Sziget Festival 2016

Sziget Festival is an annual music festival held annually in Hungary, Europe. This fest represents the music and festival culture of the land of Europe. This week-long festival presently holds over 1000 performances of various genres’ each year. The year 2006 witnessed blue stages, a jazz tent, and a world music stage just together with unique popular rock acts.

Sziget Festival is the most loved festival of Europeans and almost 50% of the audiences come from outside Hungary with a huge mass from France, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Ireland. As this fest is located on an island, many swimmers also try to enter by swimming across the Danube River or by rafting. The swimmer audience’s attempt is discouraged because it is not authorized participation and neither it is safe to raft through the fast-flowing Danube River.

Sziget Festival Information

Date August 10 - 17, 2016
Location(s) Budapest, Hungary
Years active 1993 – present
Founded by Müller Péter Sziámi, Károly Gerendai and others
Genre Rock, Alternative rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk rock, Heavy metal, Pop, Synthpop, Reggae, Hip hop, Indie, World music, Electronic music
Website http://www.szigetfestival.com/

History of Sziget Festival

The end of Communist era 1989 led to a crisis of the festival scene due to the sudden shortage of governmental funds. As an alternate to this, a group of artists and rock enthusiasts established the Sziget event in 1993 which was originally called as Diáksziget (Students' Island). Their first ever event was hosted by music fans in their spare time accumulating good funds as a repayment of losses until the year 1997.

From the year 1996 to 2001, Sziget Festival was funded by Pepsi to be renamed as Pepsi Sziget, but since 2002, it has been named as Sziget Fesztiv’al.

When and Where is Sziget Festival 2016 Held?

Sziget, a music festival is held in Budapest, Hungary, Europe in August on a green leafy island of Northern Budapest O’budai- sziget which is spread across 108 hectares.

Significance of Sziget Festival

Organized as a student fest in the year 1993, Sziget festival remained low-profile for the few initial years, but later turned to become the most liked European rock festivals of masses in the late 19th century attracting majority of visitors from France, UK, Germany, Italy and Netherlands. This festival also has the history of appointing a “party train” with a resident DJ that commutes festivalgoers from Western Europe.

The second edition of Sziget festival, known as Eurowoodstock tuned out to be a headline by performers from the first edition. A remarkable achievement in the audience was seen in the year 1997 when the masses turned out in a huge number of 250,000 and later in 2001, surpassed the mark of 350,000. A tremendous revolution was noted in the year 2009 when the audience of 390,000 tuned into this music festival. In this age, Sziget festival has been named as Burning Man festival due to the equipments used in the festival.

