The mother of all festivals
Trip Start Jul 25, 2007
28Trip End Sep 01, 2007
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We arrived at the Sziget site on day 0, before the main event gets started properly. Luckily we managed to find ourselves a nice shady spot not too far from all the action. Looking back now, the week seems a blur of amazing music of all kinds, acrobatic displays, drunken lairy Germans and Irish people, sex starved Dutch girls, Rabbi discos, Hare Krishna people rocking out, food fields intent on stuffing the people with meat and some more fab music.
The festival site is immense and is on an island in the middle of Danube just outside of the centre of Budapest
Yes, as the Tess says, I've been to a few festivals in my time (not sure about the 'old' though), but this one really takes the cake. 7 full nights of music and madness is surely enough for anyone. The island is a great site for it and the whole place is packed with stuff - from the big main stages to smaller ones showing all kinds of music, countless bars and places to relax, Moroccan shisha places, theatre, dance, classical music, enormous crazy french street theatre and all manner of crazyness (like the MTV Goulash party or the chocolate wrestling). Highlights for me included the crazy Gogol Bordello, the always-stunning Chemical Brothers, Sargent Garcia, amazing Esma Redzepova, Devotchka and loads more. I really enjoyed the international nature of the whole thing - there are acts and campers from all over and the whole thing really makes the most of Hungary's location right in the centre or Europe and a meeting point of cultures. It was great to discover loads of fascinating new music rather than the same old indie favourites the festivals at home serve up. Great cheap food and drink too.
We managed to escape the island for one day and visit some of Budapest, to soak our filthy bodies in the amazing Gellert baths, walk the streets and eat delicious Goulash, but other than that I agree - the whole thing was a week long blur of great music and great fun.