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.