As we have all gotten used to in the last years, the lineup of the Sziget Festival is not final until the first day of the event itself. Sziget’s official Facebook page just made the announcement that Anne-Marie, the English singer-songwriter known for her collaborations with Clean Bandit and Rudimental, won’t make it to this year’s festival due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Instead, fans will have the chance to hear Danish singer/songwriter Alex Vargas on the A38 stage on Tuesday, August 15th, at 16:45 local time.
The last spot on the Main Stage has also been filled. English synthpop duo Hurts will take the Dan Panaitescu Main Stage on the 13th of August, at 19:30, and will perform until 21:00. The duo, consisting of “keyboardist” Adam Anderson and singer Theo Hutchcraft, has formed in 2009, even though its “components” have been performing together for years at that time.
The freshly formed duo called Hurts recorded its first (amateur) video in 2009 – “Wonderful Life” – using the services of a female dancer who was paid £20 for her time. The video went straight to YouTube on April 21st where it went viral, leading to the duo signing a record deal with Sony subsidiary RCA Records in July.
Today, the band has four studio albums under its belt, and an extended concert and festival experience to build upon. They have been honored for their on-stage performance at Glastonbury and T in the Park in 2011. This year, the duo has a new album to promote, called “Desire”. They will do so on the Main Stage of the 25th anniversary Sziget Festival.