9-12 July 2015, Zamárdi, Hungary

Balaton Sound shortlisted at EFA

Your voice has been heard and the votes have been counted! MasterCard Balaton Sound once again is among the best of the European festival scene in its category! So, fingers crossed until the European Festival Awards and let’s see the results 14th January, 2015!

Every year the festivals of Europe enter the race for becoming the best of their categories at the European Festival Awards. This year – the 6th edition - saw a new record set with over 1.2 million votes cast by fans for their favourite festivals and artists, an astonishing 100% increase on last year’s figures.

Music festivals in more than 35 different European countries were competing for public-voted accolades including the Best Major, Medium, Small, New and Indoor Festivals as well as the Line-Up Of The Year. The titles for artists include Headliner Of The Year, Best Newcomer and Anthem Of The Year.

But it’s not just about the public vote. Some of the more specialists categories are decided by panels of industry professionals, including Artists’ Favourite Festival, Green Operations Award and Promoter Of The year, and this panel also exercises a 25% say in the final outcome of the public-voted selection.

The winners will be announced on-stage at the European Festival Awards gala ceremony which returns to crown the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, The Netherlands on Wednesday 14th January 2015.

Steve Jenner, Co-Founder & Director comments: “With more festivals from more countries participating in these awards than previously, we were expecting an increase in fan engagement but not to this extent – we are blown away by the response! As well as being a positive indicator of confidence returning to the market, this shows that festivals are becoming more skilled in communicating with their customers, strengthening audience loyalty and leveraging it. It should make for a great party in Groningen this year.

All festivals organized by Sziget Cultural Management are in the shortlist of their categories at the European Festival Awards, so besides MasterCard Balaton Sound being nominated for Best Medium-Sized Festival, Sziget Festival is in the race for Best Major Festival, Best European Line-Up and Artist’s Favorite Festival. VOLT Festival, that takes place in Sopron, is alsoamong the Best Medium-Sized European Festivals. Winner of last year’s ‘Best New Festival’ and official afterparty of this year’s Sziget, B.my.Lake, is in the race to win the Best Small Festival category.

Fingers crossed and let’s see the results 14th January, 2015! THANK YOU! 

2014: Sounds good

The 2014 MasterCard Balaton Sound attracted a total of 145 000 fans during 4 days and 5 nights. Almost 50% of the guests came from abroad and the festival passes were sold out months before the start of the event. The live stream of the festival reached hundreds of thousands of viewers, thanks to the cooperation with Ustream and Telekom.

MasterCard Balaton Sound set a new attendance record with a total of 145 000 guests this year. The main reason was the big growth in the number of foreign visitors, meaning that this year almost every second fan came from outside Hungary. The weather presented big challenges to the organizing crew with huge thunderstorms on the first and last days, but the crowd was never really bothered and had a great time at the seaside party.  
“The organizing crew was facing a big challenge thanks to the rainy start and end of the event. Some of the roads at the festival were ruined by the water and we had to put in a lot of effort to repair them in time.” – said main organizer Zoltan Fulop. “We were ordering extra infrastructure from abroad overnight to put plastic covering on all the important roads. We also believe that the fact that all programs were held even during the biggest rain is a huge success and shows the strength of our organizing squad. And what’s most important, both the fans and the artists seemed to have a great time at Balaton Sound” – he added.
The festival presented a huge number of stars on 4 big and many other smaller stages. David Guetta has been present for many years at the event and also gave a full house set on Friday night. Martin Garrix, Disclosure, Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa, Alesso, or Richie Hawtin also gave memorable shows, while Armin van Buuren’s gig ended right at the moment when the football world cup final’s extra time was beginning, so the crowd could follow the exciting game live on the led walls of the Main Stage.
For this year the festival map has changed in many ways. The campsites were moved to an outer venue, so the party crowd could occupy the full area of the Zamardi free beach and also enjoy some award-winning design elements, including the giant flowers next to the MasterCard Main Stage, the Balaton Sound script on the lake and also other buildings and visuals.
MasterCard Balaton Sound is not just a Hungarian festival any more, but also an important part of the European summer festival agenda. “When we started the Sound in 2007, we never really thought that it would become such a success” – said Norbert Lobenwein, the other main organizer of the event. “We had a few tens of thousands of fans in the first year and this grew up to a total figure of 145 000 this year. Almost half of our guests were foreigners and some of the days were sold out weeks before the festival” – he added.
This year’s event was live streamed in cooperation with Telekom and Ustream, helping the event reaching out to more than 300 000 viewers outside the festival area. The organizers would like to thank all fans (at the festival or watching the event online) for their interest in the event!

