Day 140 - 146 : What you Szi, is what you Get

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Mar 23, 2011

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Caravan Fidster

Flag of Hungary  ,
Monday, August 9, 2010

The Arrival - We arrived at the festival, and were ready to rock. Once again we would have to be patient though, as we tried to work our way onto the island with the newest line in compact caravans manufactured by Fiat. At first we spent the morning talking to very nice, but clearly the wrong people that could make this happen. In the end, we worked it out, got Fiddy through the doors with absolute simplicity (the people that work at Sziget are pretty awesome), and went about setting up our little site amongst the real caravaners. This worked out great, because now we had a never-ending supply of vodka (which ended by the 2nd day and we had to sneak in more – who'd have thought 5 bottles isn’t enough for 2 people), food, clothes and other goodies that were stashed in our boot.

The Venue – It was always going to be hard for any venue to match it with Exit, but this little island gets pretty close. The vastness of it, the passages through dense forest, criss-crossing around the hundreds of bars, stalls and markets was awesome. Think of your favourite festival then multiply its area size by 10 and add 3. 

The Music – Most of the musical highlights came early, with Easy-Star, Buena Vista and Tony Allen being pretty fucking awesome. Not your most typical festival music, certainly not the type we generally would receive in Australia, but really, really rocked. Other notable performers were The Hives (as always – though we only caught a few minutes), Gentleman (way better and hyped up than we expected), Calvin Harris (good but a little clichéd), Major Lazer (A DJ with ADHD as Ann mentioned 30 times on the night – these guys were all kinds of crazy), Aeroplane (see them now!) and Yeasayer

The Vibe – Awesome. All day long we encountered nothing but great people, and with a slightly older average age, people were loud, drunk, crazy, yet still always cool about it and anything you wanted to do while there. People get involved in all the extra activities you can do there and with all those stages (25+) and people (400k+) there was always something happening somewhere, but it never felt crowded.

The Extra-Curricular Activities – This is where the festival shines in a lot of ways. We got to enjoy so many random and awesome activities during the 8 days here that there was never a minute we had nothing to do (and if anything there was stuff we didn’t partake in as there wasn’t enough time). We learnt, among other things, these little skills which makes us infinitely more able to handle any emergency in life;

- How to speak Magyar
- How to bake traditional Hungaricum bread
- How to make bags and satchels from recycled materials
- How to do traditional Jamaican tie-dye
- How to mill wheat
- How to walk on stilts and other assorted traditional Hungarian games
- How to screen print, stencil, and play with photographic paper
- How to fight in an armed battle - gladtorial stylings – with sword and trident & net

In addition to this they had all other manners of entertainment and tents, including;

- A constantly full, fully legal and binding, marriage tent
- A free fair-trade coffee tent
- A pro-nuclear energy tent (they may or may not have gotten a drunken earful)
- Free Yoga, Massage and Energy treatments
- Bungee-jumping and flying foxes
- Street Theatres, Performances, Flashmobs

And probably 300 other things we did and saw but were too drunk to remember.

The summary – The most amazing festival we’ve been too. Awesome people, a million things to do during the day, night and early morning as well as being in an amazing venue, with such a vast array of music that even your most humble indie-connoisseur couldn’t name half of the bands.
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