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Last Days on the Island of Freedom: More Exclusive Photos from the World-Famous Sziget Festival!

Tom Szigeti 2017.08.17.

And there we have it; this year’s Sziget Festival is officially in the books. As was the case for the weekend, we have compiled a series of photographs from August 14th and 15th, the final two days of the huge musical event.

The festival, one of the largest in Europe.  opened last Wednesday, and had its final evening last night, August 15th. Once again, we at Hungary Today were there until the bitter end, braving hunger, exhaustion, and people dancing around in gladiator costumes, in order to bring back photos of some of the myriad performers from the last two days of Sziget. While we spent a bit of time with some of the festival’s biggest names, we also ventured outside of our comfort zones, checking out everything from Hungarian-Caribbean reggae-rap-rock to Mongolian-Chinese folk-punk to even (gasp!) Opera, in order to provide a fuller taste of what Sziget is all about.

As before, we are again including musical selections from each of the bands pictured, to give our readers a full audio-visual experience.

Come with us, then, on a virtual trip through the last two days of Sziget Festival; trust us, it’s easier than sitting on a train with hundreds of Brits.

And as for us, well, let’s just say we’re taking a two-day nap.

Monday, August 14th

Hungarian pop-rock-funk-reggae band Irie Maffia

Irie Maffia rapper-singer András Kéri, aka MC Columbo

Lead singer Sena Dagadu

Irie Maffia guitarist Ádám Szekér

US electronic music trio Major Lazer performing on Sziget’s Main Stage, wearing jerseys of the Hungarian national football team

Irish rock band Two Door Cinema Club

French group Zoufris Maracas

Zoufris Maracas

Members of the Hungarian State Opera performing at Sziget Festival’s Papageno Classical, Opera, and Jazz Stage



Tuesday, August 15th

Sziget Festival’s End Show, featuring Belgian DJ duo Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike

Members of the crowd at Sziget Festival’s End Show

American rock band Breaking Benjamin

English indie-rock band alt-J performing at the festival’s main stage

English singer and songwriter Birdy

Birdy playing piano at Sziget Festival’s main stage

Inner Mongolian folk-rock group Hanggai, from China, performing at the World Stage

Hanggai in concert at Sziget Festival’s World Stage

Be sure to read Hungary Today for all the latest news about Sziget Festival.


By Tom Szigeti

Photos by Riley Dunbar (www.rileydunbar.com; Instagram: @rileydunbarphoto)

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