Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #8: Jagwar Ma

  In one of those quiet moments, when I ponder the great facts of life over coffee, it dawned on me that there are those bands which for one small random reason will become forever connected in my mind, and no matter how different the genre, the career arc, I will always regard them as…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #9: Her

Her are another band whom I would not have expected to make it to this top, especially as before the Sziget announcement I wasn’t even fully aware they existed, and had to google them and subsequently correctly identify them as not being H.E.R. the singer, who hails from California, as opposed to Her the band,…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #10: Oligarkh

Every Sziget must have at least one UFO type of experience, which involves a less known band playing some crazy musical genre on a small stage, at an ungodly hour, to a flabbergasted audience gathered around a nucleus of die-hard fans. That’s another might of Sziget: no matter how obscure an act, someone somewhere on…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017: #11 The Kills

  In times of great boredom (the drama of our age: the more means of entertainment we have, the more dissatisfied with life we become), I like to follow my favourite bands on Instagram. This in spite of the fact that with a few notable exceptions (Astronautalis takes great shots and Cat’s Eyes are quirky…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017: #12 Mando Diao

It dawned on me that I have spent quite a good bit of the Day One coverage on Mando Diao, despite later excitements of the nature of PJ Harvey and Kasabian. This is testament to the fact that, as my early last.fm records, which, unlike many others, I have not reset at all, show, there…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017: #13 White Lies

White Lies were, along with three other names duly way up in this most scientific of charts, one of the acts I was most looking forward to for this edition. They’d been to Sziget previously- once in the A38 tent (back then known as Wan2) and once as slightly improbable headliners on the Main Stage,…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017:#14 The Courteeners

So I’ve just spent some time, wouldn’t necessary call it wasting, though perhaps it is, raiding through the answers to the best Sziget concert question on the festival’s official Facebook page. Every Major Lazer felt like losing a battle, and very many Major Lazers (there’s awfully plenty of them) felt like losing a war. Of…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #15: The Vaccines

So this thing looks like getting a bit out of control: I started with a top 5, which then grew into a top 10 and this year I realized I do have 15 Sziget concerts I can put in some sort of an almost logical order. I hope myself that this will not evolve into…

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…