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Why so many Belgians visit Balaton Sound in Hungary

Summer is almost upon us. That means festival season is almost here! One of the largest open-air events in Europe is Balaton. This five-day festival takes place at the picturesque Lake Balaton in Hungary from July 3 till 7. Balaton covers a wide range of musical genres set across 30 different party venues. This year, their line-up features artists like Future, G-Eazy, Denzel Curry, Desiigner, Saweetie and much more.

Text by Erkut Gultekin, photos by Jennifer Kestelyn

Our team members Erkut & Jennifer got invited to visit the festival 2 years ago and had an amazing experience. The festival attracts lots of Belgians visitors so they headed out to find out why they travelled all the way to Hungary. During the festival, lots of Belgian flags could be seen waving in the air, a sight which made our photographer Jennifer Kestelyn and reporter Erkut Gultekin feel as if they were in their home country instead of one thousand four hundred kilometres away. Here's their report:


My friend begged me to come here
The first person that our team talked to was Margot (19). It was her first time at Balaton Sound and she came along after her friends kept begging her. While she wasn’t a gigantic fan of the music, she found the festival’s atmosphere somewhat unique. The thing she liked most besides the ambience was the food. When we asked her what one definitely should not forget to do at this festival she answered: “To float on your air mattress on the Balaton Lake during the day.”   


Take a swim anytime of the day
The 21-year-old Marie was the second Belgian we had a chat with. When she was young, her cousin used to visit this festival almost every year, which made her curious. She liked Balaton Sound so much last year, that she wanted to come back. Marie decided to come to the festival with a group of friends by car. That way they had a chance to visit Budapest as well, a city she fell in love with. 

She liked the fact that there were various genres of music and different kinds of food. Marie found the concept of partying nearby a lake amazing since she could go for a swim any time of the day. When we asked her about the essential thing one should not forget, she said with a smile: “Nothing, you can literally buy anything at the camping shop here.”


Beach during the day, party by night
The third and fourth persons we talked to were Yves (24) and Lisel (19). Yves got his ticket as a gift from his brother and Lisel did not want him to go alone. They liked the Balaton Sound experience a lot. They expected fewer D.J. sets and more live bands, however. The lake made it possible for them to have a beach vacation during the day and go party by night. They thought there was a wide variety of food choices and that it was all rather cheap. Sunscreen and earplugs are the essentials you should not forget according to this couple!


Bungee jump
Finally, the last Belgian we interviewed was Tomas. It was the first time at Balaton for this 21-year-old, who was convinced to come by a friend who visited the festival last year. He compared the festival with a fun fair since there was so much one could enjoy other than just the music. You can even go bungee jumping if you wanted to. 

Tomas is a fan of house music, a genre he heard a lot at the festival. He liked the food as well, though according to him there was not enough variation. He liked the atmosphere at the camping a lot but apparently, it got too hot in his tent. And lastly, the one thing you should not forget according to this Belgian was a party tent (so you won't melt in the sun).

We hope you enjoyed reading the opinions of these five Belgians. If they succeeded in convincing you, we’ll see you at Balaton Sound 2019!

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