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5+1 famous music videos shot in Budapest

Turn up the volume, lay back and enjoy the beats. All these songs have one thing in common, their videos feature a cameo by Budapest!

1.) Admiral Films, a newly established Hungarian group only had 3 days for the pre-production of the 2018 Russian World Cup's anthem which has been filmed secretly in Budapest at the end of May. The video was directed by Yasha Malekzad who also made clips for Usher, Lil Wayne and Ludacris, produced by Diplo. Live it Up! is featuring such starts like Will Smith, Ronaldinho, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi The filming took place on the K-bridge of Hajógyári Island - this is the infamous bridge you need to cross to enter Sziget Fesztivál - , an old-school residental complex of Óbuda and the District 9's "Nagyvásártelep", which  used to be a vegetable and fruit distribution center in the 1930s. The ruined building with several street art bearing surfaces is an enormous complex, 247 metres long and 42 metres wide, the roughly 10.000 sqm territory once inhabited 400+ traders. More than 100 dancers, musicians and football stuntmen took part in the filming, the crew used drone and steadycam making the clip visually spectacular. Fans at the Final on 15 July can also look forward to being treated to a live rendition of the song. Cover photo: www.fifa.com

2.) Katy Perry’s Firework was shot in the Castle of Buda and at Astoria with walk-on actors chosen by public castings. The classic-looking building in the film is the Budavári Palota (Buda Castle), overlooking the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the extras were chosen from  a competition for the fans, the winners had the chance to be there to help her film the video. The video actually won the 2011 MTV VMA Music Video of the Year Award!

3.) Gwen Stefani's Early Winter was shot partly at the Nyugati Pályaudvar aka Western Railway Station, other parts have been shot in Prague and Milan. The clip was made for the European market and was actually officially unavailable overseas.

4.)  The music video for Depeche Mode's Condemnation was shot in a long way back in the 90s. After their '93 concert in Budapest, the crew went to Göd, which is a small town 20 kms away from Budapest. Just like several DM videos, it was directed by Anton Corbijn, however the video was only released in 2002!

5.) Probably the most famous one is the teaser video of Michael Jackson's most famous album, HIStory, shot at Heroes Square. You can recognise a lot of Budapest locations, bridges, spaces and buildings.

+1.) The late Avicii not only filmed one, but right away two music videos in Budapest and close-by, featuring the countryside, the Korda Film Studios and outside area of a limestone mine.

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