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Sziget Draws Around 420,000 Guests

In Budapest

"We cannot complain, the total number of visitors of this year's Sziget festival of around 420,000 is realistic although it is lower than last year's by 30,000," chief organizer Tamás Kádár told MTI on Wednesday.

"In 2022, the two-year pandemic hiatus generated a huge demand for the festival," he added.

Kádár was as yet unable to tell whether this year's festival turned out a profit as the final numbers are influenced by several factors, including catering turnover, which is not yet known.

The event, which ended early on Wednesday, did not have a sold-out day this year although Friday with Imagine Dragons and Tuesday with Billie Eilish came close. Other world-star performers included Florence and The Machine, David Guetta, Mumford & Sons, and Macklemore.

Kádár said they had been working on bringing Billie Eilish to the festival since 2018, when she was not yet considered as big a star as she is now. "Those who were there could see what an amazing concert she gave and how much fun both the audience and the artist had."

He emphasized that Sziget offers a diverse program every year in other forms of art as well, in addition to the main stage and other music venues.

As for next year's event, Kádár said they would like the number of people arriving with a six-day pass to be higher and to sell slightly more passes than day tickets.

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