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A Long Weekend on the Island of Freedom: Exclusive Photos from the World-Famous Sziget Festival!

Tom Szigeti 2017.08.15.

As everyone has already likely heard, Sziget Festival, one of Europe’s biggest musical events that is located right here in Budapest, is currently in full swing.

The festival, which opened last Wednesday, runs until August 16th. A few of us from Hungary Today had the opportunity to spend a long (and we mean long) weekend at the festival to get a taste of one of the year’s biggest festivals and some of the music world’s biggest names for ourselves.

But while our heads are now heavier and our wallets lighter, we’ve survived the weekend in order to bring you photos of some of the most interesting and incredible bands, acts, and general nonsense that we witnessed at Hungary’s biggest and most famous festival.

In addition to our photographs, we’ve also included musical selections from each of the bands pictured, so that you too, dear reader, might get a taste of the full sensory experience that is Sziget.

So, sit back, crack open a beverage, and join us on this digital tour of a weekend on the Island of Freedom:

Friday, August 11th


Hungarian hip-hop group Punnany Massif

WELLHELLO lead singer Tomi Fluor

Hungarian alt rock band Quimby


Quimby front-man Tibor Kiss

Quimby bass guitarist Ferenc Mikuli


Saturday, August 12th

Australian rap star Iggy Azalea


Israeli klemzer-rock band the Jewish Monkeys


The Jewish Monkeys’s accordion player Ran Bagno


Jewish Monkeys singer Jossi Reich

“Music mechanic” Peter Till with his invention (and instrument), the Universal Druckluft Orchester


Sunday, August 13th

Hungarian rap duo Animal Cannibals

Hungarian rock band Hiperkarma’s lead singer Róbert Bérczesi 


French-Algerian group Orchestre national de Barbès

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)

Videos via YouTube

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