Turn Off the Bright Lights: Sziget 2017 Day Five

I was thinking I’d spare you the how could this be the last day lament, but I simply can’t. Time is crazy, crazier still when on the island and you always get to the moment when you realize this is it. All the little hidden stages you planned to visit this time around, not gonna…

The Pineapple Cult of Budapest: Sziget 2017 Day Four

Preamble. A young man is lying on the grass, close to the entrance, looking worse for wear. His friends arrive, take one look at him, and exclaim: man, you look like you’ve been lying here since last year’s Sziget. To which he replies: Well, I feel as if I’ve been doing it since day one…

Awake at 3 AM: Sziget 2017 Day Three

In case you assume there is no pride in being awake at 3 AM on Sziget, as in really awake, coordinated, knowing where your keys are and what was the name of your first favourite plush toy, well you’re wrong. Some might say that there is no fun in having all your senses intact at…

Everything but the Main Stage: Sziget 2017 Day Two

The Saturday Main Stage line up was blighted by two cancellations right in the run up to the festival (Rita Ora was replaced by Iggy Azalea and Clean Bandit by Galantis), yet it drew the largest crowd, close to the island’s full capacity. Locals who go out for only one day seemed to opt for…

A Certain Bromance- Sziget 2017 Day One

Arriving on the island on what is supposedly the first day of the actual festival (which is totally silly, by now it feels like we’ve been there forever) it dawned on me that this will be a walk down memory lane. For in the early days, more often than not, we would show up, get…

Being Almost Scottish- Sziget Day Zero

Preamble. Almost front row of the Biffy Clyro gig, girl asks boy who knows all the lines to the songs: Are you Scottish? He answers: Yes, almost Scottish! Girl: What does that mean?! Boy: I am French! Girl: So cool! Your take away being that all the differences that we grapple with in our daily…

Sziget 2014 Diary- Day Minus One

Sziget should be globally considered as the mother of all festivals for the simple reason that it’s so much longer than most. This year the hardcore Sziget dwellers could move in as early as Saturday, and most venues were already fully functional, even if some will start their programme in earnest only on Wednesday. So…