If you haven’t had a chance to hear Quimby, Irie Maffia, PASO, Bea Palya or the attractively named Frogshow at one of this summer’s already numerous festivals, Debrecen’s student-friendly Campus Festival is one occasion to catch up. Alongside the better- and lesser-known Hungarian bands, groups from countries as diverse as Finland (Apocalyptica, Saturday 28 July at 10.20pm), Australia (Shock One, same day at 3am), the Netherlands (Kees van Hondt, Friday 27 July at 1.30am) or the UK (Friction and Linguistics, Thursday 26 July at 1.30am) will brighten the programme.
Running for five days from Wednesday 25 July, the festival is spread across 10 venues right on the doorstep of the Nagyerdõ forest park. This allows the organisers to promise, first, plenty of camping space (free for ticket holders) and, second, easy access to both the park’s attractions (fresh air, swimming and a zoo) and the city centre’s.
As luck would have it, the festival overlaps with Debrecen’s yearly Gingerbread (Mézeskalács) Festival, organised at the Medgyessy Ferenc Memorial Museum next Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July between 10am and 6pm. On the programme: a recipe competition, cooking demonstrations and a market of honey and gingerbread products.
Daily tickets for Campus Debrecen cost HUF 4,500 until this Saturday 21 July and HUF 5,500 thereafter, festival passes HUF 12,500 before and HUF 13,500 after 21 July (student passes HUF 9,900). Tickets are reduced to HUF 3,000 (day) and HUF 7,000 (pass) for Debrecen residents.
Entry to the Gingerbread Festival commands a HUF 400 fee (HUF 200 for children aged 6-14 and free for the under-6s).
Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 July
Debrecen Campus, Nagyerdõ, Kassai út 26
Programme (in Hungarian) at www.campusfesztival.hu
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July
Medgyessy Ferenc Memorial Museum (Emlékmúzeum)
Péterfia u. 28
www.derimuz.hu (in English)
By car: 230 kilometres, two hours 20 minutes on the M3 east of Budapest, turning onto the E79/M35 then Route 33 to Debrecen.
By train: Trains leave from Nyugati station throughout the day, taking a minimum three hours and costing from HUF 3,950.