Commonly referred to as the Burning Man festival of Europe, the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in this side of the world. Held annually every August, the Sziget festival has grown from being an obscure student event in 1993 to become one of the largest and most popular rock festivals in Europe. With more than 1000 performances every year, this seven day “colorful and open-minded” festival attracts hundreds of thousands of music and art lovers from across the continent, with about half of all visitors coming from outside Hungary, particularly the UK and France. In fact the festival even has a dedicated “party train” service, with its very own resident DJ, that transports festivalgoers from Western Europe!
When the communist era in Hungary ended in 1989, the summer festival scene in Budapest was on the verge of disappearing as a result of lack of funding from the now defunct communist regime. Originally called Diáksziget (Students’ Island), the idea of the Sziget event was proposed by a group of artists and rock enthusiasts and organised by music fans in their spare time, in an attempt to revive the fast disappearing lively summer festival scene. The very first Sziget festival in 1993 ran well over budget, taking four years to repay the losses. Since then the festival has grown from strength to strength, winning awards and recognitions from the European Festival Awards and The Independent respectively.
At Sziget’s core is music: large-scale concerts are held on the main stages, supported by smaller performance areas, games tents, sports and leisure arenas, arts and culture spaces, markets, cinemas, folk villages, and chill out zones. So when you are not catching the music performances, there’s always something for you to do. Sziget Festival 2012 is from August 6-13, staged, as always, on the usually tranquil Óbuda (Buda Island) in the Danube River, between Buda and Pest. In its 20th year, the festival will be featuring legendary artists like Toots and the Maytals, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, the Sex Pistols, Prince, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Radiohead. Electronic music artists, DJs, and indie bands also form part of the schedule. This year, the closing act will be US indie rock band, The Killers, while electronic pioneering duo, Leftfield, and celebrity gangster rapper, Snoop Dogg, are also billed.
In a line-up that represents multiple genres, indie rock and pop bands like The XX, The Friendly Fires, and Two Door Cinema Club, Steve Aoki, LMFAO, and Axwell. Then there are the lesser-known artists such as Pittsburgh punk band, Anti-flag; Japanese drummers, Gocoo; Scandinavian death metal crew, Amin Amarth; the Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Band; and a folky “dream-pop” band dubbed The Wild Beasts.
To accommodate all the talent, this year’s festival has been extended a day, with a
“Day-2” added to the beginning of the schedule, which already includes a “Day-1.”
Day-2 will feature exclusively Hungarian bands, with 70 local acts scheduled for the day.
Throughout the entire event, attendees can take a break from the dance floors to explore what’s happening in the smaller zones. Around the island, guests will find a plethora of other activities to occupy themselves with including cinema, dance, theatre, tattooing, Internet access, volleyball, tennis, football, indoor rowing, rock climbing, bungee jumping and a life-sized foosball. There is even a Blues Bar, a “Holland meets Hungary” area, a Roma folk tent, a multi-cultural interactive zone, street theater, and a relaxing wine garden.
If you’re coming to Budapest for the Sziget festival, book your stay with us at Fraser Residence Budapest today! Our central Budapest hotel is located in Pest, off lively Corvin Promenade, and a 23 minute drive away from Óbudai-sziget where the festival is taking place. Also conveniently located close to our serviced apartment in Budapest’s city centre are dozens of businesses, restaurants, shops and cafés.
Enjoy the space, privacy and self-catering convenience of serviced apartments in Budapest, with all the advantages of a top hotel – including state-of-the-art technology and friendly, multilingual staff. Guests of Fraser Residence Budapest also enjoy discounted rates at a nearby fitness centre with swimming pool, jacuzzis, saunas and day care for children. So for those of you who have kids, you can go attend the festival, knowing that your children are well looked after. Fraser Residence Budapest boasts contemporary, light, airy design and state-of-the-art technology throughout its 51 guest suites. Choose from spacious studios, fully equipped one- or two-bedroom apartments, or magnificent three-bedroom penthouse suites with a private roof terrace and soaring views over the city.
So stay with us and get your rock on!
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