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Announcement: Wiz Khalifa, The Vaccines, Paul Van Dyk @ Sziget 2017

Sziget 2017 announced fresh names to join its 25th anniversary lineup. The list is surprisingly short, with only nine new names being added to the list today.  They are:

  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Rita Ora
  • The Vaccines
  • Alex Clare
  • The Courteeners
  • Paul Van Dyk
  • Bassjackers
  • Dimension
  • Her

Wiz Khalifa needs no introduction. He debuted with his first album in 2006, and gained traction in 2008, when his single “Say Yeah” made it to several charts. To date, he has released seven studio albums, with an eighth being on its way. In 2012, he won a Billboard Music Award (Best New Artist), and took home the “Top Rap Song” award for “”See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth) in 2016. He will perform on Sziget 2017’s Main Stage this August.


Rita Ora broke into the mainstream in 2012 when she was featured in DJ Fresh’ single “Hot Right Now”. Since then, she has released an album, she has landed several movie roles (including one in the “Fifty Shades” franchise), and won several awards in the UK for her work.

The Vaccines is a “platinum-selling” West London indie rock band founded in 2010. During the years, the band has released three studio albums, and won several awards for their work.

Alex Clare, the artist formerly known as “Alexander G. Muertos”, debuted in the UK in 2011 with an album produced by Mike Spencer and Major Lazer. For his single “Too Close”, that peaked at the #4 spot of the UK Singles Chart, he won a “Songwriter of the Year” award in 2014.

The Courteeners is a Middleton (UK) based indie rock band with a decade-long history. The band formed in 2006 and debuted in 2008 with their album “St. Jude”, which was followed by four more.

Paul van Dyk is one of the “big olds” of EDM. He was one of the first “superstar DJs”, and he was the first DJ to receive the inaugural Grammy Award for the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” for his 2003 release Reflections. Between 1994 and 2015, Paul van Dyk has released several studio albums, remix albums, and video albums, and has contributed to the soundtrack of movies like “The Dark Knight”, several video games, and TV shows.

Bassjackers is a Dutch EDM duo active since 2007. In 2015, they occupied the 39th spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list, which is an achievement in itself considering how many DJs are out there.

Dimension is a London-based Electronic music artist, highly appreciated by DnB fans around the world.

Her is a French duo with their second LP to be released this April.

164 thoughts on “Announcement: Wiz Khalifa, The Vaccines, Paul Van Dyk @ Sziget 2017

  1. Somebody up there is like “hey szigetnews guys have some cool ideas this year, let’s piss them off”, and they are winning at it

  2. Earlier this week, I was thinking to myself that I should just say WTF and buy my Sziget passes and start getting to work. Then this happens. Vaccines and Courteeners are good, but not great. And the rest? Yikes! I think I’m out for this year.

    This can’t be the last announcement for March, can it?

  3. Really ?

    I was always at least ok with announcements but this year … Worst so far for me, only Dimension interesting.

  4. One headliner realesed, it totally can…
    I just dont know what to say… waiting for news from Camper but right now it’s just that main names are underwhelming and undercards arent that much thing… it’s not about the quantity, it’s that I struggle to find somebody I really NEED TO watch
    Flume is the only one, but it’s not like a one in the world: they could have called Chet Faker and I would have been happier, jts

    I dont know

  5. According to Sziget Italia:

    Main Stage: Wiz Khalifa, Rita Ora
    A38: Alex Clare, Dimension, The Courteeners and The Vaccines.
    Party Arena: Paul Van Dyk e i Bassjackers

    I think that The Vaccinnes and Wiz Will be Headliner

  6. So, looking at the positions on the program page, Wiz Khalifa is a headliner for sure as he’s above Toilet Vegas and WC Mike. I’m also afraid Rita Ora can sub as she’s on the same line as Alt-J.

  7. that’d be also scandalous, Rita Ora as a sub ???? as much as the four headliners yet announced

  8. i hope they win best festival again and everything will be fine again next year , hell we have lighting dragons, and umbrellas and sziget feeling who cares about music….

  9. – 9 spots left out of 28 on Main Stage (3 headliners and 6 openers? – space for Hungarian bands?)
    – only 4 spots left out of 30 on A38 in daytime
    – and only 2 spots left out of 12 on A38 at nighttime (+Hungarian support)
    – many spots in Arena are not taken yet…

  10. So we have:
    MAIN STAGE: 18/28 bands (if -1 and 0 days will have full program).
    Wiz Khalifa
    Kasabian
    Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
    Major Lazer
    PJ Harvey
    Alt-J
    Rita Ora
    Jamie Cullum
    White Lies
    Billy Talent
    Clean Bandit
    Tom Odell (not sure)
    Two Door Cinema Club (not sure)
    The Kills
    Rudimental live
    George Ezra
    Dubioza Kolektiv 
    Metronomy

    A38 bands 26/35:
    Alex Clare
    The Courteeners
    The Vaccines
    The Naked and Famous
    Mando Diao
    Anne-Marie
    Nothing But Thieves
    Léon
    Bear’s Den
    Chef’Special
    De Staat
    The Strypes
    Watsky
    Interpol
    Crystal Fighters
    The Pretty Reckless
    Jagwar Ma
    Charli XCX
    Danny Brown
    Bad Religion
    DJ Shadow
    GusGus
    Kensington
    Mac DeMarco
    Oh Wonder
    Vince Staples

    A38 DJ’s: 9/14
    Dimension
    Andy C
    Weval 
    Flume
    Fritz Kalkbrenner
    Cashmere Cat
    GTA
    Valentino Khan
    Rone

    Arena: 8/14
    Paul Van Dyk
    Bassjackers
    Steve Aoki
    Nervo
    Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
    Maurice West
    Oliver Heldens
    W&W

    It looks like we have around 70-80% of line-up.

