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Announcement: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Biffy Clyro & More @ #sziget2017

Great news for some, disappointing for others… whichever the case, the fact remains: #sziget2017 has celebrated 4:20 by announcing further 10 performers to join the lineup of this year’s anniversary festival. Here’s the list:

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (August 12)
  • Biffy Clyro (August 10)
  • Birdy (August 15)
  • Breaking Benjamin (August 15)
  • Tycho (August 13)
  • Don Diablo (August 14)
  • Marteria (August 14)
  • Allah-Las (August 13)
  • Bakermat (August 13)
  • HVOB (August 15)

New additions to the #sziget2017 lineup

Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis are once again taking the stage at Sziget, after a memorable performance in 2017. The hip-hop duo’s last album, last year’s This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200, and their song “Downtown” from the album has received numerous nominations and wide recognition around the world.

Biffy Clyro is another returner – the Scottish band has played Sziget in 2013. Since then, they have released a new album, Ellipsis, a certified gold in the UK, which has performed pretty well in the charts around the world.

Birdy, or Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, broke through with her rendition of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love in 2009. Since then, she released three studio albums and was nominated for a series of prizes and awards, including a BRIT. This will be her first time at #sziget2017.

Breaking Benjamin was on a break for several years before reforming almost completely in 2014, releasing a new album, Dark Before Dawn, a year later. The band started touring last year, participating at events like Rock am Ring, Download, and Nova Rock. #sziget2017 is the band’s first.

Since its debut, Tycho was quite busy: the project led by Scott Hansen released 5 studio albums, three EPs, and over a dozen singles and remixes. Hansen’s sound is an interesting mix of electronic and acoustic music, combining recordings and visuals with live performances on stage. This is the project’s first time at Sziget.

Don Diablo is a Dutch DJ, producer, singer, and musician, who has reached the 15th position on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list. He’s been active for two decades, releasing several notable songs. Last year, he won the Producer of the Year and the Best Future House DJ of the Year at Mexico’ EMPO Awards.

Marteria is a German rap / electronic artist with a fruitful youth football career behind him: as a youngster, he played with Germany’s U17 National team. He started his music career at the age of 16 as a member of the hip-hop group Underdog Cru, starting his solo career just two years later. Over the years, he released four albums, with the latest – Roswell – being released this year.

Despite its name suggesting otherwise, Allah-Las is a rock band from California, founded in 2008. The band’s first 7″ recording was released in 2011, and the band released its first EP a year later. Since then, the band has released two more albums and numerous singles.

Bakermat is another Dutch DJ/Producer best known for his unique sound consisting of electronic music, deep and tropical house, with jazz and soul influences.

Last but not least, HVOB, a dance/electronic/deep duo from Vienna that debuted in 2012.

84 thoughts on “Announcement: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Biffy Clyro & More @ #sziget2017

  1. Happy with this announcement (Tycho, Biffy), as I lost hope about the headliners.

    I now have 17 must-sees over 6 days (nothing on day -1).

    + 23 acts I would be interesting in seeing depending on the circumstances.

    Only the collosseum to go.

  2. Yeah, if you care about mainstage headliners definitely.

    I can’t believe they have nothing BIG for the price increasing after 31 may, there’s always been some big(ish) announcement in may-june. So I still have hope for the last big slot, so I can spend at least two nights at the main.

  3. Too many “big” names have been to the island in recent years:
    Alt j
    Major Lazer
    Clean Bandit
    Tom Odell

    The next? KORN or Placebo?

  4. Biffy Clyro means moshing and destroying each other. Then we can breathe again and dance with Wiz. Not bad lol

  5. I don’t think the line up is THAT bad. It would look a lot better over 3/4 days as oppose to 7. I was wanting to come this year but I just don’t think it warrants all the expense that comes with it.

  6. Can somebody share the days and position?

    Anyway, about the lineup, I can say only that Macklemore was one of the last headliners in 2014 when he was the huge deal in the mainstream white rap scene. Wouldn’t mind to see him again, but last year in second position we had Muse.
    Good for Biffy Clyro, Tycho, Birdy and HVOB, cant complain in the end

  7. I’m quite positive about the line up, fantastic under card for me. The headliners are not my bag though, it will be fun though. ????

