Budapest, January 14 (MTI) – Hungary’s Sziget and VOLT music festivals have won two of the European Festival Awards for 2015.

Sziget, the week-long festival held on a Danube Island in Budapest, has won an award for Best Festival Line-Up and VOLT, a major music event hosted by Sopron, in north-western Hungary, won the prize for Best Medium-Sized Festival, the press chief for Sziget told MTI on Thursday.

The awards were presented at a formal gala in Groningen in The Netherlands on Wednesday evening, Viktoria Veto said in a statement.

Sziget fetched the European Festival Award for Best Major Festival first in 2011 and again in 2014, the statement said.

The Sziget festival last August attracted a record number of over 430,000 people. Its line-up included on the main stage Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Kasabian, Limp Bizkit, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Gogol Bordello, Maccabees and Martin Garrix, among others. The focus on the world music stage were Gypsy music and Roma culture from India. The festival also offered several productions at its classical music stage.

The Volt Festival in mid-summer drew a record crowd of 123,000 people in 2015. It offered 200 acts featuring Motorhead, the Parov Stelar Band, David Guetta, Wellhello, Akos, John Newman and Fatboy Slim, among others.

The European Festival Awards were initiated in 2010 by the European festival association Yourope and the festival website Virtual Festivals Europe and are presented each year.



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