  11. World music lineup release will be exciting. Also the other smaller stages to be announced. Loads left to announce. 70-80 of big stage lineup announced

  12. That’s the best looking a38 lineup we have ever had:). Wow look at the size of some of those bands. Many could be mainstage

  13. Not too much quality in that announcement, I’m afraid.

    No high hopes for the remaining three headliners as well…

  14. I guess Mumfords will be day -1 headliner, with billy talent subbing.

    Eminem could be day 0 if the rumors are true.

    Pink or Lana the third headliner.

    Maybe The XX didn’t want to play 4 nights in a row or were asking some extra money to do so, and Sziget chose this nonsense Khalifa. Still can’t understand why they didin’t book Chance instead, and why they don’t book fu*king Moderat; the guys play EVERY festival. This doesn’t let me sleep at night seriously

  15. Every Sziget headliner until now (except Kasabian) = crap. The problem is that I find Kasabian maybe one of the weakest possible rock headliners. We don’t have proper rock & we don’t have proper hip-hop headliners. We have only mainstream headliners. I hope for a miracle for the last 3, because maybe I’ll sell my ticket. The real Budapest headliners are Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters and Green Day (I already have tickets for those) and I can see the smaller acts I’m interested in at smaller festivals, for cheaper ticket prices. That’s the truth & it has to be spoken.

  16. @Miguel: Chance The Rapper is almost unknown in Hungary meanwhile Wiz Khalifa is very popular, this is the answer :/

  17. LoL implying Sziget does care about the comments of the hungarians. Sziget is too costy for most of the hungarians fellas, they are totally out of the target.
    Volt, Strand and BMyLake are hungarian targetted. So far Sziget is casual targetted and Im no casual and Im wondering if I really need to spend this 400+ euros for the festival this year, which is already fullfilled with expense and stuff, honestly

  18. Don’t you think that this announcement definitely rules out Eminem ? 2 hip-hop headliners would be quite strange…

  19. SkaPanda: that’s tragic, but thanks for the info. It’s hard to understand the dimension of artist in other countries sometimes. I’m already crying about this, but I’ll cry more in a few years when Chance will be recognized as one of the biggest rap artist and I’ll say “I had the opportunity to see him but I got wiz khalifa instead, lol”

    Vomax: Macklemore and Outkast in 2014, if you call Macklemore hip hop.

  20. @Yelo: 90% of the day tickets bought by Hungarians and there are almost 10000 student passes too only for Hungarian students from the 50000. Of course not Hungarians are the main target but it’s not true they’re don’t care us.

    I’m going to Sziget since 2009 and the undercard is one of the best so far for me, I don’t care too much about big headliners and the World Stage names are still to be announced which is my favorite stage at this festival.

    I’m writing this because Hungarians are not just metalheads or EDM and pop lovers, and we only can see artists like PJ Harvey, Metronomy, The Kills, The Courteeners or Naaman only at Sziget in Hungary, the bigger names are coming more often than this medium-sized names. This is why worths Sziget for me every
    forints but I understand your opinions and I don’t say you are wrong.

    (Sorry for my bad English)

  21. Wouldnt actually… hip hop seems to have raised its position in priority of Sziget this year. Also, Eminem is on a whole different level in term of fame from ANY other names they can call which has been already called by any other festival so far.

    This being said, even tho I havent a good opinion about the names released today, I tried to give them a try by watching some of them live on youtube.

    Wiz Khalifa is ridicolous. When I think of an hip hop live performance I think of Tech N9ne, Aesop Rock, Outkast, to be extreme maybe Vince Staples, for sure not that swaggy shat Wiz is on. Sorry

    Rita Ora is bad also for a pop mainstream performer. She really cant hold the stage, even worse than Ellie Goulding. If they really needed to get a Pop mainstream artist they probably should have invested on Jessie J or Little Mix. The music is already in playback for an half, at least give somebody who can make a show.

    The Vaccines are good but we already had Kensington, The Strypes, Nothing But Thieves, DeStaat, Mando Diao and Chef’Special which IMO does the exactly work (and, so, show): is that really necessary? Nope, They are good, but nope, it’s no use to take 7 SEVEN bands totally similar meanwhile there are whole genres which havent yet a slot dedicated – talking about variety.

    Ah did I said 7? Nah, I meant 8; The Courteneers are on the list aswell…

    Paul Van Dyk is the real deal of this announcement, and it’s totally wrong that he’s gonna open for some buttonpresser like Steve Aoki. For sure he deserved the A38 more than GTA deserves.

    Dimension is okay, good combo with Andy C. Now that we good with DnB, bring f*ckin Moderat and Aphex Twin, and if possible Angerfist. I dunno, do stuff, Sziget, do stuff.

    Alex Clare is cool, not my kind tho, but probably the only A38’s stuff in the daytime which deserve to be actually announced.

    Her is a band which should belong to Europe Stage. Still dont understand why italians bands get ZERO love on major stages, meanwhile every year we have some totally unknown from france or so who takes a slot on A38. This being said, they are good, for real!

