This summer, Paloznak will once again be the capital of jazz at Lake Balaton for three days: the Paloznak Jazz Picnic returns with a star-studded program. Enjoy Hungary’s most charming summer event on August 4-6.
In the past five years, the event has grown into a celebration attracting thousands of guests with its true Balaton Uplands vibes, jazz concerts you can watch while lounging in the grass, quality wines, and top notch international and Hungarian artists. The program’s length is expanded to three days to accommodate a busier and more exciting concert schedule than ever before.
We can hardly wait for Paloznak's streets to fill with music and people strolling with a wine glass in hand; the main stage will be set up on the edge of the village, and the Folk House's garden will be turned into a live music venue. The festival, organized by a local winery named Homola Pincészet and co-organized by the Municipality of Paloznak, is one of Hungary’s most charming summer events - last year, it attracted more than 6,000 guests. The event, part of the ‘MOL nagyon Balaton’ program series, held in cooperation with Veszprémfest, promises a unique, premium selection of music, performers and culinary experiences.
During the festival, a dedicated bus service will help guests travel between Paloznak and their accommodations in nearby villages, like Balatonfüred, Csopak, Balatonalmádi and Alsóörs. The picnic vibes will be complete with picnic baskets, cooled wines, local farmers' delicacies (such as: artisanal cheeses and hams, ice cream and pálinka variations), and picnic blankets. The festival also stands for quality in terms of gastronomy: the most popular restaurants of Lake Balaton's north shore will be catering.
The perfect concert experience will be guaranteed by excellent lighting and sound systems. 2016 is a jubilee year for the Paloznak Jazz Picnic. The 5th anniversary event will begin with a special Day 0, featuring the house and nu jazz formation of the French artist Ludovic Navarre, the internationally acclaimed St. Germain, on the main stage. Friday and Saturday will also bring exciting international and Hungarian artists. The line-up includes Incognito, the British acid jazz formation, as well as the most successful soul-funk-disco band Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay, and the Váczi Eszter Quartet, who once made the Picnic's audience dance. Also playing are "sunset concert experts" Bin-Jip - a project by Veronika Harcsa, Bálint Gyémánt and Andrew J -, Boggie, Pankastic!, Marge, Belau, the Kéknyúl Hammond Band, the Szőke Nikoletta Quartet, the Juhász Gábor Trio, and András Jász and Friends. The stage, sponsored by Sáfránkert Restaurant, will be taken over by young talents performing solo or in duo.