Full house for Robbie

Sziget hosted a huge crowd of 80 000 on the Robbie Williams day. The day was sold-out by late night. Passes and day tickets for the next days still available.

Robbie Williams kickstarted Sziget 2015 in style with a full house concert. The majority of Szitizens (approx. 75 000 of them) were at the Main Stage area to enjoy the show and sing along the best know songs of the star. There are still available passes and tickets for all other days (including today), so all those who want to be part of the big adventure are more than welcome. Tuesday will see Florence + the Machine, Jungle and Infected Mushroom, among others, at Sziget’s numerous stages and program venues.

Using your smart gadgets the smart way

#sziget2015 - A big festival like Sziget is full of adventures. Of course you want to keep your friends, relatives, maybe even your enemies posted, so here’s a shortlist to make sure you’re fully prepared!

1. Keeping those batteries charged: luckily Sziget has more options for this,powerbank is probably the best solution if we’re talking about smartphones. You can get it on spot or even in our webshop, one charge costs approx. 2 EUR.
 
2. Finding wifi hotspots: Sziget is huge and for now it’s impossible to have a wifi network on the whole island. But there are hotspots mainly at the upgrade campsites and also on a few other locations, so keep an eye open for these.
 
3. Data-roaming: If you want to go for a backup option (since wifi hotspots can easily be overcrowded), simply check your mobile company’s roaming offers, as all of them will probably have some mobile data roaming packages. If you check the price difference between normal data-roaming and a pre-purchased data-roaming package, you will probably see the latter makes a lot of sense indeed. 
 
4. The right content: all we advise is to have an open eye on the island to really catch the important moments. There are many places in the world where you can listen to good music and also many festivals with beers and stuff, but we like to think Sziget is different. Help us showing this magic to the people who stayed home.
 
5. The band plays on the stage, not on the LED wall: just make sure you don’t overdo with technology and also enjoy reality… as a true Szitizen should :)

Moving-in starting on Friday!

These information is for those, who have purchased a Moving-in Weekend or Moving-in Sunday ticket next to their 7 Days Pass. Hope you will travel safe to Budapest! We cannot wait to have you here at the Island of Freedom! 

Here are some useful information that you should know about your first days at Sziget: 
 
- Sziget Festival kicks off on Monday, until please note that the festival area is still under construction, so make sure you follow the guidelines of our staff and take care of yourselves! 
- Program venues are still not operating, so we advise you to build your tent, get your accommodation and look around in Budapest! 
- Make sure you have your Sziget-Budapest Citypass, so you can look around, do some sightseeing, try out one of the iconic spas or beaches, experience the ruin pub culture of the Hungarian capital and just enjoy the city has to offer before the madness begins! 
- You can find an Information point operating at the K-bridge entrance operating on Saturday and Sunday between 10 AM – 6 PM (this will work non-stop on the other 7 days) 
- You can either pay at Sziget with a Festipay card you have to top-up or with your contactless MasterCard and Maestro card! Festipay top-up points will open continuously, there are plenty of them on the festival area! Check here the payment method at Sziget! 
- Food and drink stalls will start opening on Saturday and will be available continuously! Don’t forget to top-up your card before you order :) 
 

More to know: 

Bring or leave? 
 
 
How to get to Sziget? 
 
Please check all information needed to get to the island the easiest way!
Make sure you have your Sziget-Budapest Citypass! 
 
Where to get your wristband? 
 
During the moving-in days (7-8-9 August) 2 entrances will operate out of the 4 – the K-bridge and the H-bridge entrance. 
Please check all necessary information to get your wristband over here!
 
@home - Don’t forget to print out your voucher or have it available on your smartphone (via Passbook) – important: We don’t have printers available on-site, so make sure you already have it in your hand to make the entry smooth and quick 
 
To-do when arriving: you can exchange your pre-bought printed moving-in tickets to wristbands at any of the voucher to wristband exchange points (not at the Szitizen Prime exchange points, sorry) or you can buy one on-the-spot at the ticket booths 
 
Arriving to the island 
by public transportation: Look for the Voucher to Wristband Exchange points, hand over your voucher get your wristband (barcode needed) – Cross the bridge to Sziget and you are already part of the Island of Freedom 
by airport shuttle with your Sziget-Budapest Citypass: the bus will drop you off at the H-Bridge entrance where you can exchange your vouchers to a wristband. 
by car: parking at Sziget can be easy and comfortable, just check availability here! The transfer from the parking location will bring you to the exchange point at H-bridge 
 
Camping information you need to know 
 
There are some “good to know” information before you start to build your tent or move to one of the upgrade campings. Check here! 
 
