The most international festival in Europe: 7 days of party with 1000 acts on 60 stages on an island in the heart of Budapest.
The biggest party of Europe takes place on an island in the Danube, right in the centre of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Every August thousands from all over Europe head to what has become the biggest summer event of the continent. Over 1000 bands and artists perform on 60 stages: pop, rock, metal, hiphop, dance, world music, theatre, performance arts and everything in between.
Why do tens of thousands of people from all over Europe head to the Sziget festival year after year?
The location of the festival in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. You can be in the city centre within 15 minutes! You can leave and enter the festival island as often as you like.
during the summer Hungary has the same climate as Spain. Forget about ponchos, bring some suncream instead! The wide variety of good food and beverage for cheap prices (a pint of beer will set you back £1,50- £2,00, a good meal is only £3-£3,5).
THE INTERNATIONAL ATMOSPHERE OF THE FESTIVAL
This is where East-Europeans party shoulder to shoulder with people from West-Europe. Only 25% of the visitors come from Hungary itself!
The ability to place your tent wherever you like, wether it’s next to your favourite stage or at the banks of the Danube river.
VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES
Whether you want to learn belly dancing, do some bungee-jumping, learn Hungarian, take a dip in the swimmingpool, watch a movie, sing karaoke or just play football, it’s all possible at Sziget. There’s so much going on that sometimes it’s hard not to forget there are bands playing too!
THE DIVERSITY OF BANDS AND DJS
There are many, many musicians performing on the number of stages. There is always something going on somewhere on the island. Any kind of music, any kind of entertainment.
The fact it’s on an island and the sheer size of the island. There’s so much to see and do you can’t really see every part of the island in just one week.
The 21st edition of the Sziget festival will take place from August 5th ’till the August 12th. With a camping ticket you can stay on the grounds from August 5th 10.00 - 12.00 August 12th. The 5th and 6th of August don't offer a full programme on all stages, but usually there are a few international acts already. The majority of the cafe’s and partytents are also open already and also an international talent contest will take place on the island. The best thing about the first days though, is that everybody's still fresh and full of energy, the first days are always one of the best!. The actual festivities will commence as from August 7th with complete festival programme on all stages. There's a special focus on ’Meetingpoint Europe’. The days are far gone that Sziget used to be an exclusive Hungarian affair. The Hungarians still constitute the majority of the visitors, but there are also thousands of French, Dutch, German, Italian, Romanian, British visitors. And also hundreds of Belgian, Finnish, Austrian, Polish, Scandinavian, Spanish, Slovak and other Eastern European visitors have found their way to Budapest.
While Sziget is working on being diverse and exciting music-wise and when it comes to non-musical cultural programmes, there has always been a tendency to create a special atmosphere, experimenting with lights and installations. For instance the Luminarium, the Tarot Labyrinth and the Cökxpon locations or the mood lightning of the lampions or the amazing street theatres are such important elements of the Sziget atmosphere.
This year the organisers have decided to dream even bigger and to develop Sziget to be an artistic product. Sziget will have more installations, sculptures, lightning that could be interpreted in a cultural sense as well.
One of the most important parts of the new concept will be the END SHOW, for the first time. As its name states, it will be the final act of the one week of fun. So, on Sunday, on the Main Stage, Sziget will end with a very exciting show full of fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser shows and other special effects. The music during the show will be played by one of the best-known DJ-producers nowadays, DAVID GUETTA.
The atmosphere for this ‘experience-festival’ will be supported by the lights during the nights as well. Trees will dress up in X-mas lightning and the number of lampions will increase. There will also be a so called DISCO PARK, in the forest near the Main Stage, where ‘disco lights’, light bulbs and stroboscopes will lighten up the nature to create a great party feeling. A new location this year will be the FREAK PARK, close to the entrance at the K-Bridge. This part will be specially lighted and will be gloomed with the help of mist machines.
Sziget is proud to present its new venue, the SZIGET BEACH. In the previous years it was strictly forbidden to swim in the Danube due to safety reasons, however this year – thanks to new developments – it will be allowed to refresh at the beach. The Sziget Beach will await the inhabitants with infrastructure and bars, even at night in the theme of the Full Moon parties of the Far-East.
