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…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #3: Kasabian

I hereby solemnly promise to spare you any of the discourses of a running bore (or any other type of bore, for that matter, but mercifully I have not yet seen the light of either veganism or some exotic cult, nor do I plan to.) However, indulge me the pleasure of telling you that Kasabian…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #4: Biffy Clyro

In all honestly, I am still not totally sold on Biffy Clyro musically speaking. They have finally begun to sound like something, which is progress, albeit perhaps a late one, given that we’re seven studio albums into their career. It’s just that this something is very odd, and most poignantly, uneven. I keep getting surprised…

Best Concerts of Sziget 2017 #6: Tycho

So we’ve made it to the guilt gnaws the very core of me post, except if I am to think it through, it’s not necessarily the guilt that propelled Tycho to the number 6 spot, but the actual strengths of a show that could not have closed a day (or started another one, depends how…

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…

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…

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…

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…