Sziget Festival

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Country and Region HungaryPest County
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Budapest, Pest County, Hungary
Festival Contact Information

Sziget Szervezőiroda
H-1399 Budapest
Pf.694/245 Hungary
Phone: (36) 1 372 0650
Fax: (36) 1 372 0651

Festival Description

With the first shoots of spring, Sziget Festival, one of Europe’s favourite festivals, has announced a whole bouquet of bands arriving to Budapest in August. Sziget continues to present bands that are perhaps less well known to Hungarian audiences, but have proved themselves on the international stage.

On an island close to nature, in the middle of town and yet in a green environment, the Sziget Festival awaits its party-loving festival-goers to enjoy programs that are as unique as the location: besides a wide variety of musical styles in dozens of venues there are cultural programs on offer too, ranging from street theatre to circus acts, from physical theatre to exhibitions. Previous visitors to the festival frequently name the unique atmosphere (second only to the huge selection of programs) as the festivals main appeal. This is the place where friendships are made, this is the place where great romances are born, and this place is the island in the middle of our hectic civilization where everyone can let go of their everyday worries. This Sziget is the island of friendship, the island of love, the island of joyful self-abandon, the island of freedom, the island of cultural diversity. That said, it’s worth keeping in mind this is also the island where the beer is cheap, the girls and boys are beautiful, and the exciting urban centre of Budapest is within easy reach.

Festival Dates August 11 - 18, 2014
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Festival Story:

The great thing about Sziget – our favourite festival – is that while at one particular spot the party is swinging, somewhere else the crowd is grooving to the sound of world music. In another corner, the audience is spellbound by a street theatre performance, and yet elsewhere, it’s international Roma music that’s seducing the crowd. And still, there are many more different stages and a plethora of music styles to tune into. It’s all happening during the second week of August.


Festival Events:

Announced lineup 2014:
  • Queens of the Stone Age
    • The legendary rock band from Palm Desert, California, is known for its riff-oriented, heavy rock music. The cornerstone and charismatic leader of QOTSA is the singer-guitarist, Grammy Award winner, Josh Homme. Their latest album from 2013…Like Clockwork has an amazing list of contributors like Joey Castillo (former drummer), Mark Lanegan (regular collaborator and former member) and also Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). This year they are going to rock Sziget Festival for sure.
  • Calvin Harris
    • Harris is one of the biggest names in mainstream electronic music today. We can associate uncountable first class EDM songs to the Scottish singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. These masterpieces are not just well-known to everyone, but are 100% party anthems featuring all stars. Now he is even more popular with his newest third album, 18 Months.
  • Placebo
    • Placebo, enjoys an ever growing level of success around the world with their unique blend of music and outstanding live performances. Their dark and melodic trademark sound featuring singer Brian Molko’s instantly recognizable vocals has become one of the strongest brands in rock over the past decade. Last year they have released their seventh studio album Loud Like Love.
  • Imagine Dragons
    • The American alternative rock band, Imagine Dragons, becomes more and more successful. They do not only have a unique sound, but they create an own world with romantic, solid, fascinating atmosphere thanks to the passion and professionalism of its members. This year they won the award for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the European Festival Awards.
  • Bastille
    • Formed in London by Dan Smith, Bastille, is a highly popular alternative rock band today. The band was started out as a solo project of the singer/songwriter Smith, but later expanded to a quartet. Their debut album, Bad Blood, was released last year and received a good reception. Their most successful single “Pompeii” and their whole show will be a must-see at Sziget.
  • Stromae
    • The Belgian singer-songwriter is a very charismatic personality, who merges electronic, hip-hop, eurodance and traditional African vibes in his music. He is not only popular, but received many important awards from the industry. He has released two albums so far and has made dance millions with his singles as Alors on danse or Papaoutai.
  • Klaxons
    • The British indie rock band, Klaxons, will bring the audience something very special and unique. They merge some materials from post-punk and pop with the vibe of psychedelic rock’n’roll. Their last album Surfing the Void was a great success and hopefully this year Szitizens can enjoy some songs from their forthcoming album as well.
  • Laidback Luke
    • Laidback Luke is a real innovator in dance music, who will be powering dance music to the crowd at Sziget this year. The Dutch DJ has works together with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike or Hardwell, but he is also responsible for EDM’s most sought after remixes as a recent demand on Martin Solveig’s ‘Hey Now’, ‘Thinking About You’ featuring Ayar Marar for Calvin Harris and Robin Thicke featuring Pharrel and T.I on chart busting ‘Blurred Lines’.
  • Starlight Girls
    • As an exciting element at Sziget, Starlight Girls, will make an appearance with their unique and alternative sound. The Brooklyn-based group lives in a swirling fun house of everything you don’t hate about music, drawing their influence from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the future.
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Skrillex
  • Jake Bugg
  • London Grammar
  • The Prodigy
  • Lily Allen
  • Ska-P
  • La Roux
  • Miles Kane
  • Palma Violets


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  • Sziget Festival won the 2011 Best European Major Festival title at the European Festival Awards. A joint effort of the festival’s organizing team and the votes of a devoted fan base in over 60 countries resulted in the best possible news to start up the year. The prize giving ceremony of the 2011 European Festival Awards took place on 11 January in Groningen, The Netherlands. Music industry professionals and journalists from all over the old continent gathered to celebrate the winners of the prestigious award, crowning Sziget Festival as the best of Europe’s greatest parties. 2012 will see the 20th edition of the event, which is renowned as one of the biggest and most international festivals of the world, a popular meeting point for fans from all corners of the globe. Sziget represents the culture of Hungary and the CEE region, while its international line-up also qualifies it as a main event in the international agenda. The festival is often cited by journalists as remarkably colorful, mainly referring to its multi-genre, multi-art program structure and the huge number of program venues. Besides international stars on its main stages, the event also hosts many civil society initiatives and stands up for universal values like human rights, ethnic, sexual, or social justice. In addition to earning the first prize of the major festivals, Sziget was placed among the top five in the category based on performing musician’s preference. “We are honored that not only the audience, the profession, but the artists also appreciate our efforts”- emphasized Sziget’s founder and chief organizer, Károly Gerendai.
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