Balaton Sound 2016 : The Greatest Music Pageant I’ve Ever Attended

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As Jay Lumen performed his remaining tune on the Heineken stage on Sunday morning at 5:55 A.M, and the competition would shortly come to an finish — I couldn’t assist however smile after I thought in regards to the previous 5 days of competition insanity that I had skilled at Balaton Sound.

The continuous unbelievable music, the beautiful location, the pleasant environment, the large levels, the reasonably priced costs, and many others…

Actually, a wonderfully organized competition…

It was an expertise that I’ll always remember, and can advocate to completely everybody..

Photo: Sandor Csudai

Photograph: Sandor Csudai

To be sincere, I really had by no means actually heard an excessive amount of about Balaton Sound.  I keep in mind I included it in my 30 Music Festivals To Expertise Earlier than You Die article, however that was simply from diligent analysis.  

My choice to come back to this Balaton Sound occurred solely as a result of I discovered a 38 euro flight to Budapest!  That’s actually the one motive I got here.  

I’ve been to some unbelievable festivals world wide like:  Coachella, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Dance Occasion, Electrical Daisy Carnival, Sonar, Mysteryland, Sonus, Stereosonic, and many others

And I can confidently say that that is the very best music competition I’ve ever attended.

Let me attempt to clarify why.

Location, Location, Location


Lake Balaton is a few 1.5 hour drive from Budapest, and it’s merely a beautiful vacation spot.  I rapidly realized is the right location for a competition of this magnitude.  There’s loads of open area, close by lodging, and wonderful summer season climate.

For a journey blogger and photographer corresponding to myself — I couldn’t have been extra happy with the picturesque sunsets each night, and the jaw dropping sunrises each morning. 

While you’re not on the competition, you’re spending your days enjoyable by the lake, having a cheeky swim, and having fun with the pure magnificence you’ll discover in Lake Balaton. 

Superb, Huge, and Plentiful Levels


Music Festivals are grownup playgrounds — and Balaton Sound had leisure completely all over the place.  There have been 10 unbelievable levels all various in dimension, vibe, and unfold all through the competition grounds. 

Probably the most visually spectacular would undoubtedly be the MainStage.  With it’s vibrant colours, huge LED screens, and booming bass irrespective of the place you’re standing — everybody discovered themselves watching a minimum of one or two units on the Mainstage. 

I imply have a look at this.  WOW.  Not too shabby?


The Telekom Enviornment was the second largest stage —  and was one large tented beast.  This stage had wonderful sound, loads of area for the larger acts, and actually spectacular lighting.  At occasions you’d discover it insanely crowded, and at different occasions you possibly can discover it almost empty.  


The Jager Enviornment had an enormous dome form, and introduced some large names to it’s levels.  I really didn’t spend an excessive amount of right here, however I did see Tomsize lay down some filthy lure beats for about 20 minutes, and Sub-Focus drop some depraved drum-and-bass.  For those who walked on this stage, you immediately felt the occasion vibes.  It was LOUD and folks had been at all times going loopy.   


The Heineken Stage — *My Favourite*

For those who had been my good friend and had been in search of me at this competition, your finest guess can be to move straight to the Heineken stage.

This gigantic pyramid completely constructed over the lake made it very best for some epic sundown & dawn pictures, and was the final word stage for deep / tech home and techno tunes. 

If underground digital music isn’t your most well-liked type, I doubt you spent an excessive amount of time right here, however that’s your mistake.  This stage had the very best environment of all them, and was full of people that actually know and admire their high quality dance music. 

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The Jana Stage was in all probability probably the most distinctive of all of them, because it was lined in sand and supplied a extremely nice seaside vibe.  The tunes had been at all times groovy as hell, the sundown views had been spectacular, and it was by no means actually overcrowded.  I got here right here nearly each night time to observe the sundown and met some actually nice those that I ended up kicking it with quite a bit all through the competition.    



Music from 10 A.M – 6 A.M

Social gathering till the dawn each night time…

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This was one of many largest components which made this competition the very best I’ve ever attended.  There’s mainly music taking part in 24 / 7 — which there really is should you go to the after-parties. 

Listening to unbelievable DJ’s on Lake Balaton whereas watching the dawn was actually an incredible expertise.  You simply can’t beat it.   

I’ve attended too many festivals that finish round midnight or 1 A.M — and it’s simply now how a competition needs to be.      

Cashless Fee & High-Up Factors


It’s turning into increasingly more widespread at festivals lately to have cashless funds, and I undoubtedly assume it’s the easiest way to do it. 

