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Sziget Festival, the one-week music and arts festival, will once again have a colorful and exciting line-up. This time Kasabian, Interpol, Billy Talent, Charli XCX, Metronomy and many more have been added. The 25th Island of Freedom will be held on a beautiful green island in the middle of the river Danube in Budapest between 9-16 August, 2017.
Sziget is a place where more than 50 venues await its Szitizens during 7 days non-stop party. Probably this is the biggest multicultural festival, where almost 500.000 people meet from more than 100 countries to celebrate. Awarded this year as Artists’ Favorite Festival at the European Festival Award, Sziget now received all awards that are out there on the European festival scene. The program is announced continuously, but this time organizers have added 16 new names to the line-up.
The music program always aims to be as colorful as possible, representing almost all genres. Among the 16 names now we can find many who will perform on the Main Stage of the island as Kasabian, Billy Talent, Jamie Cullum, The Kills, Clean Bandit, and Metronomy. The gigantic tent of A38 will host superb productions as Interpol, The Pretty Reckless, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Jagwar Ma, Charli XCX, Danny Brown, Cashmere Cat, Crystal Fighters, Flume while the home for electronic music, the Arena will welcome Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano as well as Maurice West. The energetic band, Leningrad will perform on the World Music Stage.
The party never stops on the island, but besides music there are hundreds of programs representing the most important performing arts as circus, contemporary theatre and dance, street theatres and many more. In addition, activities are uncountable when it comes to arts & crafts, sports, cinema. The full program with all fun, music, performing arts and activities will come in the upcoming months.
Names announced so far in alphabetical order:
Bad Religion, Billy Talent, Cashmere Cat, Charli XCX, Clean Bandit, Crystal Fighters, Danny Brown, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Shadow, Flume, Fritz Kalkbrenner, GTA, GusGus, Interpol, Jagwar Ma, Jamie Cullum, Kasabian, Kensington, Leningrad, Mac Demarco, Major Lazer, Maurice West, Metronomy, Oh Wonder, Oliver Heldens, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, The Kills, The Pretty Reckless, Tom Odell, Two Door Cinema Club, Vince Staples, W&W
To feel the real Sziget atmosphere watch the official aftermovie, summing up the 7 days craziness and vibe. Click here!
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
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Sziget Festival, the Island of Freedom, a week-long festival holiday in Budapest has just announced the first 14 names of the line-up. The announcements will be continuous from now on, featuring not only music, but contemporary theatre, circus, art and much more! Sziget is held between 9-16 August 2017 and passes for a discounted price are available till 31st December.
Sziget Festival takes place on a beautiful green island in the middle of Budapest, where more than 500,000 Szitizens unite from more than 100 countries to celebrate. Sziget has received the award for ‘Best Major European Festival’ twice, while last year it was awarded for the festival with the ‘Best Line-Up’. The program of Sziget breaks down to more than 50 venues, where one can not only plan to see top headline acts on the Main Stage, but can experience a unique vibe, where the program is on 24/7.
Hundreds of acts and programs will be announced in the forthcoming months, now starting with 14 names, representing different genres and keeping the music line-up as colorful as always.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will host the spectacular End Show of the 25th Sziget, happening as the last act on the Main Stage, on the last festival day. Major Lazer will also take over the Main Stage of Sziget as a headline act, plus Tom Odell and Two Door Cinema Club.
The gigantic tent of A38 will also host numerous acts. From the very firsts here are the following: Bad Religion, DJ Shadow, Kensington, Mac DeMarco, Oh Wonder, Vince Staples, GusGus and GTA.
Kicking off the program of the Arena: Oliver Heldens and W&W are the first to be confirmed. Many more are expected to be announced for even more venues in the upcoming months.
During the kick-off 24 hours of ticket sales, more than 25% of passes were sold, while now one can buy passes for a discounted price until 31st December.
