- 9 Jul 2015 11:03 AM
First organised in 1976, EFOTT, which had its beginnings as a “touristic meeting” of higher-education students, is now one of Hungary’s oldest and largest festivals, attracting tens of thousands of revellers each year. Although it advertises itself as “Hungary’s biggest student party”, it’s actually far more than that, with organisers dedicating special attention to the fields of culture and sport over the previous years.
This objective has brought about a continuous expansion of daytime programmes, not only in terms of their attendance but also standards. The festival’s primary aim is to connect Hungary with the young crowd through the lens of a new location each year, this time the lakeside resort of Velence not far from Budapest.
Velence, 50 kms from Budapest
Date: 14-19 July
The flagship festival of Hungary’s second city has been organised every year – with another name to begin with – since 2002 and recorded a record 70 000 visitors last year. The festival features several well-known performers from abroad each year, such as Caro Emerald (NL), Enter Shikari (UK) and Wilkinson (UK) this year, alongside the likes of the popular Hungarian rock bands Quimby and Tankcsapda.
Debrecen, 230 kms from Budapest
Date: 22-26 July
'Valley of Arts' Festival
Founded by composer István Márta 25 years ago, the highly successful arts and crafts festival (named “Művészetek Völgye” in Hungarian) is a folklore venue spreading out over seven villages in the picturesque countryside north of Lake Balaton in western Hungary. Organisers promise an especially broad array of programmes this year to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the festival, which was attended by some 140 000 people last year.
Kapolcs area, north of Lake Balaton, 140 kms from Budapest
Date: 24 July-2 August
Fezen 2015 Festival
The festival has been attracting party-goers to Székesfehérvár, the “City of Kings”, in growing numbers since 2012. This year, it will bring perhaps its strongest-ever list of performers to the central Hungarian city, including Judas Priest, Him and Hungarian pop singer Ákos to see in the last month of the summer.
Székesfehérvár, 65 kms from Budapest
Date: 29 July-1 August
It’s unnecessary to introduce Sziget, holder of several international awards and recognised as Central Europe’s top music festival, to anyone even the slightest bit familiar with the Hungarian party scene. Some of the best-known performers who have already confirmed their gigs at the 22nd Sziget Festival this August: Florence and the Machine; alt-J; Blasterjaxx; AWOLNATION; Jamie Woon; Fauve; José González; The Subways; Babylon; Circus and Kadebostany. This year’s indisputable highlight will be Robbie Williams concert on “Day -1″, 10 August.
Budapest, District III
Date: 10-17 August
The relatively recent festival on the southern shore of Lake Balaton celebrates its third birthday this year. The list of ten performers who are already certain to perform at the event are Ákos, Punnany Massif, Brains, Kiscsillag, The Carbonfools, Supernem, Mary Popkids, Odett, Szabó Balázs Bandája and Halott Pénz.
Zamárdi, on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, 110 kms from Budapest
Date: 19-22 August
SZIN - Szeged Youth Festival
For the first-time this year, the music festival in the southern university city of Szeged will last six days in August. Highlights this year will include Chris Lake, Scooter and Dubioza Kolektiv, as well as several well-known names from the Hungarian popular music scene. Follow the festival’s website for details!
Szeged, 170 kms from Budapest
Date: 24-29 August
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