Sziget Festival

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Country and Region HungaryPest County
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Budapest, Pest County, Hungary
Festival Contact Information

Sziget Szervezőiroda
H-1399 Budapest
Pf.694/245 Hungary
Phone: (36) 1 372 0650
Fax: (36) 1 372 0651

Festival Description

With the first shoots of spring, Sziget Festival, one of Europe’s favourite festivals, has announced a whole bouquet of bands arriving to Budapest in August. Sziget continues to present bands that are perhaps less well known to Hungarian audiences, but have proved themselves on the international stage.

On an island close to nature, in the middle of town and yet in a green environment, the Sziget Festival awaits its party-loving festival-goers to enjoy programs that are as unique as the location: besides a wide variety of musical styles in dozens of venues there are cultural programs on offer too, ranging from street theatre to circus acts, from physical theatre to exhibitions. Previous visitors to the festival frequently name the unique atmosphere (second only to the huge selection of programs) as the festivals main appeal. This is the place where friendships are made, this is the place where great romances are born, and this place is the island in the middle of our hectic civilization where everyone can let go of their everyday worries. This Sziget is the island of friendship, the island of love, the island of joyful self-abandon, the island of freedom, the island of cultural diversity. That said, it’s worth keeping in mind this is also the island where the beer is cheap, the girls and boys are beautiful, and the exciting urban centre of Budapest is within easy reach.

Festival Dates August 5 - 12, 2013
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Festival Story:

The great thing about Sziget – our favourite festival – is that while at one particular spot the party is swinging, somewhere else the crowd is grooving to the sound of world music. In another corner, the audience is spellbound by a street theatre performance, and yet elsewhere, it’s international Roma music that’s seducing the crowd. And still, there are many more different stages and a plethora of music styles to tune into. It’s all happening during the second week of August.


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Boys Noize
  • Nicky Romero
  • Mokoomba — co-headliner of the World Music stage
  • MySpace
  • Deichkind
  • Parov Stelar Band
  • Oscar Mulero
  • Hadouken
  • Triggerfinger
  • The Bots
  • Die Arzte
  • Seeed
  • Azealia Banks
  • Ska-P
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Editors
  • Alex Clare
  • Enter Shikari
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Bad Religion
  • Woodkid
  • Peter Bjorn & John
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Mika
  • Nero live
  • Regina Spektor
  • Booka Shade
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Erol Alkan
  • Felix Cartal
  • Blaudzun
  • Monophona
  • Splendid
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Flogging Molly
  • The Cribs
  • Little Boots
  • Gesaffelstein
  • Dub FX
  • dOP
  • Donots
  • Hoffmaestro
  • Rangleklods live
  • Daily Bread
  • Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Noisia
  • Jason Diakité, a.k.a. Timbuktu
  • and more to be named…
Artist feature 2013:
  • Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
    • Formed in 2007, Mokoomba is made up of six Zimbabwean dudes, hailing from Victoria Falls. The locals are part of a minority group, which speaks Tonga, different to the nation’s main languages. Yet their music has brought together so many disparate nationalities, in the players and in the songs, that the 2012 LP, Rising Tide, is a very African album.
      Mokoomba create a distinct hybrid of modern and traditional sounds, embracing Latin rhythms along the way. Lead singer Mathias Muzaza was born to Angolan and Zambian parents and gathered together the songs and sounds of southern Africa through his travels. Guitarist Trustworth Samende helps flesh out the music with lines reminiscent of Oliver Mtukudzi. Abundance Matori is on bass, Donald Moyo is on keys, Ndaba Coster Moyo is on drums and Miti Mugande on percussion. All of the players sing backing vocals. It was in 2008 when the group was launched to fame on the back of a stellar performance at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in Malawi. Mokoomba recorded a debut album Kweseka, and undertook a European tour in 2009, to strong notices, necessitating a return in the following year. The celebrated Manou Gallo (The Ivory Coast) produced the album Rising Tide, which made many Best Of 2012 lists. She also played keyboards and brought in more than a dozen guest musos. The challenge for the members of Mokoomba now is to maintain their energy and a true band sound, without being too influenced by outsiders. Mokoomba will be co-headliner of the World Music stage on the Saturday 10 August 2013.
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Additional programming 2013:
  • Cirque du Sziget
    The festival is hosting a breath-taking “new-circus” productions and also some impressive shows of young Hungarian acrobats, put together exclusively for the event. Because Sziget is so much more than just a music festival! Among the rich programs of Sziget Festival, this year a brand new and very spectacular venue is born. Fruzsina Szép, Program Director of Sziget, said: “The audience of Sziget could enjoy many circus productions in the previous years. Because of the huge success we decided to dedicate an own location for this popular art form. We would like to have everything that is circus every day at one location.”
    The idea was born last year, at the 20th Sziget, where a group of young Hungarian acrobats at the Magic Mirror tent have formed the production called Recirquel, truly amazing the audience.
    The Cirque du Sziget is using the visuals and atmosphere of a travelling circus from the 1890s and the performances will showcase programs from the contemporary circus genre, originally known as nouveau cirque, exclusively made for Sziget.
    There will be interactive circus programs in the afternoons, where acrobats and stunt-oriented artists and the audience can perform together. One can try out some circus instruments, while opening up our eyes to brilliant productions. The crowd can see, in the late-afternoons, how the young graduating acrobats touch the sky with their explosive energy, while questioning physical boundaries. They will be accompanied by young singers and DJs, creating an unbelievable adventure together. In the evenings Recirquel will be seen once again. They are coming with a production spiced up with magic and theatre by breath-taking acrobats.
    Days will end with the Swing & Circus at the new location, performing swing, electro-swing, dance and circus all together. While dancing, we should not be surprised if a half-naked trapeze artist flies above us.
    Get some visual taste from production:


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Practical Info:

  • Sziget Festival won the 2011 Best European Major Festival title at the European Festival Awards. A joint effort of the festival’s organizing team and the votes of a devoted fan base in over 60 countries resulted in the best possible news to start up the year. The prize giving ceremony of the 2011 European Festival Awards took place on 11 January in Groningen, The Netherlands. Music industry professionals and journalists from all over the old continent gathered to celebrate the winners of the prestigious award, crowning Sziget Festival as the best of Europe’s greatest parties. 2012 will see the 20th edition of the event, which is renowned as one of the biggest and most international festivals of the world, a popular meeting point for fans from all corners of the globe. Sziget represents the culture of Hungary and the CEE region, while its international line-up also qualifies it as a main event in the international agenda. The festival is often cited by journalists as remarkably colorful, mainly referring to its multi-genre, multi-art program structure and the huge number of program venues. Besides international stars on its main stages, the event also hosts many civil society initiatives and stands up for universal values like human rights, ethnic, sexual, or social justice. In addition to earning the first prize of the major festivals, Sziget was placed among the top five in the category based on performing musician’s preference. “We are honored that not only the audience, the profession, but the artists also appreciate our efforts”- emphasized Sziget’s founder and chief organizer, Károly Gerendai.
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