  8. I’m a bit torn on the announcement to be honest. Delighted to see Biffy Clyro in there, and happy to see Birdy who I’ve not seen before.

    Macklemore.. they were kinda fun last time but I think it’s quite a bizarre booking in 2017, especially as a headliner.

    What Sziget do have on their side is booking Biffy as a sub headliner, that shows some respect for the ticket holders. Biffy are headline material and many lazier festivals would have booked them on top of the bill. I’m happy for this (though who will be the last headliner, I can’t see it being Mumford sadly, why would they wait this long to announce?)

    The more acts get added and the more I look at the line up, the more I am able to see a hell of a lot of acts I either really want to see or wouldn’t mind seeing. I’m pretty happy with how it is shaping up now, I just think the undercard is a lot better than the headliners, who I still think are a bit strange/weak.

    But there are bands in the undercard who would headline some U.K. festivals so overall, I’m happy!

  9. Oh, do we know what stages they’re all playing? Particularly interested in whether Birdy will be main stage or A38 🙂

  10. So far I think Im gonna watch something similar to this:

    .Dubioza Kolectiv
    .Billy Talent

    .Biffy Clyro
    .Andy C

    .Oh Wonder
    .PJ Harvey
    .Dakha Brakha
    .DJ Shadow

    .Crystal Fighters
    .Bad Religion

    .The Pretty Reckless
    .The Naked and Famous

    .Jagwar Ma
    .Two Door Cinema Club
    .Vince Staples

    .The Kills
    .Alt J
    .Nothing But Thieves
    .Fritz Kalkbrenner

    Names are enough, but that’s something weird. The lack of true headliners in any day (but Kasabian, which is not a strong one, let’s be honest), the fact that I’ve seen 3 Headliner’s acts out of 6 announced and I just came to the festival 3 times before make me unconfortable.
    So far there is really 0 need to buy a 7 days ticket instead of a 5 days ticket, because there is no real big deal, a part for Billy Rebel and Biffy Clyro. Than yes, there are some pretty interesting days on the MS, like the Kasabian’s one and the last one, but Saturday 12th, for instance, is a shame. And I mean, there have been lame days in the last 4 years (will never forget the day of Ellie Goulding in 2015), but this one pisses really off me because there is not even an effort to put quality in the lineup: those are just easy money, easy game. And that offends me as a music listener (how hipster of me).

    On the A38 situation is weird as well… it’s like a crescendo, from the day 0, where the quality is all focused on The Vaccines (which I do not like, tho) and the Drum N Bass, to Day 5 which as usual is the clash-fair, with some pretty interesting names here and there (Oh Wonder, Naked and Famous, Crystal Fighters, Bad Religion, Vince Staples, Nothing But Thieves) and some good nights (GusGus-Weval, Tycho-Rone and over all HVOB-Fritz are mental) and some HORRIBLE nights (Don Diablo-Cashmere Cat and LOL GTA-Khan).

    And Im not even focusing on the waste of chances they had and the way they f*cked up a lot by increasing the ticket’s bill for this.

    Let’s wait for Sunday the 13th, last call

  11. HVOB are the best name between those imho. I love them. I’ll already see them at Primavera Sound and Sonar this year, but I’m so happy to have them also at Sziget. They’re concert last year at Balaton Sound, with the lake behind them during the sunrise, clashing with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and the Euro Cup final was just magical. Only true fans there, pure magic.

    I’m also happy for Biffy Clyro even if it will be the 4th time I’ll see them and I already saw them this year. They’re always very good live, it’s going to be a great show. With this lineup they’re pure gold.

    I’m disappointed for Macklemore headlining but I hope for a strong sub before them or a late announcement of a big name playing after them (like KoL and Major Lazer in 2015).

    Let’s see what’s going to happen, but right now for Sziget I only have in mind the fun it’s going to be. I’ve completely lost hope on the lineup side and just wait for Colosseum’s names. It’s not hard to put up a strong Colosseum so I’m very confident about that.

