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The recent easing of restrictions on music and dance events is certainly good news to festival lovers. We have collected some of the biggest music festivals in Hungary, which according to current government guidance, will welcome visitors this summer.
Although many were saddened by the news of Sziget Festival being canceled, there is a wide range of other music festivals to choose from this coming summer. As per the current rules, only people with immunity certificates will be able to attend these events.
Many have been awaiting the start of the festival season, however, with the exception of some small-scale events, the most popular festivals will take place from July onward. Although Fishing on Orfű, a festival featuring the best Hungarian musicians and bands has been postponed until August, the little brother of the event, called Minifishing, will take place between June 17-19th. The festival’s visitors will have the chance to listen to Krúbi, Kiscsillag, Supernem, and Blahalouisiana among others.
Progressive music lovers will certainly enjoy Bánkitó Festival, which will be organized for the 12th time between July 8-10th. According to the festival’s website, “At Bánkitó Festival, you can listen to what the others will be listening to next year, this year.” Despite being a smaller-scale event this time, the festival’s line-up includes both Hungarian and foreign artists, to celebrate not only contemporary music but theater and arts as well. Those who purchased a pass for last year’s festival will receive a new pass free of charge.
One of the largest festivals in Hungary first organized by university and college students in the 70s, Efott, is set to take place at Sukoró, Lake Velence, between August 11-15th. Performing artists will include Magna Cum Laude, Magdi Rúzsa, Bagossy Brothers Company, Wellhello, Irie Maffia, and Margaret Island, and more acts will soon be announced on the festival’s website. In addition to the concerts, festival-goers will have the opportunity to relax on the beach, and participate in a variety of sport and cultural activities. There are a range of passes available to choose from, including a student pass at a discounted price.
Kolorádó, organized by some of the greatest alternative clubs of Budapest, will also happen, only rescheduled to August 11-14 (instead of the usual mid-June).
Each year, Veszprémfest welcomes world-class performers from the realms of opera, jazz, world music, and pop to offer an all-encompassing, truly international experience. Between August 17-21st, the audience will be able to witness performances of opera singer Erika Miklósa, piano players János Balázs and Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, and guitarist Ferenc Snétberger. The famous Grammy-winning singer, Tom Jones, will also perform in Veszprém Aréna. Tickets can be purchased separately for each event.
At the end of the festival season, between August 20-28th, Fishing on Orfű will welcome visitors in its usual location, Panoráma Camping, about 15 kilometers from the city of Pécs. In addition to musicians performing at the festival’s three-day version, Minifishing, in June, the line-up will include Budapest Bár, Ivan & the Parazol, and Bëlga.
Festival-goers are waiting to hear from the organizers of B My Lake and Strand Festival. According to the website of B My Lake and their Facebook event, more information regarding the festival will be announced soon. In a Facebook post, the organizers of Strand Festival have asked for people’s patience in terms of any announcements concerning the festival.
Featured photo illustration: Bánkitó Festival 2019; by Péter Komka/MTI