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Budapest's 20th Sziget festival kicks off

For the first time, a live stream of the week-long festival - now one of Hungary's biggest tourist events - is available on YouTube.

The Killers, Placebo, LMFAO and more than 150 groups from Hungary, the rest of Europe and further afield will grace the stages at Budapest's 20th Sziget Festival, one of Europe's most popular music events which opened on Monday and runs until August 13.

For the first time, a live stream of the week-long festival - now one of Hungary's biggest tourist events - is available on YouTube.

The open-air festival, held every year on an island in the Danube, features some 400 concerts in 50 venues, with theatre performances, dance workshops and circus acts held on the sidelines. Some 400,000 people are expected to attend.

Sziget was named Best European Major Festival at the European Festival Awards earlier this year.

Its traditionally eclectic line-up includes major acts such as Korn, Mando Diao, Snoop Lion and the British group Hurts, as well as bands from all over Europe: Kraak & Smaak from the Netherlands, Italy's Karmatronic, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra from Serbia and Denmark's Agnes Obel.

One stage will also be dedicated to Roma musicians and artists from eastern Europe, as has been the case for the past 11 years. Sziget is the only major festival with such a feature.

A novelty this year will be a 42-metre high Ferris wheel, which will afford visitors a unique view of Budapest, and at night will act as a giant screen for film projections. * AFP