Tickets available: www.szigetfestival.com/tickets
First names announced (in alphabetical order):
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Two Door Cinema Club
To feel the real Sziget atmosphere watch the official aftermovie, summing up the 7 days craziness and good vibes. Click here!
For more information check website: www.szigetfestival.com
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
After a record breaking edition in 2016 with almost half a million people from more than 100 countries coming together on the Island of Freedom, the countdown is now on for the 25th Anniversary edition in 2017.
Taking place in Budapest from 9-16 August, 2017 Sziget will once again welcome music and art lovers, open-minded people from all over the world to join them for a non-stop week of fun with more than 50 program venues where festival goers can enjoy music, theatre, dance, art and much more!
“We want everyone who comes here to get more than what they expected, to find something unique in every second corner of the area, to feel special and free. Sziget can be different and more because it’s not just a music festival, but an international gathering, where you get to know so many different people and cultures, can attend dance and theatre programs, or just chill by the Danube.” Says Festival Director Karoyl Gerendai.
Watch the 2016 aftermovie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-6NB2SEgLk&feature=youtu.be
So how did it all start?
The brainchild of musician Péter Müller and manager Károly Gerendai, Sziget was born as a result free and open-minded spirit surrounding the change of the political system in the early 90’s. Launching in 1993 as Diáksziget or Student Island and although the lack of funding was always an issue, creativity became the major capital of the team. This led to the organizers bringing things to the festival that were important for them personally and how there music, film, theatre and all other forms of art were included. The first event offered 200 concerts on 2 stages, 40 theater productions and 80 movies shown in an open-air cinema and attracted over 43,000 people.
The second event in 1994 launched the event onto the international stage after Müller and Gerendai realized that 1994 was also the 25th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock. Their tribute event ‘Eurowoodstock’ included headline acts such as Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa’s Grandmothers of Invention, Jefferson Starship, Birds, Blood Sweat and Tears and Eric Burdon gaining them international media attention including MTV.
The 3rd edition was make or break for the team as they needed to start making money to cover the losses of putting on major acts in the second edition. In 1995 the event found major sponsorship and became Pepsi Sziget, giving the organisers financial stability and the ability to book more international bands.
From 1995 to 2000 the festival included artists such as Slash, Iggy Pop, The Prodigy, David Bowie, Motörhead, Rollins Band, Faith No More, Asian Dub Foundation and Faithless with the audience growing from 173000 to over 300,000 visitors. The international spirit of Sziget started to show with more and more foreign guests discovering the Budapest-based event, while the organizers became founders of the Yourope festival association and MTV covered the event.
Throughout the noughties the festival continued to grow and Sziget became it’s own brand in 2002, celebrating the 10th edition of the festival.
The festival even achieved 2 to Guinness world records! One for group kissing, with the participation of 1592 couples and the second for a huge painting called the Festival Cyclorama (with the gigantic dimensions of 80 meters length and 390 square meters of surface area) produced by the audience. This was 9-times bigger than the earlier record and in the end more than 6000 fans took part in the painting works.
In 2012 Sziget won the Best Major Festival title at the European Festival Awards – a massive vote of confidence from fans all over the world. Besides this the event also made the top 5 in the Artists’ Favourite Festival category, showing that both fans and musicians clearly agree about Sziget’s qualities. Another important acknowledgement in the same year came from Glastonbury’s founder Michael Eavis. Answering to a question from New Musical Express he said that fans who are looking for an alternative to Glastonbury (not taking place in 2012) should simply go to Sziget. We have to agree.
In 2013 Cirque du Sziget du was born with a separate venue for unique and modern circus performances. Due to the huge interest since its launch the festival now has 2 circus tents offering a variety of shows from the world’s best performers.
In addition to the Circus, the Giant Street Theatre has been a popular part of Sziget for over 10 years, with with one of the highlights being Argentina’s Fuerza Bruta who performed their critically acclaimed ’The Bubble’ show in 2015.
