Hungary is the land of music festivals. One of the biggest music festivals Sziget is held on an island in Budapest every year (Sziget=Island in Hungarian) . These festivals run from 1 day to 7 days and they are fairly cheap comparing to festivals held in other countries (A 7-day pass for Sziget Festival is €325=£290).
This one that I went to, Balaton Sound, was held in Zamárdi. The 5-day pass cost about £180 and the camping ticket was £20. The line-up was absolutely amazing and my top 5 were Kygo, Axwell ^Ingrosso, Kshmr, Tiësto and a local band Punnany Massif. There are some more well-known artists like Robin Schulz, Zedd, G-eazy, Afrojack, Don diaplo and many more. However, some of the these performances are at late night (after 2am) and we just thought the 3-hour wait wasn’t worth it.
Here is what I liked about Balaton Sound. Firstly, the kind of music played was not commercial, people who came to this festival expect more of electronic, EDM, tropical house, tech-house or even techno music. Part of the reason why I would choose Balaton Sound over Sziget. Secondly, the location of the festival is perfect. We could go to swim and chill by the lake everyday before going to party, and the weather was always amazing. Thirdly, Hungary is relatively cheap comparing to any other European countries. We topped up our Festipay (A card you use to pay inside of the festival) for 30000 HUF each and we didnt spend it all, so it was about £100 for 5 days, which is such a good deal:) Although it is more expensive inside the festival, a can of beer/cider only cost about £3 and outside of the festival you can even get it for £1.
My overall experience of Balaton Sound was excellent, however, there are a couple of things that I would do to improve it. Firstly, I would bring earplugs and a sleeping eye cover. Camping is really good for budget saving but most of the time you will have to suffer from the noise (the loud music and also annoying neighbours). People would come back 3-4am in the morning and to be fair you don’t really have the right to tell them to shut up as it is a communal space. Secondly, we would bring something so we could sit outside and under the shades. I ended up buying a giant Popsicle pool float for us to sunbath in the lake and sit outside.
Last but not least, I would have avoided annoying people at the festival (The pushy, the over-aggressive, the over-affectionate, etc), since the behaviours of the crowds really influence my impression and experience of the festival. I still remember seeing a guy who got punched and passed out in a mosh pit during Sigma’s live performance and it was a bit scary.
I would say Balaton Sound is one of the best music festivals in Europe and for the price I paid, it was really worth it! £180 and I got to see all these great DJs:)) Hope to go back in 2018!