"We have managed to put together the strongest musical program this year", Kádár Tamás, Sziget Festival's lead organizer said at the beginning of yesterday's press conference. "It's enough if you look at the headliners of the Main Stage with present-day stars like Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Mumford and Sons, Dua Lipa, Kygo or Arctic Monkeys". Kádár took over for Gerendai Károly as the lead organizer last year, after the latter announced his retirement of sorts from the position after 25 years. Kádár also revealed that after cross-checking with the festival's new investors - the event now has a three-year growth strategy.
Sziget Festival will give the chance to one - unknown - Romanian band to make its debut on its stage through its Sziget Talent contest, started a few days ago. To be eligible, the bands need to be: younger than five years old (year of establishment should be after 2010) an underground-alternative band, no matter if it's indie rock, hip-hop, electro or jazz (no tribute or cover bands) between 2 and 7 band members to not have a contract signed with any record labels The jury to decide which band will emerge from the Romanian underground will be composed of Dan Amariei (Omul cu Sobolani), Bogdan
One of Szigetnews' friends has sent us some interesting news a little while ago. According to him, Fink will play Sziget Festival 2012 on August 11. The source is, our friend says, Fink’s manager, a friend of his. This is what we know so far on this, but we'll try to find out more details. We’ll tell you when we’ll know anything else about it.
After Leningrad has self-confirmed their Sziget presence, two more names have been announced on the official Sziget Facebook page. First of all, we're talking about British Sea Power, set to play Sziget's Main Stage. Second, La Shica will play the Europe Stage.
Ukrainian band Antytila has won the Nemiroff contest and will play Sziget 2010. The Ukranian rock band will play the Rock Stage on August 13. Their performance is set to start at 00:40. Check out some of their songs here. Thanks go to Szigetnews friend chudo_pahan for telling us about this.
The Official Dutch Sziget site lists a whole lot of new and interesting names in its programme section, for the MR2, Amfitheater (jazz) Stage, and Roma Stage. We've added them all to our line-up page, so make sure you check it out to get the whole view. Here are some of the most interesting ones: Heaven Street Seven, Quimby and Pannonia All-Stars Ska Orchestra - MR2 Klezmofobia, Kalocsa and Napra - Roma Stage, that also adds a few DJs for some really cool nights at Sziget An Pierlé & White Velvet, Special Providence and Balázs Elemér Group - Amfitheater Make sure you check out the
According to a post on the official Sziget Facebook page, the lineup will be officially announced early next week. Let's hope for some great acts, except for the ones that we already know about.
The Sziget 2010 last.fm page confirms another very interesting and important act for this year's Sziget Festival - Asian Dub Foundation! This is not confirmedÂ somewhere else yet. If you know more, please tell us (thanks, BT2303) Our reader kocheba says that two bands from Belarus are also set to play Sziget 2010 - The Toobes and Serebryanaja Svad`ba.
We decided to go away from the party for a few moments and wish you a very happy 2010, with everything you want and, of course, a very exciting Sziget Festival. Lots of new things happening here these days, as you can all see (we're planning on keeping them coming). Apart from announcing a very possible performance by Blink 182 this year, Sziget News can also be accesed now by simply typing sziget2010.com in your web browser. We thought that would make things easier for you guys. We also have a Twitter account - we invite you to join us so you
Sziget Managing Director Gerendai Karoly has said in a press conference (the press statement - Hungarian - can be read here) that students will get up to 50% off on their tickets, if they go in groups of up to 46 people (so gather your friends and visit this site for the details). Also, there will be half-price tickets for after 11 pm, for people who just want to come to the island and party. Also, traveller's cheques ( can be used to purchase tickets, but this can't be combined with any other offer. (thanks, Gleb) This year's Sziget also introduces the