Kings of Leon at Sziget 2015

Sziget is proud to announce Kings of Leon at this year's Island of Freedom. Their headline gig on the 15th August is one of the very few chances to meet the band in Europe during the summer. Who is excited?

Kings of Leon arrives to Sziget this summer! A huge piece of news, especially that this is an almost exclusive gig in Europe for the summer season. So, combine your favorite gig with a festival holiday and be at the Sziget Main Stage this August! The week of Sziget Festival is a real festival holiday, where you can not only enjoy 7 days of non-stop fun, but countless programs and venues. The Island of Freedom is the happy owner of  ‘Best European Major Festival’ award and aims to keep this title with its original program and unique atmosphere. For this reason, organizers are very happy to announce Kings of Leon in the line-up.
 
The four Followills -- singer/ guitarist Caleb, guitarist Matthew, drummer Nathan, bassist Jared -- had been on a fairly relentless run for the preceding twelve years, releasing six albums, gathering Grammys, BRIT awards and touring the world dozens of times since emerging from Nashville in early 2003. After headlining the world’s biggest Festivals including Roskilde, Coachella, Glastonbury, Rock Werchter, Lollapalooza & many more, this will be the band’s first appearance in Hungary - sets have included songs from all six of the band’s iconic albums. 

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Major Lazer, C2C, The Script and more!

Sziget is happy to announce Major Lazer, The Script, C2C, Arty and Asaf Avidan at the Island of Freedom! Check our programs section as many other acts have been announced as well, what we call the "soul of Sziget", like Cirque du Sziget, Sziget Beach, Luminarium and many more!

The program of Sziget is shaping up! We are happy to announce that Major Lazer, The Script, C2C, Arty and Asaf Avidan are also joining the line-up of the Sziget music stages. What you should also keep in mind when it comes to the program of Sziget that so many things are happening on the island, that you will be happy to get lost and enjoy the various programs!

We call these programs the "sould of Sziget" as they create a vibe that makes Sziget Festival the Best Major European Festival! Check out the Sziget anthem and feel the atmosphere that is waiting for you! Tickets are available here and you should start discovering the program section as well!

Play on the Europe Stage!

Thanks to the cooperation of Sziget and Gigmit, now you have the chance to become part of the Sziget vibe by playing on the Europe stage. So apply and showcase your music to thousands of music lovers. We will offer one slot on our multicultural and vibrant stage between the 12th and 16th of August.

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We can’t wait to have you and make you part of the Island of Freedom!

 

Line-up of MasterCard World Music Stage

This year you Szitizens can expect great music coming from all over the globe, bringing danceable tunes to the MasterCard World Music Stage. The internationally recognized program venue at the Island of Freedom will offer a wide range of acts, with a special focus on gypsy traditions this year. Don't forget: discounted 'Advance Round 1' tickets are only available until the end of April.

The world music stage at Sziget has become a hot spot for the genre in Hungary for 15 years now. Many icons of the scene have performed here and the program has not only reflected the new trends of world music, but also the taste of Szitizens. The MasterCard World Music Stage has now merged with the previously separately working Roma Tent, Afro-Latin Reggae Stage and the Hungaricum village stage, creating a hub for the loves of world music.
 
Sziget and Hungary has been a stronghold of the world music scene for decades and the organizing team is very proud of this mission. The fact that WOMEX, the World Music Expo will be hosted by Budapest in October 2015 is another important step towards the right direction. Music fans will now have the chance to party at the World Music Main Stage during Sziget and also come back to the Hungarian capital later this year to get a full taste of what’s hot in the genre. WOMEX Director, Alexander Walter, has added:
 
"Sziget is an exceptionally important player in our mission to cross cultural borders – it represents a community and an audience that does not think in strict genre categories but is eager to see the world and explore its diversity. We're very happy to bring WOMEX to the CEE region for the first time, and to bring the global music scene here. We want to help highlight the rich musical traditions and diversity of the region on the international stage."
 
