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Budapest braces for 25th Sziget music festival

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By Seamus Kearney
Budapest braces for 25th Sziget music festival

<p>It is one of the highlights on the European music festival scene.</p> <p>Final preparations are being made ahead of Wednesday’s opening of the week-long <a href="http://en.szigetfestival.com/">Sziget festival</a> on Obuda island in Budapest.</p> <p>Tens of thousands are pouring into the city.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Szitizens are just coming and coming! Safe travels guys! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sziget?src=hash">#sziget</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sziget2017?src=hash">#sziget2017</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/budapest?src=hash">#budapest</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hungary?src=hash">#hungary</a> <a href="https://t.co/uNqM0jBpQ6">pic.twitter.com/uNqM0jBpQ6</a></p>— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/szigetofficial/status/894573666918334464">August 7, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>One English tourist already at the site told reporters: “This is the second year. We were here last year and we thought it would be nice to come back for the 25th anniversary.”</p> <p>There are dozens of different scenes offering music, dance and even theatre performances, with more than 80 concerts per day.</p> <p>Setting up a tent and a clothes line, one young festival-goer said: “We are making something for our clothes to dry because yesterday it rained and it was so wet.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">While packing prepare for extreme hot weather as well as 34-36 celcius! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/budapest?src=hash">#budapest</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hungary?src=hash">#hungary</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SzigetFestival?src=hash">#SzigetFestival</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sziget2017?src=hash">#sziget2017</a> <a href="https://t.co/h1ToKIobjO">pic.twitter.com/h1ToKIobjO</a></p>— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/szigetofficial/status/894626128727613441">August 7, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Another young woman said: “We’re probably going to go and see Pink because we listened to that when we were teenagers.”</p> <p>Other top acts this year include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tom Odell, Birdy, Metronomy, George Ezra, The Kills and Jamie Cullum.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="hu" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/macklemore"><code>macklemore</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanLewis"></code>RyanLewis</a> back at Sziget! <a href="https://t.co/H4EY9kojkI">pic.twitter.com/H4EY9kojkI</a></p>— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/szigetofficial/status/855376640721006592">April 21, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>