If you are planning a trip to Hungary, you should consider attending one of the country’s many music festivals. Music festivals in Hungary, like Sziget, usually take place in the summer, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly if you want to attend one. With so many great music festivals in Hungary, it can be difficult to choose which ones to attend while you are there. Below is a list of five of the best music festivals in Hungary that will not disappoint!
1) Sziget Festival
The largest music festival in Central Europe, Sziget Festival, is named after and held on an island located in Budapest. Founded in 1993, Sziget attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with a wide variety of music genres from many around the world. Everyone from The Killers to Eminem has performed here. Past years have seen performances by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, NGHTMRE, Bob Moses, and ATLiens.
2) Balaton Sound
The Balaton Sound music festival has been going on for 10 years, with even more to come. The event takes place in Keszthely and is a five-day-long celebration of dance music and electronica. DJ’s including The Chainsmokers, Adam Beyer, and Marshmello have taken to the stage at Balaton Sound. Throughout those five days, there are after-parties that occur all over Pannonia. These after parties occur late into the night and offer attendees party tickets which include entry into various clubs.
3) Budapest Wine Festival
Held in June, this is one of Budapest’s biggest festivals that celebrates wine from all over Hungary. It was founded in 2000, so there are not a lot of other music festivals quite like it. It is located in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities; what more could you ask for? There are concerts, tastings and much more. The Budapest Wine Festival is a great way to enjoy Hungary’s wine and watch some great music at night as well. It also offers great food so you can have fun trying different types of food as well as drinks.
4) O.Z.O.R.A. Festival
Every year, thousands of people travel to O.Z.O.R.A., one of Europe’s most popular music festivals, held in a stunningly beautiful lake setting in Balatonboglár on Lake Balaton (also known as Plattensee). The festival is a four-day event that includes multiple performances from around 50 artists from all over the world and attracts over 80,000 people annually.
5) Volt Festival
One of Budapest’s premier musical festivals, Volt, hosts international acts from all genres. The venue rotates between three locations in Budapest, which keeps fans coming back year after year to see what new venues they’ll have to visit next. The festival typically takes place over a long weekend in late August and sells out each year with tickets sold both online and at local shops.
While Hungary might not be a destination that springs to mind for most music fans, it’s well worth traveling to. Aside from its spectacular natural beauty, culture, and food and drink, there are also many unique music festivals in Hungary you should know about. In summary, those are our top five picks for music festivals in Hungary you should definitely attend.
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