In case you needed it, we have the official confirmation that there will be no Hammer World Stage at Sziget Festival 2009. This article in Hammer World magazine (it's in Hungarian) confirms this. The article says that they have been notified by the Sziget organizers that there will be no no Hammer World Stage. There is also some good news. The organizers said that, according to the festival's new structure, the metal bands, Hungarian as well as foreign, will play at some of the other stages. The article also says that the decision is somewhat understandable, as much less people showed
The French Sziget Festival official site's stages page only confirms something we all heard in the last few weeks. There will be no metal, or Hammer stage, as it was called, at this year's Sziget Festival. The stage where Avantasia performed in 2008 and bands like Within Temptation, Napalm Death or Hammerfall made their fans happy two years ago will be no more. What do you guys think about this? Is it a good decision? Will it make some people pass on this year's Sziget Festival?
Another day, another official artist confirmation for this year's Sziget Festival. French metallers Dagoba will play Sziget Festival 2009 on August 12, probably at the Hammerworld Stage. The information is confirmed on Base Productions' (their booking agency) website.
Gary Holt, songwriter and lead guitarist of EXODUS: â€œAfter many years in the planning and discussion stage, we have finally completed the re-recording of â€œBonded By Blood.â€ We have decided to call it â€œLet There Be Bloodâ€ and it is our way of paying homage to Paul Baloff by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We arenâ€™t trying to replace the original, thatâ€™s impossible anyway. We are just giving these songs the benefit of modern production. Itâ€™s something we talked about before Paulâ€™s death and itâ€™s always been important to us to do. We were
Amanda Somerville, Epica's replacement vocalist, has posted a new video blog from the Avantasia world tour, that you can watch below. Avantasia will rock Sziget on August 13, starting at 21:30 hours, at the Hammerworld Stage. [szigetnews]pZqCEDe-eyA[/szigetnews]
For all of you metalheads going to Sziget this year to see Meshuggah, here's some live footage of the band playing at Hellfest, three days ago. [szigetnews]BONafvQX8IQ[/szigetnews]
More good news for metal fans. British Death Metal legends Carcass will play this year's Sziget Festival. Carcass will play the Hammerworld Stage, on August 17th, starting at 21:00 hours.
As you all know, Tobias Sammet of Edguy has a new solo project, Avantasia, that will be playing Sziget this year. Sammet has just revealedÂ the touring line-up for this summer, a very interesting one. It will feature, according to Sammet "Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), AndrÃ© Matos (ex-ANGRA), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann, Bob Catley (MAGNUM â€” not all shows), Sascha Paeth, Miro, Robert Hunecke, Claudy Yang and Frank Lindenthal who is gonna replace Eric Singer who'll be playing with KISS. Despite all rumors Michael Kiske will not be there, as he didn't wanna do it and I respect that!". Sammet promises
More good news for metal fans, this time. German thrash-metallers Dew Scented will be playing this year's Sziget, on August 15th. The news is also confirmed on their official site.