SZIGET EYE, the ferris wheel of the festival, will be twenty meters bigger than last year, thus the event will have one of the biggest travelling ferris wheels of the world. A 60-meter gigantic wheel will take the guests up high, while at night it will be dressed up in colors and projections, in this way becoming literally one of the biggest attractions of the festival.
Sziget is not only a music festival, but a huge artistic gathering as well. The GIANT STREET THEATRE will arrive this year from one of the most far away continents, where people live together with kangaroos and koalas. We cannot tell their name yet, but we can state that they are world-famous and their monumental and breath-taking production could be seen not once, but three times a day!
During their walks at Sziget, the inhabitants can meet people in weird dresses, characters from tales and creatures popping out from our fantasy world. This year Sziget will host very colourful STREET THEATRE productions from all over the world: from the land of Maoris to Australia, from India to the Great Wall of China and from many European countries.
Reminding of a travelling circus from the 1890s, both in terms of visuals and programmes, the new CIRCUS venue will host circus shows. This will be the home for the exclusive show of Recirquel and many other amazing and cannot-miss productions.
The EASTERN-EUROPEAN FUNFAIR will await those who are willing to emigrate back in time with the already known playful methods. The theme this year is the hippie world of the 60s and 70s. The freedom and peace movements will be linked together with The Festival Island’s philosophy of freedom: long hair, skinny jeans, peace & love! In the clothes factory of the Eastern-European Funfair inhabitants will be able to make their own festival outfit expressing their freedom.
The new RUIN PUBS QUARTER will not only strengthen the event with a unique choice for catering, but it will be worth seeing as it will create a special and exclusive atmosphere. The most exciting of the famous ruin bars of Budapest will settle down on Sziget to make it a more vibrant place for a week.
Two former venues will have a comeback this year. Playing live Irish music and recalling the best songs of music idols, the IRISH PUB STAGE and the TRIBUTE STAGE are going to be two of the many hot spots of Sziget.
Last year’s venue, the COLOSSEUM, will have double size and double function this year. It will not only host the parties of the former Meduza tent, but it will be home for a brand new programme, the COLOUR PARTY. In the frame of a huge gathering, the audience will transform the location into a colour orgy, as they could throw colour powder patrons of all colours in the air, colouring up the location and the party.
SERVICES – A PREMIUM FESTIVAL, SUPPLYING THE BEST OF EVERYTHING
Comparing the festival services in the international festival scene, Sziget is highly outstanding, according to the feedback of the many international guests. However there is always room to improve, so the festival organisers constantly focus on strengthening this segment as well. There will be a spectacular development of the hygienic services. Most of the new bio toilets will await the inhabitants of The Festival Island. They will be found grouped together, with lighting and constant cleaning services. There will be more and significantly comfortable showering possibilities, together with dressing rooms equipped with lockers, a comfy waiting room and make-up room as well. The catering services will also improve, as the organisers will make sure that the food stalls are the best in quality and looks with the well-known diversity of a global cuisine.
Next to the playground of Sziget, one will find the “FAMILY CAMPING”, where the families with children can find services suitable for them, with play place for kids and programmes for the smallest inhabitants.
Last but not least: CITYPASS has been a popular service of the festival for two years now and it will be back this year! With the Citypass the guests can use public transportation for free and can use Budapest-related services for discounted prices or free of charge. More information on Citypass will come soon.
Sziget 2013 will take place from August 5 to 12 on the magnificent Óbudai-island in Budapest.
SCHEDULE SZIGET 2013
4th and 5th of August: the festival has not begun yet, but for a surcharge of €12 per day people with a Weekly Pass can already camp on the festival site. Most facilities won't work yet.
5th of August: Hungarian Day. Party's all over the place
6th of August: Day Zero: Special programme yet to be announced
7th of August: Festival day 1
8th of August: Festival day 2
9th of August: Festival day 3
10th of August: Festival day 4
11th of August: Festival day 5
12th of August: The end. Visitors are requested to leave the grounds at 10.00 a.m.
Up-to-date information can be found at Szigetfestival's Facebook page!