Hope you will have a great time at Sziget! 
Have fun and experience the real festival holiday experience! :) 
 

Sziget is still open for you!

So you left your decision a bit late and not sure of what’s still possible regarding Sziget 2015? Well, let’s see the shortlist!

1.     Tickets: discounted ones still available till 31 July. Get your ticket here!

2.     Getting here: you might find some last minute flight, train or bus offers, but if not, don’t panic. You should simply look for fellow Szitizens coming from your area and ready to share the ride via blablacar.
 
3.     Where to camp: first of all, a Sziget pass includes free basic camping possibilitities, but if you want to stay in an upgrade campsite (that means slightly higher service level, like more toilets or showers) you can also get your Bridge Camping ticket. And some small houses in the VIP camping are also up for grabs, while there’s also some place left in our caravan camping if you arrive by camper (separate caravan camping ticket needed). Check here!
 
4.     Not the camper type: OK, luckily we’re in Budapest, within easy reach of the city center, so no worries! Look for some local hospitality and rent a private accommodation via airbnb, this way you will have your own bed, kitchen, bathroom and so on. Click!
 
5.     Not sure about the money: of course you need to spend on getting here and also for your ticket, but if you anyway plan to go on a holiday right now, this could be a bargain. And we do mean it seriously, Sziget is a festival-holiday. Much more than just a set of gigs and drinking beer in between. Talking about beers and general costs of living at Sziget: this is a nice place with nice prices:)
 

See you very very soon!

Discounted tickets until 31st July!

Discounted Sziget Festival tickets are only available till 31 July. This year’s Island of Freedom is selling as fast as last year when it broke all previous records and ended up sold-out, so it makes a lot of sense for all of you to buy tickets till Friday.

The Sziget crew is expecting a similarly big crowd as last year, meanwhile the event that’s already among the biggest in Europe managed to grow in maximum capacity. “We expect that also this year we will host more than 400 000 fans throughout the whole week – said main organizer KarolyGerendai. “This year we managed to restructure the festival area in a way that it can conveniently host an even higher number of visitors, if needed” – he added.
 
The organizers did not only work on developing the infrastructural basis of Sziget, but also put in a big effort to provide a very colorful program. New program venues will appear, old venues will move to new areas and even the already famous visual experience of the festival will get one step higher.
 
“It’s a good indicator for what we’re actually working on to tell you the basic stats: we will have artists from 47 countries and already sold tickets to visitors from 89 countries. So, the Island of Freedom is truly an international place, maybe the most international spot on Earth during this week.” – Gerendai added.

Let me get my tickets now!

Where to stay at Sziget?

Sziget is a long event, which means you do need to make sure you stay at the right place and have a good rest once you take a temporary break from the party (not telling you if this is day or night, you are free to decide it). Luckily this is a huge festival that’s very nicely integrated in the big city that surrounds it. Besides onsite options at the festival, Budapest has also a lot to offer when it comes to easy-to-reach accommodations. Here’s an overview.

Choice nr. 1: Basic camping at Sziget

It’s an easy choice, actually an automatic one, as your festival pass will include the free camping possibility. Plenty of shady or sunny areas available at the island, but please note you definitely need to arrive early to get a shady one. We also offer camping sets (tent, mattress, blanket), so you can downsize your luggage.

Choice nr. 2: Upgrade campsites at Sziget

There are so many of them, but also many of them already sold out. You can still find tickets for the Bridge Camping, the Family Camping and the Caravan Camping. What they offer is a slightly better infrastructure (more toilets, showers, etc.) and also enhanced security.
 

Choice nr. 3: private accommodations via Airbnb

Flats, houses, private or shared rooms will definitely fit the idea of festival-holidays. Maybe that’s the perfect match, as you can find fair prices and also make the most of the obvious advantages, like sleeping in a bed, having your own kitchen, or meeting locals. Thanks to the newly introduced cooperation of Sziget and Airbnb there are now more nearby options surrounding the festival area than ever before. Click here to find your dream home at Sziget!
 
