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Gerendai Károly on the Future of Sziget and the Festival Scene

On the 27th of June - today - the Hungarian festival season starts officially with the 25th annual Telekom VOLT Festival in Sopron, Hungary. Among the artists performing on its stages, we find veterans like Fatboy Slim, Linking Park, along with bands like Imagine Dragons, Pendulum, Lost Frequencies, Knife Party, and many others. This year marks the 25th anniversary for two of Hungary's biggest and most important music festivals - Sziget and VOLT. Also, this year comes with sad news for many festivalgoers - Gerendai Károly, the founder and chief organizer of the festivals has previously announced that he is stepping

Interview: Sziget’s Andras Berta speaks to PollstarPro

Sziget 2017 PJ Harvey interview

Two and a half decades have passed since Hungary, after shaking off the Soviet influence, started its journey toward a more politically and culturally liberated society. Sziget Festival has become one of the symbols for this journey, initially choosing the talent on its stage (and later stages) from the local talent pool, and later expanding to become the major international festival it is today. The history of Sziget Festival is one of the topics of the interview below, where the folks from PollstarPro have spoken to Sziget Cultural Management's International Relations Director András Berta. In the interview, Berta speaks not only about

Sziget 2015 Memories: Martin Garrix’s Live Set Complete

Martin Garrix @ Sziget 2015

19 year old Dutch DJ Martin Garrix was the closing act of this year's Sziget Festival. He was so much caught up in the Sziget feeling that after concluding with the End Show, he refused to accept that it was over. He concluded his show at Sziget with a 90 minute "backstage" show for his friends and the workers still there, while it was pouring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJRWr7-pfiQ For those who were unable to attend the festival on Sunday, or want to relive the closing moments of this year's Sziget Festival, here is the complete Martin Garrix end show. About the DJ Martijn Garritsen (known by his

Record Breaking Attendance at Sziget 2015

Sziget Festival 2015

The Island of Freedom has closed its gates on Sunday night (or Monday morning, depending on how you count the days). This was the 23rd edition of the festival, and it has broken every record on daily and weekly attendance. During the week-long event the number of visitors exceeded 441,000, coming from all over the world. The top ten countries where visitors have come from includes the Netherlands, the UK, France, but also Australia, with more than 1,000 visitors coming from Down Under. But the organizers recorded visitors from Botswana, Ecuador, the Cayman Islands and Guadalupe as well - a total

Some festival tips + a bonus :)

Quiet on the news front today, so we thought we'd bring two cool articles to your attention. They're about festivals in general, but most of it applies to Sziget. And, since our favorite festival is almost around the corner, we thought we'd share these with you. The first one is from The Telegraph, and it includes some (very important) festival tips. Read it right here. The second one is on a rather funny note. It shows you the most annoying people you can meet at festivals. Quite a funny one.

Your Sziget Festival 2009

Sziget starts today and, as it did last year, Sziget News wants your opinions, accounts, images, videos and whatever else you think is important about this year's festival. Feel free to send anything you feel is important to contact (at) szigetnews.com, via the contact form on the site or in a comment. All your accounts will be published.

Festival Memories #7

Sziget has been over for two weeks now, but your Sziget accounts keep on coming to Szigetnews.com. Keep them coming through the contact section, or via comment. Here's the latest we received, from Szigetnews friend Kevin:  Sziget was good as always, but it was better the last couple of years… Prices have gone up extremely over the last two years. Line-up was a nice 90ies-feel line-up, but we’re living 10 years later... Two friends of mine were robbed. Both were sleepinh in there tents when people came into their tents to get stuff out! That’s not your own fault! Don’t know if I’ll go again.

Festival memories #5

Our reader szigetist has shared his very enthusiastic memories with us. Here they are. "Great festival, nice people, affordable food and drinks, great weather, uninspiring line-up on the main stage, but the rest was great (parov stelar, vitalic, justice,...) and party 24/7, all in all the best festival i've ever been to!!!"

Festival memories #2

Looks like the festival wasn't that great for some of our readers. Here's Niall Cleary's opinion: " what a load of rubbish!!!pendulum and carl cox cancelling, justice playin at 12 pm, campsites un-safe and the mood at this years festival was nothing on previous years..yes maiden rocked and REM surprised but seriously the organizers have to take a long hard look at improving next years line-up. apparently 5 days meant a stronger line-up...not convinced at all...wont be telling any stories of praise upon returning home" Our reader gianpiero wants the festival to return to its usual 7-day format, and also wants "a

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