More info on WOMEX: www.womex.com
 

Line-up

The 2015 line-up will have a special emphasis on gypsy music coming from all over the world. Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan a collective of consummate, wise and spirited musicians, vocalists and dancers of all generations will arrive from India, while from Romania, Taraf de Haidouks, considered as the epitome of Gypsy music's fabulous vitality, will also hit the stage. The Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Band's music marries sounds of a gypsy brass band with traditional Bulgarian polyphonies, those of an electric guitar and traditional percussion with a curious rock accent, while Boban Marković is without doubt the best-known Balkan trumpet player. Commencing their new concert season in Hungary, the world-renowned family brass band has achieved almost all a band can hope to achieve since its formation almost thirty years ago. The Egyptian Project assembles world-class musicians who layer tasteful electronic rhythms beneath virtuosic playing, the project of Jérôme Ettinger and the debut album called Ya Amar  is the most potent album to arise from this country since the political upheaval began. In addition, the Hungarian gypsy music scene will be represented by Romengo bringing the new Sound of Eastern European Gypsy music, and Parno Graszt playing traditional Gypsy music. 
 
 
Besides the gypsy focus, classics from the world music world will also be present. As the Portugese fado-star, Mariza, a Mozambican whose soul was forged in the old Mouraria district of Lisbon. Sziget is proud to present the German brass band revolutionary LaBrassBanda and the most popular European klezmer band from London, She’Koyokh.  Afrorock beats will arrive from Mauritania by Noura Mint Seymali and drawing also inspiration from the roots of afrobeat, the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble use their jazz experience to expand on Voodoo rhythms with a modern urban touch.
 
Imam Baildi started sampling and remixing Greek tunes of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. The group’s self titled first release reached number 7 and stayed 3 months in European World Music Charts. Roy Paci & Aretuska Allstars hatched a plan for one of the most sun-loving, fun-loving projects to hit the Italian music scene. The trademark of the Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orchestra’s has always been a steamy brew of Eastern European gipsy music and Jamaican ska, seasoned with a rebellious spirit. Arriving from France, HK & Les Saltimbanks composed by hip-hop, accordion, violin and a shy desire to carry the worker society identity.
 
The “ethno-chaos” of Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha, a group that feels both intimately tied to their homeland, yet instantly compelling for international audience will bring unexpected, refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music. Che Sudaka today are known as a flagship group of Mestizo Music around the globe, while La Chiva Gantiva will arrive with a blend of Afro-Colombian rhythms with other styles of music they love: rock, afrobeat and funk. Formed by writer Rina Durante in 1975, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is regarded as Italy ’ s leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble, hailing from the Salento, the heel of the Italian boot, in Puglia.
 
Strengthening the Hungarian performers, Besh o droM blends folk and contemporary instruments (including cymbalon and turntables, for instance), in styles ranging from jazz to world music while LB27 was formed behind the iron curtain in 1985 when a few guys realized that Hungarians are hungry for the Caribbean which was missing from the musical scene then. Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (PASO) is the traditional ska ambassador to Hungary and one of the most energetic young bands with distinct Eastern European roots. Söndörgő is one of the most active and interesting world music groups in Hungary. Their aim is to foster and preserve Southern Slavic traditions of the Serbs and Croats as found in various settlements in Hungary. In addition, Szalonna és Bandája, will bring authentic Hungarian folk tunes to dance to!
 
To make the party never-ending: GypsySoundSystem, DJ Borzin, DJ Luca Vaga, DJ Lord Sassafras and DJ Tagada will supply the beats!

Tickets here! 

More names have arrived

Program announcements never stop when it comes to the Island of Freedom. This time Avicii, Limp Bizkit, Holywood Undead, The Gaslight Anthem and more acts have joined the line-up. Discounted 'Advance Round 1' tickets are only available until the end of April.

Besides presenting well-known acts on huge stages, Sziget also gives a chance for all Szitizens to shine with their own performances. Are you a master of campfire songs? Then here’s your chance to apply and play at our campfire venue! More info here. Or in case you’re ready to team up with friends and challenge opponents from all across the globe to become part of the most devoted Sziget fanclub, well, Mission:Szitizen is definitely the right activity for you, check here!
 