We advise you to check the night-time public transport options before you book your place and use a Citypass to have the freedom of movement all around the city.

Choice nr. 4: #festivalhotel powered by Telekom

Another new option that we‘re introducing this year. Don’t think of huge rooms, but a slightly higher comfort level compared to tents and what’s most important: right at the festival! The best way to get the needed rest and maximize your party hours. Still some available rooms from the 126 that we have in total. Click for info!

Choice nr. 5: Flexotel

A very limited offer for those who want to stay on the island and have the luxury of sleeping in a real bed at the same time. Not a cheap option, but definitely a comfortable one. Get me a Flexotel!
 
 

Choice nr. 6: Hotels or hostels in the city

You will know how to find these online, there are hundreds of them available in Budapest. Please make sure you choose one that is easy to reach also during the night and again we advise you to buy a Citypass for hassle-free access.
 

Kings of Leon at Sziget 2015

Sziget is proud to announce Kings of Leon at this year's Island of Freedom. Their headline gig on the 15th August is one of the very few chances to meet the band in Europe during the summer. Who is excited?

Kings of Leon arrives to Sziget this summer! A huge piece of news, especially that this is an almost exclusive gig in Europe for the summer season. So, combine your favorite gig with a festival holiday and be at the Sziget Main Stage this August! The week of Sziget Festival is a real festival holiday, where you can not only enjoy 7 days of non-stop fun, but countless programs and venues. The Island of Freedom is the happy owner of  ‘Best European Major Festival’ award and aims to keep this title with its original program and unique atmosphere. For this reason, organizers are very happy to announce Kings of Leon in the line-up.
 
The four Followills -- singer/ guitarist Caleb, guitarist Matthew, drummer Nathan, bassist Jared -- had been on a fairly relentless run for the preceding twelve years, releasing six albums, gathering Grammys, BRIT awards and touring the world dozens of times since emerging from Nashville in early 2003. After headlining the world’s biggest Festivals including Roskilde, Coachella, Glastonbury, Rock Werchter, Lollapalooza & many more, this will be the band’s first appearance in Hungary - sets have included songs from all six of the band’s iconic albums. 

Let me see the already announced programs and tickets!

Major Lazer, C2C, The Script and more!

Sziget is happy to announce Major Lazer, The Script, C2C, Arty and Asaf Avidan at the Island of Freedom! Check our programs section as many other acts have been announced as well, what we call the "soul of Sziget", like Cirque du Sziget, Sziget Beach, Luminarium and many more!

The program of Sziget is shaping up! We are happy to announce that Major Lazer, The Script, C2C, Arty and Asaf Avidan are also joining the line-up of the Sziget music stages. What you should also keep in mind when it comes to the program of Sziget that so many things are happening on the island, that you will be happy to get lost and enjoy the various programs!

We call these programs the "sould of Sziget" as they create a vibe that makes Sziget Festival the Best Major European Festival! Check out the Sziget anthem and feel the atmosphere that is waiting for you! Tickets are available here and you should start discovering the program section as well!

Play on the Europe Stage!

Thanks to the cooperation of Sziget and Gigmit, now you have the chance to become part of the Sziget vibe by playing on the Europe stage. So apply and showcase your music to thousands of music lovers. We will offer one slot on our multicultural and vibrant stage between the 12th and 16th of August.

Do you have a band?

Want to play at Sziget?

I want to know everything! Let me read the details!

We can’t wait to have you and make you part of the Island of Freedom!

 

Line-up of MasterCard World Music Stage

This year you Szitizens can expect great music coming from all over the globe, bringing danceable tunes to the MasterCard World Music Stage. The internationally recognized program venue at the Island of Freedom will offer a wide range of acts, with a special focus on gypsy traditions this year. Don't forget: discounted 'Advance Round 1' tickets are only available until the end of April.

The world music stage at Sziget has become a hot spot for the genre in Hungary for 15 years now. Many icons of the scene have performed here and the program has not only reflected the new trends of world music, but also the taste of Szitizens. The MasterCard World Music Stage has now merged with the previously separately working Roma Tent, Afro-Latin Reggae Stage and the Hungaricum village stage, creating a hub for the loves of world music.
 
