After almost a week of hype surrounding the newly announced names for Sziget 2017 (and a few leaks here and there), here is the official list of artists and performers who will join those already announced on the various stages of the festival’s 25th-anniversary edition. As it was hinted, PJ Harvey is one of the names announed.
- PJ Harvey
- Rudimental live
- George Ezra
- The Naked And Famous
- Steve Aoki
- White Lies
- Mando Diao
- ANDY C
- The Strypes
- Nothing But Thieves
- Bear’s Den
- Dubioza kolektiv
- De Staat
- Valentino Khan
- Weval live
PJ Harvey is a UK-based singer, songwriter, musician, writer, poet, and composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. She began her career in 1988 and has gone solo in the mid-1990s. During her career, she gathered two Mercury Awards for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000 and Let England Shake (2011), along with eight BRIT Awards nominations, seven Grammy nominations, and two albums on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.
alt-J needs no introduction. The band’s Sziget 2017 gig was leaked yesterday.
Rudimental was added to the lineup of Sziget 2015 after the unfortunate cancellation of Hegyalja Festival in the same year. This didn’t make the band any less welcome as an addition to the lineup of the 2015 edition, and won’t make them any less valuable as an addition to this year’s festival. The English electronic band consists of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith (Leon Rolle), who have all known each other since their early childhood, growing up on the same street and attending the same school.
George Ezra also comes from England. Influenced by Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, Ezra plays rock, folk rock, roots rock, and blues on stage. He has a BRIT Awards and a Teen Choice Awards nomination under his belt.
The Naked and Famous has chosen the perfect name to reflect today’s popular culture. The New Zealand based indie electronic band has released three studio albums so far, gathering most of 2011’s New Zealand Music Awards with their “Passive Me, Aggressive You” album.
Steve Aoki doesn’t need to be introduced to EDM fans either. The Japanese-American DJ has mixed at Sziget 2012. He prepares to release a new “Neon Future” studio album this year, so expect him to show some new materials at Sziget 2017.
While Lies will return to Sziget after a great performance in 2011. The London-based post-punk band has released a new album last year, so expect them to play tunes you’ve never heard live this year.
Mando Diao is a Swedish pop-rock band with most of its fan base from Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. They haven’t released any new materials since 2014’s Ælita.
NERVO (Miriam and Olivia Nervo) are coming to Sziget from Down Under. The pair only has one studio album but they have participated at festivals all over the world, including Tomorrowland Brasil in 2015 and the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2016.
Anne-Marie is an English singer-songwriter best-known for her collaborations with Clean Bandit and Rudimental. In 2016, she was nominated for multiple awards at MTV Music Awards and the MOBO Awards.
ANDY C is an English DJ, producer, and record label founder. He is a prominent drum-and-bass DJ, with a Best DJ title in the 2011 Drum and Bass Arena Awards and an Ambassador of Bass Music in the 2013 Bass Music Awards under his belt.
Watsky is a poet and hip-hop artist from California, performing slam poetry since the mid-2000s. Since his debut he has released five studio albums, four mixtapes, two live albums, and nine singles, and has played characters like William Shakespeare, Doctor Who, and Edgar Allan Poe in the “Epic Rap Battles of History” series.
The Strypes is an Irish rock band formed in 2010. Their 2015 studio album called “Little Victories” has reached the #1 spot in the Irish Charts and #17 in the UK Charts.
Nothing But Thieves is an Essex-based alternative rock band with a style similar to The Foals and Civil Twilight. Their songs have been featured in video games like Madden NFL 16 (EA), FIFA 16, NHL 17, and TV series like “The Vampire Diaries”.
LÉON is a Swedish indie pop singer and songwriter coming from Stockholm. She made her debut in 2015, with an EP that gained the support of Chris Anokute and Katy Perry.
Bear’s Den is a London-based folk rock and alternative rock band active since 2012. During the years, the band released two studio albums. The band has received an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2015.
Dubioza kolektiv is a band from Bosnia and Herzegovina known for their unique approach to hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. With seven studio albums, and a ton of awards under their belt, they will most likely perform at Sziget 2017’s World Music Stage.
Chef’Special is a Haarlem-based Dutch indie pop band with two studio albums and three EPs under their belt. Last year, they tourned with Twenty One Pilots on their Emotional Roadshow World Tour as an opening act.
De Staat is another Dutch band playing alternative rock. Last year, the band supported Muse on its “Drones World Tour” in Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Belgium.
Valentino Khan is an artist with many talents, making everything from “hip-hop anthems” to “dance music hits”. The artist has multiple collaborations under his belt.
Rone is a French producer and EDM artist with numerous albums, EPs, remixes, and collaborations on his CV. He is best-known for his pioneering work in virtual reality music videos.
Weval is a collaborative project between two Dutch DJs, Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers. The two met and teamed up in 2010 after learning they share the same taste in electronic music.
The list is still incomplete, of course – there are still enough headliners, undercards, and other types of acts to be announced. Sziget might announce more valuable/popular artists ahead of its next price hike, so keep an eye on our website (or Sziget’s official channels) for updates. Still, the lineup of the festival is starting to take shape.