BUDAPEST: SZIGET FESTIVAL
Our Sziget story-- Where should I even begin? It was probably one of the best experiences I've had. We attended super fun concerts, met many great people, camped for four days out of the seven (tents are obviously not for me) and introduced to many cultures. Sziget is a seven-day festival in Budapest, Hungary. Quite long, I know! It was cheap as well! Each day was as exciting as the day before. The festival is located on an island. There were many different stages featuring emerging and well-known artists. There were a few circus performances such as the famous Argentinian show called Fuerza Bruta. There were an art zone, sports zone and my favorite, the Reggae village. Everyone got to get down on some Jamaican moves, get their hair braided, design tapestries and jam to Jamaican drum beats. The island was decorated very beautifully; lights were dangling from one tree branch to the next, umbrellas hanging in the sky; its like you literally stepped into a scene from Alice in Wonderland. The artists I was looking forward to were Florence and the Machine, The Script, Avicii, Alesso, Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, Kings of Leon and Milky Chance. However, there were a few other artists who put on a great show like Robbie Williams. And there were some I didn't get the chance to see at all such as Kings of Leon and Milky Chance who were scheduled at the same time as the final show with Martin Garrix-bummer!
The first day was probably one of my favorite! So we checked in and found a place to set up our tents (which was near the bathrooms... THANK GOD). I remember us opening our tents and nervously looking at all the parts, thinking what's next?! I remember telling my best friend building the tent will be a piece of cake, we can do it... We won't even need help. Of course, by the end of it all my help didn't come off any use at all (Yes Aida, you were right). Our lovely neighbors came to the rescue and were able to help us put it together. Minutes later, our tent was up and ready. It was big, spacious, and comfortable (at least that's what I thought). Once we were done, we got some dinner and went to check out the main stage. The first night was Robbie Williams, and he was fantastic. He knows how to put on a show. I remember the goosebumps I had when he sang 'Angels,' 'She's the One' and 'Feel.' The crowd was singing along and enjoying each moment, especially when he sang 'Wonderwall'. Every time I listen to that song; I remember that moment... YES, it was that powerful! Good music always leaves a person in a relaxed state of mind. I love that!
The next morning I woke up drenched in sweat and the worst mood ever. Well as it turns out, we built the tent in a terrible spot. That's probably why the spot wasn't taken... There were no trees in that area which meant... NO SHADE! The sunlight, the stuffiness, and the sweat woke me up. I was worried about the bugs, but there weren't any and if there were that would probably have been the least of my problems. Anyways DAY TWO. We explored the island and discovered the Reggae Village, which is where we always ended up for some reason. We danced, played the drums, two of my friends got their hairs braided and another designed a tapestry and I finally got to charge my phone. The portable phone chargers they provided us with only had a one time charge, and then you had to pay to fill it up again AND they never charged your phone entirely. That day was super fun, we made some great friends and got to see Florence and the Machine. She was awesome. Her voice is beautiful, and her ending speech was so inspiring and carefree. In the end, she threw glitter at the crowd. Honestly, there need to be more people like her in the world. She's very artistic, beautiful, open minded, carefree and inspiring. The Script was another fun one. I love their music. Their lyrics inspires you to do better and to reach your fullest potential. The crowd was chanting to 'Hall of Fame'. Goosebumps again. Danny (the lead singer) gave a great speech at the end too. It was follow your dreams. Love your family. Love your friends. We're all here for a reason. I couldn't agree more! Another great one was Alesso; I've been waiting for that one the most. I got sick that day and had to miss Kings of Leon just so that I have the energy to see Alesso. I would've regretted it if I had missed it. He's one of the best DJs; his music is unique, catchy, emotional and energetic. When he played 'If I Lose Myself', I felt those tears coming down. That song has a special place in my heart, and all you ravers would understand that. I left the stage drenched in sweat. It felt good! Avicii put on a spectacular show as well; I was shocked because the last time I saw him I wasn't that impressed. The adrenaline during his show was out of this world. We were all raving hard and enjoying each and every song he put on. I'm getting goosebumps thinking about it right now. The feeling we all had been indescribable. Another favorite night was the final show. Martin Garrix. He closed the week right. I think the entire island was at that show. The light show was super trippy. The fireworks were INSANE. It was such a perfect ending to such a perfect week. Everyone was dancing, singing and going crazy.
Of course, once it ended it started raining. In the beginning we all thought, Oh rain... Not a big deal! But it was! The wind suddenly picked up; the rain kept on getting stronger and stronger. We had to go all the way to the camping section and pack up the tent because we weren't staying there anymore. The struggle was real. That night we slept in Budapest, in the apartment we had rented the last three days. We knew we couldn't handle camping for seven days. The taxi line was insanely long, and we had to stand for about an hour in the pouring rain holding a billion things. It was super tiring and super stressful. I can't help but laugh about this right now, though. We obviously woke up sick. But that's what made it a special trip. I'll cherish the memories forever. There were times it got tiring, but we all left super sad and till this day I remember it as if it was a week ago... Even though its been three months. Just thinking about this right now makes me super nostalgic, I'm even listening to some of the songs the artists had played. It makes me sad that it passed so fast but looking back at it puts a huge smile on my face.
On a side note... We did get to see a bit of Budapest, and it's such a humble and beautiful city. I wish I could've done a little more sightseeing to understand more of its history.
Here's some short clips from a few concerts we loved...
Like I said:
"Tent building, sweat, energy, adrenaline, good vibes, dancing, partying, getting sick, screaming, laughing, jumping, crying, fireworks, flames, lights, glitter, confetti, cheering, singing, rain, heartwarming performances, unity, love, freedom and meeting great people from all over is what Sziget has given us the last seven days! It was the most incredible experience and the best festival I've ever been to! I'm so blessed to have shared these wonderful memories with my girls, my Sziget family. Thank you Budapest and THANK YOU Sziget for an unforgettable ending to our summer. We'll be back!"
Now you know where you'll be going next summer. xxx