The 24th edition of the Sziget Festival has broken all previous records: a total of 496,000 people visited the Island of Freedom during its seven days. Several of them, including the ones headlined by Rihanna, Muse, and SIA, were sold out, the event’s lead organizer, Gerendai Károly, told the press.
Record breaking festival
This year’s Sziget Festival was attended by visitors from over 100 countries around the world. The number of visitors exceeded that of last year by about 20,000, which is a record in itself. Records were broken in other fields, too – the festival generated about 2,500 cubic meters (over 88,000 cubic feet) of garbage, out of which more than a third was recycled. Besides, over 120,000 sets of biodegradable plates and cutlery were used.
The security measures enforced by the organizers have done their part in keeping the Szitizens safe. The number of petty crimes has fallen by half this year, the organizers say. There were no reports of major incidents or accidents.
Massive attendance not drawn by headliners
“The crowd is evening out on normal days,” Gerendai said. “While in the past, the number of visitors skyrocketed only in the weekends, or the days headlined by a major act, […] today the number of visitors is becoming more even”.
“Apparently, the visitors coming and feeling great at Sziget doesn’t depend on extremely expensive stars anymore,” he went on. “Moreover, Rihanna was a disappointment even, while Muse, SIA, and Manu Chao served the audience with excellent performances.”
Plans for the future
Given the number of “sold-out” days, it seems that the festival has reached its attendee limit. For the future, the organizers don’t plan to expand it further – they can’t, given the inherent limitations of the location – but to “fine tune” the Sziget experience, to make the visitors feel more comfortable and cozy while there.
Next year’s will be the 25th edition of Sziget Festival.