Armin and the last day

Balaton Sound 2014 started and ended with a thunderstorm, while in between we had all that makes us love this event: beautiful girls, bikini, beach and huge parties with some of the best acts and DJs of the world. In spite of some challenges from the weather, you've put all your energies into the Sound, which makes us feel that all 4 days of the event were special in their own ways. You're clearly the best fans out there and we thank you for being here! Now check the message of Armin Van Buuren!

Sunday at MasterCard Balaton Sound

The last day of MasterCard Balaton Sound will stay true to the traditions of the event and present some huge acts also this year! The Main Stage will host Armin van Buuren, Steve Angello and Azealia Banks, while the program of the other venues will include Krewella, Bassjackers, Feed Me, Rita Ora, Roni Size & MC Dynamite.

MasterCard Main Stage

The program of the biggest stage will start once again with a warm-up set at 4pm, this time brought to you by DJ Kovary. It makes a lot of sense to get into the party mood as early as possible, since just about an hour later it will be time for the gig of Azealia Banks. She’s 100% genuine, singing, rapping, provoking and setting trends all the way. Azealia will be followed by Steve Angello, who reached star status as a member of the Swedish House Mafia trio, but also providing world class solo sets. The final gig on the Main Stage will start at 9pm, presented by Armin van Buuren, who guarantees an uplifting and energetic trance party for all fans.

Party Arena

The giant tent of the festival will start at 9pm today with Dave Martin, followed up by Julia Carpenter at 10.30pm. Miss Carpenter will play a set of 2 hours and hand over the DJ booth to Bassjackers. The Dutch duo of Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst will play their fast and explosive tracks that make them a regular at the biggest parties of the world. The American trio of Krewella are becoming real stars in the EDM universe, always ready to entertain thousands of fans with their full throttle shows. This time you can party with them right here at the Sound all the way till 03:30. W&W will start right after them and the Dutch duo promises a set that’s both hypnotic and dynamic, mainly related to the world of trance, but also touching electro house. The Party Arena will be closed with the set of Muzzaik, starting at 5am.

Telekom Terrace

The international line-up of the Telekom Terrace will include Lindstrøm, not only impressing music critics of the weirdest genres, but also those fans who are ready to experience a new fantasy world of e-music. He’s presenting a live act at this year’s Sound, starting from 8.30pm. At 10pm it’s time for the set of Peter Makto and Gregory S, while midnight will see Andrea Oliva taking over the stage, presenting a lively mix of tech, minimal and deep-house, spiced up with some latin elements. 1.30am is the start time of a truly special set, thanks to the the cooperation of two e-music giants, Hernán Cattáneo and Nick Warren. They will rule the stage for a full 3 hours, followed up by Secret Factory to close the party. Earlier on, the morning and early afternoon slots of the venue will be filled by Garay, Add2Basket, Zee aka Jaffa Surfa, Rikid & Kormix, Colourblock, Saverne and Lotfi Begi.

Jäger Arena

Another strong line-up is awaiting those who visit the Jäger Arena today. From 1pm till 7pm Hungarian acts Zoohacker, Marge, Akkezdet Phiai and Neo will provide some great concerts, while 7pm will see drum’n’bass legend Roni Size and MC Dynamite taking over the stage. The DJ-producer icon is well known by everybody who’s been in touch with the genre during the last 25 years. 9pm is the time when Rita Ora gets on stage to charm the Balaton Sound crowd. You can hardly find a more desirable person on the contemporary pop and fashion scene, so it’s time to fall in love with her today! At 11pm you can enjoy the energetic live drum’n’bass gig of the Brains, followed up by Jon Gooch, presenting his newest side project, the Feed Me DJ set. Afterwards you can check out Sigma, who will most probably play ’Nobody To Love’, which is one of the strongest d’n’b hits of the year. The stage’s program will be closed by Ian Autoran & Markov and Statik, just to make sure you can party till daybreak.

