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
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
Even though some have criticized different things about this year's festival, SzigetNews friend Iain form Inverness, Scotland had a great time and wants to share it with you. Here's Iain's take on this year's Festival: "How can anyone say they didn't enjoy this years Sziget. I don't care what anyone says there was something for everyone, when you list the acts the names are pretty big....REM, The Sex Pistols, The Killers, Lee Scratch Perry, Justice etc. Look at the price on the ticket and tell me it wasn't worth it and if anyone got anything stolen it was their own fault. There was free safe
Our reader szigetist has shared his very enthusiastic memories with us. Here they are. "Great festival, nice people, affordable food and drinks, great weather, uninspiring line-up on the main stage, but the rest was great (parov stelar, vitalic, justice,...) and party 24/7, all in all the best festival i've ever been to!!!"
Looks like the festival wasn't that great for some of our readers. Here's Niall Cleary's opinion: " what a load of rubbish!!!pendulum and carl cox cancelling, justice playin at 12 pm, campsites un-safe and the mood at this years festival was nothing on previous years..yes maiden rocked and REM surprised but seriously the organizers have to take a long hard look at improving next years line-up. apparently 5 days meant a stronger line-up...not convinced at all...wont be telling any stories of praise upon returning home" Our reader gianpiero wants the festival to return to its usual 7-day format, and also wants "a