The Sziget Festival Republic has announced a new set of names confirmed to be present at the 2015 event.
Here is the short list:
- Ellie Goulding
- Hernan Cattaneo
- Ellen Allien
- Damian Lazarus
- Laura Jones
- Stadium X
- Lucas & Steve
Now, let’s take a more detailed first look at the names in today’s official Sziget announcement.
Ellie Goulding is one of the most sought after pop stars of our days. She has a quite successful career behind her – the 28 year old indie pop / synthpop / folktronica artist has won awards like the BBC Sound of 2010, the Pandora Newcomer of the Year in 2011, Cosmopolitan’s Ultimate Music Star award in 2013, the BRIT award for the Best Female Solo Artist in 2014. Her hit “Love Me Like You Do” holds the record of the most streamed song in a week (possibly due to the popularity of the infamous “50 Shades of Grey”).
Kasabian is unstoppable since its debut in 2004 – last year they were headliners of the Glastonbury Festival, which has confirmed it as one of the most successful British bands of the world. Kasabian has won awards like the Best British Group at the 2010 BRIT Awards, the NME Awards for the Best Live Band (2007), the Best Album (2010 and 2015), the Best British Band (2012 and 2015), and the Q Award for the Best Act In The World Today in 2010 and 2014.
Nero is a team of two British artists / producers, finding inspiration in the sounds of dubstep, d’n’b and electro house. Their second album was finished in March – we’ll probably have the chance to hear some of the new stuff at the Sziget 2015. Kraftklub mixes indie, pop, rock and punk elements into its dynamic tunes. They are considered one of the best young bands in Germany – we’ll see about that in August, I guess.
Sigma is another duo from the UK – Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie have a more melodic drum’n’bass sound. They will arrive with a live show on the Sziget stage. Hernan Cattano is considered the king of latino house. He is the highest rated Argentinian electronic music artist, inspiring generations of artists. Ellen Allien is a DJ, producer and designer from Germany – she is one of the most successful artist on the Berlin electronic music scene, and has attended some of the most important electro events all over the world.
Damian Lazarus mixes electronica, hip-hop, funk, soul and deep underground techno – he is considered one of the world’s best underground DJ’s by the DJ Magazine.
Laura Jones is one of the most popular artists from Leeds, with performances in Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Miami on her CV. She has original tunes and remixes, too – worthy of attention, I must say. Function – Dave Sumner – is present on the scene for over two decades. He is the resident DJ of the Berghain club in Berlin, and he has published his debut album in 2013.
Stadium X is another duo (there seem to be many of these in this year’s lineup) who’s Howl At The Moon made it to the first place on Beatport. And last, but not least, Lucas & Steve, the Dutch duo who have debuted in 2010. They have potential – you should keep an eye on them in 2015, and not just during the Sziget Festival 2015.
What do you think of the announcement? What else would you have wished for?