Saturday at MasterCard Balaton Sound

Even after half-time there’s no stopping at Balaton Sound. We’re not just keeping up the pace, we are stepping it up a little more! Arriving to the Zamardi today is Sebastian Ingrosso, Wiz Khalifa, Richie Hawtin, Felix Da Housecat, Maya Jane Coles, Diplo and Flux Pavilion among many others.

MasterCard Main Stage

Today it’s DJ Nara’s turn to set the pace with the warm-up party at the Main Stage starting from 4 pm. After that we have the only Hungarian act on the biggest stage this year. Irie Maffia have proven many times that they are one of the favorite live bands of the festival crowds all around Hungary. Starting at 7:30pm Swedish DJ-producer Sebastian Ingrosso will hit the decks. The member of the legendary Swedish House Mafia will get everyone in the crowd ecstatic with his hyper-energetic house grooves. After that we’ll see the return of hip-hop to the main stage at 9:30pm. Despite only being 26 years old, Wiz Khalifa has already four critically and commercially successful albums under his belt and his videos are being viewed by millions of people all over the world. He’ll be stepping on the stage for the first time in Hungary at this year’s Balaton Sound.

Party Arena

One of the most anticipated acts at the Party Arena, who influenced generations of musicians with his innovative and inspirational minimal techno, the legendary Richie Hawtin will be giving a lesson in modern electronic music, starting from 2am. Before his set you can party to the music of Matador, who made himself a name starting out from the Berlin music scene with his organic and eclectic techno sets. Starting the party from 9pm are Mateo & Spirit followed by SanFranciscoBeat, while Hot X will be the closing act, grooving till the sun comes up.

Telekom Terrace

We are having an excellent line up at the Telekom Terrace again today, with three international acts among them. First in line is one of the best known figures of the second wave of the Chicago house revolution, Felix Da Housecat. His set will start from midnight followed by the grandmaster of the “Mannheim sound”, the skilled German tech-house DJ-producer, Nick Curly. We’ll be able to enjoy his sophisticated, melodic and groovy sounds for 90 minutes before the British Maya Jane Coles will hit the decks at 3am. Miss Coles is famous for her unique, diverse and gloomy deep house. Take a liberating dip in her dark and mysterious world. Closing the night and starting the morning will be Gabor Kraft from 4:30am and if you want to check out the venue during the day you can enjoy the performances of Roberto Traista, the Collective Machine, the LavaLava DJs Tolo, Fanki Ridm and Falcao, Plasticheaven, EVA, CrossNineTroll or Yvel & Tristan

Jäger Arena

Starting the show at the Jäger Arena is Áfonya from 1pm followed by some hours of hip-hop led by Bobafett, Bobakrome, Zomblaze and Long from 2:30pm and Halott Pénz from 4pm. From 5:30pm you can party to the live rock, drum’n’bass and dubstep madness of Cloud 9+. Following them is Copy Con from 7pm and Žagar at 9pm. Starting at 11pm we’ll have Pretty Lights and his impressive mix of live and electronic music. You will get the full music experience thanks to his sophisticated yet intense, abstract but not artificial, cathartic and unusual show. The creator of all this, Derek Vincent Smith described it all as electronic hip-hop soul and you can get a taste of his live act today. Coming up next is the American e-musician, DJ and producer Diplo who’s well known for his unusual take on the genre. He became successful with his daring, exciting and authentic music, while still avoiding the mainstream sell-out stigma. From 2am Joshua Steele, aka Flux Pavilion will make you move with his dubstep. Anyone who still didn’t get enough for the day can continue partying with Sword & Scythe and Ludmilla into the early morning.

Friday at MasterCard Balaton Sound

Martin Solveig, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on the MasterCard Main Stage and many more great acts on the other stages, including Deep Dish, Disclosure, Camo& Krooked, Sven Väth, Carlo Lio and Datsik!

MasterCard Main Stage

Just like yesterday, the Main Stage program starts at 4pm today. The first act is Stereo Palma, followed up at 5.30pm by eccentric French DJ-producer, Martin Solveig. He’s been in the DJ Mag top 100 for many years now and is renowned to be ready for all crazy adventures at the DJ booth, just to create a memorable party for all Balaton Sound fans. At 7.30pm you get the chance to meet Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, two extraordinary e-musicians, presenting their dynamic set of ecstatic electro house, full of positive energies. The main act of the day will be the show of the most popular DJ of the new millennium, David Guetta, starting at 9.30pm.