Sziget (the Hungarian word for Island) is held at a big island in the river Danube north from the city centre. From the city centre, the festival is easily reached with the HEV-subway, which departs every 10 minutes. The subway also runs during the night, although less frequently. On the major routes in the city centre, special nightbusses depart every 15 minutes. Weektickets for public transport are available at all subwaystations. These tickets are valid day and night for an entire week on all busses and subwaytrains and will only set you back €12.The only entrance to the festivalsite is the bridge that connects the island to the mainland. It is open 24/7. Another option to get from the city centre to the festival is to take the ferry. A ferry leaves every 30 minutes from the backside of the island to Margitbridge (Pest side) and Bátthyány Tér (Buda side) and back. Of course, you can also just rent a bike!
The festival grounds open on August 5th 10.00 a.m. for people with a Camping Ticket. As from August 7th the festival grounds are open and you can camp there if you have a festival ticket that includes camping. The toilets, showers and washing basins are cleaned several times a day. A more enjoyable way to wash yourself (or just cool off a bit) are the ancient bathinghouses all over Budapest. The hot water springs not only provide you with hygienic relief, they also serve as the perfect antidote to a hangover. The backside of the island is more tranquil. Here you can find tennis courts, volleyball fields, ping-pong tables and a swimmingpool.Lots of lush trees grow on the island, offering you the shade you will be searching for once temperatures sore up to 30 degrees Centigrade. In case you come with a camper or caravan you can stay at the special campervancamping, located at the right hand side of the entrance. During the festival, you’re allowed to leave the grounds with your camper or caravan only once. Together with the regular camping ticket you will need to have an additional camper/caravan ticket.
The days are far gone that Sziget was an exclusive Hungarian event. Nowadays tens of thousands Europeans come to the Hungarian capital to see over one thousand bands perform on about 60 stages. Rock, dance, world music, punk, electro, funk, blues, traditional music and classical music; there’s something to be found for everyone. But Sziget offers more than just music: film, a fairground, art, spirituality, sports, courses, the most diverse restaurant, shops, little bars and teahouses... all of this in the midst of the beautifully lit campingsites. The majority of the international acts perform on the mainstage before a 30.000 strong audiance. The Worldmusic Stage is one of the best programmed stages in its own right, drawing over 15.000 visitors for every performance. At night there are several parties on different locations serving the likes of all partygoers. This year over 400.000 thousand (one third Hungarian) visitors in total are expected over the span of one week. The prices for commodoties have hardly risen and a beer will cost you just about one-and-a-half euro. A meal goes for 3 to 4 euro (including a wide offering of vegetarian meals!). Although the grounds are huge and the number of camping sites is enormous, the Sziget tickets including camping sell out quickly.
Lots of facilities are to be found on the island:, a doctor and pharmacy on hand at all times, ATMs, cellphone loadingdocks, shops, free internet (100 computers), a swimming-pool (VIP camping only), telephone and a 24/7 information desk. Sziget is a festival with a laidback vibe, but please be careful with your personal belongings. It is recommended not to leave any valuable belongings in your tent. Also it may be wise to get to know your neighbours, social control is good and you'll probably meet some nice people along the way. You can also get badges which you can hide in your luggage. There will be gates at all entries/exits and once a badge crosses a gate, the alarm will go off. A limited number of lockers are for rent on the island, but they are usually taken very quick. But there are also other luggage storage facilities, which we think are trustworthy, because we haven't received any complaints about them yet.
Budapest is one of the most beautiful and most exciting capitals of Europe. You better pay the city a visit – it only takes fifteen minutes to get there from the festival grounds. Apart from the touristic parts like the centre of Pest and the castle of Buda, there are lots of special underground bars and clubs to be found in the city. The hills surrounding the city are perfectly fit for mountain biking and they have great parks, warm watersprings, museums, shops, swimmingpools, etc...
Information about the festival tickets and other services. Festival tickets, VIP tickets, Camping Alternativa, private lockers and special parties before and after Sziget in Budapest.
- Early bird price (until 5th of May, 23.59h): EUR169,-
- Full price (after 6th of May, 00.00h): EUR199,-
From Wednesday 7th of August 6AM to Monday 12th of August 10AM you can enter and leave the terrain as many times as you want but it's not allowed to sleep on the festival site or use the camping facilities.
Also available at:
TICKET WITH CAMPING
- Early bird price (until 5th of May, 23.59h): EUR199,-
- Full price (after 6th of May, 00.00h): EUR229,-
From Wednesday 5th of August 10AM to Monday 12th of August 10 AM you can enter and leave the festival as many times as you want, use the camping facilities and you can put your tent anywhere on the festivalground, except for well-marked areas where this is not allowed.
