Sziget Festival 2012


Traditionally the Sziget Festival in Hungary, recently chosen as the Best Major Festival at the European Festival Awards, has a very strong line-up in the world music genre. For that reason world music magazine Songline has once again voted Sziget as one of the top festival in the world music genre. Because the festival has its twentieth edition this year, Sziget has decided the world music stage should be one of many places to party this year. The name of the stage has been changed into World Music Party Stage and all acts in its line-up are known to make a good party.

One of the biggest names for the World Music Party Stage is without doubt The Pogues. The Celtic punkband will show up in their original line-up. Other big names are coming from the Balkan genre: Goran Bregovic Wedding And Funeral Band, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shantel & Bucovina Orkestar and Fanfare Ciocarlia.

There will also be a great number of bands playing latin or ska to dance to. Some of them even mix the pleasures of both genres, like La Selva Sur and Che Sudaka from Spain, or Mexican ska stars Los De Abajo. Figli Di Madre Ignota play mixes several genres into their own trademark “Spaghetti Balkan”, while Sergent Garcia combines raggamuffin with salsa, thus creating the universe of „salsamuffin”. Also not to be missed are the powerful gig of Russian ska combo Leningrad, Bosnian Dubioza Kolektiv and Sicilian Roy Paci & Aretuska.

Hungarian bands will also present some Balkan and ska tunes, amongst them Besh o droM, Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra and the Hungarian-Ukrainian-German cooperation of Rotfront. Probably the most anticipated Hungarian gig on the world stage will belong to Quimby, who are huge stars in Hungary.

The clear mission of the World Music Party Stage is to make everybody dance while breaking all style barriers. Therefore lining-up too will be LaBrassBanda – reinventing Bavarian brass tunes, Maroccan gnawa-rock act Orchestre National De Barbés and Athens-based Imam Baildi.

Other great world msic party acts are French-Algerian HK & Les Saltimbanks, Dutch klezmer icons Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Spanish Muchachito Bombo Infierno, Mexican Molotov and Narasirato from the Solomon Islands.

For more SZIGET FESTIVAL 2012 information and line up – click here >>>


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