From the widely-adored Sziget to the smaller, electronic music beach festival Balaton Sound, Hungary is packed with must-see music festivals. Check out the best Budapest and Hungary have to offer here.
Date published: 25th Feb 2022
What do you think of when you think of Hungary? Goulash? The beautiful Lake Balaton? Or maybe Houdini? Yep, if you didn’t know, Houdini, the Houdini, was born in Budapest. But out of all the things that spring to mind, we bet music festivals aren't one of them.
It’s a tragedy that we don’t associate Hungary with music festivals when it arguably has some of the best. They vary with beach raves, metal fests, electronic music bonanzas, and even one of the biggest music festivals in Europe - Sziget.
Hungary definitely deserves more recognition for the cracking festivals it puts on every year, and hopefully, this blog will do just that. So here are the best music festivals in Budapest and Hungary.
We’ll give you a second to soak in that lineup… stunning, isn’t it? As you might have already guessed by that colossal lineup, Sziget is the champion of Budapest music festivals, being the biggest in the capital and even one of the biggest in Europe. With a super diverse lineup, everyone stays happy, and everyone has a good few artists to look forward to. And if you need a break from the music, you can head to the beach and take a dip, sit in on some talks, and even check out the cinema!
As you can tell by the lineup, one of Kolorado's values is diversity. With DJs, alt-rock bands, singer-songwriters, disco singers and more, the forest festival has already achieved diversity with its lineup. Another of the Kolorado's values is freedom. And with this, they encourage the crowds to feel free and express themselves, and the artists to experiment and be creative. It seems Kolorado has the perfect vision of what it wants to be. And judging by the success of the festival, we’d say they’ve nailed it.
Thousands of people shouting along to Mr Brightside, the iconic Plug in Baby guitar riff live, and the pits for Bring Me The Horizon - Volt Festival has it all this year. This year’s lineup seems to be teetering on the heavier side of the music spectrum, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other genres like the fest has done in the past. Typically Volt welcomes electronic, hip hop, pop, jazz, rock and more to its stages. We’ll see as the festival announces more artists.
Balaton Sound is a beach music festival that invites electronic music fans to enjoy their favourite music the way it's meant to be - on a beautiful, sunny location with sand and sea. Put together by the same team behind Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound attracts over 165,000 music fans from around the globe each year. And if you’ve got the energy after a long day dancing to your favourite tunes, there are boat parties to get the last bit of party out of your system. Looking for a massive rave? Balaton Sound might be the perfect festival for you.
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When: Monday 1st - Sunday 7th August
Where: Dadpuszta, Hungary
Lineup: Carbon Based Lifeforms (live band), Out Of Orbit, Shpongle, Astrix, Tristan, Ace Ventura, James Monro, Hilight Tribe, Fagin's Reject
OZORA is a “psychedelic tribal gathering” in Dadpuszta and is about so much more than just music. This trance music festival fuses music with psychedelic themes, including trippy decor and performers in mushroom costumes. Since its inception in 1999, OZORA has grown to become the biggest and most influential psychedelic gathering, with around 30,000 people attending each year. Easily one of the best music festivals in Hungary, if you like a trippy vibe and electronic tunes, you should check this one out for sure.
This multi-genre music festival in Hungary brings international and local artists to its stages. In between checking out some of the biggest names in the game, there are water balloon fights, yoga, and carnival games to give a try. No artists have been confirmed for this year’s edition just yet. But the lineups for Strand Festival are usually diverse, with New Found Glory, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Steve Aoki, and Milky Chance all having performed at the festival in the past.
Where: Szalki-Sziget, Dunaújváros, Hungary
Not much has been confirmed for Rockmaraton 2022 yet, but there’s still plenty of time. If you couldn’t already tell by the name, this one’s for fans of heavier music. Last year, this metal festival raged on for six whole days, so fingers crossed it’s the same length (or longer) this year. As we don’t have any confirmed artists yet, past editions have seen Megadeth, Soulfly, Cannibal Corpse, and Hatebreed tear up the stage. We can’t wait to see who’ll be tearing it up this year.
SZIN Festival, when it started, was a festival different from the rest. SZIN was a festival that refused to censor the artists who performed there. In that sense, SZIN started as one of the freest festivals, refusing to stile creativity and expression. Fast forward to the present, and SZIN still prioritises freedom and still seeks to give its guests a party to remember. And with those headliners, we think they’ll achieve their goal just fine in 2022.
This multi-genre festival allows those under 18 to join in the fun. So if you’re looking for a family-friendly festival, this could be the one for you. There are lots of activities for children if they need a break from the music, and, with a strong community feel, it’s the perfect festival for introducing little ones to the festival scene. This multi-genre festival has international stars on the lineup, like Tiesto, and smaller acts such as Budapest Bar, perfect for discovering new music while still enjoying the tunes you know and love.
B My Lake
Where: Lake Balaton, Zamardi, Hungary
This award-winning electronic music festival will be back in 2022 with a lineup that explores all styles of the genre, including house, techno, trance, and more. While we don’t have the lineup yet, we can rest easy knowing it’ll likely be unreal as past editions have seen Charlotte de Witte, ANNA, Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, and Tale Of Us mash it up on stage. With stunning views, a lake to dip in, and a supercharged party atmosphere, B My Lake is the perfect fest for escaping the real world for a bit.
There are some absolutely gorgeous music festivals in Hungary just waiting to be explored. And with summer temperatures floating around the 42-degrees mark, it might be the perfect country for soaking up some tunes. And if you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, no worries. We have plenty more guides to help you find your dream festival for 2022, such as the best fests in Germany, Croatia, Malta, and more. Happy festival researching!
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