Also available at:
Campervan/caravan tickets are necessary if you want to spend the nights in your camper/caravan on the festivalgrounds. These tickets need to be bought in combination with a ticket including camping and are only available for motor homes, caravans and other vehicles transformed into sleeping places (not including station wagons with bent down back seats).
- Early bird price (until 5th of May, 23.59h): EUR45,-
-Full price (after 6th of May, 00.00h): EUR49.
Day tickets are valid from 6AM on the given day until 8AM the next day. Only with more than one day tickets on consecutive days you are allowed to camp on the island and to use the camping facilities.
Separate guarded camping on the festival island with swimming pool, safe deposit, cellphone charger, internet, Wi-Fi, grocery store, snack bar, 24/7 reception, security and cleaning service. Only valid in combination with a ticket with camping.
Reservation for a camping place at Camping Alternativa at the east side of Sziget festival island. The camping area can only be entered with the Camping Alternativa wristband and provides the following facilities: Telephone charging point, (good) Italian restaurant, lounge area, permanent guarding and extra showers. Only valid in combination with a ticket with camping. It is forbidden to set any tent awnings at Camping Alternativa.
GUARDED VIP PARKING
Reservation on the guarded VIP parking at 400 meter of the festival entrance. Price includes one free carwash.
GUARDED BUDGET PARKING
Reservation for guarded parking at Zay Ut at 1,9 kilometer from the festival entrance. The car can leave the parking but there is an extra fee of 2 euro every time the car re-enters the parking.
PRIVATE LOCKER RESERVATION
Wristband: Upon arrival at the entrance of the festival you have to change your e-ticket for a wristband. This wristband is your festival pass and will be checked every time you leave or enter the island and on the festivalgrounds as well. Don't take it off for the duration of the festival. You can put your tent almost everywhere on the island, except for some well-marked areas. If you want to be in the midst of things, place your tent near the stages; if you would like a good night's rest after a day of fun and music, set up your tent near the riverside.
For questions about the bookings/payments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Budapest, the better you know it, the more you love it. Now enjoy the full of it with unlimited public transport and one free entrance to a spa or swimming pool with the Citypass.
Budapest, the home of Sziget festival, is a magnificent city, famous for its spas and blessed with splendid public transport. Sziget festival has now made a deal with the city council in order to make it easier for Sziget visitors to also discover the wonders of the city and enjoy the healing waters and the many great swimming pools to escape the summer heat for only 29 euro!
And there’s more! From now on www.2budapest.com will publish updated free info about Budapest’s best hidden secrets and everything you need to know to experience the best the city has to offer.
Sziget-Budapest Citypass offers:
- Unlimited public transport within the city borders of Budapest with tram, trolley, metro, bus, nightbus, inter-local train (HÉV) and the cogwheel railroad.
- One free entrance to a spa / bathhouse of Budapest.
- After that 20% discount at the spas and bathhouses of Budapest.
- Free trips with the Sziget ferry from Sziget to city centre.
- Free trips with the Sziget boats to the swimming pools at Margit island.
- At least 50% discount on Budapest museum tickets.
- 20% discount at Budapest Zoo (www.zoobudapest.com).
- 30% korting at Amusement Park of Budapest (www.vidampark.hu).
Price: 29 euro for 13 days. From 1 August (00.00) till 13 August (24.00h), or 9 euro for 2 consecutive days within the period 1-13 August, valid from the day of validation until 24.00 the next day.
Vouchers for the Citypass are available from in the webshop. The vouchers can be changed for wristbands on several locations in Budapest and in the city centre.
One of the great things about Sziget is that it takes place in the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant cities: a unique combination of nineteenth century chique and a modern undergroundscene. You can easily combine a visit to the coffeehouses, the baths, the opera and the innercity sightseeings with splendid poolparty's, the infomous ruin bars and gardenclubs.
The inner city itself is beautiful. The old Buda castle district on one side of the Danube and the 19th century city of Pest on the other side.