    .

    Sziget really need to get a grip on the end, because this year there are bands touring DURING the Sziget, which the organizers seems to avoid deliberately and that’s a real bad signal, at least to me, and I kinda devoted my last 3 years and half to this festival.

  22. @SkaPanda, you are right, I exagerrated in the analysis… fact is that most of the hungarians I’ve came to know through the years have talked about the Sziget as a very expansive investment for the whole week, so I ended up thinking that the organization aim at hungarians when they call the big names (Rihanna + Guetta in 2016, Avicii in 2015), because Im pretty sure that hungarians are the ones who decide in the end if a day goes sold out or doesnt go sold out (hard to believe that a lot of somebodies travel the europe just for a day of festival).
    In this scenario, of course, Khalifa is a hungarian-casual-aimed pick: cases are that he has been really appreciated by his appareance at Volt last year.

    Ah, dont be afraid of your english: mine is worse 😀

  23. “LoL implying Sziget does care about the comments of the hungarians. Sziget is too costy for most of the hungarians fellas, they are totally out of the target.”
    Yelo, that’s actually not true, since in Hungary most festival goers are either high school and university students, and Sziget student ticket is half of the normal price so it’s pretty okay

  24. New names for Frequency:

    Placebo (Best Of 20 years) – Breaking Benjamin – Robin Schulz – Clean Bandit – Alan Walker – Galantis – Booka Shade – What So Not – JP Cooper – Hospital Records pres.: logistics, Keeno, Hugh Hardie, Kimyan Law, LowQui Mc

  25. august festival season is officially dead in Europe, all the previously good festivals struggle to have decent names… look at reading/pukkelpop atc they are awful…

  26. Thanks for the infos Yelo!! Good to know for Crystal Fighters especially! I’d rather my favorite A38 acts not play on the last day, ‘cos I want to end it all with a sunrise at the collosseum…

  27. All confirmed dates so far:

    08.09: Billy Talent, Dubioza Kolektiv
    08.10: Jamie Cullum, Alex Clare, Kensington, Watsky, W&W, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Chef’Special, Klangstof, Dimension
    08.11: Bear’s Den
    08.12: Clean Bandit, Mando Diao, Bad Religion, Crystal Fighters, Roosevelt, Tamikrest (self-confirmed)
    08.13: White Lies, The Pretty Reckless, Steve Aoki, Rone, Brutus, The Charm The Fury, Chico Trujillo (self-confirmed)
    08.14: Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, George Ezra, Mac DeMarco, Jagwar Ma
    08.15: Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Alt-J, Interpol, The Kills, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Leningrad, De Staat, Tre allegri ragazzi morti

    Source: http://elmenyem.hu/content/sziget-fesztival-2017/

  28. I add some dates (mainly for Europe Stage) 🙂
    9/8 – Käptn Peng & Die Tentakel von Delphi, Motorpsycho (but it could be also the firts date of festival…)
    10/8 – Brutto
    11/8 – DJ Shadow, The Bombay Royale, Van Holzen
    12/8 – Weval, Bubituzak
    15/8 – Leyya

  29. only chance for Moderat to play is August 10 at midnight. There’s no othere days available in their schedule (or in Sziget’s)

  30. Wont bet on it, sometimes the site say that the artist will play the first day of the concert (Crystal Fighters in first place were announced for the 9th on their site).
    In any case, I think that will be Rudimental or Tom Odell to play the second slot of day -1

  31. Do we actually think Sziget will get The xx? In and around Europe that week with some free dates over sziget. Not player a Hungarian date on this tour.

  32. At this point, I hope they wont be reserved. Too many weak headliners in this edition, the last 3 need to be strong enough to carry the whole festival on their shoulders…

  33. I really think Tom Odell will play on the 9th or 10th because he’s playing in Slovakia on the 11th and then in UK.

    Hungary > Slovakia > UK makes more sense than Slovakia > UK > Hungary…

  34. @Yelo: I don’t think at all we’ll get 3 strong headliners. I’m not being negative or complaining, I’m just realistic. It’s now clear that they’re taking time, they haven’t got a good poster. The best we can have is one big name for me. And then we have to hope that 1 out of 3 is not a shite DJ. So the Xx would be not bad, they’re not so big but at least some good music on that stage.

  35. @Bateman: good one but I prefer the new single of Alt J… hope all the tracks from the new album will follow the trend 🙂

    @Miguel: I dont expect three good headliners either (also cause we lack of the third dj so far and the only name big enough + quality is deadmau5 IMO). There are many good names still around and that should be a good news, since in the latest years we spent time complaining about the lineup and about the fact that outside there wasn’t much: this year at least we have the hope, and hope is costless – yet it brings responsability to Sziget, tho

  36. yeah, still hope for Khalifa to coheadline with deadmau5. So we can have another 3 proper heads (mumford will be one for sure)

  37. It’s incredible…XX,Mumford e sons,Eminem,Placebo,Jamiroquai,Moderat,Pixies,Aphex Twin,Royksopp,At the drive in,Cypress Hill,Iggy pop,Offsprind,Prodigy;Band of Horses,Sparks;Lana del Rey,Frank Ocean,Ryan Adams,Bastille,Chance the Rapper,Marshmello,Parov Stelar,Elbow,Skepta and many many other are touring in August in Europe and they have failed to take even one! Someone at the booking have horrible musical tastes and should be fired, that’s the truth …