The biggest music stages host a colorful line-up of all genres, including Robbie Williams, Florence + The Machine, Alt-J, Martin Garrix, Foals, Interpol and many many more! Already announced acts are available on the website - here!
 
 
And let's see the new names!
 
Avicii, Swedish EDM DJ, remixer, and record producer will arrive this year to Sziget. He is ranked 3rd on DJ Magazine 's annual Top 100 DJs in 2012 and 2013 and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award. Szitizens will, for sure, hear some of his most famous tracks as "Wake Me Up", "You Make Me", "X You", "Hey Brother" and "Addicted to You".
 
Sziget also welcomes the original line-up of Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and DJ Lethal, who are back from an eight year hiatus to bring their world back to ours. Limp Bizkit will kick off a world tour in the Spring with a possible new album, which would be the original group’s first full-length effort since 2000. Limp Bizkit’s first three albums have sold over 20 million copies in the U.S. alone, and another 13 million in the rest of the world.
 
Arriving from Germany, CRO is a phantom, the masked hero 2.0, Germany’s most successful rapper. He changed German hip-hop, all this independently with no support by a major label. With his debut album Raop he even invented his own musical genre. For his productions he mixes indie and classical rap and forges something new, something great and unique. 
 
SOJA blends reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop. Originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fanbase around the world since. After the release of their 2012 album Strength To Survive, the musicians started writing material for what would become their fifth full-length album, “Amid the Noise and Haste.”
 
Hollywood Undead were born in the underground. Ever since they clawed their way into the mainstream with their 2008 near platinum-selling debut Swan Songs and its acclaimed 2010 follow-up American Tragedy, the masked Los Angeles collective—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz—never lost sight of where they came from. Their third full-length album Notes From The Underground emerges directly from that same place behind the curtain, underneath the veneer, and inside the darkest heart of their city.
 
American punk rock band from New Brunswick, The Gaslight Anthem, will also rock the stages of the Island of Freedom. The band's fifth full-length studio album, Get Hurt, was released in 2014. Since coming together in 2007, the band has joyfully injected aspects of rock’s most universal languages – arena rock and barroom blues, folk and pure pop – into punk’s round hole, ultimately forging its own powerful, populist sound. 
 
From igniting dancefloors across the globe to releasing some of the most seminal drum and bass tracks ever to see wax, DJ Marky continues to amass an unsurpassable list of achievements, all driven by his dedication, phenomenal technical skills and unique flair. Teaming up with Stamina MC, a multi‐talented natural performer, effortlessly combining the roles of vocalist, host and MC with a massive stage‐presence, Stamina’s well earned reputation speaks for itself. Stamina’s high energy performances are certain to raise the crowd with an outstanding range of lyrics, harmonies and freestyles to match the occasion. 
 
 
 

Kasabian, Ellie Goulding and more to come

More and more names are added to the 2015 line-up of Sziget. The end is still far away as your7 day long festival holiday hosts around 1000 programs altogether. This time new names have arrived to the music section, but you Szitizens can expect more venues and programs to be announced in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned!

Sziget Festival is the reigning ‘Best European Major Festival’ award winner and aims to keep this title with its original program and unique atmosphere. When you go through the legendary bridge you arrive to an Island with extraordinary visuals and decorations. We can easily describe the location as ‘a great place to get lost’ as you can choose from more than 50 program venues with around 1000 programs at the week-long event. In addition, the amazing city of Budapest is a capital also worth to explore. 
 
As you may know by now the biggest music stages host a colorful line-up of all genres, including Robbie Williams, Florence + The Machine, Alt-J, Martin Garrix, Foals, Interpol and many many more! 
While some new names have arrived just now:
 
Straight from the UK to the stages of Sziget arrives one of the most successful English indie rock bands, Kasabian. Their fifth album was released last year, so get ready to rock the Sziget Main Stage with them. In addition, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding will have her debut also on the biggest stage of the Island of Freedom. The sound of her music is an utterly distinctive and unforgettable one. The A38 will be loud from the music of Sigma, who are now international chart toppers. Their iconic first number one single, “Nobody To Love” was followed up by another chart topper when their second single, “Changing” ft. Paloma Faith, was released. British electronic music trio, Nero, is also among the prestigious line-up of the huge tent. Their newest work has been released just recently, check out 'The Thrill'. Coming from Germany Kraftklub will merge indie rock tunes with German lyrics.
 
