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
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
A festival items packing list is something you've probably already put in place if this won't be your first time at Sziget. You know - by your own experience - what essential festival items you need to put in your backpack to serve you well during the event. But if you're not, take a quick look at the list of items below. They can be helpful in many situations - they can help you sleep, keep you from getting lost and generally make your stay at Sziget more pleasant. And even if it's not your first time, you might get some brilliant ideas
The Island of Freedom has closed its gates on Sunday night (or Monday morning, depending on how you count the days). This was the 23rd edition of the festival, and it has broken every record on daily and weekly attendance. During the week-long event the number of visitors exceeded 441,000, coming from all over the world. The top ten countries where visitors have come from includes the Netherlands, the UK, France, but also Australia, with more than 1,000 visitors coming from Down Under. But the organizers recorded visitors from Botswana, Ecuador, the Cayman Islands and Guadalupe as well - a total
The Sziget 2012 stage and important places map is now available . Only the Hungarian version is available so far. You can see it below. You can also right-click here and save the large version on your computer, from the official website. There’s also a second map, detailing various important places for visitors – food, bars etc. This second map can be found here. What do you think about the location of the venues this year? Also, don't forget to vote in the lineup poll on the right side of the site, as it will close just before the festival starts.
...at least that's what Hungarian music site Zene.hu says in the article (Hungarian) they published today. Faith No More are listed for the Main Stage, and so are Manic Street Preachers. The article also includes some other new names. One of these is Maximo Park, that our friend Mellowmaniac predicted a while ago. Then, there's Chris Corner's project IAMX, that we also told you about a while ago. Also listed is famous BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. And it doesn't end here. Life of Agony are also listed to play at this year's Sziget. And some more good news, from the
The Sziget last.Fm page lists two more interesting acts for this year's Sziget Festival. Vieux Farka Toure, a Malian guitarist/singer/songwriter, as well as French act Zamballarana (that confirmsÂ Sziget Festival on their official MySpace for August 14), will be at Sziget festival 2009.
Tonight we have some more good news for all you metalheads coming to Sziget Festival 2009. A few days we announced GWAR, now we're telling you about legendary masked metal band Brujeria, that will play Sziget Festival 2009 on August 14th. The news is confirmed on their management website. Brujeria will play Sziget Festival on August 14.Â (thanks, Required!)
The French Sziget site and their Facebook lists another interesting act listed to play Sziget Festival this year - Lord Sassafras. He will play the Roma Tent and is an emblematic character that plays a mix of world music, rock and ethno-techno influences, that he calls "Global Style". More details on his MySpace. UPDATE: also listed on the French site are Amadou et Mariam, a very interesting duo from Mali, that have been around for more than thirty years. Well worth checking out, this is their website. Another announced act (on the French site as well), are Woven Hand, a band that
Another interesting name for this year's Sziget Festival is confirmed on the official Dutch Sziget site. We are talking about French act Birdy Nam Nam. You can listen to some of their songs here. (thank you, Hugo). According to the Dutch site, they will be playing the main stage.