The program of the 20th Sziget Festival is almost complete now and the newest announcement includes various styles, featuring Snoop Dogg, Sum 41, Leftfield and SebastiAn.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus a.k.a. Snoop Dogg can easily be considered as "king of gangsta rap", a real icon of the scene who already sold almost 20 million albums world-wide. The West Coast rapper is one of the most successful artists of the USA and plans to release his newest LP with the title Reincarnated in the second part of 2012.
Deryck Whibley's Sum 41 is a clear and undisputed choice for the younger generation of punk fans. Deryck (also ex-husband of pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne) formed the band together with drummer Steve Jocz in 1996 in Ajax, Canada and grew to become a leader of the genre by now.
SebastiAn is a French musician, DJ and producer, mainly active in the contemporary electro house scene. Besides becoming a regular at e-music festivals and renown for his special remixes, SebastiAn's music also appears in several movies and video games. His debut album, Total was released last May, gathering great critics ever since.
Leftfield is probably the most popular act of the British party culture from the 90s. After producing some of the most important e-music pieces of the scene, they stopped working together in 2002, only to celebrate a successful comeback recently. As of December 2011, Neil Barnes continues to tour with the band while Paul Daley is focusing upon his solo career. The gig will surely provide a cool presentation for both the experienced and new fans of electronic music.
Important to note: SebastiAn is one of the many quality acts performing at the Meduza Nights program section of the A38 Stage. If you were a fan of the old Meduza venue, you will surely love to spend your nights at A38.
And some more good news for e-music fans is provided by the confirmation of the Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila, and the British DJ and producer Lange featuring Betsie Larkin for the mighty Arena venue.
Metalheads can start up this year's Sziget Festival with a day in paradise, as Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, Hammerfall, Moonspell, Ignite and Superbutt will all appear on the dedicated Metal Day of the event on August 7th in Budapest, Hungary.
Day 0 of Europe's Best Major Festival will provide a dedicated metal event, hosted by the Hungarian Main stage at the northern part of the island and presenting a quality international line-up, reaching out to many styles of the hardest and heaviest genre. All this from 2PM all the way until 11PM.
The Metal Day line-up starts with Hungarian rock-metal heroes Superbutt, a Budapest based five-piece combo that has already released five full length albums and toured all across Europe.
The next act on stage will be Californian hardcore-punk group Ignite, playing their hard, but still melodic tunes with an unstoppable intensity.
Then it's time for Portuguese heavy metal stars Moonspell, well known throughout the continent, having released their newest double LP - Alpha Noir / Omega White - this April, which is already the ninth full length album of the band.
After them the stage will be ready for Oscar Dronjak's legendary Scandinavian power metal act, Hammerfall. Last time they played at Sziget was in 2007 and since then released 2 studio albums. And if you know what they are up to, you know they will prevail!
Producing great gothic metal is evidently not just a privilege of northern countries. This theory is clearly proven by Italy's Lacuna Coil, who are also amongst the Sziget Metal Day bands. The last 17 years already saw them selling more than 2 million albums world-wide, also achieving huge successes in the United States.
And the night will be closed by Norway's nr. 1 black metal act, the unbelievably strong and monumental Dimmu Borgir. After spending the last 20 years on stage, they belong to the elite of the Scandinavian scene, releasing dominant albums and playing on the biggest metal events all over the world.
Sziget nr. 20 starts strongly and plans to celebrate in style. See you in the mosh pit!
promo guy // 26/06/2012