Proud winner of the 'Best Major European Festival' award in 2011, Sziget Festival is one of the biggest multicultural events anywhere in Europe, attracting almost 400,000 fans from over 70 countries to a beautiful island in the heart of Budapest. Sziget provides the ultimate festival-holiday experience with a week long non-stop party, great live acts and activities plus all the tourist attractions the city of Budapest has to offer. Sziget Festival is unrivalled when it comes to music and cultural festivals in Europe, held on a leafy 108-hectare (266-acre) island on the Danube Rive and boasting more than 1,000 performances across a merry week of mayhem. This year's line-up boasts The Prodigy, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Lily Allen, Tom Odell, London Grammar, Darkside, Bonobo, Jagwar Ma and Queens of The Stone Age.
How do we even begin to describe Budapest’s phenomenal Sziget Festival? Unparalleled, sensational, fantastic, and awe-inspiring are just a few words that spring to mind for an annual celebration that inspires some of the most infectious energy and passion we’ve ever seen. If Sziget isn’t on your list of things to do before you die, then we feel a bit sorry for you (go and grab a pen right now, we’ll wait). As anybody who’s ever emerged from the Sziget experience will gladly tell you (including Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis, who after attending last year’s showcase giddily described it as a fantastic and colourful experience, amongst other nice words), Sziget is much much more than just a festival, transforming Budapest’s amazing Óbuda Island into a temporary republic and thriving city-within-a-city for an entire week. We don’t know how they do it, but Sziget inexplicably gets better and better each year, with 2013 adding more installations, sculptures and crazy lightning than ever before, in addition to ‘Sziget Beach’ opening its sandy doors for the the first time ever, luring festivalgoers out from the central hub of the island with bars and Full Moon parties galore. It’s a real testament when we can ramble on for eons before even mentioning the fantastic musical acts on offer – one of the many reasons Sziget Festival takes the InvasionMag prize for most anticipated European festival of 2013. Now get out there and go enjoy yourselves!