 
More names are also added to the electronic music venues: the massive Telekom Arena and the unique Colosseum. Here Szitizens can enjoy the music presented by Hernan Cattaneo, a DJ who has a dedication to quality underground sounds when it comes to house music. In addition, the Northern house and techno starlet Laura Jones, the true underground techno hero Function, prominent member of Berlin's vibrant electronic club scene Ellen Allien and a respected exponent of the contemporary house and techno scene Damian Lazarus will also be there to keep the party going at Sziget. Stadium X will bring the electronic vibes from the festival’s host city Budapest, while the Dutch duo of Lucas & Steve will also impress the crowd with their set. 

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Foals, Marina and the Diamonds and 20 more names

More than twenty new acts are announced for various stages on the Island of Freedom, like Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Interpol, Dropkick Murphys and many more! Check the already announced names and wait for many more to come!

Sziget is one of the few major festivals you could even enjoy without a single second of music on the stages, but presenting a cool mixture of new and already established acts is still an important mission for the organizers. The already announced bands can be found on the festival’s numerous websites and be ready for a lot more music, fun, arts and activities to be revealed in the coming weeks. The programs can also be followed through the official application of the event, including special features as well.

In addition to the already announed names  now these names have been added (in alphabetical order): 

Alesso // Beatsteaks // Dotan // Dropkick Murphys // Foals // Foxes // Future Islands // Gentleman & The Evolution // Halestorm // Interpol // Knife Party // Marina and the Diamonds // MO // Nervo // Paloma Faith // SBTRKT // Selah Sue // The Maccabees // Typhoon // Vitalic Live // William Fitzsimmons // Yellow Claw
 
Check tickets and make sure you are going to be part of the Island of Freedom!
 

Leningrad :(

Unfortunately Leningrad had to cancel their recently announced Sziget gig, because Sergei Shnurov, the front man of the legendary band will attend an icebreaker cruise at the North Pole. 

The super exciting adventure will be the same time as Sziget, so they will not play this year at the Island of Freedom. We are deeply sorry to hear this, but we wish Sergei a great trip! Bon Voyage! 
 
This is the official statement from Sergei:
 
Dear Friends!
Unfortunately, this year the band Leningrad will not be able to come to the Sziget!
The thing is that I'm the lead singer of Leningrad, Sergei Shnurov, and I received an invitation from my friends to take part in the latest cruise on an icebreaker to the North Pole ! And the journey will take place at the same time as the Festival ! I could not refuse ! I hope we will please you with our show next year !
 
Sergei Shnurov
front man of Leningrad

Explore Sziget and new names added

Let’s start exploring Sziget and everything the 7 days and the island has to offer! Next to the party central Main Stage, A38 will again host diverse styles and fresh music, while the MasterCard World Music Stage will bring you the most exciting music from all over the globe. Colosseum – a venue built of pallets – will deliver crazy parties day and night and a beloved venue has a comeback this year:  the mega-tent of endless parties, Telekom Arena is back! Get a taste of their line-up and check the first names!

Main Stage

Robbie Williams, Florence and the Machine, Alt-J are already confirmed for the Sziget Main Stage. The party will be as crazy as always at the party central of the island. This time organizers have added Gogol Bordello to the expanding set of names and this year's End Show on 16th August, will be hosted by Martin Garrix, who is currently number four on the Top 100 DJs list. This year's end show will be even more spectacular and exciting full of fireworks, pyrotechnic and other special effects and a magnificent laser show.