Budapest never sleeps. At Hajogyari Sziget (next to the festivalsite) you can find a whole range of clubs spinning everything from techno to latino and old school disco.. but most party's kick off downtown. Clubs like Merlin, Rio right at the Danube riverside.. or big party's at the Citadel (which has the best view over the city) on the Gelert Hill all put on great shows to make you dance the night away..
You can find up-to-date info about Budapest at www.2budapest.com
Some prefer to stay on the festival island and explore the city once or twice from there, others stay in a comfortable hotel or apartment in the city, enjoy the vitues of Budapest and visit the festival any time they like. For the second group we arranged a very good and cheap 3 star hotel (Hotel Benczur). Also we offer decent and centrally located apartements in the city centre, 20-40 minutes travel from the festival.
Hostel especially for the Sziget Festival visitors. Only ten minutes walk from the entrance. Prices: EUR16 (three- or fourbedroom) and EUR24 (double room).
City Hostel Buda
Single, double, triple rooms available. Each room has a shower, but the toilets are on the corridor. More information and bookings on the following website: Budapest Hotel Service.
We have a special deals with Budapest Apartment Service who offer cheap and well located apartments in Budapest during Sziget period.
We have found a great 3 star hotel in Budapest centre that offers good quality for hostel prices. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the Jewish centre (nightlife)/5 minutes with the metro and 40 minutes from Sziget. The hotel is in the Embassy district 5 minutes from Heroes Square and Citypark (Baths, fun park, zoo, etc.) and the main street of Budapest: Andrássy Avenue. We can only offer 7 day and 9 day packages (4/6 August- 13 August), or the single days 4,5,13,14 and/or 15th August. Included tax, excluded breakfast.
Facilities in the hotel:
- Restaurant, bar, 24/7 reception, terrace
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
1068 Boedapest, Benczúr utca 35
Rooms are for rent in three package deals. All are for nine nights (3-12 August), but there are twin rooms, double rooms and double rooms with airconditioning.
Twin room - 9 nights - 395 euro
Double room - 9 nights - 395 euro
Double room with airconditioning - 9 nights - 425 euro
Tourist tax, towels and bed linnen are included, but breakfast is excluded.
Check in: 3 August from 14:00
Check out: 12 Augustus from 12:00
Facilities in the hostel:
- Bar, 24/7 reception, luggage room
Rooms are for rent in three package deals. One of nine nights (3-12 August), one of seven nights (5-12 August) and one of two nights (10-12 August):
Package D - nine nights (3-12 August):
Twin room, bed linnen and tourist tax included: 270 euro
Package E - seven nights (5-12 August):
Twin room, bed linnen and tourist tax included: 224 euro
Package F - two nights (3-5 August):
Twin room, bed linnen and tourist tax included: 64 euro
Prices include tourist tax and bed linnen, but breakfast is not included.
Check in: from 14:00
Check out: 12 Augustus before 12:00
Sziget review by The Guardian
Sziget festival: in search of Europe's fields of dreams
Why traipse through Glasto's swamps when you can watch your favourite bands play on an island in the Danube? Garry Mulholland travels to Hungary to find a festival gem.
It's a balmy midnight in Hungary and you are walking through a forest lit with fairy lights. To your right there's an impromptu 50s-style sock hop, DJed by a man in a tuxedo who has set up his turntables in the front of an original Mini Cooper that's been cut in half. To your left, delighted whoops are greeting a buff gay dance troupe doing an energetic routine to the strains of Enough Is Enough by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand. In front of you, a drunk couple who can't be any older than 17 are trying to duet on Paradise City at the heavy metal karaoke. You're just about to make up your mind whether to stick with one of these or proceed to your original destination of the Roma tent, when your nose catches a whiff of chilli noodles, then chicken burrito, and then what appears to be a giant hog roast.
Following the great success last year, with all kind of music performances, there will be a 2BudaPest Party this year as well.
The first acts announced are Chef'Special Soundsystem and Addicted Kru Sound (AKS)!
Addicted Kru Sound (AKS)
More TBA soon!
The 2BudaPest Party: Official Sziget Warm-Up will be held Sunday 4 August in the Akvárium club (formerly known as Gödör) in Budapest. This club is located under the Erzsébet park near Deák Ferenc tér, in the middle of the centre, where all three metro lines cross. In the summer this park is the hotspot of Budapest, where youngsters come together with drinks and music before going out.