  38. Hiring bands is tough. Record labels have particular exclusive deals with festival companies. Give the bookers a break. They are not trying to produce a crap festival. I’m pretty happy with many of the bands so far. Would cry for joy if pixies and elbow were announced

  39. So Rudimental are subbing day 0 or day 1… They played at 17.45 last time and their popularity went down in the last two years… This lineup just goes cheaper and cheaper

  40. Ben, I like your positivy, I try to keep positive too, but fact is that in the course of the years the situation for Sziget only went better and better (budget, fame, deals, access to determinate new circuits) and their attitude in front of it is clear – not necessarily good or evil, just clear. And fact is that most of the people on this site share a pool of tastes in music which goes from pure metal and punk to trip hop, hip hop to EDM and IDM; I mean, I can tell that this community is gold just because I feel that anybody (well most of us) will appreciate something as long as it brings quality to the product.

    I’m pretty sure that on higher levels they read us, just because this is one of the biggest non official site about Sziget (along with the eFestival’s forum), and I know for sure that they want this kind of feedback too. So, if you got a whole community pissed off by your choice, not because of the choices themselves, but because there are better options that apparently have been erased from the list, I think that you, festival, should take it.

  41. I am dissapointed from the lineup til now….the headlineres are ok….ok for a normal year…ok…not good….but not for the 25th edition….I will see a lot of bands…but the most of the I saw before of course….the names of some bands are ok…but nothing special I really wanted to see….and the lineup from the europestage is also boring…specially when you compare it with the years before…
    I hope for the worldstage and the hungarianstage as well….but also there the quality of bands was going down the last years….

    yes…the circus is good…and I will see it….and the atmosphere will be great…I know…but I like it..when there is one til five bands which touch anyway….

    there are lots of boring bands…sh…it….but yes…we have to look positive….I will go deeper into Budapest…more SPA….more ruin pubs…..more alcohol….even when that is not what I prefere….

    fingers cross for the next anouncements…..

  42. Someone sent an e-mail to Sziget requesting rock headliners, such as Metallica or Rammstein… and received this answer:

    “Dear *X*,

    Thank you for sending us your thoughts!

    Trust us, we will make Sziget 25 an amazing festival, however, as booking is really complex and is depending on many factors (if the artist is on tour, if the tour is in Europe, the the timing is good, and if they are willing to play at festivals, etc.), we cannot promise anything regarding the mentioned names. However, we will announce amazing artists shortly, and it is also recommened to check the fresh faces of the line-up, so future stars are coming to perform this season. 🙂

    Have a wonderful day, we are looking froward to seeing you at Sziget!”

    LOL! I bet that the best case scenarios is that we’ll get 1 great headliner, but it won’t be a rock act. I’m starting to fear that there won’t be huge interest on ticketswap to buy 7-day tickets for Sziget and I won’t be able to sell my ticket.

  43. Wow that email is püré bs, but what elé can you expecting from sziget Who know nothing about booking

  44. I understand what everyone is saying but the lineup for sziget generally is getting bigger and bigger every year. Only exception I can think of was from 2011 to 2012. I have faith that the festival will be amazing as I’ve loved it every year for the last 10. If I was to change afew things- move world music back to the area with the hill. Make magic mirror bigger, and reduce the number of people down to 80,000. 90 is crazy. Or
    Increase the size of the festival
    Area. I always thought another main stage in the area where the camper vans are would spread people out a little. Could thefestival extend down around the golf
    Course, maybe have some indoor stages if they use some of the buildings on the south of the island.

  45. The festival reached it’s limit in terms of size, the rest of the island cannot be rented by Sziget

  46. So far (yet 8 among the most important names ain’t announced), 2017 is lower than 2014-15-16 at least; even if 2014 had moderately less names, the quality was so superior to let appropriate to say that 2014’s lineup was even bigger than 2017’s (always – so far).

    Probably, talking about a fantasy-sziget, I would enlarge the Main Stage, give a dignity to the A38 and the Europe (which right now are just a cauldron of names put in there for lack of a better place), hunt down for good the Party Arena or at least make it sensed by putting other kind of acts (it’s the third bigger stages, and it has ONLY a genre rappresented, for 30 shows on a week…). Probably I would do my best to bring back the Sziget Eye, to remove the barricades of the Main Stages, change the appearance of the Main Stage (pretty aged IMO), move the Europe Stage in another area, enlarge the Colosseum and give a better selection for beers.

    All in all, I think that beyond the problems that Sziget has in term of lineup-building (which are real, no lies spoken about this, please), in the latest few years the festival suffered of an increasing loss of harmony among the elements. First time I got on the island I felt one with all of the hungarian elements, and the cusines and the music genres and stuff (and it was the year I spent in a more superficial way), so far I feel like that to get on the insland means to make a choice between the folkloristic elements, the plastic elements that any festival brings with his platform and stuff like that, and that’s a real shame.

    P.S. all I’ve been said is only partially influenced by the lack of trust I’m experiencing right now after the last few news about the Sziget 2017’s edition.

