Hungarian Music Festivals You Should Visit

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Photo taken during 30 Seconds to Mars’ show at VOLT 2014

We’re pretty sure everyone has a bucket list of music festivals – Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Warped Tour, and so on – they would like to attend one day. We’re pretty much in the middle of the season, but it’s never too late to discover new ones. Many countries has a great repertoire of these, and here, we bring you the finest of Hungary.


Proud owner of two “Best Major European Festival” awards, it’s inevitable not to mention Sziget Festival. It takes place at Budapest’s Hajógyári-sziget (hence the name) each year and by now, the event turned into a week-long musical and cultural extravaganza, drawing people from all over the world.
Sziget 2015 is happening between 10-17th August, with a very strong line-up including Robbie Williams, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Foals, Ellie Goulding, Interpol, Kasabian, Limp Bizkit, and many-many more. Read our recap of last year’s blink-182 and The 1975 gigs here!


This one is about to kick off in Sopron’s hill-tops, next to the Austrian border, today – with warm-up gigs taking place since yesterday. The second biggest festival of the country brings you a wide range of performers for everyone’s liking. If you’re into the big old rockers, you can check out Slash, Motörhead, Rise Against, or Parkway Drive. Lovers of more mainstream music can choose from the likes of John Newman, Bastille, or even David Guetta, and you can catch the majority of the Hungarian scene as well – all of this is happening on not one, but two main stages! Selected performances will be live broadcasted throughout the weekend over the official site.

We’re not there this year, but last year’s event was amazing!


Being held at the exact same place where Balaton Sound is for the electronic/techno music lovers, STRAND is one of the fairly new small festivals that quickly gained popularity after its first event in 2013 – we saw Fall Out Boy there that year, and this year, we are nervously excited about All Time Low‘s first ever Hungarian show, hear new songs from Simple Plan hopefully, and are totally ready to rock out for New Found Glory. Punk-rock dreams and beautiful view on to Lake Balaton is all we will live for between 19 -22nd of August.


Returning with new profile in 2015, Hegyalja will likely be the meeting point of metal heads. The Darkness, Eagles of Death Metal, At The Gates, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Nightwish, and Architects are all among the many, making an appearance in the famous Hungarian wine-region.




Dóra Udvardi
Dora covers the events of the Hungarian music scene – or wherever she's actually living – over at Alt Scribe. She gained interest in writing about music when she created her first blog on Buzznet in 2011. Since then she became a featured blogger on the site, where she shares about fragments of her life, travels and music experiences. She's the person to go to if you want to know about actual music events. CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: All Time Low, The Carbonfools and The Kooks. SPECIALIST SUBJECT: The Hungarian music scene

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