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Sziget and Budapest have reached an agreement

UPDATE: MTI and Trademagazin say that the price Sziget will pay is 50 million euros (around 184,000 Euro). Great news from the official Sziget site. All the worries are now gone,as the organizers and the city of Budapest have reached an agreement. Things will go just as planned, and we are set to have a great festival this year! The full article can be read here. Bloomberg says that an agreement has been reached for a fee of around 150 million forint (roughly 550.000 Euro). The article from the official site also says that new services for a reduced price, including public transport

Sziget organizers are optimistic about the venue rent issue

Here's what a comment we've received from FSK, that takes care of Sziget Cultural Management's communication, says: The organisers of Sziget Festival are confident that they can come to an agreement with the mayor of Budapest and Sziget Festival will take place at its usual location in 2011 as well.In recent days rumours have been circulating that the mayor of Budapest intends to raise significantly the rental fee of the area that serves as the traditional location of Sziget Festival. According to news recently published the rent he would demand from organisers is equal to the festival’s entire budget. Organisers presume

Sziget festival to pay rent for site (updated)

UPDATE: The mayor of Budapest, Istvan Tarlos, has said that Sziget will probably get a serious discount on the rent it has to pay for the space where it takes place. "Sziget will still get a very serious discount - somewhere between HUF 1 bn and HUF 1.5 bn, according to our current estimates", the mayor said, according to this article. Pretty bad news for the organizers of Sziget. According to XpatLoop, quoting deputy mayor of Budapest István György, the Budapest City Hall has decided to stop leasing the site to the festival for free. According to the same source, the city

Less than a month until the festival

Is your backpack ready? Have you bought the tickets? Have you thought about the acts you really want to see? Are these acts overlapping? And if so, which ones and who are you going to choose? How about accommodation? Is staying on the festival grounds in the tent better than living in the city? Szigetnews wants to know what you think about all of this and more! So feel free to post a comment and tell everybody!

Budapest mayor doesn’t think Sziget should use location for free

Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky has vetoed the Budapest Assembly cityscape comitee's decision made last month to allow the Sziget Festival to use public areas free of charge for three years, according to Committee chairman Attila Ughy has said that the agreement was signed with the festival, and the city could be sued if anyone attempts to break it. Still, the mayor's decision does not affect this year's event. Ughy also said that the Mayor's letter did not clearly state whether Demszky objected to the three-year permit or whether his decision also extended to the upcoming Sziget festival. The Mayor's office answered that

Vitalic at this year’s Sziget Festival

Although the organizers are still keeping the list for this year's festival very quiet, we just heard about another artist playing at Sziget this year. We're talking about Pascal Arbez, a.k.a. Vitalic. You can watch his video for "My Friend Dario" below. [szigetnews]2uZiWwPHXiw[/szigetnews]