The first Sziget was organised in 1993 by promoter Károly Gerendai and musician-poet Péter Sziámi Müller, since when the event has followed a super-exciting path. In 1993 it hosted 43,000 people who enjoyed 200 music, 80 film and 40 theatre performances. Last year’s Sziget attracted 496,000 people with almost 1000 programs at more than 50 venues.

The festival budget has increased accordingly, from about EUR 83,000 in 1993 to almost EUR 2.2 million this year.

The Dan Panaitescu Main Stage will again host the biggest acts of Sziget for seven days, starting on Wednesday, 9 August. Szitizens can enjoy Pink, Wiz Khalifa, Kasabian, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, Biffy Clyro, PJ Harvey, Rita Ora, Alt-J and more.

The huge tent of the OTP Bank Stage by A38 will welcome acts such as Alex Clare, DJ Shadow, Crystal Fighters, The Naked and Famous, Vince Staples, Interpol, Kensington, The Vaccines, Bad Religion, The Pretty Reckless, Mac Demarco, Flume and 30 more.

This year's End Show, on 16 August, will be hosted by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

One of the most vibrant stages of Sziget, the World Music Stage presented by IBIS, will be celebrating its presence at the Island of Freedom for 17 years now. The venue brings carefree, fun "party music" with a special attention to the popular Balkan- and ska-based dance music performers.

This year Goran Bregovic and the Wedding and Funeral Band, Klezmatics, Leningrad, Roy Paci & Aretuska, Mokoomba, Chico Trujillo, Bixiga 70, Tamikrest, Orchestre National de Barbés and others will perform, as well as well-known Hungarian stars Romengo, Parno Graszt, Kerekes Band, Söndörgő or Lajkó Félix and Óperentzia.

The electronic music scene is represented at two dedicated venues, the Telekom Arena and the Colosseum, while the concept behind the Europe Stage is to host solid European bands that have already proven their talent in their home countries and now have the opportunity to showcase their music further afield.

The Petőfi Rádió-Telekom VOLT Festival stage will once again host the most popular and promising bands of the Hungarian music scene, and the Lightstage designed by the Blokk Építészműhely will be decorated with hundreds of lights, which will shine on the beautiful green grass of the entrance of Camping Alternativa.

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