Hungarian music "map"
Hungary is full with music doesn’t matter what you like, you will find your style. In this article we would like to show you where you can find what you’re looking for.
Hungary has some important contributions to the field of classical music, no doubt about that. Franz Liszt is probably the greatest of all Hungarian composers: a piano virtuoso (he was a sort of rock star of his age – his contemporaries lauded him as the greatest pianist of all time) as well as a composer, inspiring forwardlooking contemporaries and even anticipating some ideas and trends that would only come in the 20th century. The beginning of the 20th century brought about two other exceptional characters: Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály both set out to collect Hungarian folk songs all over the Carpathian Basin and incorporate them into their music.
You cannot go wrong with the Palace of Arts either. Next to the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art it is the home of the Bartók National Concert Hall, bringing the world's top artists to your ears (www.mupa.hu), whether it's classical, world music or jazz.
What about folk music? In the years of communism folk culture was seen as a deviation from the mainstream ideology and was thus marginalized, so over the last decades of socialist rule the folk movement emerged as a form of resistance. Today, there are a vast number of great folk bands and dance companies. For the whole folk-band experience however, book a ticket for one of the performances of the Csík Band or Ghymes.
Popular music is featured at numerous festivals across the country. First and foremost: Sziget Festival (www.sziget.hu), elected to be Europe's best major festival. The festival takes place on the 108-hectare leafy Óbuda Island in the middle of the Danube, which is transformed into a gigantic party town, with numerous stages, countless party arenas and chill-out tents, as well as artsy installations.
For those who like things electronic, Balaton Sound is the place to go - lie back in one of the comfy hammocks at the lakeshore beach of Zamárdi and enjoy the pumping music(www.sziget.hu/balatonsound)! A more underground contestant in the category of electronic music festivals is Ozora, a Goa festival that labels itself a ‘psychedelic tribal gathering'. If that calls to you, check www.ozorafestival.eu for details.
NEO, Irie Maffia, Anima Sound System, Zagar – do these names ring a bell? Whether pop, alternative or electronic - several Hungarian bands have made it to international recognition and thus worthwhile seeing in concert.. They are frequent guests at the ship turned into a concert hall called A38, voted best club by Lonely Planet!
based on gotohungary.com