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VOLT 2016 announces Slayer, Damien Rice, SIGMA and GusGus

Those of you expecting new artists to be announced for Sziget 2016 will most likely be disappointed: still no news there. Aside from the award Sziget received for the Best Lineup (although, if you remember, they were criticized a lot for their lack of headliners), the Island of Freedom is silent – for the time being. But its sister festival, the Telekom VOLT, has given a few lifesigns this week. The event which takes place between the 29th of June and the 2nd of July in Sopron has added four new names to its lineup yesterday: Slayer, Damien Rice, SIGMA and GusGus. Add them to the names already announced – Iron Maiden and Whiz Khalifa, plus the eternal Punnany Massif – and you already have something great growing.

Slayer needs no introduction – it is possibly the best known trash metal band of the world. The band, that has turned 35 this year, has not released a new record since the passing of founder Jeff Hanneman in 2013 – until last year. Their performance @ VOLT (July 2nd) will most likely be the wildest gig of the event.

Damien Rice will be at his first trip to Hungary on July 29th. The Irish singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has started his solo career when his song “The Blower’s Daughter” made it to a top 40 in 2001. Since then he released three albums, and has grown into one of the most influential acoustic singer-songwriters of our times.

After a successful gig at Sziget 2015’s A38 stage (on the 16th of August) the English drum and bass duo SIGMA will return to the Hungary, this time to VOLT (on the 2nd of July). With their melodic d’n’b Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie will present an amazing live show, along with material from their debut album Life, released last December.

The Icelandic electronic music band GusGus has undergone a lot of changes during its two decades. Currently it consists of President Bongo, Biggi Veira, Urður Hákonardóttir and Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson. During their career they have released nine studio albums, one live album and one compilation. Their latest disc, called Mexico, was released two years ago. They will perform at this year’s VOLT on the 1st of July.

That much about VOLT for today. Let’s hope Sziget will follow suit and announce some new names soon.


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17 thoughts on “VOLT 2016 announces Slayer, Damien Rice, SIGMA and GusGus

  1. Still waiting for Sziget’s announcement, although I think they will call a main-DJ set event (Tiesto is my bet) and an headliner (I think the name will be Sia or maybe Radiohead, unless they have something hidden like Rammstein, RHCP, Offsprings and blabla), and of course some other filling names.

    About the Volt Festival, as I said before, my only regret is for Slayer – even if I saw one of they latest performance on youtube and they looked pretty… Old, and that’s no good for a Thrash metal band, supposed to smash everything on stage, IMO.
    About the other names, meh, Sigma live, last year didn’t seemed nothing special (considered also that Nero, C2C and the Hospitality Party was huge, speaking about dnb-dubstep-glitch); Damian Rice and GusGus are ok, but nothing more, at least to me.

  2. Sia and Rammstein are the most likely because they already have dates in august. But I like surprises 🙂

  3. “Radiohead are also returning to Outside Lands after headlining its inaugural edition in 2008. The San Francisco-based festival occurs August 5th – 7th at Golden Gate Park.”

    I guess that we won’t have Radiohead at Sziget. 🙁

  4. Also rumored for Osheaga (Montreal, 29july-2 august) and Lollapalooza (Chicago, same dates). They are doing east>west so yes that would rule Sziget out.

  5. Last year Florence did lollapalooza chicago and then came back to Europe for Sziget and other gigs. Same did Alt-j, Milky chance, marina, tyler and gogol bordello. It depends on the artist schedule for the summer I suppose. And on how many festivals they actually want to do. Anyway seeing how Volt has chosen his headliners this year I’m hoping for Rammstein.

  6. Miguel u are right, probably that’s the reason why last year we had The Script but not The Chemical Brothers, although both of them were scheduled in a festival in Japan.
    Wish this year there will be better luck 🙂

  7. I am a big Radiohead fan and I just wanna say that they like to play dates with no logic, I wouldn’t be surprised if they just play 3/4 festivals in Europe, 3/4 festivals in the US and then coming back on tour in autumn. So don’t expect them 🙂

  8. Festileaks write Pinkpop boss told Radiohead will play only 2 european festivals this year, but they are confirmed for 3 now.

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