Festival Guide: Main Music Venues at Sziget

  • 3 Aug 2023 11:56 AM
Festival Guide: Main Music Venues at Sziget
The main music venues at this year’s Sziget Festival are huge in size, equal to their line-up. The festival runs 10-15 August, Florence + the Machine kick off the first day on the Main Stage, followed by Imagine Dragons, David Guetta and Mumford & Sons.

This year, the Main Stage at Sziget covers more than 1,000 square metres, where 24 acts, including seven headliners, will perform over the six days of the festival.

On the Monday, there will be two main headliners, Lorde and Macklemore. Billie Eilish, one of the biggest stars of today, then closes the festival.

Every day, from as early as 4pm, you can secure your spot in front of the Main Stage for concerts especially tailored for Sziget, featuring acts such as Sam Fender, Yungblud, girl in red and Foals, among many others.

The epicentre of EDM this year is again the Samsung Party Arena, now 4,000 square metres in size, where different big party brands will be showcased every day.

The first day is Q-Dance, who focus on the harder styles of electronic music, especially hardstyle, hardcore and hard trance.

Joining Sziget for the first time will Dutch group Awakenings, responsible for the world’s biggest techno event, the Awakenings Summer Festival. Rampage, known as the biggest drum and bass and dubstep party in the universe, will also be part of this year’s party with Next Level. Higher Ground will also be the venue for house artists and emerging talents at Sziget.

By now, Be Massive is a dominant part of the Hungarian party world, with international artists. Brazilian DJ and record producer Vintage Culture launched the Born of Music Addiction party series, which is now coming to Sziget with names such as Adam Beyer, Reinier Zonneveld, Diplo, Tale Of Us and the Brazilian acts coming to BOMA Day, namely Maz, Ashibah, Mochakk and Vintage Culture.

Bringing together the best of alternative electronic music, Sziget’s TicketSwap Colosseum – a boules arena built from 3,000 pallets reminiscent of an ancient amphitheatre – returned last year with a reimagined and exclusive look.

Now further enhanced with a spectacular design, equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, this venue will showcase more than 60 performers over the six days.

Among them will be Herrensauna XXL, a line-up of four major DJs, also the Australian-born, London-based Mall Grab, the influential techno DJ and producer Jeff Mills, one of the best-known German house and techno DJs and producers Dixon, and the Italian electronic dance music master, Dj Tennis.

Also at the Colosseum will be one of the most prominent artists in German electronic music, three-time DJ Award-winner Sven Väth, one of techno's fastest rising DJs Kobosil and French techno producer I Hate Models.

Holding over 10,000, the big tent of the FreeDome presented by Mastercard brings together alternative music trends.

The line-up here includes English producer, musician and DJ Bonobo, English hip-hop artist Loyle Carner, deep and progressive house musician Ben Böhmer, as well as Jamie xx of the English indie pop band The xx.

Look out, too, for German electronic music supergroup Moderat, English rock band Nothing but Thieves, French-American electronic music project M83 and punk group Amyl and the Sniffers.

English singer-songwriter and musician SG Lewis, English post-punk music duo Sleaford Mods and American rapper/singer 070 Shake also feature.

Sziget Festival

Words by Peterjon Cresswell for Xpatloop.com
Peterjon has been researching the byways of Budapest for 30 years, extending his expertise across Europe to produce guidebooks for Time Out and his own website liberoguide.com

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