Sziget Festival Kicks off Next Week With Concerts, a Circus, Environmental Speeches and More
Fanni Kaszás 2019.07.31.
Hungary’s most popular music event of the summer, Sziget Festival, kicks off next week in Budapest and tens of thousands of visitors will arrive to the Island of Freedom to listen to headliners such as Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Twenty-One Pilots, and Florence + the Machine.
The festival will feature headliners like Ed Sheeran, Macklemore, the National, the Franz Ferdinand, Richard Ashcroft, Florence + The Machine, Johnny Marr, Twenty One Pilots and the Foo Fighters, while the lineup in the A38 tent includes Frank Turner, Razorlight, CHVRCHES, Xavier Rudd, James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Broken Social Scene. Petofi Radio-Telekom VOLT will offer on its stage for the first time foreign acts next to Hungarians, such as Gili Yalo, Shake Shake Go, Stella Donnelly and Inspector Cluzo.
Since its introduction, the popularity of the Cirque du Island haven’t faded and many festival-goers are interested in new performances at the circus. This year, in addition to Hungarian artists, organizers invited special acts from Canada, Ethiopia, France, India, and performers from Finland, South Korea, Germany, and Argentina were also invited. The 900-seat circus tent will be open from August 8th until the end of the festival from 2 pm until the beginning of the last concert at 11 pm.
The first act of the Cirque de Island is by a special French team, Cirque Inextremiste, in which a disabled acrobat becomes the strongest member of the team with the help of a hydraulic shovel. As usual, the outdoor stage program closes every day with a fire-juggling show. This year, a team recruited from international jugglers puts on a special show, commemorating Linda Farkas, a Hungarian juggler who died a tragic death a couple of years ago. They will remember their fellow artist by showcasing the unique fire designs and accessories she designed.
In addition, one of the Sziget Festival’s main messages, ‘Love Revolution’ – launched 2 years ago – is about environmental consciousness and sustainable development. The campaign also focuses on the importance of human rights and speaking out against discrimination based on skin color, religion, or sexual orientation. Highlight Love Revolution special appearances include renowned primatologist, environmentalist, and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, who will give a speech on August 8th about the importance of protecting our environment, on the Main Stage in front of 50 thousand people, while on August 9th, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, founder of the Climate Reality Project will share his thoughts with the Islanders.
The six-day long Sziget Festival will be held between August 7 and 13 in Budapest.