  47. so here are some changes sziget should be done, should have done ages ago, in a few points:
    – Main Stage should have 7-8 international acts/day with shorter sets in the afternoon (just like any normal festival would do), starting at 4 is a waste of time,
    – Main Stage should eliminate all of it’s electronic music for good, they have venues for it, and a dedicated festival for it. It’s not for it. period.
    – a38 tent should be/could be transformated into a good a venue with decent quality artists, nothing like nowadays, also should be cleared of electronic music as well.
    – A permanent metal/punk/hardcore/rock/indie/ambient/ stage is a MUST, look at any good festival, they have it.
    – Tribute stage should be demolished as it’s stupid, pointless and even laughable at a festival like sziget.
    – a huge change in the booking team as they are incompetent to do their job in years. They are behind the time like 5 years, and have no idea about quality music in general.
    these are the most important ones.

  48. Totally agree… And i don’t understand why every year they ask our wishlist and then they call Wiz Khalifa as headliner (Yes, i’m angry…)

  49. In my opinion:
    – 5 international acts on main stage would be good. Sziget has a really chilled out atmosphere, long night program, and the weather it’s also veeery hot so nobody would go to Maistage before 4pm.

    – A38 doesn’t really need to have a theme, it’s just the second stage, like in every festival. In the past I liked very much its lineup, but I agree they need to remove all the dance/trap/dubstep in it, and put it in Party Arena. Good listenable electronic on the contrary (like Flume) is very suitable for A38 imo.

    – So the Party Arena would be for mid/big EDM acts plus all this trap wave Sziget seems to like. In this way the arena would be more various and they wouldn’t need to fill it with unknown edm “copy-paste” djs. But when we are talking of people like Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Tiesto ecc, they of course have to be on Main because (like it or not) they’re headliners nowadays.

    – Europe stage is a good thing, but I saw some very sad and empty gigs there sometimes, so I’d call acts who are REALLY emerging in their country and already have the potential to grow internationally.

    – Get rid of tribute stage. Build some smaller tribute/rock/metal/folk stages associated with the bars so we don’t have to listen to the same prerecorded edm sets in every spot.

    -Colosseum NEEDS to be bigger; the names are always very good but this genre is growing and Szigets also needs to call some bigger heads like Papa Sven.

    – Dreher beer is a good deal, they are a sponsor to the festival and the beer is cheap. When I want some good craft beer I go to dedicated pubs, at Sziget I have other priorities.

    – they always talk about investing in art, but I continue to see the same installations and attractions again and again. They need to be more creative in that, recycling is good but is some innovative way.

  50. Hi Guys,
    I’ve been lurking for a while now, hopefully this year should be my third Sziget. Kinda fell in love haha.
    I’ve had an idea, since Gorillaz announced their own festival do you think they will tour? If yes two of their collaborators on the latest album (leaked today) are playing Sziget already: Danny Brown and Vince Staples. Do you think there is a chance? Sziget always like to bring collaborators on big upcoming things.

  51. Agree with everything Miguel says. Sziget used to have 5 bands on the main stage. But the weather can be unbearablely hot. So maybe get a38 playing live bands till 3-4 in the morning. Use the dance arena as a band venue from 4 till midnight before the party starts with hardcore aircon. Increase the seating areas in line with the increase in people. It used to be very easy to find somewhere to crash for a drink and a chill. I would like Another stage similar size to the arena playing medium size alternive. Think john peel stage at glasto. Increase size of
    Circus outdoor stage and have 1 massive indoor circus instead of 2 small. Maybe run a ticket system
    With the circuses so you can pick up a ticket earlier in the day to return for the show. Then have a stand by line for no shows. Increase food quality- I don’t mind paying a little more for something delvicous( maybe add some pop up resturants from Budapest).

    Really important. Theme the main stage- maybe island theme with palm trees and waterfalls for island of freedom. Also theme the central tower.

  52. I like this thread!

    @ffsf: disagree with most of the things you said, as usually, but I’m happy to reply as well:
    – Hungary’s weather in August make hard to bands to play at 1 pm and to the crowd to follow them. I remember Gogol Bordello at 4 pm in 2015 and the crowd was following the shade. So, no, 7-8 bands is impossible. 5 would be perfect.
    In a perfect world, also, the Budapest mayor would not piss off and make Main Stage to play another slot after the headliner, so we can have 7 instrumental artists and 7 BIG EDM players (because you cant put Deadmau5 in a tent, the atmosphere and the show would suffer because of it).
    -Agree with the Tribute Stage to disappear, really a waste of time and spot and money and chance, especially when they cover bands which are ACTUALLY touring in that time. Maybe also a minor stage with some good metal/rock/punk names – most of them are getting cheaper as the genre is not anymore mainstream ‘cept for some names – but honestly I dont really feel the absence of it, I would be happy with a bigger representation of it in the A38/MS.

    @FAB lol, m2

    @Miguel: Agree on every word, but A38 is not a second main stage. that’s wrong. A38 arise from the club, which plays mostly alternative music, and I always saw that as an island of Alt music in opposition to the Pop Rock Main Stage (that was its name in 2014, tho), so okay, I would be happy with minor main stage’s acts and alternative instrumental stuff on the daytime and weird IDM Electro stuff on the night time – even more when you have the normie-stage at Party Arena. Also, this year underlined the fact that A38 nighttime is totally a mess: GTA is not bigger than Steve Aoki/Oliver Heldens in any possible universe, it’s just a random name put there because reasons.
    Also, Europe Stage SHOULD be the second main stage, at this point, arising is importance also over A38 if needed, and the Lightstage or something similar should be invested to bring on a bigger scene emerging bands.
    Totally agree with the art’s issue, they are

