Batucada Sound Machine and Holic are the latest acts to self-confirm for Sziget 2013. According to a press release about their current tour, Batucada Sound Machine will be playing Sziget on August 7. Eventful also lists Holic for August 9, at the Holland Meets Hungary stage. (thanks go to Steven)
Dutch polka DJ Kees van Hondt is the latest name to self-confirm for Sziget 2013. The news has been confirmed on Kees’ website, where he says he will be playing August 8. Kees van Hondt has played Sziget before, and the last time was in 2011. (thanks go to Ruben!)
No cigarettes will be available to buy at Sziget Festival 2013, according to an article on website Xpatloop, quoting Head of the National Tobacco Trade Non-profit Ltd., Zsolt Gyulay. According to the quoted source, “mobile vendors and cigarette booths will be forbidden to sell tobacco at bigger festivals” and will only be able to do so if they have a permanent place of operation in the area, which is very unlikely for Sziget. That’s because no permanent tobacco-selling locations are available on the island. So, if you’re going to Sziget this year and you’re a smoker, you should probably bring your own cigarettes,
The Gaslight Anthem at Sziget 2013 won’t be happening, after all. As some of you have noticed yesterday, when the Sziget 2013 schedule has been published on the official website, there was no Gaslight Anthem in it. Well, the reason is that the band has cancelled its Sziget 2013 performance, and the information is confirmed by the Sziget organization on Facebook. No other explanation has been given, apart from the fact that The Gaslight Anthem unfortunately cancelled their Sziget show. Were you looking forward to seeing The Gaslight Anthem at Sziget 2013?
UPDATE: Szigetfest.co.uk has Wovenhand listed as a guest of Muzsikas, along with Alexander Balanescu, Amadinda and Jen? Jandó. Wovenhand will be one of the next names to be added to the Sziget 2013 line up. The date is mentioned in the list of Wovenhand tour dates on their record company’s website. The Glitterhouse Records website mentions August 6 as the date Wovenhand will be playing Sziget 2013. In case you don’t know them, Wovenhand is an alternative country band led by former 16 Horsepower lead singer David Eugene Edwards. (thanks go to Steven!)
Hungary Tourism UK has launched a Facebook competition that gives people the chance to win a pair to tickets to Sziget 2013. The idea is to get more exposure for the festival in the UK, and it’s pretty easy to enter. You just have to like their page, and then enter your details in a form, after you’ve shared Sziget with your friends. You can enter the competition on Facebook here, but do bear in mind that it’s only open to UK residents.
The Sziget 2013 Android app has been updated, and now includes many more features for those going to Sziget 2013. If you didn’t uninstall the app from last year, you should probably already have the new version installed. You can now buy tickets from the app (which includes a new layout, too), and there’s also an offline map. There are also new views, like “nearby programs” and the app seems to be better organized and easier to use. It's also possible for the app to remind you of Sziget programs you want to see, ten minutes before they start, so you can't miss