Sziget is a seven-day Burning Man-esque extravaganza in Hungary. The festival takes place on an island smack bang in the middle of Budapest and Europe's second longest river, the Danube. Prince, Pulp, Radiohead, Interpol, Skunk Anansie, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Queens of The Stone Age, Dizzee Rascal and Tame Impala have all got their song on here. Get on the party train (really, there's one that has travelling DJs collecting revelers for the festival across Europe) and join nearly half a million like-minded souls for next year's Sziget!

Burning Man, Glastonbury and even Woodstock - Sziget has been labelled as Hungary's answer to each of these iconic festivals by attendees in the past. In fact, in 1994 some of Woodstocks performers headlined for what was dubbed 'Eurowoodstock'. Since then Sziget Festival has become so popular, not just for the music but for its unique extras like a warped amusement park, that in 2015 the festival had almost 450,000 visitors from more than 90 countries across the world. Held on Obudai-sziget - Old Buda Island - a leafy green oasis in the middle of Budapest, you can even catch a dedicated party train complete with on-board DJs from across Europe to the event.

Sziget started as Student Island in 1993 off the back of change in the political system and since then has attracted millions of visitors and thousands of acts from across the world. In 2015, big name acts including Robbie Williams, Florence + The Machine and Kings of Leon performed alongise giant street theatres, special parties (ballon parties, bubble blowing parties, confetti parties and even maracas parties). Now you can camp (on the Island of Freedom) or take advantage of the modern facilities even if you stay elsewhere. 

Hungary

When is it?

10th August 2016 to 17th August 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Demand for Sziget is high with tickets (usually on sale in November the year before), accommodation and transfers selling-out well in advance. Ask Student Flights to get you there! 

  • With point 1 in mind, there are some tickets on sale at the main gate but get in quick and beware of scalpers and forged tickets. Tickets range from 1 day through to 7 days with camping and upgrade options.

  • If you want to camp but don't want to bring ya swag from Aus, the festival has a camping store. 

  • Dress for European Summer (sunscreen, hat, light jacket, poncho) as well as insect repellent.

  • Music is not the only thing going with many cultural activities also on the program and offering great time-out or diversions. The official website is comprehensive for this and general information.

  • Ask Student Flights how you can go to Sziget as part of a wider your of Eastern Europe.

 

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