I like how they offer you an precise CARD, and never tokens which are simply misplaced.  There have been top-up factors unfold out all around the competition, and it by no means took greater than a minute or two to re-load your card with extra worth. 

There was a small deposit for the cardboard, in addition to a 500 HUF deposit that you possibly can get again should you stuffed up a small bag of trash — which I assumed was a extremely cool thought, and really straightforward to perform.       

Meals & Drink Choices Completely In every single place


Now that you just’ve acquired some money in your card — let’s go spend it.

Relating to meals choices — I used to be amazed in any respect the variability this competition provided.  It doesn’t matter what sort of meals you had been within the temper for — Balaton Sound had you lined.

I usually went for the traditional Doner Kebab, as a result of nicely — it’s scientifically confirmed it’s the very best drunk meal on the planet.  However I loved an occasional slice of pizza, and a bowl of scrumptious fried rice. 

Meals costs ranged, however you’re trying to spend round $5-$8 per meal. 

Inexpensive Drinks


630 HUF = 2 EUROS! 

I’m a beer drinker, and I used to be more than happy after I discovered the worth of beer was solely 630 HUF.  

I’ve by no means been to a music competition with 2 euro beers.  Usually at festivals I’m apprehensive about bankrupting myself simply due to drink costs — however as a result of this competition is within the splendidly reasonably priced nation of Hungary — this was not the case.

For mixed-drinks you’re taking a look at spending round 1400 HUF (4.50 Euro) although, and a purple bull would price you about 1000 HUF (3.15 Euro). 

I’m totally conscious that these costs ARE EXPENSIVE for typical drink prices in Hungary, however I’ve been to festivals that cost 5-8 euro per beer, so I used to be undoubtedly happy with the Balaton Sound menu. 


The Crowd

Extremely pleasant folks from world wide who got here to occasion, dance, and make new mates.


Unquestionably, the very best side of any music competition is the environment — and Balaton Sound’s vibe couldn’t have been any higher.

There was a large combine of individuals from all around the world.







We have to focus on Belgium

For those who requested some one on the competition the place they had been from — there was mainly a 50% likelihood they had been from Belgium.

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I’ve by no means been to a competition abroad which had such an overwhelmingly quantity of individuals from a distinct nation. 

Don’t get me mistaken — I like Belgians!!  I really flew from Brussels – Budapest, and met some superior Belgians on the aircraft — it was only a undoubtedly a shock to see what number of attend Balaton Sound.  


Yo Belgium — why is that this such a preferred competition for you guys?   

I additionally met heaps of superior Hungarians, English, Irish, Austrians, Dutch, French, Spanish, Australians, Germans, and many others. 

I even met a number of different People (we had been a uncommon breed at Balaton, however we had been round)


My High 10 Units

Sven Vath

Pappa Sven did what he does finest and performed a stellar techno set.  It was my first time correctly seeing him, however it gained’t be my final.   


Martin Garrixx 

The Dutch famous person performed a crowd-pleasing set that was a spotlight of Friday night time.  He actually is aware of the way to work the gang, and maintain the vitality flowing all through.      


Misplaced Frequencies

I hadn’t heard an excessive amount of about this man was earlier than Balaton Sound, however I’m actually glad I made my approach over to the Heineken Stage for his set.  If there’s one phrase to explain it’s set it’s merely FUN.  This dude was throwing out all kinds of genres, and maintaining the dance vibes the complete time.  He dropped the moment hit “Home Each Weekend” and I’ll always remember the gang go loopy.  



Palms down probably the greatest DJ’s I’ve ever seen.  Once I noticed him headline this small boutique tenting competition in Australia referred to as Return To Rio, he performed a ridiculous 4-hour set, and I couldn’t wait to see him ever since.  To not my shock, he completely killed it once more at Balaton Sound.  If Dixon is ever taking part in at a competition I attend, I’ll undoubtedly be seeing him spin.



Having seen W&W as soon as earlier than, I do know that these guys don’t come to fiddle.  They dropped banger after banger.  Arduous-hitting stuff, and undoubtedly crushed the Mainstage.  I watched and listened from afar, and was jamming the complete time. 


Armin Van Buuren

I’ve truthfully seen AVB play a minimum of 6 or 7 occasions now, and each time he performs an incredible set.  He’s an absolute legend, and his expertise behind the decks are actually spectacular.  There’s a motive he was the #1 DJ on the planet for 4 years.   