Party Arena

The Party Arena will be fired up by two big guns today. At 11.30pm, you will get to see Carlo Lio, the best known representative of the Toronto club scene, presenting his energetic tech house and hypnotic minimal techno. After master Lio you can meet Deep Dish at around 1am. The Iranian-American DJ duo of Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi is famous for creating eclectic and progressive house and remixing world-known artists. Before the two international performers you can also check out some local talent. First Metha (9pm), then Chris Ronson (11.15pm) plays their sets, while after Deep Dish you can party to the music of Jay Lumen and Budai.

Telekom Terrace

At 8.30pm the Telekom Terrace presents HVOB from Austria, playing their set of intelligent down tempo and emotional lounge. Later on American DJane, Scarlette Etienne plays the same venue. The most awaited gig is coming from the godfather of techno, Sven Väth, at around 1.30am. Väth has been on the scene for more then three decades and also played at Balaton Sound for many times, conquering all fans with his gigantic sets. If you arrive early, you can check out the techno set of Zsiga Bernáthy at 6.30pm, but the Terrace already opens at 10am with DJ sets from Emery Warman, Bohumil vs. Thomas Borza, Max Demand, Roocha and Anez.

Jäger Arena

Jäger Arena will start at 1pm with Hungarian acts. Gabor Deutsch, aka. Anorganic will be followed up by The Biebers, Deniz, Soerii & Poolek and Punnany Massif. From 9pm the international program will start with Disclosure, who basically started a revolution last year in the UK disco scene with their debut album. Then it’s modern drum’n’bass time with the exciting set of Camo & Krooked, followed up by Canadian DJ-producer Datsik, presenting a refined set of heavy and brave dubstep. The line-up of the venue is completed with MC Fedora and Palotai, Filth Company and B’Andre.

This is how it all starts…

Let’s throw ourselves into crazy partying right on the first day of Balaton Sound. On the Main Stage we can see the Nervo, Martin Garrix, and Alesso, but among others today Rudimental, DVBBS, Blasterjaxx, Ricardo Villalobos, Dillon Francis and Baauer are playing too.

Today’s warm up on the Main Stage is with the Agebeat, right after it, the Nervo is getting the stage. These two beautiful and talented Australian DJanes have conquered the globe with their daring and energetic electronic music that makes any crowd move for sure. The list of their fans includes not just the crowds at the world’s biggest electronic festivals, but also the high-society of electronic artists. At 19:30 Martin Garrix starts, who is maybe not a superhero or a secret agent, but he does possess two identities. A 17-year-old student by day, but when the sun goes down he can be found behind the decks in front of packed hotspots and festivals across the globe, fraternizing with electronic dance music royalty, tirelessly producing in the studio, and dropping records. After him, with the same popularity Alesso will entertain us. Italian music background and Swedish pop hits have influenced the songs of Alesso, a Stockholm-born Italian DJ. Accordingly, he doesn’t have close ties with the Italian, but the Swedish House Mafia and with his easy-going, monumental dance music he had several sold-out parties.

On the first day, in the Party Arena besides the great Hungarian DJs, three international acts will rock the party. At 00:30 Arty, a Russian DJ gives the real trance experience.Then the Dutch Thom Jongkind  and Idir Makhlaf, better known as DJ duo Blasterjaxx, are passionate for music. They play modern electronica with the most effective elements of electro, big room and progressive house from 02:00 to 03:30. At 03:30 you can see DVBBS (pronounced “dubs”), a Canadian electronic music duo composed of brothers Chris Andre and Alex Andre. They are most famous for their joint international hit with Borgeous titled "Tsunami", they are unbelievably loud, and real strong!

