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Sziget festival 2024: what you need to know

Sziget festival in Budapest

Ravers, on your marks, get set, go! Sziget is hitting the fields of Budapest once more, and with it will come an explosion of colour and neon, people from all over the world ready to party, and of course so much music!

Sziget music festival takes place in August every year, and these things can get hectic so best to have your bases covered ahead of time. So, this is your official guide to Sziget and everything you need to know. Share it with all your friends, or, if everyone you know is busy that week (or just not into raving) you can come to Sziget Festival with Contiki and we’ll provide friends to dance the night away with.

Let’s get started.

The dates

This year’s Sziget Festival will take place over 6 days between the 7th and 12th of August. You can either get a day ticket, 3 day pass, or a full 6 day pass (as well as various VIP packages), depending on how long you plan to stay – but either way, you’ll have a BLAST.

The venue

Sziget’s location is honestly so, so, so, cool because it takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube! This means you basically get the whole stomping grounds for yourself, creating a bubble of music and festivities for you to fully immerse yourself in. 

The island is called Óbuda Island (fun fact, Sziget actually means island!) and you can visit it any time of the year when the festival isn’t on for a peaceful stroll in nature. But come Sziget time, the island is heaving with like-minded partiers looking to have a ball! The island is accessed via an abandoned rail bridge, and this is decorated for Sziget and really adds to the festival’s bohemian vibe.

If you’re keen to do some sight-seeing, we’d recommend visiting the surrounding areas of Budapest (and wider Hungary) before Sziget starts as you may be quite tired by the end. Or escape during the day and maybe have a detox in one of the famous baths?

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The lineup

2024’s lineup isn’t fully announced yet as the tickets and information are released in ‘waves’, but Sziget officials have given us a sneak peak for now and it’s really promising. Fred Again, new UK based DJ is headlining, alongside Sam Smith, Stormzy, Martin Garrix, Louis Tomlinson, and so many more. 

There’s a healthy mix of pop and EDM here, as well as some punk and indie tunes coming from the likes of Fontaines D.C. and Aurora.

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The stages

Sziget has seven different stages, and each fits a specific bill. Here’s your guide to each of the stages.

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What should I expect?

Like most week-long music festivals, Sziget is huge and will be filled with people, so you’ll have to be prepared for crowds and for lots of walking (and dancing). Sziget hosts approximately 95,000 people daily, so if you’re heading to the festival with friends make sure you all have a way of staying in touch in case you get lost in the crowds, or get separated for toilet and food breaks.

Sziget is completely cashless, so make sure you’re prepared for that when it comes to paying for food and drink. You can use your contactless card or your phone, and you can also put money on your wrist band with a top-up service to pay as well!

The island is fully kitted out for the festival and you’ll find food and drink stalls, help desks, water refill stations, a first aid tent, and even showers, a pharmacy, laundry service, as well as lockers and a lost and found. On top of all that, there’s even an Aldi supermarket that you can use to buy food and drink at a cheaper price!

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What should I pack?

When you’re headed to a music festival you want to pack as light as you possibly can. Bring a change of clothes, a few toiletries so you can freshen up, some comfy shoes (this is a must), and a rain poncho just in case the weather takes a turn.

Other essentials include:

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Accommodation

All party’d out and ready for sleep? You’ve got a few options. Most festival-goers will opt for camping, and lucky for you Sziget offers free basic camping for anyone with 3 or 6 day pass, as well as people with 2 consecutive 1 day passes. You’ll be able to camp at the designated zones with pre-pitched tents for each night you’re there. There are also tent upgrades for extra comfort.

If you’re feeling boujie there are a few extra camping packages available like Siesta, or Sziget Ville which offers glamping options! And if you’re arriving on wheels there’s a caravan lot you can park in and stay for the week! That being said, we don’t recommend arriving by car as the parking is sparse.

You also don’t have to stay on Sziget premises, Budapest is right there and there are plenty of hotels and hostels that will take you for the night – just make sure to book early as it will get busy. The city’s public transport system is well connected, so you’ll have no trouble entering and exiting the festival grounds. Psst… Contiki’s Sziget trip will take care of all of this for you!

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Camping essentials

With the exception of the obvious (sleeping bag) you’ll need a few extra bits to make your camping stay comfortable.

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