Sziget Festival will not go ahead this summer. The Hungarian government bans all events with more than 500 visitors until the middle of August. Sziget would have taken place from 5 to 11 August 2020.
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This decision comes as no surprise. The organisation is in close contact with the local authorities. Now the Hungarian government decide to ban all events until 15 August, this year’s festival cannot go ahead as planned.
The Sziget organisation has not yet confirmed the cancellation. However, we can expect this to happen soon. More information about tickets and possible refunds will likely be released as well.
The decision will be disappointing news for festivalgoers around the world. Visitors of Sziget 2020 would have enjoyed headliners Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, The Strokes, Major Lazer and Kings of Leon, as well as popular stages like the Colosseum.
Across Europe, many festivals have already been cancelled because of the coronavirus. While we may not be able to go to many festivals this summer, there are still shows to enjoy. Check out the Festival Concert series and our updated overview of artists’ live streams.
Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe. It takes place every August in northern Budapest. It started in 1993 as a festival for students and quickly attracted a more international audience. Since then, Sziget has won the European Festival Award of Best Lineup twice, in 2014 and 2017; for it is not the headliners that make the festival but rather its variety of musical genres.