After a lot of speculation, as well as a few artists confirming their presence, Sziget has finally revealed a new batch of artists to perform at its stages. Some of them are returning names – think Kasabian, Interpol, Leningrad, and others. Without further ado, here is the list of the names that were freshly revealed through Sziget’s official Facebook page:
- Billy Talent
- Jamie Cullum
- Charli XCX
- The Kills
- Clean Bandit
- The Pretty Reckless
- Danny Brown
- Crystal Fighters
- Fritz Kalkbrenner
- Cashmere Cat
- Jagwar Ma
- Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
- Maurice West
Kasabian needs no introduction: the band played at Sziget quite frequently in the last ten years. The band was expected to release a new album last year but apparently it didn’t – hopefully, this year’s performance will have fresh materials from it to show.
Electronica producer Flume (Australia) is at his first visit to Sziget. With two albums and two EPs, Flume is collected quite a few awards in the last few years, including two Grammy nominations.
Interpol needs no introduction, I guess. They will play on the A38 stage as part of their tour celebrating 15 years since the release of their first album, “Turn on the Bright Lights”.
Billy Talent is another returner. The band had a new album released in 2016.
Singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum is at his first performance at Sziget. With several albums under his belt, the jazz-pop artist has collected quite a few awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination for the Best Original Song in 2007.
Charly XCX – born Charlotte Emma Aitchison – is a singer, songwriter, and actress from the UK. She debuted in 2008, performing at warehouse raves in London. Today she prepares for the release of her third studio album. Her music is a mix of various electronic pop genres, influenced by an incredible variety of performers ranging from Britney Spears to Björk and Quentin Tarantino.
The Kills almost made it to Sziget 2009 – they backed out then, hopefully, they won’t this time. The band has released a new album last year, so they will have quite a few fresh things to show in 2017.
Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” was nominated for two BRIT Awards – the one for the best British single and the one for the best video of the year. By the time they take the stage at Sziget 2017, we’ll know whether they won them or lost them.
Metronomy is another UK act playing instrumental electronic music. The band has quite a nice list of festivals on its resume: Primavera Sound and Roch Werchter in 2014, and Festival No. 6 in 2015.
Detroit rapper Danny Brown returns to Sziget after a great performance in 2014. He also released a new album in 2016, so he’ll have enough fresh rhymes to tell.
Crystal Fighters were present at Sziget 2016 and two years before. Their new album was released last October, though, which means they’ll have fresh tunes for this year’s attendees.
The Pretty Reckless’ “Take Me Down” was nominated for the iHeartRadio Music Awards for the Best Rock Song in 2016.
Fritz Kalkbrenner is the younger brother of producer Paul Kalkbrenner, and a DJ on his own. This will be his first time at Sziget, although he already spun at VOLT (2013) and Balaton Sound (2012).
Leningrad needs no introduction, especially for those attending Sziget 2016. They will probably perform on the World Music Stage again.
Cashmere Cat, or Magnus August Høiberg by his real name, is a Norwegian DJ, producer, and musician. He released his debut album in 2016.
Jagwar Ma is an Australian psychedelic dance trio, consisting of Gabriel Winterfield (lead vocalist, guitarist), Jono Ma (guitar, beats, synths, production), and bass guitarist Jack Freeman. After a pretty busy festival season and some sold-out shows in various countries, they finally make it to Sziget this summer.
The Amsterdam DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano has been producing remixes since 2012. S.O.T.U., their collaboration with Nicky Romero, was quite well received by the Dutch and Benelux party scene. This year they’ll get to show off their talent on the Island.
Last but not least, Maurice West, another artist at his first time at Sziget. A young DJ and producer, with a lot of inspiration (and support) from big EDM names like Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell, and others (under the same label), this youngster is ready to set the Sziget dancefloors on fire.
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Update: according to the official Sziget Italia website, Kasabian, Billy Talent, Jamie Cullum, The Kills, Clean Bandit and Metronomy will perform on the Main Stage, Interpol, The Pretty Reckless, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Flume, Crystal Fighters, Jagwar Ma, Charli XCX, Danny Brown will play on A38, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Maurice West will mix in the Arena, while Leningrad will return to the World Music Stage.