Sziget 2016 is starting to take shape with today’s announcements of the first performers. But these are just the first names of hundreds more to come. At the same time the organizers of the festival have also announced that 25% of all Sziget 2016 passes have been sold already. Considering last year’s limit of 45,000 passes, this could mean over 10,000 passes sold.
But, without further ado, here are the names announced by Sziget Festival for the 2016 event:
- Bring Me the Horizon
- Naughty Boy
- John Newman
- Parov Stelar
- Sigur Rós
Who are the first names for Sziget 2016?
Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, consisting of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish. During their career they have released five studio albums – their latest, That’s the Spirit, has seen the light of day this year. They have several awards under their beld: the Kerrang! award for the Best British Newcomer in 2006, for the Best Album in 2011 (for There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret), the Best Video in 2012 (for Alligator Blood), the Best British Band in 2013 and 2015.
Kodaline is an Irish rock band, formed in 2005 in Dublin. Their first independently released track, “Give Me a Minute” has topped the Irish Singles Chart in 2007. The band has two studio albums and 6 EPs, and one award under their belt: the EBBA Public Choice Award in 2013.
M83 is a French electronic music band formed in 2001. The band has 6 studio albums and two soundtracks, including the one for the popular Tom Cruise science fiction flick Oblivion. Leader Anthony Gonzalez describes his style as “adult-scripted teen dreams”, characterized by the heavy use of reverb and softly spoken lyrics over loud instruments.
MØ needs no introduction – those attending this year’s Sziget Festival had the chance to see and hear her live. But she has new stuff to show: Karen Marie Ørsted has recently launched the first single from her upcoming album, Kamikaze, in the UK, Denmark and Belgium.
Naughty Boy is an English DJ, songwriter and producer, going by the name of Shahid Khan in the real world. Best known for his numerous collaborations, and the work he has done for other artists, including Britney Spears, Lily Allen, Sandé and Katy Perry.
John Newman is a 25 year old British singer, best known for his track “Love Me Again”, which has topped the UK Singles Chart in 2013. Nominated for three Brit Awards in 2014, the artist has recently launched his second album, called Revolve, a record from which he will definitely play at Sziget 2016.
For those in love with electronic music the name Parov Stelar will surely sound familiar. Known for his combination of jazz, house, electro and breakbeat, the 41 year old Austrian DJ / producer has released his latest album The Demon Diaries this year, so he has something new to show on stage.
Last, but not least, Sigur Rós. The Icelandic post-rock band has started its career in 1994, and has released seven studio albums in its over two decades of existence. It currently has three members – Jón Þór Birgisson Georg Hólm Orri Páll Dýrason. Kjartan Sveinsson has left the band three years ago, seeking “something different”.
What do you say so far? How many of them were on your Sziget 2016 wishlist?