Four days of sun and music has left Balaton Sound festival goers gushing with good vibes. The 2022 edition of the festival, which takes place on the stunning Balaton Lake in Zamárdi, Hungary, played host to over 180 DJs, including huge sets from Becky Hill, Alesso, Jonas Blue, Lost Frequencies and many more!
Day 1 | Wednesday 29th July
Opening the first day of the festival, Balaton Sound welcomed some of the most exciting voices of the dance scene right now. British sensation Becky Hill, with her famous sing-along chart topper’s, intermixed with a drum & bass backing started the festival on a high. Lost Frequencies delivered a powerful set without forgetting his greatest hits Where Are You Now and Are You With Me. Elsewhere Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix had the crowd in awe with a spectacular show of visuals and effects.
Day 2 | Thursday 30th July
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike definitely didn’t fail to infect the growing crowd with energy from their electronic set getting groovers dancing to their favourite remixed beats. The indoor Dreher Arena got ready to welcome higher intensity sets for those late night into dawn mixes. Hosting impressive DJs like What so Not and Malaa. Whether you caught sunrise or sunset, you were still equipped with endless music and entertainment from all the festival had to offer.
Day 3 | Friday 1 July
Australian party DJ, Timmy Trumpet, was a favourite, enthralling the crowd with his notorious sparking trumpet performance, Marshello played his chart topping hits ‘Happier’, ‘Numb’, ‘Friends’, and no style of lake shore winds could stop Meduza performing his highly anticipated set in the late hour of the evening at Elrow at Coca-Cola Stage. The two women making up the super cool duo, Nervo, brought the smaller Radio 1 stage to an absolute high, whilst equally as triumphant over at the Dreher Arena, TITS GANG / METZKER X YAMINA, were fabulously obscene.
Day 4 | Saturday 2 July
Big room dance DJ, Robin Shulz, played his sunshine anthems, including the huge tune ‘Waves’ and as the sun set across the lake, 50,000 festival fans raised their arms high in the air for the final festival headliner, Swedish house legend, Alesso. He weaved classic tunes from Queen to Pink Floyd and the crowd went wild. German trance trooper Paul Van Dyk filled the Dreher Arena stage banging intense techno beats into the night. The festival finished off with Israeli psytrance duo Vini Vici, techno legend Richie Hawtin, who brought Chicago’s second wave fame to the Balaton waves. And as the sun rose into the Sunday morning, the final set was played out by Romanian female techno DJ, Nusha, on the Viper presents B Stage.
Balaton Sound was made extra special with an incredible offering of white sand beaches for everyone to enjoy, renowned street theatres from all over Europe, who dazzled their festival goers with their impressive performances all day long, and the Mascotte Kite team who flew huge lobsters, octopuses, sting rays across the clear blue skie. There were mirrored stilt walking jugglers, the Serbian Mirror Crew, the Brincadeira – a dazzling marching band with LED lit drums, and the Italian Bubble on Circus.
Each afternoon, fashion shows strutted across the lake front including local designs from Borbála Ferencz, Márk Kiss, Sander Bos and the Fashionclash fashion-themed festival who showcased the latest Benelux trends.
The VIP experience offered three fabulously over the top areas – the Las Vegas Casino, looking over the main stage, with a large grandstand terrace, red carpet, roulette tables, restaurants, bars and exclusive parties at night. The VIP Shore, a plaza on the waters of Lake Balaton, offering festival-goers canopies, sun loungers, a huge outdoor pool, a cocktail bar and beach parties with local DJs. And finally, The Safari Lodge VIP area built between the two iconic stages, the Viper presents B Stage and Elrow at Coca-Cola Stage. VIP guests enjoyed exclusive terraces overlooking each of the stages, and an air conditioned indoor area decorated with lush trees, vines, exotic animal decorations, and cocktail bars.
Festival goers had the chance to discover the immersive universe of Elrow! There was no more creative and dramatic aesthetic than their seaworld experience. Beyond the impressive house and techno with acts such as Jamie Jones and Fisher, the crowd was invested by their magical surroundings and transfixed by their midnight confetti cannons, exploding glitter across the venue with enough to last a lifetime. The stage didn’t disappoint to be one of the biggest highlights of the four days – larger than life puppets, and nautical themed stilt walkers were a must-see.
Written by: alexadmin