A38

The A38 tent is known for a great mixture and variety of performers. The Ting Tings will have a cool show here as well as Passenger, who is known for his heartbreakingly beautiful music. Despite venturing into songwriting just three years ago, 20 year-old Ella Eyre has already attracted many fans and she will definitely blow away the Sziget crowd similarly to Milky Chance, who play an elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lush vocals. Jungle's musical style has been described as "midtempo 1970s-style funk" that they will prove at the Island of Freedom. Tyler, The Creator will also have a fascinating gig as well as electronic music mega-revolutionaries, the Infected Mushroom. With a distinctive electronicore style Enter Shikari fuses post-hardcore alternative metal and metalcore with elements of various electronic music genres. Slovenian electronic artist Gramatik, Dutch singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Jett Rebel and Kensington will also perform at A38. In addition, Hospitality presents the following names at Sziget this year: Camo & Krooked, High Contrast, Fred V & Grafix, Danny Byrd and MC Dynamite.

 

Telekom Arena

The mega-tent of EDM, the Arena will come back this year, sponsored by Telekom. Many acts will be hosted at this popular venue, such as DJ duo, W&W, Dutch electronic dance music producer and DJ Sander van Doorn, as well as Bassjackers, who played in clubs from Ibiza with Tiesto to Las Vegas with Afrojack. In addition Telekom Arena will host the eclectic multi-genre, cut-n-paste style of British DJ, Jaguar Skills as well as Julian Jordan and Sidney Samson.  

 

MasterCard World Music Stage

The first names have arrived to MasterCard World Music Stage as well. Such stars will perform here as the Fado celebrity Mariza, the Russian underground legends Leningrad, Che Sudaka, who combine everything that is danceable, Goran Bregovic and the Wedding and Funeral Band with the essential sounds of the Balkan and Italy's leading and longest-standing traditional music ensemble the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Colosseum

The popular venue built upon pallets, Colosseum, will host such names as underground house icons Apollonia, German house DJ Dixon, Brazilian electronic music producer Gui Boratto, remixer-DJ-producer Michael Mayer, techno producer and Canadian DJ-producer trio My Favorite Robot

 

Check tickets now and be part of the Island of Freedom!

Check all announced acts now and wait for more headliners and program announcements! Stay tuned!

Robbie Williams at Sziget!

Sziget Festival is proud to announce that Robbie Williams will headline the starting day of the one week long festival holiday in Budapest. The Island of Freedom will host the next stop of the ‘Let Me Entertain You Tour’ of Robbie on 10 August (officially called Sziget Day -1) that is included in the 7 Days Pass.  Day tickets are also available: the first 10.000 tickets are available for 59€ and afterwards they can be purchased for 65€. As in 2014, organizers expect Sziget to be a sold out event, so those who would like to be part of it should purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Organizers of Sziget Festival are happy to announce that Robbie Williams was added to the lineup. The program of the 7 days long event is already shaping up: Florence and the Machine, Alt-J, Awolnation, Blasterjaxx, Jamie Woon and more have already confirmed and many more will follow.
 
Day tickets for Day -1 are available in a limited number of 25.000, but those who have a 7 Days Pass can enjoy all the 7 days, including the massive show of Robbie Williams. The first 10.000 day tickets are available for 59€ and afterwards they can be purchased for 65€. As in 2014, organizers expect Sziget to be a sold out event, so those who would like to be part of it should purchase their tickets as soon as possible.
 
 
 
Robbie Williams has sold over 70 million albums during his solo career and has won more BRIT Awards than any other artist before. Robbie’s 2010 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music brought his tally of Brits to an astonishing 17. Six of Robbie’s albums appear in the all time top 100 biggest selling albums in the UK, whilst Williams also holds the record for the most concert tickets sold in one day – 1.6 million in 2006.  These accolades coupled with the honour of playing the largest open air concert in UK history to 375,000 people (an unprecedented three nights at Knebworth in 2003) have meant that Robbie’s status as a live performer has equalled his massive achievements as a recording artist. The release of Robbie’s most recent album, ‘Swings Both Ways’ saw him achieve a UK chart-topping tally to match Elvis Presley, boasting 11 Official Albums Chart solo Number Ones apiece.