This year's Festival is now over, and, according to preliminary data released by the organizers, this year's edition of Sziget Festival made approximately 421,000 euros in profit. The Festival was attended by a total of 385,000 people this year. How was it for you? What did you enjoy most? What disappointed you this year?
It has been recently announced that around 60-80 consumer protection officers will work during this year's Sziget Festival, in order to ensure everything is at an optimal rate. they will focus on food and water quality, as well as the safety of the venue (electric equipment, structures) The organisers have also announced that police officers will randomly check visitors for drugs upon entrance, using dogs.
xpatloop.com features a very interesting article about the many other things you can do at Sziget, (except for going to the many concerts, of course). There's theatre, literary programmes and many other interesting things to do. Click here to read the article.
Â Only 6 days until Sziget Festival starts. You can get the final official programmation here, so you know exactly what acts you want to see and when.
Â The French duo that will play Sziget Festival this year on August 17th, has teamed up with design group Surface2Air to create their personal clothing line, inspired by their own wardrobe. You can already get them at a few retailers (jackets are 790 euros), as well as on Surface2Air's website...
Bad news for people hoping for a last minute announcement of Rage Against The Machine playing Sziget's Main Stage this year. The last band on the Main Stage, playing on August 15, at 16:30, will be The Cribs.
Amanda Somerville, Epica's replacement vocalist, has posted a new video blog from the Avantasia world tour, that you can watch below. Avantasia will rock Sziget on August 13, starting at 21:30 hours, at the Hammerworld Stage. [szigetnews]pZqCEDe-eyA[/szigetnews]
Â "There are none of the niceties of contemporary festivals. It feels lawless". That's whatÂ Franz Ferdinand's Alex KapranosÂ says about Sziget in an interesting Guardian article about Europe's summer Festivals. The same article says that the festival, a week-long party on an island on the Danube is known as one of the wildest in Europe.
The line-up for the A38 Stage, the one featuring Eastern European acts, has been posted here. There are quite a few interesting names, including Romanian band Kumm and Modeselektor. Check out their MySpace pages for videos and music.
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 caboodle.hu. 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