Adam Beyer

Techno beast.  I had by no means seen Adam Beyer earlier than, and he crushed the Telekom Enviornment.  Actual correct techno set full of heavy tracks.   


The Chainsmokers

This favourite American duo appear to be dominating the competition scene this previous yr.  With hits like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, Alex & Drew undoubtedly know the way to produce a superb monitor.  I had by no means seen them DJ although, so I used to be stoked to lastly see them play.  For sure, they performed probably the greatest units of the complete weekend.  A stable combine of gorgeous progressive home, filthy electro drops, heavy lure beats, and even some throwback tunes.   


Jay Lumen

Closing out the competition in type, Jay Lumen performed a 2-hour set that was full of nothing however the very best techno tracks.  Watching the dawn whereas recording him play backstage is a second that I’ll always remember.    


Worst Units


I truthfully can’t imagine I listened to a DVBBS set.  They’re simply the most important douche luggage within the competition scene.  They barely even DJ.  One of many guys pretends he’s doing a lot sophisticated stuff behind the decks, however should you’re really listening — they by no means even combine two tracks collectively.

He simply cuts off the music whereas the opposite man shouts some silly shit on the mic, after which brings within the subsequent tune.  It was additionally fairly humorous when the microphone man would contact one thing on the mixer (as if he’s making any distinction).  Straight up posers. 

Oh, after which when the one DJ stands up on stage and lights a spliff.  Such a douche…


The music they performed was alright.  Simply heavy hitting lure / EDM stuff.  However god, they’re simply terrible. 

They’ve additionally been all around the information lately as a result of two unconscious women had been discovered of their dressing room on the competition.  Happily, they’ve already been dropped from the Sziget line-up.  Let’s hope extra festivals cease reserving these lame, faux, douche luggage.  

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Okay. Rant Over.  

Don Diablo


I had by no means seen Don Diablo earlier than, however had really heard first rate issues about his units.  I used to have a few his tracks in my iTunes library, and was excited to see him as a result of his set-time completely match the hole of the 2 foremost folks I wished to see.

However his set was merely horrible.  It could have been the identical to play the radio.  There was simply nothing particular about it, and the tune choice couldn’t have been extra vanilla. 

Go house, Don Diablo — you’re boring. 

Favourite New Artist

Nora Matisse

This native Hungarian feminine DJ smashed the Heineken stage after Misplaced Frequencies performed.  I had by no means heard of her earlier than, however her music was proper up my alley.  I’m glad I found her, and I look ahead to seeing her spin once more. 


Take a look at her 2016 Pageant Promo Combine

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The Boat Events

Can’t imagine I didn’t go on one…

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Rockstar Photographers 

The Boat events had been one thing I used to be very considering after I got here all the way down to Balaton Sound, however sadly all of the tickets sold-out nicely in-advance.  From what I’ve heard, they had been a blast.  How might they not be?  Drinks, dancing, and music on Lake Balaton?  Sounds fairly nice to me.  I’ll undoubtedly be planning a bit higher each time I make it again to this wonderful competition.

Shoutout To The Baywatch Crew

You understand how I advised you that coming to this competition was a final minute choice?  Nicely, that additionally meant that I had nobody to go to Balaton Sound with.

Nicely, because of the facility of Fb — I searched on the Balaton Sound group for the phrase “condominium” hoping to seek out folks with a spare room to hire.

I immediately discovered what I used to be in search of, was added into a gaggle chat, and was launched to this wonderful group of English and Irish ravers. 

I wasn’t positive the way it was going to go — however I’m very pleased to share that I had such an incredible time attending to know everybody on this group.  Such an superior rave household they’ve constructed through the years, and I’m honored to have been welcomed into the crew. 

Thanks for every thing guys.  Trying ahead to assembly up at one other competition or nation world wide.  🙂 



Out of all of the festivals I’ve been to world wide (which is rather a lot), I undoubtedly discovered Balaton Sound to be the very best.  It may not be the most important or hottest competition in Europe, however it’s a novel expertise that shouldn’t be missed.

  • 5 Lengthy Epic Pageant Days
  • The Line-up was stacked
  • Music Till 6 A.M
  • Excellent Location on Lake Balaton
  • Wonderful Cashless Fee & High-Up system
  • Meals & Drink In every single place
  • Loads of Tenting & Lodging choices
  • Useful smartphone APP with map & schedule
  • + an incredible Pageant environment




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Whereas I used to be unable to attend the 2017 version, a few my mates did and you’ll learn all about it of their assessment!

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