Best Concerts of Sziget 2015: #1 Interpol

The other day I was reading a couple of reviews of the much awaited Benedict Cumberbatch does Hamlet project, and one of them ran the totally unexpected title of “Benedict is a bloody good Hamlet says his mum”.  My placing Interpol as the best concert of Sziget probably looks like a similarly objective and factual…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2015: #2 Foals

There’s always one concert on every Sziget that doesn’t immediately feel great for any number of absurd reasons. Like you have a cramp in your left toe, the crowd around you is fidgetier than an anthill, the bottom left stage reflector is pointed straight at your over sensitive retina, and the list can go on…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2015: #3 Fauve

I know how it feels. There goes the hipster getting excited about an obscure band from an obscure land singing in an obscure language. No offence to the French, but in the world of music it’s English and the obscure. French music has however always been my very kind of obscure, since yes, it does…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2015: #4 Kasabian

Anyone who knows me and has at least partial access to my dementia has probably been bored stiff by the story of how I saw Kasabian in Pecsa with a handful of people back when they were considerably less known in this part of the world. I do totally confess to being guilty as charged,…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2015: #5 Gogol Bordello

It would be very easy for Gogol Bordello to fall into that category of world music acts that become completely satisfied with their portion of the scene and deliver the same concert every year for decades or so. Yet I am at the fifth show in about eight years and I can safely say none…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2015: #6 MØ

Speaking of reviews that blow your fuse, the other day I accidentally bumped into one which had the exquisite talent of calling MØ Diplo’s little protegee, thus graciously wiping out the existence of a sea of fabulous music that existed before MØ kindly agreed to make Diplo’s endeavours marginally interesting, if only for the length…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2015 #9: The Horrors

The post may as well begin with another gooey confession, namely that I love The Horrors. I didn’t always love them, mind you, their first album was musically pretty much off my radar, and I had a good chuckle or two over their gothic meets geometry outfits. Whatever then happened to them around their second…