Festival Preview: Sziget Festival 2015

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With festival season looming, it would simply be an offence to not include Sziget Festival. Sziget Festival takes place from 10th-17th August in one of the world’s essential cities- Budapest in Hungary, and yes you did read that right, Sziget is a week-long event, all draped in European sun. With countless awards already under its belt, Sziget reclaimed its prized Best Major Festival award for its 2014 shin-dig, an event I was lucky enough to be in attendance for, thanks to my good pals at the festival. If you’d like to see what I thought, have a read of my review here- http://thewestreview.com/2014/08/18/sziget-2014-review/.

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That aside, 2015’s Sziget is shaping up to be just as impressive and unmissable, and I’m here to tell you why that is. Besides the awards, notoriety and reputation, Sziget’s lineups are really something to be admired. With last year’s lineup boasting legendary acts such as Outkast, Queens of The Stone Age and The Prodigy, it would take a lot to beat. Avicii, Robbie Williams, Kasabian, Florence and The Machine, Major Lazer, Nero, Tyler, The Creator and Alesso are just some of the incredible acts set to perform at this year’s Sziget. Drum and bass fans can be particularly excited with a Hospitality takeover, home to High Contrast, Camo & Krooked and Dynamite MC, as well as sets from Nero and Sigma. Indie/alternative rock also has a particularly notable place at Sziget 2015, with the aforementioned Florence and The Machine, Alt-J, Marina and The Diamonds, Foals, Interpol, Passenger, SBTRKT and The Ting Tings all set to descend onto ‘the island of freedom’.

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However, if this star-studded program isn’t enough reason to part with your cash, then you really have to understand that such a slither of the festival is centred around the music itself- this is an all-out ‘arts’ festival, not just a music festival. Paint parties, balloon parties, colossal art installations, wooden sculptures, graffiti walls, the amount of contemporary art on display is something to marvel at, you really do have to see it to believe it. I would be here all day listing everything going on at the festival, so the Sziget website really is worth checking out to see everything that’s going on.

Speaking from experience, Sziget Festival is one of, if not the essential European festival, with only the likes of Glastonbury coming anywhere close to the size, extravagance and splendour, Sizget is a must-go, must-see event, one that should be already marked into your calendar. Final thought? For the week, with camping, will only set you back a measly £156. You’d be mad not to go.

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