The doors for the 2BudaPest Party: Official Sziget Warm-Up will open at 9PM. Tickets cost €10 and are available in the webshop. We strongly recommend to book tickets in advance, since in previous years the warm-up parties always sold out.
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The official currency of Sziget's summer festivals is the so-called Festivalcard. You will get a glimpse of the system supporting cashless payment solutions with a contactless card at Sziget Festival – in order to be able to introduce the novelty smoothly and make payments faster and safer, there will be several point of sales, helpdesks, and dozens of experts and hostesses are going to help you. Also check the festival watch!
Why is Festivalcard useful?
- By issuing secure contactless payment devices, visitors get a safer and more convenient payment mechanism, so they do not have to worry about carrying their purse with them all the time. This way, it is also less likely that someone would lose all their cash.
- Should you lose your card (following a simple card-registration), you can immediately disable your card, and transfer the amount of money left on the card to a brand new card. You will not have any problems with too many coins or torn banknotes anymore.
- Smoother service: all you have to do is touch the card-reader terminal when paying. Each payment takes 2-4 seconds only.
What is the card for?
Festivalcard is the official, cashless currency of Sziget Cultural Management Ltd. for the summer-festival season. You can use your Festivalcard at Budai Gourmet, VOLT, Balaton Sound and Sziget Festival.
What can I buy using the Festivalcard?
Since traders, pubs and restaurants do only accept the Festivalcard as a means of payment in 2011, practically you can purchase every product sold by merchants at Sziget.
Can I use the card everywhere?
You can use the card at Budai Gourmet, VOLT, Balaton Sound and Sziget Festivals. One Festivalcard is valid for all four festivals, however your balance cannot be transferred from one festival to the other. So if you have used your card at Budai Gourmet, and have some money left on it, you are not able to spend it at VOLT Festival – you can, however, recharge your card to use it again.
Where can I purchase a card?
Every visitor gets their card with their wristband, with a balance of zero Forints – so you do not have to pay for your first card. The card is activated after registration or after having recharged it for the first time.
Do I need to register the card? If yes, where and how do I register?
You may use your card for payment without registration, however we would strongly encourage you to register your card as only registered cards can be disabled (e.g. if your card gets lost), and you can only transfer your balance to another card if your card is registered.
You may register your card: in SMS at +36 20 66-99-777, by sending the word REG, the cardnumber and a PIN-code consisting of four numbers chosen by you (e.g.: REG 123456789 1234) or online.
Is this the only way I can pay at the festivals?
Yes, Festivalcard is the only valid currency at Budai Gourmet, VOLT, Balaton Sound and Sziget festivals. Merchants are not going to accept cash. The last point where you can still pay in cash the ticket sales points.
How does the Festivalcard work?
The balance of the Festivalcard can be recharged with a sum of your choice, but the maximum amount is 240 000 HUF. You may recharge your card as many times as you wish. The card can be recharged by bankcard or cash, so you do not even need to have cash on you. If you recharge by bankcard, be prepared for a 100 HUF additional prize for each recharge. All you need to do is tap the card against the cardreader terminal. Each payment takes 2-4 seconds only. If you would like to give a tip, let the barman/cashier know in advance. Festivalcard is a contactless card, so you should never punch it and be careful never to break it.
How can I check the amount of money I have on my card?
You can always get information about your up-to-date balance at our Top Up Points, moreover you may check your balance before every payment at the cardreader terminal of each merchant, so you can always make sure you have enough money on you to pay for the item of your choice.
What happens to lost or stolen cards? Can I disable my card? Am I the only one who can use it?
You can only disable registered cards, and your balance can only be transferred from one card to another if it is registered. Lost or stolen cards can only be disabled if they have been registered previously. Cards can be disabled in the following ways:
send the word STOP and your PIN-code of four numbers in an SMS to the the following phone number: +36 20 66-99-777-es (e.g.: STOP 1234) or go to the site www.metapay.hu/fesztivalkartya to disable your card. In case you have registered, but your mobile phone got lost too, you can disable your card online. Look for T-Home internet-caravans at VOLT and Balaton Sound festivals, and go to the internet-tent at Sziget to be able to use computers Each newly requested Festivalcard costs 500 HUF. You can request a new Festivalcard at the Top Up Points, after having disabled your lost or stolen card. The balance of the disabled card (in the moment of having disabled it) will be transferred to your new card 30 minutes after the disable. The balance of lost cards will be transferred to your new card at Helpdesk-points. If you find a lost card, please leave it at one of our Top Up Points.
