Part-festival, part-beach party, Balaton Sound is the award-winning jamboree that pulls together a huge line-up of electronic, rock and pop stars and has them wow at a beautiful shore-side resort next to Hungary’s Lake Balaton.
Boasting several stages of entertainment, luxurious seaside lounges and a wide selection of restaurants and bars, it’s the festival that has it all - even a giant lake to cool down in once the soiree starts to fire up.
Alesso, Artya, Azealia Banks, Baauer, Camo & Krooked, David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Disclosure, Felix Da Housecat, Kerwella, Martin Garrix, Maya Jane Coles, Pretty Lights, Ricardo Villalobos, Rudimental, Steve Angello, Sven Väth, W&W and Wiz Khalifa.
Balaton Sound takes place at Zamárdi Kalandpark in Zamárdi, on the shores of the huge Lake Balaton. Take the Siófok-Nyugat exit of the M7 Highway if arriving by car, or the Zamárdi-felső Train Station is 100 metres from the festival site.
The festival takes place on the southern shores of the massive Lake Balaton, which means plenty of opportunities for a dip or a surf or even a boogie on one of the event’s party pontoons. In the summer, the average temperature of the lake is 22 degrees, which makes it even better.
The festival goes all out with its food stalls. Not just content with the usual pizza and burgers, you can fill yourself on everything from burritos to frog’s leg.
The festival uses a contactless payment system, so no cash will be accepted inside the festival grounds past the ticket gate. Instead festival-goers must use the free top-up cards that they are given on arrival to pay for food and drink. Credit can be loaded onto the card at several points around the festival and there will be staff to help with any issues you might encounter.
If you’re arriving at Budapest Airport, you’ll need to board a train to Budapest Deli and change for a connecting train to Zamardi Felso station, which is right next to the festival site. The whole journey should take around three hours.
The nearest airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport, around 80 miles away.
Yes, Festivalcard is the only valid currency at Balaton Sound. Merchants will not accept cash.
You can only disable registered cards, and your balance can only be transferred from one card to another if it is registered. Lost or stolen cards can only be disabled if they have been registered previously.
Many forum conversations surrounding the 2013 event suggested that a beer cost around €1.40