- 7 May 2015 12:00 PM
Two months from now, the gates of MasterCard Balaton Sound will open again, for the 9th time. The premium festival situated on the shore of Lake Balaton, the biggest lake of Central Europe, is a great option for those, who envision a perfect summer by chilling on the beach during the day and partying to the biggest electronic acts until sunrise.
The host town of the festival, Zamárdi, is just an hour away from Budapest and a direct transfer bus is also available for the comfort of the visitors. Accommodation options come in a wide range: campers can reserve a camping ticket in advance, 8-10 minutes from the festival entrance, where various services will await them.
For a hassle-free travel even camping sets and camping accessories can be booked in advance. Unfortunately tickets to the VIP Camping are no longer available, but those who would like to sleep in beds can choose the #festivalhotel powered by Telekom, right next to the festival area, or several hostel, guesthouse and hotel deals lined up in Zamárdi and the neighboring towns. All accommodation options are listed at balatonsound.com/accommodation.
Line-up & new names
MasterCard Balaton Sound always hosts the top DJs and electronic acts, so this year Tiesto, Hardwell, Faithless, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero and many others are already part of the line-up. In this new wave of announcement, organizers have revealed six new names.
It’s been 16 years since the last Leftfield album has been released. Enough time has passed now to bring the British electronic project formed in 1989 in London back to the very centre of modern electronic music. Rae Sremmurd, American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown, and Aaquil "Slim Jimmy" Brown, will have their debut at Balaton Sound.
Their album SremmLife was released in January 2015 bringing the vibes freshly to #sound2015. A-Trak builds links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble. Very few share the mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket.
This is him. Claptone unveils his incredible live audio visual show, IMMORTAL. After an intensive touring schedule, Claptone has reached an important point in his career where he feels he has more to say, by showing the world that there is a bigger picture behind the music.
The sounds Jan Blomqvist uses are 100 % self-formed and perfectly underscore his distinct and secure voice, making his music alive and close. Habstrakt’s distinctive production style and sound has seen him remix the likes of Skrillex & Diplo, MUST DIE!, Barely Alive, Kill The Noise & Feed Me over the year, alongside to his own original tracks. Signed to the mighty Never Say Die Records, his unique sound cleverly bridges an array of bass genres, flirting with house, future bass and dubstep.
Passes and day tickets are still available, but organizers advise everyone to get their tickets as soon as possible as Balaton Sound is a sold out event every year. This year a special Day 0 (8th July) is added to the regular festival days, included in the Festival Pass, featuring Tiesto, Oliver Heldens, Moti and many more. This day turns out to be more than just a warm-up day as almost all venues will be in operation to give a good kick start before the "regular" days. Day 0 tickets are available in a limited number, only couple of hundred are left, so it's expected to sell out by the beginning of next week. The best value is the Festival Pass, turning the 5 days of Balaton Sound into the best beach party of the summer.
Phase 5 announced acts (in alphabetical order):
Claptone Immortal Live!
Jan Blomqvist live
Daily schedule of the five day event will be available mid-May on the website of Balaton Sound.
More information and tickets: www.balatonsound.com