9-12 July 2015, Zamárdi, Hungary

The very first names are here

MasterCard Balaton Sound starts with a very promising line-up of DJs, such as Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, DVBBS, Showtek and many more, who are already confirmed to provide the beat for the 4 day long beach party by Lake Balaton in Hungary. As in previous years', in 2014 Balaton Sound closed its gates with a full house of 145 000 fans, so if you want to be part of the madness mark your calendars for 9-12 July and arrive to Zamárdi!

The first names are....

The first package includes Hardwell, Nicky Romero and Grammy award winning DJ and producer, Afrojack. In addition DVBBS, Boys Noize, Showtek and British singer and songwriter, Charli XCX will bring great vibes to the event this summer. Among the names we can find Joey Bada$$, the brilliant multi-dimensional Berlin duo Pan-Pot and Dutch DJ and producer Quintino. The Sound crowd will also definitely enjoy the shows by Vinai, Klingande, Roni Size & Reprazent, Chris Liebing and The Bloody Beetroots (SBCR DJ Set), also known as Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo from The Bloody Beetroots. 

Surprise on Day 0

An extra good news is awaiting  those who have a Festival Pass for Balaton Sound as they will not only get 4 headliners on the Main Stage, but 5. The biggest stage of the event is already in operation on Day 0 and organizers have invited a well-known and very much awaited international all-star, who will be revealed in couple of weeks.

What's new this year?

MasterCard Balaton Sound is organized in the charming town of Zamárdi since the very beginning and local authorities have recently agreed to keep the festival site there till at least 2020. Connected to this positive decision, organizers have initiated a large scale project of infrastructural developments. Among others, the project will result in new parks, renewed roads and improved campsite services to create and even safer and more convenient stay for all visitors. Similarly to previous years, exciting and unique decorations will appear all over the festival. Regarding the festival setup, many developments took place last year, like moving the Main Stage, the Party Arena and the Terrace to provide more space onsite. These transformations will continue also in 2015 and, as an outcome, the program of the Party Arena will be held in a much bigger tent with the area of 5500 square meters. The Terrace will also go through major changes and will move into a very unique installation. 
Get your ticket now and be part of the madness!

Get your ticket now!

Do you want to be a part of MasterCard Balaton Sound in 2015? Than this is your moment to get your Sound pass and some other services. The first 10 000 passes are available for a special price of 135€ and you can choose from sexy accommodation types! Be aware that Balaton Sound gets sold out very quick, so you should plan your time by the Lake ahead!
The organizers of Balaton Sound are working real hard to deliver the best line-up for the Balaton Sound fans. Moreover, the venues of Sound will also have a re-make and just as a small hint….Party Arena will be 30-40% bigger and will move to a new place, while the Telekom Terrace will have a complete makeover with some special features. New program venues will have their debut this year, so in 2015 you can party at 30 different venues. Regarding the services, the basic camping will move to one location and a special VIP Camping is going to come alive with extra services.

Which is your entry ticket?

4 Days non-stop party (9-12 July, 2015): You should get a Balaton Sound Festival Pass and enjoy all 4 days, party as hard as you can and enjoy everything Balaton Sound and the Lake itself has to offer!

1 Day of Balaton Sound: You want to focus your energies for one day? Then you should get a day ticket and get as much as you can from Balaton Sound! Plan for an intensive day, though! :)
Be a VIP Guest! 
You can become a VIP at Balaton Sound, either with a VIP Festival Pass or a VIP Day Ticket. You can enter the festival site from the separate VIP entrances, enter the VIP area and enjoy the gigs from the VIP Grand Stand. (VIP Camping ticket is NOT included in this entry ticket type)

Where are you planning to sleep?

Basic Camping: if you want to build a tent, but mainly spend most of your time at the festival, than you should get a place in the basic camping that is 15-20 minutes walk from the festival site. Camping services will be available here, more information will come soon! Tickets should be bought per person and you can only enter with either a valid pass or day ticket!
VIP Camping: situated right next to the festival area, the VIP Camping has many special features, like an own coctail bar, a sun-bathing pier and many comfortable accommodation options! Check them out here!
Caravan Camping: do you have your own caravan? Bring it on with your friends and enjoy your own comfort!

How are you getting to the festival site?

Are you coming from Budapest? Get your transfer tickets (one way or return) now and get to Balaton Sound easily! You can choose from Budapest pick-up points and you don't have to worry about extra traveling! :)


See you in 2015!

All tickets can be found here!

Check updates regularly as names will be arriving shortly! :)

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!