Two and a half decades have passed since Hungary, after shaking off the Soviet influence, started its journey toward a more politically and culturally liberated society. Sziget Festival has become one of the symbols for this journey, initially choosing the talent on its stage (and later stages) from the local talent pool, and later expanding to become the major international festival it is today. The history of Sziget Festival is one of the topics of the interview below, where the folks from PollstarPro have spoken to Sziget Cultural Management's International Relations Director András Berta. In the interview, Berta speaks not only about
Another day, another headliner at Sziget 2016. Today fans will have the occasion to see David Guetta mix (or, as "haters" see it, poke around his laptop) on the Main Stage of the Island of Freedom. His performance will be accessible for those at home, too, as three of his songs will be streamed live later in the day. But let's take a look at the rest of the Day 3 Live Streams. First, as usual, you'll have the chance to see what you missed yesterday through this "rebroadcast" stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI3b-WKiDVg Day 3 Live Streams: The day will start with some local talent -
The second day (day zero) of Sziget 2016 is filled with amazing performances, and tons of the "Sziget feeling" we all grew to love. It has been a chilly morning, with the temperatures way below the averages of the month. I hope you all brought some warm clothes with you or found someone to keep your body temperatures up inside the tent. For those at home, cold weather is not an issue - and here are the day 0 live streams that will keep you hot over the day. Newsflash: a SzigetNews visitor called Amanda has let us know in a comment that
If you are on your first visit to Budapest, you will surely be amazed by its beauty. It's a city with a rich heritage, combining East and West, modern and old, in a truly unique way. And it has landmarks, so many sights to see... so, if you happen to have a day with just a handful of events to attend at Sziget, you can take the time to see at least some of them. Trust me, you won't regret it. We have selected a few of the most famous landmarks in Budapest you should visit while there. But further tips
Airtist has attended the Sziget Festival several times since it conception - the band played on one of the stages of the event in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012. And they will return to the stage this year, too, on August 12th, as their live concert schedule has self-confirmed. Airtist is a unique music project that creates the atmosphere of electronic dance music with ancient instruments and human voice. The didgeridoo, the Jew's harp and the human beatbox together create an unmatchable soundworld that is so typical to Airtist. The band don't use any electronically produced sound. Only the natural vibration of
Irie Maffia turns 10 years old this year, and they can add another great achievement to their CV - their song "Easy As One Two Three" has been selected as the official anthem of the 2015 Sziget Festival! The song, which will be included on the band's next album, is not just a series of notes, but has a message, too. According to Sena, the Irie Maffia's voice, it tells you that "whatever the feeling might be, good or bad, if you speak it out you set it free, and you set yourself free as well". The tune is the work of Élö
Yes, yes, we’re all waiting for more big names. But while we do that, our friend mellowmaniac has told us about two more self-confirmed acts. We’re talking about Hungarian acts Carbonfools and Punany Massif. Carbonfools have confirmed their presence on their website, for August 11, at the A38 stage, while the Punany Massif website says they will be playing the Hungarian mainstage on August 10.
Hungarian singer-songwriter Akos will be playing Sziget’s Main Stage on Day Zero, according to the official Hungarian Sziget website. The event will be called “Szintirock 2012” and it remains to be seen whether there will be other bands on the other stages or on the Main Stage on Day Zero.
A few more interesting acts have confirmed their presence at this year's Sziget Festival via their websites or MySpace pages. First, there's Hudaki, from Nizhne Selyshe, Ukraine. Their presence is confirmed on their official website and you can check out their MySpace for a few songs. They play great traditional music, straight from the Carpathians! Then, there's Klezmofobia, a band that calls its music "New York Klezmer". Their presence is confirmed on the Klezmofobia official website. Also self confirmed on their MySpace pages are two Hungarian acts, Gyongyi Salla (for August 12) and Dalkloid Sound (August 13) (thanks, chudo_pahan)
Another day, another confirmation. Revelstone, a very interesting band with its HQ in Pecs, Hungary, will play the Rock Stage. They are quite a multicultural act, since the lead singer is Canadian, the guitar and bass players are Norwegians, the drummer comes from Israel, the trumpet player from Germany, the violinist from the United States and the female vocals are from Sweden. The date is confirmed on their official MySpace, where you can find more information about them.