Smaller festivals aimed at local audiences might take place in 2021, former Sziget Festival owner and organizer Gerendai Károly told Forbes Hungary. When it comes to major events with an international audience, the ability to plan ahead is vital. With no possibility to predict what could happen until next summer, it's too risky to even consider a major event with a budget like Sziget. "In the case of these events, it's important to know about the attendance and how much you can spend. Until now, it depended on the early ticket sales how much we can make this plannable," Gerendai said.
The Coronavirus pandemic is now responsible for the cancellation of Sziget, among a lot of other major festivals. Artists will be some of the most affected people in this situation. However, here are a few suggestions if you want to help them. Artists' main revenue source in 2020 is touring. Therefore, with the pandemic in full swing and tours and festivals cancelled, that revenue takes a major hit and some of them will seriously struggle to make ends meet for the foreseeable future. Provided you have some income you can spare, there are ways you can help them. Here are
Sziget Festival has received appreciation for its environmental efforts at Greener Festival Awards. The ceremony taking place in Groningen, the Netherlands, has appreciated the green activities that Sziget organizers have undertaken.Among these, according to Budapest Business Journal, quoting a press release from the Sziget organizers, were "efficient water use, low carbon emissions, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and serving the needs of performers in a more sustainable way". It's good to see that, apart from offering great fun for those attending, Sziget puts an emphasis on something as essential as protecting the planet.
Sziget 2019 is now a month away, we've all had time to get home and ponder our memories of the greatest week of the year. That's why we thought we'd ask you how your Sziget 2019 was? What did you enjoy most? What was the best performance of the year, in your view? What was the best adventure you've gone through this year? And, most of all, who do you hope the Sziget 2020 headliners will be? The comments below are at your service...
Each year, the organizers behind the Sziget Festival focus more and more on the event being as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. So much so, that the last few editions of the event have been fit to be called a "green festival" by none other than the Ministry of Environmental and Water Protection in Hungary. Among the measures introduced by the festival in the last couple of years, we find everything from recycling centres and special containers for cigarette butts to rewards offered for those who deposit PET and aluminium waste and used camping accessories at the reception, among
"We have managed to put together the strongest musical program this year", Kádár Tamás, Sziget Festival's lead organizer said at the beginning of yesterday's press conference. "It's enough if you look at the headliners of the Main Stage with present-day stars like Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Mumford and Sons, Dua Lipa, Kygo or Arctic Monkeys". Kádár took over for Gerendai Károly as the lead organizer last year, after the latter announced his retirement of sorts from the position after 25 years. Kádár also revealed that after cross-checking with the festival's new investors - the event now has a three-year growth strategy.
Unlike in the previous years, when December saw the first announcement (or two) regarding the lineup of the event in the coming year, this year Sziget took its time. It has prepared to announce part of its lineup in December but delayed it at the time, citing its need for "a bit more time" to put together a relevant announcement for its fans. And the day has finally come: Sziget has announced the first artists, bands, and DJs to take its stages this August. Without further ado, here they are: Above & Beyond Alle Farben Bastille Blossoms Cigarettes After Sex
Last night, Europe's festival scene - along with its many fans around the world - sat on the edge of their seats to see whether they will receive any of the accolades awarded at the European Festival Awards. The ceremony was, as usual, exciting, with many great artists taking the scene. This year, the organizers handed out 15 awards, some of them based on the vote of a committee, others relying entirely on votes from the public. "Take A Stand Award" was given out for the first time this year, based on a Yourope initiative meant to encourage social cohesion. Best
Next year's Sziget Festival will be all about acceptance of diversity and a life without threats. This is why it has chosen "Love Revolution" as its slogan - it expresses the event's hope to live in a world with no wars and nuclear threats, no discrimination based on skin color, religion or sexual identity, one that's sustainable and has a clean environment, and filled with the utmost respect for human rights. The topic of the festival will be expressed by a number of art installations meant to express the ideas driving next year's edition, submitted by artists and groups for approval
The final day of the 25th anniversary Sziget Festival has come. Over the last week, Szitizens had the chance to see amazing acts both on and off the stages of the event, enjoy the performances of illusionists, acrobats, clowns, and dancers, chill out and relax or even get their blood pumping to the music played or mixed by various musicians, artists, and DJs. Today, as a last hurrah, the stages and alleys of the event will be filled with an amazing variety of artists and shows, so that all the Szitizens will be able to go home with a set