    @Vojtrrr: That makes sense and I thought about it. It’s all about their choice, and Sziget’s decision, but every year in the latest ones we had 1-2 artists worth 1 million bucks(KoL+RW in 15, Rihanna+Muse in 16), so far we lack of this kind of artist, Gorillaz could fit it and would be ace. Gorillaz + Eminem would be massive IMO (“serious” music + pop headliner)

  53. I like this thread!

    @ffsf: disagree with most of the things you said, as usually, but I’m happy to reply as well:
    – Hungary’s weather in August make hard to bands to play at 1 pm and to the crowd to follow them. I remember Gogol Bordello at 4 pm in 2015 and the crowd was following the shade. So, no, 7-8 bands is impossible. 5 would be perfect.
    In a perfect world, also, the Budapest mayor would not piss off and make Main Stage to play another slot after the headliner, so we can have 7 instrumental artists and 7 BIG EDM players (because you cant put Deadmau5 in a tent, the atmosphere and the show would suffer because of it).
    -Agree with the Tribute Stage to disappear, really a waste of time and spot and money and chance, especially when they cover bands which are ACTUALLY touring in that time. Maybe also a minor stage with some good metal/rock/punk names – most of them are getting cheaper as the genre is not anymore mainstream ‘cept for some names – but honestly I dont really feel the absence of it, I would be happy with a bigger representation of it in the A38/MS.

    @FAB lol, m2

    @Miguel: Agree on every word, but A38 is not a second main stage. that’s wrong. A38 arise from the club, which plays mostly alternative music, and I always saw that as an island of Alt music in opposition to the Pop Rock Main Stage (that was its name in 2014, tho), so okay, I would be happy with minor main stage’s acts and alternative instrumental stuff on the daytime and weird IDM Electro stuff on the night time – even more when you have the normie-stage at Party Arena. Also, this year underlined the fact that A38 nighttime is totally a mess: GTA is not bigger than Steve Aoki/Oliver Heldens in any possible universe, it’s just a random name put there because reasons.
    Also, Europe Stage SHOULD be the second main stage, at this point, arising is importance also over A38 if needed, and the Lightstage or something similar should be invested to bring on a bigger scene emerging bands.
    Totally agree with the art’s issue, they are to rest on their laurels

    @Vojtrrr: That makes sense and I thought about it. It’s all about their choice, and Sziget’s decision, but every year in the latest ones we had 1-2 artists worth 1 million bucks(KoL+RW in 15, Rihanna+Muse in 16), so far we lack of this kind of artist, Gorillaz could fit it and would be ace. Gorillaz + Eminem would be massive IMO (“serious” music + pop headliner)

  54. @Yelo

    -It’s not a mayor who piss off the festival, it’s the neighbouring people being pissed off at the festival, in the end it’s in the middle of the city.
    -weather thing is bs, sorry but there are festivals all over the mediterranean who can just do that, Sziget did that with watersprays, if there is will, it can be done. That sad reality that they can’t fullfill the daily 4 with quality. (here come again the quality over quantitiy thing in factor, so yeah a 3 day with quality would be more than enough)

    @Ben
    really the stage’s look is what important?? what is wrong with the people of the 21st century? Why everything is you consumed? it’s goodamn stage who cares how it looks while there is quality music on it….

  55. Gorillaz, Eminem / RHCP & Mumford and Sons. This is how you can save the headliners line-up. Will we get them? I don’t hope for more than one, honestly.

  56. @FFSF people should be a little bit more grateful to an event that brings so much money to a country which all in all, ‘cept for Budapest itself and maybe Balaton, has close to nothing to offer to the casual visitors.
    Also, I agree with Ben, and Im not talking about the Tomorrowland’s stages (god no), but more something like R&L Stages, still sober, yet more majestic.

    @Sziget, names are many, but for the first time in my experience I struggle to think that the best case scenario of Sziget’s organizers is similar to my best case scenario…

  57. Also, and this can be a gamechanging, Sziget Italia put a post about A38:

    A38 dal pomeriggio fino a tarda sera: (A38 from afternoon til late in the evening
    Alex Clare ? Mac DeMarco ? The Pretty Reckless ? DJ Shadow ? GusGus ? The Courteeners ? Jagwar Ma ? Interpol ? Bad Religion ? The Vaccines ? The Naked And Famous ? Mando Diao ? Anne-Marie ? The Strypes ? Nothing But Thieves ? LEON ? Bear’s Den ? Chef’Special ? De Staat ? Watsky ? Crystal Fighters ? Kensington ? Charli XCX ? Danny Brown ? Oh Wonder ? Vince Staples
    A38 di notte! (A38 in the night time)
    Flume ? ANDY C ? Dimension ? FRITZ KALKBRENNER ? Cashmere Cat ? Rone ? WE ARE GTA ? Valentino Khan ? Weval

    This means that
    – DJ Shadow and Crystal Fighters gonna play in the afternoon
    – Flume ain’t headlining (or at least aint playing at 23,45)
    Im confused

  58. I’m hoping for pixies, placebo, gorillaz, prodigy or foo fighters for first night

    Don’t want a pop headliner for day 1 or a dance act.