Art has always been a part of Sziget too, with installations around the island since the very first edition. In 2014 the ArtZOne was launched, giving szitizens the opportunity to try out different art forms and to create arts and crafts. The main focus are re-cycled materials and with the help of the most prominent artistic groups there are many opportunities to be creative. Sziget also runs the Art of Freedom project where designers, sculptors, artists or just enthusiastic “amateurs” from all over the world can apply to build their giant installations at the festival.
These non-music programs are the ‘Soul of Sziget’ making the festival vibe a real cultural experience and make Sziget stand out from other festivals.
In 2015 Sziget once again won the the ‘Best Major Festival’ award at the European Festival Award.
In 2016 Sziget had a great start to the year at European Festival Awards Sziget winning another award, this time for the ‘Best Line Up’.
Moving forward Sziget strives to be the biggest multicultural events of Europe bringing together like minded people from over 100 different countries to the Island of Freedom.
Tickets onsale now from only 65 Euros
7 Day festival pass 275 Euros
5 Day festival pass 250 Euros
1 Day festival pass 65 Euros
Buy tickets here: http://szigetfestival.com/tickets/category/entry-ticket
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
Viber, one of the leading global messaging apps, and Sziget Festival have announced the launch of a Special Party Sticker Pack. The official “Szitizen” stickers will become available today for free download by all festival and music lovers across Europe.
Hungary’s Sziget Festival fans now have the opportunity to share festival’s positive energy and passion through Viber’s globally popular platform thanks to Sziget’s unique and expressive Sticker Pack.
Viber and Sziget continue to build the future of festival communications and a truly special festival experience. As a pioneer initiative of the two partners, the special festival sticker pack is now available for download, including 30 fun stickers that express festival vibes and emotions in order to bring local and international festival-goers closer to each other and their loved ones.
“Viber and Sziget started a long-term strategic partnership this summer, when we introduced a one of a kind, exclusive, totally free service: personal festival messages sent in real time to visitors’ Viber phones during the festival. Festival lovers also followed Sziget Public Chat for live updates and enjoyed main stage surprises with our Kiss Cam. Sziget’s sticker pack is the next but surely not the last step of the cooperation towards creating the most expressive festival communication out there”, said Atanas Raykov, General Manager CEE of Viber.
Sziget is celebrating the 25th edition of the Island of Freedom in 2017, a hallmark event for which Viber users will be able to get all the exclusive information through their favorite messaging app. „We are preparing several innovative surprises for Szitizens before and during the 25th Sziget Festival – as we strive to create an unforgettable festival experience for them. We are also happy and excited to launch our Sticker Pack on Viber as the next milestone of our collaboration. It is our desire to make the package full of fun, just like Sziget, so that the people of the Island of Freedom will love it”, added Tamas Kadar, General Manager of Sziget.
Download now Sziget’s Sticker Pack for free:
Follow Sziget Public Chat for exclusive content from the festival: http://chats.viber.com/sziget
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About Sziget Festival
Sziget Festival, the Island of Freedom, is a 7 days festival held on a beautiful green island in the middle of Budapest. A week long non-stop event with approx. 50 program venues and around 200 programs daily is considered one of the best and biggest multicultural gatherings in the world. Performing bands range from the biggest names of the international pop/rock scene to stars of world and electronic music, but you will also find metal, folk, jazz, blues, alternative and even classical tunes, while you are wondering around the huge festival area. Sziget is not just about music, as it offers several other cultural programs, like theatre, circus, or exhibitions. It also has a beach section where fans can truly enjoy the summer and the Danube. This is the only big festival where you will find authentic Roma music and even a gay-lesbian venue. And we shouldn’t forget about the fact that the festival is in the middle of Budapest, a touristic city with a lively cultural scene, beautiful historic buildings, Turkish spas and special ’ruin pubs’. The festival attracts more than 496000 Szitizens throughout the week.