It gives happiness to Sounders that after two years of pause Ricardo Villalobos from Chile returns to Zamárdi. Ricardo’s inexhaustible creativity and innovation and his unfailing feel for the crowd make him an outstanding artist in the contemporary world of electronic music. He gives a 3 hour long show to the crowd, from 04:00 the toughest ones can move with Butch, as he’s playing from then on. Constantly working in parallels – drenched by a potent mixture of juxtaposition and fluidity in both his sets and his productions – Bülent Gürler AKA Butch, fuses the grey-area space between music of the body and mind. With over 20 years consumed by a thirst for electronic music, the Alzey-born, Mainz raised entity has released on leading imprints such as Desolat, Cocoon, Rekids, Sei Es Drum and beyond. On Telekom Terrace there’s only one more international act for the day, and that’s no one, but they play beforehand, at 18:30. Wareika is the project of Jakob Seidenstickler, Henrik Raabe and Florian Schirmacher, that is serving all fans of sophisticated electronic music. Their endless variation of sounds and melodies comes to life in a kaleidoscopic way during their improvisational sets, without any regards towards genre borders. They mix anything from deep techno, over jazz house to dub and Balkan music. Live shows are their real terrain, so make sure you don’t miss their show.

On Thursday the line-up of Jager Arena, is amazing, you won’t be bored there, for sure. There plays the Rudimental Great Britain’s new drum’n’bass favorites. Rudimental are a British band who are signed to Asylum Records and independent label Black Butter. The quartet consists of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith. They are very fresh and original, just released their debut album. At 00:30 Dillon Francis comes, with his gig. His music is somewhere between reggaeton and electro house, or you could call it ultra fresh moombathon as well, it’s overwhelming, and amazingly effective. The last international performer here is Baauer, who presents us the trap genre, with its heavy basses. In the afternoon you can meet here the Clean Bandit and the Gorgon City as well. Clean Bandit is made up by four young and talented musicians. Their folksy-neoromantic music is a unique fusion of deep house and classical strings and horns with a very special magic to it. Don’t miss them at this year’s Balaton Sound. Gorgon City is strong and impulsive with great vocals.

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  • 4 VIP passes
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The price of the package: 2190 €

Only 1 package is available, that you can buy in our onlien wesbhop!

How to warm up the party on Wednesday?

Hope you had a nice travel to Zamárdi and you will find your way to your accommodation or camping facility! After you have done everything and discovered the area itself, don’t forget that today you can already heat up the party with some cool music! With the guidance of the international stars and the popular Hungarian performers a huge party is getting started in Zamárdi, already on Day 0! The real early birds are awaited by the Dutch Sander Van Doorn and the Russian Hard Rock Sofa in the Jäger Arena. And through the night the bests of Hungarian DJs are entertaining the crowd as well.

The first international act today, and on the festival too is the Dutch Sander Van Doorn, who starts his set exactly at midnight. He has cranked out more dance floor destroyers, sold-out gigs, number one records, and awards than most artists do in a lifetime. His shows are always professionals, with an elementary energy, it’s not a surprise that Hungarian fans love him as well.
At 02:00 the Hard Rock Sofa gets the stage. The collaboration of Aleksandr Shapovalov and Denis Chepikov stared out 360 kilometers from Moscow in Smolensk, one of the oldest Russian cities. Thanks to their high ambitions they managed to sweep conventional dance music and popular pop acts off the floor. Hard Rock Sofa enchanted the international electronic music scene with their original mix of traditional Russian music and the latest electro trends. After them, at 03:30 a very popular Hungarian DJ serves the real party vibe.
Then make sure to check out all the places already opened on day zero! You can party at Robur, the Robur Bistro or at the Music FM- H&M Stage also.

Friday and Saturday are SOLD OUT

Friday and Saturday daily tickets are sold out for MasterCard Balaton Sound, which starts just a week from now and since the weekly passes have already sold out earlier, these days is sure to be a full house on the festival. Thursday and Sunday daily tickets are still available, but they are rapidly diminishing – announced the organizers.

There is a huge interest in MasterCard Balaton Sound. The award winning medium-sized festival’s passes sold out five weeks before the event, and from today Friday and Saturday daily tickets are not available either. So these dasy are completely sold out, but daily tickets for Thursday and Sunday are still on sale- said the organizers, adding that it is very likely that these tickets sell out until the beginning of the event. Thursday - among others - Nervo, Martin Garrix and Alesso hit the decks and on the last day, Azaelia Banks, Steve Angello and the best known DJ of the trance universe, Armin van Buuren will mesmerize you with their show.