  59. foo fighters will perform in budapest in june, it is highl unlikely they’ll have a sziget show

  60. I wouldn’t be surprised in a Tankcsapda Budapest summer exclusive it would be the icing on the cake

  61. Just to grow some hype, here’s a list of the candidates that come to my mind:
    – Eminem
    – The XX
    – Mumford and Sons
    – Jay Z
    – Pink
    – Frank Ocean
    – Lana del Rey
    – Jamiroquai
    – deadmau5
    – Pixies
    – Placebo
    – Arcade Fire
    – Justice
    – Phoenix
    – The Killers
    – The Weeknd
    – Depeche Mode
    – Radiohead
    – System of a Down
    – Biffy Clyro
    – Kings of Leon
    – The Chainsmoker
    – Ed Sheeran
    – Gorillaz
    – Aerosmith
    – Run DMC
    – Justin Bieber
    – Bon Iver
    – Green Day
    – Foo Fighters

    Now, let’s take the Occam’s Razor:
    a one artist-announcement means we usually have one of the first three names on the ticket (Rihanna, Robbie Williams), so we are looking for a name who makes a lot of noise. This rule out, IMO: The XX (not really a scoop in the panorama of august), Pink (I dont think it’s such a scoop, nor in Hungary nor in Europe), Lana del Rey, Phoenix, Run DMC, Jamiroquai, Pixies (not big enough), Kings of Leon (not a news to Sziget, and also, Sziget seems not to re-book major headliners in the latest years), Bon Iver (not too mainstream for this kind of announcement)
    We have left: Eminem, Mumford and Sons, Jay Z, Frank Ocean, deadmau5, Placebo, Arcade Fire, Justice, The Killers, The Weeknd, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, The Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran, Gorillaz, Aerosmith, Justin Bieber, Bon Iver, Green Day, Foo Fighters.

    Now, let’s rule out all the people who already have a date in Hungary / won’t be in Europe during august. So, we rule out: Depeche Mode (22 May in Budapest), Green Day (18 June in Budapest), Foo Fighters (26 June in Budapest), Arcade Fire, The Killers, Radiohead, System of a Down, The Chainsmokers, Aerosmith, Bon Iver (no tour in August), Justice, The Weeknd (4 to 6 August in Canada), Ed Sheeran (10 august in LA), Justin Bieber 5 august in Cali, 12 august in Colorado)
    I save from the list Gorillaz, as they dont really have a tour so far, so they could be the ace in the sleeve

    Who remains are: Eminem, Mumford and Sons, Jay Z, Frank Ocean, deadmau5, Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Gorillaz.

    You want me to stay positive? Tomorrow we’ll have Eminem or Jay Z. At worse deadmau5
    You want me to dream? Gorillaz.
    You want me to be negative? Pick one between the leftovers.

  62. Mumford and sons is not big enough to have a higher ticketprice. So they are ruled out too… Still i think they wont come up with one of these names.

  63. Guys, am I right that as soon as headliner announced, sziget will announce when tickets for -1 days are on sale.

    If so, I think that it should be a huge act.

  64. They needed it, because Dubiosa Kolektiv – Tom Odell/Rudimental – Billy Talent aint the best possible lineup for the day

  65. @Einzelganger: when I asked Sziget italia about day -1 and day 0 tickets they told me that these tickets will be available soon, and that they don’t know if they’re gonna have a bigger price. So not necessarily a huge act

  66. Someone from the management team of a smaller festival told me few minutes ago that they also know that Gorillaz will tour in 2018 only. Now I hope that they’ll have them as exclusive or that they will be proved wrong…

  67. Rammstein in reaction to the last announcement critical makes more sense than Pink.

    However… Sziget staff said this things to a friend of yours who was asking for Rammstein:

    “Dear *X*,

    Thank you for sending us your thoughts!

    Trust us, we will make Sziget 25 an amazing festival, however, as booking is really complex and is depending on many factors (if the artist is on tour, if the tour is in Europe, the the timing is good, and if they are willing to play at festivals, etc.), we cannot promise anything regarding the mentioned names. However, we will announce amazing artists shortly”

    You posted this some days ago, right? I don’t think I will answer this if I had Rammstein booked

  68. If you google rammstein at sziget 2017 you will find stuff…. 9th of august… just sayin…

  69. You’re right, it wasn’t a friend though, it was only a comment of someone who is in a Sziget Facebook group. However, I see Sziget’s staff answer as something neutral, instead of a rejection or an approval.

    Maybe there is also a dose of doubt regarding rock headliners, because they said that they “can’t promise” the mentioned names. But there is a dose of hope too, because they promised we’ll get “amazing artists shortly”.

    If Rammstein are amazing enough for them, maybe they can play Sziget.

  70. @Einzelganger: Those are facebook events only, created by fans, “to get Rammstein for Sziget”.

  71. @FAB That’s just the fb event created by fans. It has the same text and photo. These sh*t event pages usually share these events even it’s not real…

  72. @MV

    “The famous band Take That as you’ve never visited Hungary . It is time to change this !!!!
    Everyone ‘s help is needed , ” one for all , all for one ” 🙂 ;)”

    I think that says it all…

  73. I don’t think so… Rammstein told the press before that they’ll be touring all summer long, but they didn’t announce yet any other dates after the 13th of July. Oh, and that guy also mentioned that not only the Budapest date was deleted from Spotify, there were other tour dates removed too.

  74. Any hints??? Really hoping for a total curveball like the Gorillaz or Daft Punk. Either of those names would make up for and explain the [mostly] disappointing names so far, as they are both once-in-a-lifetime type acts.

  75. I think the headliner will be as disappointing as the names we already know. So I think it will be P!nk because she fits the description pretty well.

