One of Hungary’s foremost tourist attraction returns in 2019, with a sensational musical line-up, various art productions and civil organisations participating. This will be the 27th time that the Sziget Festival occupies Hajógyári island on the Danube. Beside concerts, organisers are preparing with circus and theatre-performances, exhibitions, workshops and various other activities.
Do you need more reasons why you should try festivals?
1. Locals are more sociable.
If you’re visiting a city during festival season, I think you’ll find the whole city (regardless of who’s attending the festival and who’s not) a bit more friendly.
2. It’s a great way to see your favorite bands.
Oftentimes as my favorite bands become more and more popular, the possibility of seeing them live diminishes. It’s some sort of cruel trend. Enter music festivals. If you plan your summer right, you can end up seeing your favorite bands multiple times at a fraction of the cost of a normal one-off ticket. With the added bonus of about a gazillion other bands where you can hopefully discover new music.
3. Festival food tucks sell the best worst food!
And at overpriced prices — but hey, that’s the fun of it! Give me french fries in a paper cup at anytime and I’m going to love it. Somehow everything just tastes better when you’ve been in the sun all day, dehydrated from drinking warm beer.
4. If you’re not a camper, it’s surprisingly easy to camp!
I’ve been on a few camping trips but it’s not my preferred way to travel. But give me a festival which requires camping and I’ll be there with open arms! Festival camping is my favorite type of camping — you set up a campground with friends, play silly games and almost always end up having a near-constant barbecue. Plus you quickly make friends with your camping neighbors. Space is usually tight at festival campgrounds. But of course, we can help you find a comfortable accommodation, if you really hate to camp!
5. They’re dirty. But that’s okay
I like to consider myself a pretty hygienic person. I keep things clean and I don’t particularly enjoy the sensation of being dirty. And yet at festivals, I sometimes relish it! Spending 12 straight hours outside, sweating in the sun, drinking almost exclusively beer and eating fried foods — limited showers and increasingly dirty port-a-potties; I don’t care. I love it. It’s my one chance to let loose and get a bit dirty (and boy do I get dirty!).
6. People aren’t afraid to talk with strangers
Obviously festivals are different from one another, but anyone who’s been to a particularly happy festival knows what I’m talking about. Festival-goers must have some sort of special high-on-life attitude that makes everyone friendly and fun. I can’t tell you how many strangers I’ve made fast friends with at festivals. When queuing up for food, for drinks, for bands, for toilets… people somehow just open up and happily talk to strangers.