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Sziget festival is one of the biggest and yet least known about festivals in Europe. Held over a week in August each year, some of the world's biggest band's and artists come together and house a festival of variety. From dance, to rock, indie and reggae. A truly amazing and memorable experience.
This was my first ever major festival, we queued outside a ticket booth in central Budapest during the day, about two or three hours in the blistering heat, to buy two day passes, from what i can remember it was about £35 a ticket. As soon as we had our tickets in hand, we went straight to the festival, it's located on a small island named 'Old-Buda Island' in the middle of the river Danube.
The whole festival was alive and there was so much variety of things to do, we came across a bungee crane, with one person jumping about fifty foot above ground around once a minute. There were also thai massage tents, with hammocks, soothing music, and soft lighting. We stumbled acorss a circus tent, with some sort of drag act performing a spectacular gymnastic act and singing. Then moved on into a reggae tent, and just across the way was a large dance/trance tent.
The only problem was getting home afterwards, we had a train to catch at 6am, it was around 3am and we decided to call it a night and make our way back to the hostel to pick up our things. We left amongst hundreds of others, neither of us had a clue where we were, earlier that day we had just followed the crowds in the direction of the music. Now we were stood on a bus stop, hoping for the best. We boarded a bus along with many other festival goers- we then chatted amongst ourselves for around half an hour until we realised the bus had emptied, and we were travelling along a long industrial road with only one or two 'locals' on the bus.
The bus took a minor de-tour to what I believe to be the 'Bronx' of Budapest, where there was a small incident on a bus stop where one vagrant male from the bus got off, stole a waiting lady's shoes, and ran onto the bus with them, there was a bit of a scuffle, she got off, and the bus drove off.
A night I will remember for more reasons than one.