  76. Glasgow summer sessions went SOLD OUT this evening. Maybe Sziget had the right to announce Eminem?

  77. Wow. This is wishful thinking, but maybe Sziget had planned to announce Eminem further down the road, but with Glasgow Summer Sessions sold out and all the hate they’re getting about the lineup, they are going to release him earlier. They did, after all, just have an announcement less than a week ago, and Sziget is not really known to do announcements close together like this. Fingers crossed!!

  78. Day -1 and Day 0 tickets are online at normal prices.
    No Eminem for day 0, probably Mumford or some DJ

  79. Worst headliners ever.
    I’d rather have good co-headline than them getting SH*T just because it’s a big name.
    It’s gonna be my last year, I wanted to stop at 5 but you lost my respect.

    I know I’ll have fun, and the smaller names are great, but 1- the headliners could’ve been better; 2- the undercard could be waaaay better only with Moderat-Glass Animals and a few others.

    Cheers

  80. To be fair, can Pink be worse than Rihanna? No. She puts on a good show, but its just not what this festival needs. The lineup is just boring. Couple good shows in the A38, but the main stage is just a drag.

    Looks like I’m going to Open’er instead.

  81. Honestly I don’t think she is the worst act in the august circuit, neither the worst headliner on our poster. I’ll give her a try because I think she can surprise me like Robbie Williams did. But the problem is that the lineup needed to be saved. On a normal lineup she would be very welcome for me, but this is not a normal one

  82. @Jeff K, I dont give a sh*t about Pink being more or less powerfull than Rihanna: they mistaken in first place giving a million bucks to that scam in 2016. And now what, you keep on your road of plastification of the festival? Oh cmon man, this is really pissing over years of attempts to get clients faithful in you. Also, 2016 was “weak” in term of heads, but still got Chems and Muse, this year seems like that the majority of the worth-the-bill names on the MS came from the immediately past years (Kasabian, Alt J, Rudimental) and the rest is just a picking the worse names among the ones in august circuit.
    Undercards matters, but there is a raise of the prices which is totally unjustified so far and zero commitment from the higher levels to give us something we, the people who went there for years also for the lineup, can be interested in.
    Dan Panaitescu should be turning over in his grave, at this point.

  83. @Yelo, Totally agree. Last year was weak. This year is pathetic. I’m just saying that while I am not really a fan of Pink, she’s on the same level as Sia was last year. She’s not bad at a festival like Sziget, but when she’s supposed to be the #1 draw, its weak.

    C’est la vie. There will be another Sziget next year.

  84. Don’t be negative guys. Ok Pink is not Ramnstein or other headbanging’s stuff but it’s not worst than Rihanna and we already know that the -1 spot it’s reserved to pop star, so analizyng all the likehood picks (like Justin Bieber or Nicki Minaj) this one is the best that they could do. BTW i suppose other headliners spot will be pulled from a good rock band (maybe RHCP or The Offspring) and, i hope, a metal band (Marilyn Manson and Korn are touring in August). Please no Mumford of other indie stuff: this lineup is so “soft”.

    Ps: if you don’t like Pink music, think about Pink’s crowd (full of singing and raged girl ahahah). I guess you will revalue her ahah

  85. @Cesare -1 spot for pop stars? Last year there were The Chemical Brothers, in 2014 there were Blink-182 and before 2014 it was an hungarian music day. Only in 2015 we got a pop headliner.

    Anyway ok, Pink is probably the best name we could get among the “pop stars” in terms of music, but certainly we were expecting something a lot different.

  86. @JeffK , point is that she’s 3rd, not 1st, and this means that Kasabian and ML are 1st and 2nd so far, and that’s even worse, because it means that all the MS is under two acts who subheadlined in 2015 (which for sure is an edition which havent shined for quality on the MS). So okay, either they have 2 aces up their sleeve as final 2 headliners (but that would be the most suicidal marketing policy ever made) or they just completely messed up 1) the anniversary 2) a good year 3) the chance to get consacrated in the olympus of the trustworthy festivals here in Europe.
    Because I dont believe that Sziget will sold out loudly as they did last year with this names, and spots left open starts to be really a few.

    @Cesare. The fact that make me shiver is that this community through the years translated from a metalhead fanbase to a more openminded fanbase, and that is a great thing for sure. But when I find myself wishing they gonna announce Deadmau5 when 8 years ago Sziget had f**king Tool on the headliner’s slot, well, that’s kind of an exagerration.

  87. Since they dont spend too much money booking artists, i dont understand the all time highest prices

  88. Well, I’m very happy. I would still welcome a decent rock band (RHCP, Offspring as Cesare mentioned, would love Biffy) but for me that’s the best booking of the five headliners so far. She’s not exactly a regular on the European festival scene, so to me the booking feels like it has a bit of weight to it. Plus I wouldn’t consider the two DJs a real ‘pop’ booking – this is pretty much the best pop booking you’re going to get. Have wanted to see her for ages, she will put on a great show.

    I still do agree the headliners look weak but Pink & Kasabian looks a lot better to me than the headliners looked this morning. Hopefully they can add a couple of strong names to finish it off.

  89. @bender my bad, i just wanted to say Sziget book a big pop name, and Pink is the best pick they could do.
    Guys we have to understand that the music taste is changing: i really enjoy a festival with System of a Down, Spliknot, Korn, Rammnstein, Marilyn Manson but the new generation has totally different taste of music, and the goal of Sziget mgmt is sell ticket and make profit, not create the perfect festival for us.

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