Are they going to ask for a PIN-code when I pay? What happens if I forget the code or if I can't remember it: is my card going to be banned then?
No, the unique PIN-code you gave throughout the registration process will only be asked for if you would like to disable your card. When paying, all you have to do is check if the number on the screen of the cardreader-terminal is correct, and then tap your card.
What happens to the money left on the card when the festival is over, how do I process a refund?
Throughout the festival, you can always change the balance of the card back to cash. You can get your money back until the last day of the given festival. You cannot use the balance on your card at the next festival, however your card itself remains valid and rechargable.
Whom should I turn to if there is a problem with my card?
Hostesses are going to be available to help card-owners at Festival-card Top Up Points, and a customer-service is available with experts twenty-four hours a day at the Helpdesk.
How and where can I recharge the card?
The balance of the Festivalcard can be recharged with a sum of your choice any time. Each festival has a number of Festivalcard Top Up Points where you can always recharge the card. We paid attention to the importance of having plenty of Top Up Points within a reasonable distance at every festival.
Is there a minimum or a maximum sum of money I can have on my card?
The balance of the card can always be recharged with a sum of your choice at any Recharging Points, but the maximum amount is 240 000 HUF. When recharging your card, you may use cash or bank/creditcard.
Is my Festivalcard going to be compatible with my Budapest Card (card issued by Sziget)? Am I going to be able to pay with it in the city, too?
No, Festivalcards are not compatible with Budapest Cards. Festivalcards can only be used at Budai Gourmet, VOLT, Balaton Sound and Sziget festivals.
Party proof wallet – Pay with your Festival Watch
This summer all festivals organized by Sziget are entirely cash-free. The official currency is the Festivalcard. Festival goers will pay electronically via Festivalcard or can use their Festival Watch to pay!
Works like a contactless card?Yes, a simple tap of your watch, just like you would do with your Festivalcard, is all it takes to pay at check out. The reader terminals will display the total of your payment as well as the remaining balance on your Festival Watch. No payment errors, no paying twice.
Is it safe?Yes, it is. Have a blast, and your Festival Watch won’t bash! It is rain and shower resistant and also beer and mud proof. And since it is securely wrapped around your wrist at all times, it is also thief resistant.
Where can I purchase the watch and top it up?Your Festival Watch is available for sale for 30 EUR at all Festival Card Top Up Points and at the Volt Shop locations. At the Festivalcard Top Up Points you can immediately load your watch with cash, or use your credit or debit card at the widely available top up locations.
What happens when a festival is over?Residual amount on your watch can be reimbursed during festival opening hours until the last official day of each festival at all Top Up Points. And the best of it all, the watch will sure go home with you along with all your lasting fun memories…
By redeeming and using your Festival Watch, you automatically accept Sziget Kulturalis Menedzser Kft’s Regulations and Meta MPI Kft.’s data management code.
A valid ticket provides access to the site and the venues of Sziget Festival, on conditions that visitors maintain Sziget own rules and follow instructions of the staff. In particular, antisocial behavior means getting denied of the festival.
ABOUT THE ENTRY
Purchasing the entry ticket only entitles you to enter the event if you accept the regulations of Sziget and take notice of the fact that keeping them is checked by the organizers.
Camping Tickets are valid from 6 August 10:00 a.m., Non-Camping Tickets are valid from 8 August 06:00 a.m. Both types are valid to 13 August 08:00 a.m. Day ticket holders can enter the festival site from 02:00 a.m. to midnight on the day indicated on the ticket, and can stay until 08:00 a.m. the following day.
Tickets bought in advance will be exchanged for a wristband on entry. You must wear the wristband (weekly or daily) on your wrist all the time throughout its validity. It will be checked by organizers on entry and exit, and also on the area of Sziget, constantly.
IMPORTANT IMFORMATION CONCERNING WRISTBANDS
- you can enter the event on a given day from 2 am until midnight, the day ticket entitles you to reside at the festival until 8 am the next day.
