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Singing Summer – Festivals in Central Europe

Experience freedom, sleep in a tent, sing at the top of your lungs and meet new, interesting people at one of the cool Central European festivals this summer.
What’s so good about these events? Well, first of all, the location is a bit off the beaten tourist path, which can be quite alluring if you are into less common tourist attractions. You can combine your visit to the festival with sightseeing and exploring the hidden local treasures, or sampling the well-known Balkan and Hungarian cuisine.

Second, the prices don’t go beyond reasonable. You will not have to smash your piggy bank open to afford the tickets, accommodation and spending money for the trip.

Third, all of our selected locations are actually right on the beach! It can hardly get better than that!

So, let’s start.

The name of the first festival we’re going to visit, literally translated, means “island”. The Sziget Festival is held annually on the green island of Buda in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. It made its debut as a simple, low-budget student event more than 20 years ago. Today it’s a modern music festival with over 1000 performers. This August, the line-up consists of a large number of popular musicians. If you decide to become a “Szitizen”, you’ll be in for a treat with Florence and the Machine, Avicii and Robbie Williams.
Don’t forget your tent, sunblock and a swimming suit – the weather during Sziget is usually hot and sunny!

Our next destination is only 200 miles to the south-east of Budapest. It is Novi Sad, the home of the EXIT festival, situated in the northernmost region of Serbia.
The unique, historic location of EXIT and the warmth of locals definitely make this festival a must-visit one this summer. Every July, the Petrovaradin fortress, oftentimes referred to as Gibraltar on the Danube, hosts thousands of people in its most romantic setting. Perched on a hill, the fortress overlooks the Danube and houses the Academy of Arts and numerous artistic ateliers. In summer, it transforms into a gigantic event location with 16 stages playing different music genres, all at the same time! EXIT has been proclaimed the best overseas festival by several British media, and normally ranks very high as an award-winning summer festival. This year some line-up highlights include Manu Chao, Emeli Sandé and the Prodigy. A bonus tip – the vibrant centre of nightlife in the Balkans, Belgrade, is only a one-hour drive away.

Our third pick features the ultimate party island of Pag in Croatia. The famous Zrce Beach will see the fifth Hideout festival this summer. Simply head down to the Adriatic coast and enjoy the crazy, never-ending party. This is literally true, as Zrce parties go on and on for days and nights, be it next to the sea or a pool. The Hideout line-up lists Eats Everything, Gorgon City and Duke Dumont among other famous names this June and July. Once you are on Pag, other famous summer destinations like Split and Dubrovnik will be within easy reach. Get ready, book a ticket and enjoy the sunny, singing summer!

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