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Anne-Marie Cancels Sziget Gig, Sziget announces Hurts

Hurts Sziget 2017

As we have all gotten used to in the last years, the lineup of the Sziget Festival is not final until the first day of the event itself. Sziget's official Facebook page just made the announcement that Anne-Marie, the English singer-songwriter known for her collaborations with Clean Bandit and Rudimental, won't make it to this year's festival due to "unforeseen circumstances". Instead, fans will have the chance to hear Danish singer/songwriter Alex Vargas on the A38 stage on Tuesday, August 15th, at 16:45 local time. The last spot on the Main Stage has also been filled. English synthpop duo Hurts will take the

Steve Aoki, Morten, Garmiani and Others @ Sziget 2017

Steve Aoki

A surprise announcement this evening from the Sziget 2017 crew: multiple performers of the DIM MAK label will take the stage of the Telekom Electronic Beats Arena on the 13th of August. The names announced today: Steve Aoki MORTEN Garmiani Matroda Boehm DIM MAK Records is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. It has released materials in a variety of genres, like indie rock, punk rock, hardcore, and hip-hop but it's probably best-known for its electronic labels today. Among others, DIM MAK has promoted performers like The Chainsmokers, Datsik, The Bloody Beetroots, Bloc Party, and several others. The label's

Gerendai Károly on the Future of Sziget and the Festival Scene

On the 27th of June - today - the Hungarian festival season starts officially with the 25th annual Telekom VOLT Festival in Sopron, Hungary. Among the artists performing on its stages, we find veterans like Fatboy Slim, Linking Park, along with bands like Imagine Dragons, Pendulum, Lost Frequencies, Knife Party, and many others. This year marks the 25th anniversary for two of Hungary's biggest and most important music festivals - Sziget and VOLT. Also, this year comes with sad news for many festivalgoers - Gerendai Károly, the founder and chief organizer of the festivals has previously announced that he is stepping

Announcement: The Chainsmokers, Venue List @ Sziget 2017

The Chainsmokers

Yesterday, as a surprise for everyone, Sziget has announced that EDM duo The Chainsmokers will take the Dan Panaitescu Main Stage on the 13th of August. Apparently, this is the only new name we can expect to be revealed this week. The Chainsmokers are at their first visit to Sziget Festival. The rising star of EDM, as they are often credited, has broken through in 2014, when they released their first hit song "#Selfie". Over time, they kept releasing singles and climbing among the preferences of EDM fans. This year, they finally decided to release a studio album and go on

Announcement: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Biffy Clyro & More @ #sziget2017

#sziget2017

Great news for some, disappointing for others... whichever the case, the fact remains: #sziget2017 has celebrated 4:20 by announcing further 10 performers to join the lineup of this year's anniversary festival. Here's the list: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (August 12) Biffy Clyro (August 10) Birdy (August 15) Breaking Benjamin (August 15) Tycho (August 13) Don Diablo (August 14) Marteria (August 14) Allah-Las (August 13) Bakermat (August 13) HVOB (August 15) New additions to the #sziget2017 lineup Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis are once again taking the stage at Sziget, after a memorable performance in 2017. The hip-hop duo's last album, last year's This

Announcement: World Music Stage lineup

World Music Stage

Experienced Sziget-dwellers surely know that the World Music Stage is one of the most interesting venues you can visit during the festival. It is a place filled with performers from all over the world, and the place where lots of local Hungarian bands share their art and entertainment with the diverse crowd visiting the island year after year. This year, the World Music Stage lineup is a collection of the "best" - the bands below have all been performing there in the past, adding further layers of diversity to the Island of Freedom. World Music Stage - International acts Goran Bregovic Wedding

Circus and Theater Acts at Sziget 2017

Limbo (Australia) Sziget 2017 Circus and theater

As the organizers and fans of Sziget Festival keep reminding us, the event is not just a music festival. Aside from its musicians and DJs performing and mixing on its various stages, each year it invites a series of circus and theater acts to keep the Sziget spirit alive. This year, the lineup of these acts is quite impressive, gathering performers and artists from all over the world. Sziget 2017 circus and theater acts August 10 Animal Religion: Indomador (Spain) In Indomador, the main character Quim discovers his animal instinct and transforms the stage into an "animalarium". The show mixes acrobatics and transgenic bodies with

It’s Official: Pink to Headline the Main Stage on August 9

Pink P!NK (Photo: Wikipedia)

The organizers have confirmed on the event's official Facebook page: Pink will headline Day -1 of the 25th Anniversary Sziget Festival. At the same time, the event has announced the prices for its day tickets - all of them will cost €65, no matter the date. The next price hike for 7-day and 5-day passes will occur on the 31st of May, so we can expect some further big names to be announced around that date. Pink (often stylized as P!NK) was born Alecia Beth Moore in September 1979. She started writing songs at an early age, then proceeded to perform in

Interview: Sziget’s Andras Berta speaks to PollstarPro

Sziget 2017 PJ Harvey interview

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

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

The Vaccines 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

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