- you can only enter the camping area if you have day tickets valid for two or more consecutive days. We cannot guarantee a tent spot but you can use the shower rooms.
- you can enter Sziget with it from 6 August 10:00 a.m.
- you can sleep in a tent or in a caravan,
- you can use the shower rooms and washing facilities,
- visitors arriving with a caravan must purchase a caravan camping ticket as well.
- you can enter Sziget with it from 8 August 06:00 a.m.
- it does not entitle you to reside at the festival on Day Zero.
- You cannot sleep in the area of Sziget and you cannot stay in a camping tent or a caravan.
- Furthermore, you cannot use the shower rooms.
If you sleep on the island with the reduced priced non-camping ticket, you take notice of and accept the fact that you must pay the difference between the non-camping and the camping ticket to the controllers, otherwise you will lose your non-camping ticket and you cannot raise any demands towards the organizers or the security staff.
In case your entry ticket / wristband is no longer valid, but you would like to stay, you can buy another wristband on the area of Sziget, in the town centre or from the wristband controllers. If your wristband is invalid and you do not buy another one, you are obliged to leave the area of Sziget.
The entry ticket / wristband cannot be transferred to another person. A wristband counts as a valid entry pass only if it is worn on the wrist. WRISTBANDS that are DAMAGED (glued, cut, with a patent undone, broader than the hand) are INVALID. Ticket forgers and those participating in forging will be prosecuted. Damaged and lost wristbands cannot be replaced.
Visitors aged under 14 can only enter the event with adult guidance (children aged under 10 can enter free of charge).
For the sake of your own safety, crowdsurfing (when the audience carry fans over their heads towards the stage) is forbidden on Sziget. If you're caught crowdsurfing, the security staff will lead you out to the edge of the given site. If you get caught again, you will have to leave the area of Sziget!
It is forbidden to enter the area of Sziget with any transport. In order to approach the event, we ask you to use public transportation, as well as the boat and taxi service!
WHAT CANNOT BE BROUGHT IN WITH YOU?
Glass objects, striking and cutting devices, umbrellas or any other objects endangering others’ physical health are FORBIDDEN to be brought into the area of Sziget. According to valid laws, you are not allowed to carry objects specifically endangering public safety (knives with a blade longer than 8 cm, switch knives, gas sprays, black jacks etc.), it is qualified as an offence.
IMPORTANT: Alcoholic drinks may not be brought into the area of the festival. Products of such nature must be handed to the security service at the entrance in custody. Non-alcoholic drinks and food may only be taken into the festival in non-commercial quantities.
WHO CAN VISITORS TURN TO?
With your remarks, complaints, ideas concerning hospitality, the staff or anything else, you can turn to the employees of the Information Tent and the PR Office.
We ask you to hand in lost & found objects at the Information Tent, you should look for your lost objects at the same place (also on August 16, until 2 pm). After the event we will keep lost & found objects until September 15. You can inquire about them on the telephone number +36-20/425-6066.
Don't bring dogs!
It is strictly forbidden to bring dogs to the festival. We kindly request you to leave your dog at home or use the services of one of the dog kennels in the nearby vicinity. Here are contacts to a few local kennels.
- A sound and film recording will be made of the event. Everyone who appears on the recordings can be namechecked only with their agreement, however they may not have any claims to the makers of the recordings or the organizers of the festival.
- Film and sound recordings about the programs can only be made with the written agreement of the organizers.
- Visitors are allowed to take photographs.
- On the area of Sziget it is forbidden to carry out any commercial or advertising activities without the written permission of the organizers.
- Intoxicated and under 18-year-old guests cannot be served with alcohol
- We draw attention to the prevailing laws which say that the consumption, possession and sale of narcotics is strictly forbidden on the area of Sziget.
- Visitors are strongly asked to take care of natural values and not to drop any litter.
- The organizers take no responsibility for possible damages occurring in persons or valuables.
- There are several left-luggage offices and a safe deposit at the Boathouse in operation on Sziget, free of charge. The security staff takes responsibility only for objects left at these places. We cannot take responsibility for valuables left at other places, therefore we recommend the use of storage places.
IT IS FORBIDDEN AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO SWIM IN THE DANUBE!
The event will also be held in the case of bad weather.
The right to make changes in the program is reserved.
We ask you take care of yourselves and each other.
We wish you a very good time!