Sziget and Hungary has been a stronghold of the world music scene for decades and the organizing team is very proud of this mission. The fact that WOMEX, the World Music Expo will be hosted by Budapest in October 2015 is another important step towards the right direction. Music fans will now have the chance to party at the World Music Main Stage during Sziget and also come back to the Hungarian capital later this year to get a full taste of what’s hot in the genre. WOMEX Director, Alexander Walter, has added:
 
"Sziget is an exceptionally important player in our mission to cross cultural borders – it represents a community and an audience that does not think in strict genre categories but is eager to see the world and explore its diversity. We're very happy to bring WOMEX to the CEE region for the first time, and to bring the global music scene here. We want to help highlight the rich musical traditions and diversity of the region on the international stage."
 
More info on WOMEX: www.womex.com
 

Line-up

The 2015 line-up will have a special emphasis on gypsy music coming from all over the world. Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan a collective of consummate, wise and spirited musicians, vocalists and dancers of all generations will arrive from India, while from Romania, Taraf de Haidouks, considered as the epitome of Gypsy music's fabulous vitality, will also hit the stage. The Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Band's music marries sounds of a gypsy brass band with traditional Bulgarian polyphonies, those of an electric guitar and traditional percussion with a curious rock accent, while Boban Marković is without doubt the best-known Balkan trumpet player. Commencing their new concert season in Hungary, the world-renowned family brass band has achieved almost all a band can hope to achieve since its formation almost thirty years ago. The Egyptian Project assembles world-class musicians who layer tasteful electronic rhythms beneath virtuosic playing, the project of Jérôme Ettinger and the debut album called Ya Amar  is the most potent album to arise from this country since the political upheaval began. In addition, the Hungarian gypsy music scene will be represented by Romengo bringing the new Sound of Eastern European Gypsy music, and Parno Graszt playing traditional Gypsy music. 
 
 
Besides the gypsy focus, classics from the world music world will also be present. As the Portugese fado-star, Mariza, a Mozambican whose soul was forged in the old Mouraria district of Lisbon. Sziget is proud to present the German brass band revolutionary LaBrassBanda and the most popular European klezmer band from London, She’Koyokh.  Afrorock beats will arrive from Mauritania by Noura Mint Seymali and drawing also inspiration from the roots of afrobeat, the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble use their jazz experience to expand on Voodoo rhythms with a modern urban touch.
 
Imam Baildi started sampling and remixing Greek tunes of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. The group’s self titled first release reached number 7 and stayed 3 months in European World Music Charts. Roy Paci & Aretuska Allstars hatched a plan for one of the most sun-loving, fun-loving projects to hit the Italian music scene. The trademark of the Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orchestra’s has always been a steamy brew of Eastern European gipsy music and Jamaican ska, seasoned with a rebellious spirit. Arriving from France, HK & Les Saltimbanks composed by hip-hop, accordion, violin and a shy desire to carry the worker society identity.
 
The “ethno-chaos” of Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha, a group that feels both intimately tied to their homeland, yet instantly compelling for international audience will bring unexpected, refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music. Che Sudaka today are known as a flagship group of Mestizo Music around the globe, while La Chiva Gantiva will arrive with a blend of Afro-Colombian rhythms with other styles of music they love: rock, afrobeat and funk. Formed by writer Rina Durante in 1975, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is regarded as Italy ’ s leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble, hailing from the Salento, the heel of the Italian boot, in Puglia.
 
Strengthening the Hungarian performers, Besh o droM blends folk and contemporary instruments (including cymbalon and turntables, for instance), in styles ranging from jazz to world music while LB27 was formed behind the iron curtain in 1985 when a few guys realized that Hungarians are hungry for the Caribbean which was missing from the musical scene then. Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (PASO) is the traditional ska ambassador to Hungary and one of the most energetic young bands with distinct Eastern European roots. Söndörgő is one of the most active and interesting world music groups in Hungary. Their aim is to foster and preserve Southern Slavic traditions of the Serbs and Croats as found in various settlements in Hungary. In addition, Szalonna és Bandája, will bring authentic Hungarian folk tunes to dance to!
 
To make the party never-ending: GypsySoundSystem, DJ Borzin, DJ Luca Vaga, DJ Lord Sassafras and DJ Tagada will supply the beats!

Tickets here!