The Europe Stage Round Up: Part Two

We begin the second installment of the Europe Stage review, naturally, with Canada. While this might sound odd, perhaps it isn’t, after all, the already mentioned Eurovision has adopted Australia, and I’d always thought Canada would be a great match too- in all honesty, they did once kind of send Céline Dion, albeit she belted…

The Europe Stage Round Up- Part One

Last week, amidst pre-Easter frenzy and other springtime fun, Sziget quietly dropped a big bunch of Europe Stage names, and the information that five day tickets are sold out-those who do not want to miss out still have the seven and three day options available, and of course daily tickets, but prices will hike once…

Lana and Ray- A March Bunch of Sziget Names

Any music lover will have that one friend, who, whenever confronted with the line up of any festival, will moderately to completely ignore the headliner(s) and go on a long, convoluted, scientific rant about how the seventh name in the fifth row of small letters is basically the band that makes the whole thing worthwhile and you…

High Time for Excitement: The First Names of Sziget 2018

The first announcement for Sziget 2018 has been brewing for a long and strange time. It was first slated for mid-December, then postponed rather last minute, which might not have been the best boost for the festival’s credibility in its first full year under the helms of the new management, but at least it gave…

April Rain Brings Sziget Names

So I’ve been a horrible slacker and missed the last announcement, but, to my defense, it included only one name and that was Pink! She apparently needs an exclamation mark, though on the poster plastering the walls of the city this year, in which case we are to assume she is this edition’s Rihanna, and…

Sziget Names for the Ides of March

I will be very honest and admit that none of the new names made me jump for particular joy, but then again, one of the very first things I learned during my working career, and perhaps still the most important one, is that life is not a cookie factory. I also assume that there are…

I Was The Sziget Guinea Pig, So You Don’t Have to Be-The 2017 Edition

Since last year’s very efficient guinea pigging allowed me to put on the radar any previously unknown, but perhaps promising acts, thus avoiding that atrocious moment when you realize you kind of fancy someone right after they’ve played Sziget, I might as well make a tradition of it. Three Sziget announcements have given me enough material…

Flash Forward to Summer: New Names in the Sziget Line Up

These days I’ve been reading Sylvie Simmons’s excellent biography of Leonard Cohen, because what better way to spend February than in the company of the godfather of gloom. Though actually the man had become increasingly more at peace with himself and this miserable universe of ours towards the end of his life, thanks in good…