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Days-long Getaway

One of Europe's largest open-air electronic music festivals — and one that always sells out — Balaton Sound draws tens of thousands to the shore of Hungary's Lake Balaton. Balaton Sound, which was founded in 2007, is distinguished by its twenty-four hour music programming on a dizzying complex of stages. And it offers a wide variety of nearby camping options — a days-long getaway with ample facilities to accommodate fest life both rugged and luxurious alike. Plus, the lineups are incredible.

Crucial Destination

In recent years, Balaton Sound's international cast of superstar headliners has included Amon Tobin, Calvin Harris, The Prodigy, Steve Aoki, Wu-Tang Clan, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, and Fatboy Slim. And of course, this is on top of countless upstart and esteemed Hungarian artists, too. The quality and clout of the headliners reveals Balaton Sound as not only a crucial destination for attendees, but also for world-class talent with the reputation and demand to appear wherever they damn please.

Steep Trajectory

Founded in 2007, Balaton Sound garnered instant praise for its round-the-clock scheduling and unparalleled location. By the next year, the festival welcomed approximately 88,000 visitors across four days and garnered the first of its many awards and accolades from the international music festival community. By 2012, it was easily the second-largest music festival in the country (after Sziget Festival).

Massive Fest, Biggest Lake

Balaton Sound occurs each year in the town of Zamárdi on the shore of Lake Balaton — the largest lake in Central Europe. There are several stages, including a main stage area that accommodates as many as 50,000 spectators. Thrillingly, the music goes nonstop, and yet festival grounds are expansive enough for people to easily slip away and take breaks from dancing. Mellow and frenzied, in other words, collide.

Abundant Comforts

One key feature of Balaton Sound is its abundance plush comforts: chill-out zones laden hammocks, bean bags, and easy chairs — all practically within arm's reach of ample refreshments and food from kindly local vendors. The way lodging, relaxation, and revelry are seamlessly interwoven throughout the festival grounds — not to mention next to a gorgeous body of water — is evident in testimony and photo documentation from every annual installment of Balaton Sound.

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