If you are fond of huge parties, today’s biggest artists and want to have an unforgettable blast that lasts for 7 days, you must visit Sziget festival in Budapest in 2019.
The event closed with a record attendance of 556 thousand visitors last year. The organizers are expecting even more fun-lovers in 2019. Sziget festival has huge popularity among Hungarians and citizens of other European countries, but also there are people who come to Europe only because of this event.
Sziget festival location and name
The Sziget festival lineup is getting stronger and stronger every year, which outstrips numerous other music events in the region. Apart from the outstanding lineup, the location of the Sziget festival in Budapest gives an additional excitement-factor to the whole event. This all happens on an island, more precisely on the Obuda island, situated in the middle of the Danube river. This is how the music festival got its name, as “sziget” means island in Hungarian. It is no hyperbole that this is the best music festival in Hungary and Central-, Eastern-Europe.
The history of the Sziget festival in Budapest
For the first time, they have held concerts on the Obuda island in 1980 and 1981. Later in 1991, they celebrated the secession of the Soviet army from Hungary with a series of concerts, at that time there were only Hungarian performers. The first attempt to establish a real festival started in 1993, it was called Student Island and its slogan was ” We need a week together!”. After that, from 1996 until 2001 the music festival operated with the name of Pepsi Sziget, and it finally got its today well-known name, Sziget festival, in 2002.
Previously, the majority of the performers were alternative and rock-style bands, and only after the 2000’s it became an event encompassing all genres. By 2009, it reached almost 400.000 attendees and now in 2019, they are aiming again to break the record.
Last year in 2018, they have spent HUF 1 billion (GBP 2,8 million or USD 3,5 million) on headliners, who were Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons, Dua Lipa, Kygo and Arctic Monkeys. This year they are increasing their budget for headliners by half a billion Forints.
Music festival programs
Ranging from families, teenagers, hipsters, gangstas, single ladies, elderly, party animals and adventure-seekers, you can find all kinds of people on the spot. The reason for this is not only the strong lineup that lists world-famous artists but the programs you can attend during the day. These programs are: party boat, cinemas, theatres, circus, competitions, arts and crafts activities, different relaxation opportunities etc. Not to mention that the cream of the Hungarian hand-made and fast food industry moves to the island in cute food trucks to cater to those who became hungry while attending vast program opportunities.
What is more, there is constant internet access on the location. The organizers also put great emphasis on environmentally-friendliness, so many green organizations can be found on the Obuda island during Sziget festival. Starting from this year, within the boundaries of the “Love Revolution” movement, they are emphasizing the environment even more. You can purchase reusable cups, or turn it into a token and use it in any bar when you need it. They also declare that straws are extremely harmful to the environment, so bartenders will only give them on request. Moreover, with the use of the Hungarian electricity provider, all sanitary facilities and the reception will be powered by solar energy.
You can purchase your Sziget tickets or season passes on the official website. Hurry up, because there are already day-passes which are sold out! Did you know that if you are a student, who has a valid international student card, you can have a student discount for the 7-day season ticket?
And now, let’s talk about the Sziget festival lineup in 2019!
As not the complete lineup is posted yet, we will come back to this article and update it as soon as we know more about the artists.
Here is the current Sziget festival lineup:
Wednesday (August 7) Day 0:
- Ed Sheeran-UK
- The Blaze-F
- Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls-UK
- Of Mice & Men-USA
Thursday (August 8):
- The 1975-UK
- Richard Ashcroft-UK
- Franz Ferdinand-UK
- Pale Waves-UK
- Tove Styrke-S
- Welshly Arms-USA
Friday (August 9):
- Martin Garrix-NL
- Tove Lo-S
- Xavier Rudd-AUS
- Gang of Youth-AUS
- Anna of the North-N
Saturday (August 10):
- James Blake-UK
- Son Lux-USA
- Richie Hawtin-UK/CAN
Sunday (August 11):
- Post Malone-USA
- Years and Years-UK
- Protoje and the Indiggnation-JAM
- Vini Vici-ISR
Monday (August 12):
- Florence+The Machine-UK
- Catfish and the Bottlemen-UK
- Maribou State-UK
- Yellow Days-UK
- Boy Pablo-N
Tuesday (August 13):
- Foo Fighters-USA
- Twenty One Pilots-USA
- Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes-UK
Are you ready to have a blast at Sziget festival in Budapest? We are sure that you can find many other attractions and activities outside the premises of the festival. If you arrive with a bunch of your friends, we recommend you to try bubble soccer during the day, which is an extremely funny extreme sport.
Most of all, if you planning to have a drink outside of the Obuda island, you should familiarize yourself with the prices of the city. As a result, you can plan your budget for the whole Hungarian trip well ahead.
If you already considered visiting Sziget festival in Budapest, or if you just got to know about it due to this article, it is time for you to try it. If you visit the music festival this year, you are definitely going to be part of something special, something big, and of course, a new record in the history of Sziget.