Budapest braces for 25th Sziget music festival

Budapest braces for 25th Sziget music festival
By Seamus Kearney
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Sziget is one of the highlights on the European music festival scene

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It is one of the highlights on the European music festival scene.

Final preparations are being made ahead of Wednesday’s opening of the week-long Sziget festival on Obuda island in Budapest.

Tens of thousands are pouring into the city.

Szitizens are just coming and coming! Safe travels guys! #sziget#sziget2017#budapest#hungarypic.twitter.com/uNqM0jBpQ6

— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) August 7, 2017

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.”

There are dozens of different scenes offering music, dance and even theatre performances, with more than 80 concerts per day.

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.”

While packing prepare for extreme hot weather as well as 34-36 celcius! #budapest#hungary#SzigetFestival#sziget2017pic.twitter.com/h1ToKIobjO

— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) August 7, 2017

Another young woman said: “We’re probably going to go and see Pink because we listened to that when we were teenagers.”

Other top acts this year include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tom Odell, Birdy, Metronomy, George Ezra, The Kills and Jamie Cullum.

.macklemore</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanLewis">RyanLewis back at Sziget! pic.twitter.com/H4EY9kojkI

— Sziget Festival (@szigetofficial) April 21, 2017

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