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Sziget Festival: New Owner, The Same Management. What will change?

Sziget 2017 First Announcement

A few days ago an interesting piece of news hit the specialty press: the owners of Sziget Cultural Management, the company behind Sziget Festival, VOLT, and Balaton Sound, among others,  have sold 70% of their participation in the event to Providence Equity Partners, a global asset management company, IQ-Mag writes. The amount which changed hands wasn't disclosed at this time. The new majority owners have big plans for the festival: the news speak about an "international expansion" of the Sziget Festival brand, among others. To this end, James Barton, former president of Electronic Music for Live Nation and Creamfields Festival founder, and Paul

Sziget Bookings Manager Dan Panaitescu Awarded Post-Mortem at Europe Festival Awards

Dan Panaitescu was for a long time one of the most important people in building the lineup for Sziget Festival, but not only that: he served as the International Booking Manager for Sziget, Volt, Balaton Sound, and Strand Festival. He is credited with having a very important role in the transformation of the Sziget Festival from a small, regional event into one that is widely considered one of Europe's best summer festivals. Dan Panaitescu was one of the key professionals Sziget has to thank for receiving the "Best Lineup Award" at the European Festival Awards last year. Unfortunately, Dan passed away

Sziget Festival Prepares for Another Sold Out Edition (Press Release)

The Chemical Brothers record

This year Sziget will last for seven days - five full days, plus the Day -1 and the Day Zero - but from Wednesday to Wednesday, just like in the old times. The event's organizers will try to top last year's atmosphere, focus more on environmental awareness, hygiene, visuals and the quality of services. The event, considered Hungary's top tourist attraction, will guarantee the safety of their visitors coming from all over the world - and is expected to be sold out completely. And it has gotten a brand new anthem, Be With You, by Toldi Miklós and Odett. https://youtu.be/yIklabH5gQc Prepare for

Rihanna Confirmed for Sziget Day 0 Headliner Spot

Rihanna to headline Sziget 2016 Day 0 live streams

Coming from Barbados straight to the Main Stage of Sziget Festival 2016 - please welcome Rihanna, one of the biggest and most influential pop icons of our days. According to the latest announcement by Sziget Festival, the singer will headline the event's Day 0 (August 11th), playing on the Main Stage Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty to a retired accountant by an alcoholic, crack-addicted father, her childhood was interesting, to say the least. She started singing at the age of seven but didn't think of a musical career until she was discovered by Shontelle, her drill sergeant in a sub-military training program, much later. Since

Sziget Expects 400k+ Visitors This Year

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The time to purchase Sziget tickets at "early bird" rates has passed. Since August 1st, tickets and passes can only be bought at full price, the Sziget Festival website has announced a few days ago. Still, they say all those interested should buy their tickets and passes ASAP, as the ticket sales are just as fast as last year, when passes ran out a week before the start of the event. Gerendai Károly, lead organizer of the Sziget Festival, expects the number of attendees to be around last year's level. "We are preparing for the number of visitors to exceed 400,000 once

Competing Festivals Swipe Sziget Headliners in 2015

Sziget map

Although the budget of the Sziget Festival has grown to 4.4 billion HUF (over $16 million or 14 million euros) the current list of headliners to participate at this year's edition might not be as great as expected, the festival's organizers announced in a press conference today. Last year the festival's date was pushed back to avoid overlapping with major US and Japanese festivals. This year the above mentioned events will start later as well. This means that the organizers of Sziget might again be in trouble. Still, according to lead organizer Gerendai Károly, the interest in the festival is unbroken after

Sziget Talent Adds Young Romanian Band to Lineup

Sziget Talent Show

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

World Village Stage lineup also announced!

World Village Stage

The World Village Stage also has its lineup (or most of it) announced today. The official website mentions a large chunk of the names for the World Village Stage in this news article. The list is as follows: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba Besh o droM Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Depedro DJ Click DJ Gaetano Fabri DJ Kosta Kostov El Juntacadáveres Fanfarai Fanfara Transilvania Gasmac Gilmore Gipsy Burek Orkestar Jupiter & Okwess International Kobo Town La Yegros Napra Oy Division Parno Graszt Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra Projekt Rakija Rupa & the April Fishes Romengo, Russkaja Sondorgo Terakaft The Sexican Winston McAnuff & Fixi Yasmine Hamdan Some of these, like Sondorgo, Fanfara Transilvania and Winston McAnuff have already been announced here on Sziget News. A Blues and Irish Stage, as well the

Sondorgo at Sziget festival 2014

Sondorgo

Sondorgo is one of the acts that have played Sziget Festival a few times. That's why it's not too much of a surprise that they will be at Sziget 2014, too. According to their Facebook, Sondorgo will be playing on August 17. The Scarlet are also self-confirmed for Sziget Festival 2014 - the date is August 12, according to their Facebook. (thanks go to SkaPanda and jason!)

How was Sziget 2013 for you?

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Another year, another Sziget Festival has passed, with band we liked more or less in the lineup, but, as always, with tons of fun. And if you weren’t there, you could always get in on the action through live streams. Since some of you have already started sending in their thoughts, we thought we’d do a special post, where you can leave comments telling everyone about the way you experienced Sziget 2013.

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