Central Europe's biggest music festival, The Island of Freedom, is back from August 7th to 12th 2024, promising six days of non-stop excitement. Headliners have already been announced, including Fred Again.., Sam Smith, Martin Garrix, and Stormzy, with the second line-up revealing Halsey, Janelle Monáe, Liam Gallagher, Skrillex, RAYE, Kiasmos, Modeselektor, Editors and Tom Odell. Now new updates landed.

The Main Stage welcomes Lous Tomlinson, Raye, Tom Odell, Becky Hill, Yves Tumor, and local sensation Azahriah – and now a new headliner has been announced. Kylie Minogue is hitting the stage on August 7th.

More changes were unveiled recently: the huge tent formerly known as the A38 Stage returns with a new name: Revolut Stage. Performing here will be Fontaines D.C., Four Tet, Big Thief, MØ, L'Impératrice, Editors, Modeselektor, Kiasmos, Crystal Fighters, Aurora, and Yard Act.

Party Arena will be the place to be if you are planning to dance the night away. Themed parties are popping up thanks to Elrow, Q-dance, Awakenings, Rampage, Next Level, and Martin Garrix's Stmpd Rcrds.

At one of Sziget's most iconic venues, the techno sanctuary Colosseum, names like Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Honey Dijon, KI/KI, Anfisa Letyago, DJ Seinfeld, and Ferrari Rot will be taking the decks.

Europe Stage, primarily dedicated to emerging artists, got a new name: The Buzz showcases performers such as Artemas, Royel Otis, Elefánt, Redzed, Jazzbois, and the already prominent God Is An Astronaut.

Hip-hop and rap take centre stage once again at dropYard, one of the youngest stages at Sziget. Performing here will be Pogány Induló, Songer, L'Entourloop, Sisi, Ezhel, Hundred Sins, Zola, 6363, and the Wavy collective.

The Global Village, Sziget's world music stage, won't lack rhythm. Hungarian band Bohemian Betyars, Bukahara, Flavia Coelho, Eskorzo, Romano Drom, Besh o Drom, Yagody, and Mitsune are all making sure of that.

Improvements and changes

Great upgrades are also on the horizon. A new Welcome Zone will greet arriving Szitizens, which will not only serve as an ideal meeting point but also as a hub for all kinds of services visitors may need throughout the festival. The crowd area of the Main Stage will also be getting a makeover, creating a fenced-off 'fan pit' closest to the stage. And to all's glee, the massive audio control tower will be removed from the middle of the crowd area – and that's your concert experience (and sight) improved.

To help get home smoothly, there will be technical innovations. One of them is several digital information boards – scattered through the island – providing real-time data on how long it takes to reach the exits via certain routes. Moreover, pedestrians can also cross H Bridge on the busiest days to avoid crowds. Another good news is that night buses will operate from the H Bridge towards Margaret Bridge, and boat services will be scheduled more frequently. Additionally, a new taxi stand will be added towards the H Bridge.

And lastly, let's talk food! Just like last year, budget-friendly options will be available, but this time, food stalls have to go beyond French fries. Also, environmental and sustainability requirements have been tightened regarding the ingredients of the food and the utensils used. And another merry change: water refill stations will now be available in the food courts.

Explore the full lineup of performers here and get your tickets here.

(Cover photo: Rockstar Photographers)