Sziget 2015 kicks off next week in Budapest, with artists ranging from Kasabian to Kings of Leon via Tyler, The Creator and Limp Bizkit. Read on for the lowdown on this year's festival
What would summer be without any festivals? Dull as hell, we think you'll agree. After all the excitement of this year's Radio 1's Big Weekend over in Norwich, not to mention Southampton's inaugural Common People 2015, we're pulling our Hunters on once more and heading out into the great unknown in search of beats, beer and a chance to mingle with some of the world's biggest artists (as well as some of our cherished readers). This time, however, we're venturing slightly further afield, heading to Budapest, Hungary for this year's Sziget Festival. Making its debut on the international music scene in 1993, the festival initially focused only on Hungarian artists before branching out - and tripling ticket sales - the following year, welcoming over 140,000 revellers to 1994's "Eurowoodstock" (featuring - you guessed it - performers from the iconic original festival.)
Ranked as one of Europe's top five music festivals by the Independent back in 2011, this year's lineup is one of the most wide-ranging of recent years, with acts from UK melodic indie rockers alt-J to French spoken word video collective Fauve, via rap-metal veterans Limp Bizkit and the one and only Robbie Williams, set to take to the stage. For those lucky enough to have tickets, you can check out the full programme here, in handy grid form. Personally? We're excited to see German folk-rock duo Milky Chance, who we've already been lucky enough to have perform for us, as well as Sweden's José Gonzalez (remember his stunning cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats"? Well, he's done other stuff.) What's more, as well as seven glorious days of sheer musical ecstasy, ticketholders will be able to enjoy tents and stages dedicated to everything from yoga to classical music to body painting. Only a few more days to go, and we can hardly wait. See you there, maybe?