Sziget Festival Previous Years

Year Name Number of Visitors (all days combined) Main Artists
1993 Diáksziget '93 43,000 Hungarian artists only
1994 Diáksziget '94 - Eurowoodstock 143,000
  • The Birds
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Eric Burdon
  • Grandmothers of Invention (Frank Zappa's band)
  • Jefferson Starship
  • Jethro Tull
  • Ten Years After
1995 Diáksziget '95 173,000
  • Clawfinger
  • Jeff Healey
  • John Cale
  • Kava Kava
  • Stranglers
1996 Pepsi Sziget 1996 206,000
  • Iggy Pop
  • Slash
  • Sonic Youth
  • The Bates
  • The Levellers
  • The Prodigy
  • The Stone Roses
  • Therapy?
1997 Pepsi Sziget 1997 260,000
  • David Bowie
  • Chumbawamba
  • dEUS
  • Faith No More
  • Foo Fighters
  • Motörhead
  • New Model Army
  • Rollins Band
  • The Cardigans
  • Toy Dolls
  • Tankcsapda
1998 Pepsi Sziget 1998 268,000
  • Boney M
  • Chumbawamba
  • Coolio
  • Goldie
  • Green Day
  • Mory Kanté
  • Paradise Lost
  • Patti Smith
  • Rammstein
  • Tankcsapda
  • Shane MacGowan and the Pogues
  • Therapy?
1999 Pepsi Sziget 1999 297,000
  • Apocalyptica
  • Asian Dub Foundation
  • Baaba Maal
  • Brand New Heavies
  • Faithless
  • Guano Apes
  • Kool and the Gang
  • Liquido
  • Paradise Lost
  • Rachid Taha
  • Suede
  • Tankcsapda
  • Troitsa
2000 Pepsi Sziget 2000 324,000
  • Apollo 440
  • Baaba Maal
  • Chumbawamba
  • Bad Religion
  • Bloodhound Gang
  • Clawfinger
  • Die Ärzte
  • FreshFabrik
  • Gods Tower
  • Guano Apes
  • HIM
  • K2R Riddim
  • Lou Reed
  • Oasis
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Tankcsapda
  • Therapy?
  • Troitsa
2001 Pepsi Sziget 2001 365,000
  • Ash
  • Bomfunk MCs
  • Jimmy Bosch
  • Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Faithless
  • Freestylers
  • FreshFabrik
  • Guano Apes
  • HIM
  • Ignite
  • Khaled
  • Moonspell
  • Morcheeba
  • Nightwish
  • Noir Desir
  • Omara Portuondo
  • Placebo
  • Värttinä
  • Run DMC
  • Tankcsapda
2002 Sziget 2002 355,000
  • Amorphis
  • Baaba Maal
  • Die Toten Hosen
  • FreshFabrik
  • HIM
  • Iggy Pop
  • Jovanotti
  • Kosheen
  • Mory Kanté
  • Muse
  • Natacha Atlas
  • Nightwish
  • Pulp
  • Stereo MCs
  • The 69 Eyes
  • The Cure
  • The Gathering
  • The Klezmatics
  • Mission
  • Tito and Tarantula
  • Transglobal Underground
  • Troitsa
  • U.K. Subs
  • Tankcsapda
2003 Sziget 2003 361,000
  • Apocalyptica
  • DJ Rush
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals
  • Massive Attack
  • Morcheeba
  • Seeed
  • Shaggy
  • Slayer
  • Troitsa
  • Tankcsapda
2004 Sziget 2004 369,000
  • Addictive TV
  • Amorphis
  • Ash
  • Basement Jaxx,
  • Children of Bodom
  • Faithless
  • Freestylers
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals
  • In Flames
  • Junkie XL
  • Paul Oakenfold,
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Sugababes
  • Bloodhound Gang
  • The Gathering
  • The Pet Shop Boys
  • The Rasmus
  • Tito and Tarantula
2005 Sziget 2005 385,000
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Good Charlotte
  • KoЯn
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Nick Cave
  • Paul van Dyk
  • Sean Paul
  • Underworld
  • Wickeda
2006 Sziget 2006 385,000
  • 17 Hippies
  • Addictive TV
  • Cradle of Filth
  • Craig
  • Evergrey
  • Fear Factory
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Hadag Nahash
  • Iggy and the Stooges
  • Jovanotti
  • Kispál és a Borz
  • Leningrad
  • Les Doigts de l'Homme
  • Living Colour
  • maNga
  • Ministry
  • Natacha Atlas
  • Placebo
  • Radiohead
  • Robert Plant
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Sick of It All
  • Sons and daughters
  • The Prodigy
  • The Rasmus
  • The Skinny Bohemians
  • Therapy?
  • Wir sind Helden
2007 Sziget Festival 2007 371,000
  • Alpha Blondy
  • Eagles Of Death Metal
  • What Cheer? Brigade
  • Ennio Marchetto
  • Faithless
  • Fusedmarc (LT)
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Kispál és a Borz
  • Laurent Garnier
  • Madness
  • Manu Chao
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Pink
  • Quimby
  • Razorlight
  • Sinéad O'Connor
  • Tankcsapda
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • The Good, the Bad and the Queen
  • The Hives
  • The Killers
  • The Rakes
  • TNMK
  • Tool
2008 Sziget Festival 2008 385,000
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Mass Hysteria
  • Anti-Flag
  • Babyshambles
  • Die Ärzte
  • Flogging Molly
  • Iron Maiden
  • Jamiroquai
  • Justice
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kispál és a Borz
  • Lauren Harris
  • Mademoiselle K
  • Millencolin
  • Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra
  • R.E.M.
  • Róisín Murphy
  • Serj Tankian
  • Sex Pistols
  • Tankcsapda
  • The Cribs
  • The Killers
  • The Kooks
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • The Wombats
  • MGMT
  • URH
  • Ziggi & The Renaissance Band
2009 Sziget Festival 2009 390,000
  • The Prodigy
  • The Offspring
  • Faith No More
  • IAMX
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Žagar
  • Coldcut
  • Birdy Nam Nam
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Lily Allen
  • Ska-P
  • Tricky
  • Placebo
  • Nouvelle Vague
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • White Lies
  • Armin Van Buuren
  • Al Di Meola
  • Crystal Method
  • Haydamaky
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Pendulum
  • Bloc Party
  • Klaxons
  • Jose Padilla
  • The Ting Tings
  • Tiken Jah Fakoly
2010 Sziget Festival 2010 382,000
  • 08001
  • 30 Seconds To Mars
  • Amparo Sanchez
  • Antytila
  • Bad Religion
  • Billy Talent
  • Cankisou
  • Children of Bodom
  • Csík zenekar és vendégei
  • Danko Jones
  • Death Valley Screamers
  • Enter Shikari
  • Faithless
  • Fear Factory
  • Gorillaz Sound System
  • Gwar
  • Ill Niño
  • Infected Mushroom
  • Iron Maiden
  • Jaune Toujours
  • Kamelot
  • K.I.Z.
  • Kasabian
  • Kati Kovács & The Qualitons
  • Kries
  • Lyapis Trubetskoy
  • Madness
  • Miz
  • Monster Magnet
  • Ez3kiel
  • Muse
  • Papa Roach
  • Paradise Lost
  • Ska-P
  • Skindred
  • Subsonica
  • The 69 Eyes
  • The Freelancers
  • The Hives
2011 Sziget Festival 2011 385,000
  • Prince
  • Pulp
  • Interpol
  • La Roux
  • Good Charlotte
  • Kasabian
  • Hurts
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Crystal Castles
  • Xiu Xiu
  • British Sea Power
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • The Prodigy
  • Hadouken!
  • Kate Nash
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • 30 Seconds To Mars
  • Peter Bjorn & John
  • Gogol Bordello
  • The National
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • White Lies
  • Marina & The Diamonds
  • Judas Priest
  • Motörhead
  • Within Temptation
  • Deftones
  • Lostprophets
  • Go Back To The Zoo
  • Tankcsapda
  • Quimby
  • Oi Va Voi
  • Gotan Project
  • Flogging Molly
2012 Sziget Festival 2012  
  • The Stone Roses
  • Placebo
  • Hurts
  • Crystal Fighters
  • The Horrors
  • The Subways
  • Mando Diao
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Friendly Fires
  • The Vaccines
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Korn
  • Magnetic Man
  • dEUS
  • Steve Aoki
  • Bebel Gilberto
  • Axwell
  • Beatsteaks
  • Caro Emerald
  • Ministry
  • The XX
  • Anna Calvi
  • The Ting Tings
  • Glasvegas
  • LMFAO
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Flying Lotus
  • Fink
  • The Orange Fandangos
  • The Killers
  • Dj Fresh

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