  12. Roger Waters would make me buy a ticket. But I don’t think a production like his would translate to a festival stage. And I don’t think Sziget has the budget. I’m shooting for Sziget 2018. This one just doesn’t interest me from a music perspective.

    HVOB is a great add though. I’ll also see them at Primavera. Macklemore is just dumb. Fun at his peak, but hasn’t done anything worth mentioning for a few years now.

    Sziget is a gorgeous festival and it is an amazingly good time. I just think I’ll make it every 2 years instead of every year.

  13. I just looked at Highfield past lineups: they tend to repeat headliners every 3-4 years, or at least they tend to call back bands that already played there.
    If this is a thing… I see that one major band that played there in recent years (2008) and still has to come back is The Killers.
    They are also touring all summer and have no gigs after Lollapalooza on August 4.

    but that’s just pure speculation. Everything guitar friendly is welcome.

  14. The Killers are already in Europe, in July. I don’t think they would come back in Europe after Lollapalooza, but it would be cool.

  15. 9/8
    MS: Dubioza Kolektiv / TBA / Billy Talent / P!nk
    MS: Tom Odell / Jamie Cullum / Biffy Clyro / Wiz Khalifa
    A38: Chef’Special / Alex Clare / Watsky / Kensington / The Vaccines / Night -> Andy C / Dimensions + support
    MS: TBA / Rudimental / PJ Harvey / Kasabian
    A38: Bear’s Den / Charlie XCX / Danny Brown / DJ Shadow / Mando Diao / Night -> Valentino Khan / GTA + support
    MS: TBA / Clean Bandit / Rita Ora / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    A38: Anne-Marie / TBA / Crystal Fighters / The Strypes / Bad Religion / Night -> Weval / GusGus + support
    MS: White Lies / Metronomy / TBA / TBA
    A38: HER / Oh Wonder / Allah-Las / The Pretty Reckless / The Naked And Famous / Night -> Tycho / Bakermat / Rone
    MS: TBA / George Ezra / Two Door Cinema Club / Major Lazer
    A38: Jagwar Ma / LÉON / Mac DeMarco / Marteria / Vince Staples / Night -> Flume / Cashmere Cat + support
    MS: The Kills / Birdy / alt-J / End Show with DV&LM
    A38: De Staat / Courteeners / Nothing But Thieves / Breaking Benjamin / Interpol / Night -> Fritz Kalkbrenner / HVOB + support
    (The order may be different. It’s only my guess 🙂 )

  16. So, my days, clash permitting, would be as follow:

    Day -1: Billy Talent, Pink, Collosseum
    Day 0 : Biga Ranx, Kensington, Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines, Carl Craig
    Day 1 : Bohemian Betyars, Kasabian, DJ Shadow
    Day 2 : Tamikrest, Goran Bregovic, Crystal Fighters, Weval
    Day 3 : White Lies, Metronomy, Tycho, Bakermat, Rone
    Day 4 : Mac Demarco, Naaman, Two Doors Cinema Club, Flume
    Day 5 : Birdy, Alt-J, Interpol, Fritz Kalkbrenner, HVOB

    Not very strong tbh but enough for my personal taste. Day 3, the only day without a headliner so far is my favorite.

  17. This is the best announcement by far I think. Biffy, HVOB, Tycho, Bakermat, Breaking Benjamin, and Birdy are all high quality artists in their respective genres and great live.

  18. Are you sure about breaking Benjamin? As they were always the mediocore american radiorock band Who didnt have a decent song in their mediocore discography for more than 10 years. Please correct me if im mistaken them by trapt or there days grace or other soulless manufactured radiorock crap.

  19. @fsfsf: Yah, they are a quality artist as far as American Radiorock goes. I don’t like them but I did see them open for Disturbed last year and they were a solid live band. I was merely trying to say that these artists aren’t an insult to ticket buyers like the last few announcements have been. Although we all know there is absolutely no pleasing you because your tastes are extremely one dimensional. I guess I should have known that posting anything remotely positive would attract a snotty response from you!

