.....& a year or two later they’ll be ready for Glastonbury. I know lots of people take Kids to Glastonbury a lots sooner, but the OP & others will find far less compromise necessary at Beautiful Days, even with a baby.
  14. I was trying to think of something different and thought I might try and go as Marcus Rashford. Then I thought about what that would entail, and that wearing a Man Utd shirt wasn’t even the worst part, & it’s definitely not my brightest idea! Back to the drawing board!
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