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…

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…

Get The Party Started- Sziget Day Minus One

Alright, I’ll admit to my horrible little trick: I got Pink’s song title to headline the entry about the first day of Sziget (which is officially still minus one), because it’s so fitting, and then realized I hardly even feel like mentioning her concert, which might not be a pity after all, since everyone else…