  20. Mainstream to you = anything you don’t like. Tycho is one of the best acts announced so far and also one of the least mainstream. Wouldn’t consider Breaking Benjamin, Birdy, HVOB, Biffy, or Bakermat particularly “mainstream”, so what is your point? Macklemore is the only artist of this announcement that I would consider absolutely mainstream.

    And the whole “American Radiorock” comment was a joke. I think Breaking Benjamin is a decent live band and an ok rock band. They have a large following in Canada and the States. I don’t listen to them, but let’s not pretend they are just another terrible act, because they aren’t. This forum constantly bitches about “not enough guitars, too much electronic” and then you get an announcement with some decent rock and you’re all miserable about it. It’s hilarious.

  21. Maybe people are bitching for decent guitar music, like foo fighters or even mumford and sons, not for some crap like breaking benjamin

  22. tycho and Biffy obviously quality in this announcment, but i only talked about BB, they are not decent, they are garbage actually, never seen them live though, but i can imagine how “good” they sre if you spoil your ears with Disturbed and saying they were decent, sorry. any “guitar music” doesn’t justify not enough “guitar music”….

  23. I understand. And I don’t like Disturbed or BB either but Alter Bridge opened and I used to dig Myles Kennedy. BB surprised me live is all I’m saying. I have never listened to one of their songs outside of that venue because it’s not my type of music, but it was something I could have a good time with live.

    And even if you consider BB absolute trash, this announcement is still pretty great. Maybe I’m biased because I’ve always wanted to see Tycho… but Biffy, HVOB, Bakermat, Allah-Las I’ll definitely go see, and Birdy I’ll likely go watch as well.

  24. 5-day tickets are sold out. no hope left in humanity (or good line-up ever happening at sziget) 🙁

  25. *also Hatebreed plays A38 (the ship) on the 15th August. Really side-shows save sziget…

  26. Of course they did, Sziget made the huge jump up from 2014. The festival shifted the trend for that reason IMO.
    Anyway on the (italian) site has compared the day schedule (not the timetable!): there are few minor changes that, always IMO, make the lineup better.
    If they place a nice colosseum lineup for the trap days on the A38 night and at least a true headliner, I would tell that the line up is saved (still is the worst from 2014 or maybe ever, for the Main Stage)

  27. I reckon we still have a sub and headliner to come on the Sunday. I really can’t see white lies playing as high as people are predicting on the clashfinders

  28. Metronomy will be the sub won’t they? They’re placed above White Lies and I think they are playing main stage.

    It’s my favorite name anyway, as in the end I might be going for one day only, that’s the day I’ve chosen (for Rone, mostly).

  29. True, forgot about them. Don’t see metronomy as subs either, maybe I’m being hopeful!

  30. I actually think we still lacks of a sub. Between the two names I believe that White Lies would fit better the subhead spot but they are behind Metronomy in the bill, so I guess nor of them will sub…

  31. Highfield’s anniversary announcement was a Sziget style announcement. 🙂 It would be funny to see Tankcsapda as Sunday’s “Sziget anniversary headliners”, as Highfield did with Die Toten Hosen.

  32. Still convinced it will be Mumfords.

    Hope for a good sub me too, but at this point I’m more focused on Colosseum acts. Think it will be the next announcement

  33. PS Chance the Rapper cancelled all his european festival dates. Now I can stop being disappointed

  34. @sziget. Rusians talk a very nice kind of English. Drink/give alot of there home brewed Vodka. But thats my experiance in 2013.

