SZIGET FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2012
Known as one of the quirkiest but yet most popular parties in Europe, the Sziget Festival manages to combine the best of big and boutique. Upcoming summer will see the twentieth edition of this week-long Hungarian festival. The Sziget organizers claim this will be celebrated with their best line-up ever. Therefore from 6 to 13 August 2012 the Hungarian capital Budapest will be one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe!
The Sziget Festival began in 1993 as a motley collection of bars and festivals with the name ‘Woodstock Sziget’, in which the Hungarian word ‘sziget’ means island. The design of the festival still stands: everyone is free to camp where he wants, there are remarkably many bars and places to eat and the programming is very broad: from pop, blues, rock and dance to workshops, world music and (dance) theater. The location is still the same as in the first year: the Óbudai Island in the Danube in the Hungarian capital Budapest. But nowadays with 60 stages, more than 1,000 programmed acts, seven days of festival and nearly 400,000 ‘daily visitors’, the Sziget Festival is considered one of the largest festivals in Europe.
The Sziget festival is the most international festival in Europe, with over 70% of the visitors coming from abroad. Thousands of visitors come from the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Ukraine and even Australia. In the last year the number of British visitors has been rising each year coming to about 2,000 British visitors last summer. It seems the Brits are discovering Sziget. This can also be concluded from recent media attention from a.o. The Guardian and The Independent, who put Sziget in their shortlists of best festivals in Europe.
The promise of the organizers to get their best line-up ever will be a hard task, considering the line-up of Sziget 2011, which featured among others Prince, Pulp, Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, White Lies, Chemical Brothers, Hurts, Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, Gogol Bordello, Above & Beyond and Empire Of The Sun. In December Sziget will announce the first act in the line-up of their 2012 edition.
Tickets for Sziget have gone on sale today and can be bought from the official local Sziget website http://www.szigetfest.co.uk.
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