Less than 24 hours before Sziget 2017’s official announcement, one of the performers to participate was revealed: Alt-J will take the stage on the 15th of August 2017. The date (no time slot for now) appeared at the band’s agent’s website and spotted by a SzigetNews reader. Alt-J was also confirmed earlier to perform at Electric Castle 2017.
Alt-J is a Leeds (UK) based indie rock band, turning 10 years old this year. The band’s debut album “An Awesome Wave” was released in 2012 – before that, Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) mostly played at their alma mater, Leeds University (and they recorded in their hall rooms using GarageBand). After graduating, the crew moved to Cambridge and started working on their music before signing a deal with Infectious Music, a record label with bands like Derenge, Superfood, and Local Natives under its umbrella, in 2011. As a result, the band’s first album appeared in 2012 – the material, called “An Awesome Wave”, brought them recognition and a British Mercury Prize (offered to the best album from the UK by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers, as an alternative to the BRIT Awards). The album was well-received in their home country, being announced as the Album of the Year 2012 by BBC Radio 6 Music and winning the “Album of the year” at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2013.
Alt-J announced its second album, This Is All Yours, was released in September 2014, and it was also very well received, being nominated for the Grammy award offered to the “Best Alternative Music Album” (finally won by St. Vincent), and going straight to the top spot of the UK’s Official Albums Chart.
There are currently a few rumors circulating about the possibility of a third Alt-J album to be released, yet there’s nothing factual to be heard about it yet. Members of the band have been cited to be “excited” about returning to the studio, and that’s about it.
One thing’s for sure: they will join the Sziget 2017 lineup, playing on the island on the 15th of August 2017.