  35. Got to be careful tho, one of my friends got dick mushrooms last year (I don’t know what is the English word for that, it is a literal translation)

  36. Chainsmokers announced for the 13th, another quality…. no.
    as the full programme coming tommorrow i guess we are done here for this year.
    the definition of pathetic should be this year’s line-up…

  37. Btw, another Gorillaz show in Budapest was announced today. November 13 🙂

  38. @Sziget haha, good catch! 😉
    actually, i sold them separately in order to minimize the possible losses plus if you sell too much you will recieve money only when Sziget begins.
    also, there’s a 5% commission in place for both seller and buyer. i was able to sell all tickets for 259 euros approximately so it was about 246 euros of actual money received for every ticket and about 272 euros paid by buyers.
    so there’re people who REALLY want to go to Sziget still. it’s only a couple of us here who’re pessimistic it seems 🙂

  39. I’ve been positive the whole time but even I must admit the lineup is the weakest it’s been in 10 years. I don’t have a single headliner that I rate. Looks like I will see lots of world music this year. I honestly don’t know what sziget are thinking, there are loads of quality bands around and we get the throw away pop acts. Where’s Radiohead, placebo, Mumford, arcade fire, pixies etc

  40. If you bought a sziget pass i feel bad for you son
    I got 99 problems but this shitty line up aint one

  41. Since we have still some open slots on the mainstage i assume these will be hungarian or not really well known bands.

    Tomorrow we will know whole programm so also coloseum?

    Totally weak headliners. Most of them would fit better a sub spot.

  42. I guess no one cares anything Sziget-related anymore to comment online… This lack of hype is as sad as the line-up.

  43. While I have no strong feelings either way on the Chainsmokers (and I am one of the more pop-leaning posters here) – I was expecting a rock headliner and am surprised. The headliner line up does look weak and rock is woefully underrepresented (even though Biffy is there too). I get why people are frustrated even though there’s plenty I want to see.

    If the whole line up is out tomorrow, would anyone expect any big new names to come at that time, or do we have pretty much all the sizable names?

  44. Foo Fighters will play Lollapalooza Berlin in September. “They won’t be in Europe in August blah blah blah, they will play in Europe only for 2 weeks blah blah blah”. Yeah, sure.

    Mumford & Sons are headlining there too. I’m sure both bands could have played Sziget for the right price, but the management decided to put 3 cheap DJ acts as headliners instead some quality music just for the money.

    Lame & dumb as f*ck.

  45. I guess the announcement of tomorrow will be more about the coloseum since we have nothing from that yet. Only self-confirmed..

    They have a very good way of making money. Sell tickets for more money and book acts for less. They showed they have no respect for us.

  46. Sziget Italia received so much hate that they deleted the post about Chainsmokers from their page, lol.

    I don’t think tomorrow we’ll have the whole lineup, just stages and timetable of the acts announced till now. Some main stage undercard and other fillers will be announced.

    Maybe tomorrow Colosseum as well, I hope. I need something to cheer me up

  47. I wait til tomorrow to give a proper opinion about the situation.
    Can’t scream for the scam because beside the headliners’ situation the rest of the lineup is typical, maybe a little weak even for Sziget’s standard, but I’m pretty sure that with 7 different names up there (let’s do five, since Kasabian and DM&LM are 2 good picks for the trend) the opinion of anyone here would have been different.

    Surely Sziget has shown that Dan Panaitescu was the 99% of what the Sziget used to be and that they really miss somebody competent in that position. It’s not about the quality or what, is that most of the name are located randomly in that schedule, without any respect of the performances themselves: bands like 2DCC and Alt J dont benefit at all from the sunset scenario (IMHO they need total darkness), which should be a trick pony in the building of the schedule.
    In the whole lineup there are only 3 names that can be headliners in any other festival, and those are Kasabian, Pink and Major Lazer (like it or not), and the first name on the ticket is Chainsmokers (who’s after-headliner at Werchter, just to say).
    They keep on scheduling bands like Interpol or The Vaccines in the A38 when the last years made it clear that the sounds in the tent is awful for the indie rock, or putting similar acts the same day, like Kensington and Chef’Special.

    Sure there are good things in the line up, like the night-time of the A38 (the thematic nights are really a nice idea) or the World Stage (even if it starts to taste like old, 3 years in a row Goran Bregovic, c’mon), and probably the Colosseum will be big. But people look at the headliners, not surely at the brilliant Crystal Fighters (who gonna play at an infamous time of course)

  48. Selling my ticket this year.

    There are way better options for this amount of money, even considering the Sziget feeling.

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