Balaton Sound Festival Hungary

Balaton Sound (previously known as Heineken Balaton Sound from 2007 to 2012 and MasterCard Balaton Sound since 2013 due to sponsorship) is one of Europe’s major open-air electronic music festivals. It has been held yearly on the southern side of Lake Balaton in Hungary since 2007, and it involves live performances and DJs from all over the world, from well-known musicians to up-and-comers. The organizers of the Sziget Festival collaborated on the event. Tickets are generally sold out before they go on sale at the official ticket vendors, as the festival grows in popularity each year; this event sets new attendance records every year.

History –

Between July 12 and 15, 2007, the first Balaton Sound Festival took place. The fact that it was hosted in the middle of summer on the coast of Central Europe’s largest lake, with a twenty-hour music schedule and a stellar lineup, drew a massive crowd. The festival is held in Zamárdi’s west end, at the intersection of Panoráma and Zöldfa utca. For the concerts, various stages, lounges, and tents are set up inside the festival area. The festival’s sponsors set up beautiful chill-out areas with hammocks, bean bags, and easy chairs. Visitors to Balaton Sound can stay at a special campsite that includes multiple pubs, cocktail bars, and restaurants with amenities not found at other summer music festivals in Hungary. The Main Stage area can hold up to 50,000 people.

According to a KPMG research, 88,000 people attended the festival over four days in 2008, with a daily average of 22,000 people. Visitors spent almost 1.6 billion HUF in total or 41,000 HUF per person, largely on entrance fees, meals, and lodging. In 2009, the festival attracted 94,000 visitors. In 2012, it surpassed the Sziget Event as Hungary’s second largest music festival and one of Europe’s most populated electronic music festivals.