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Hear summer songs at Müpa Budapest during Hey June!

This annual Hey June! music festival at Budapest’s biggest performance hall highlights assorted Magyar musicians with a series of cool concerts spanning June 6-28. Dj Bootsie, the hip-hop hero of the popular Hungarian band Žagar, retunes his songs with acoustic instruments; Jazzékiel holds a two-hour-long alternative mega-gig; Irie Maffia diva Sena brings Ghana to Budapest; and Benedek Szabó and the Galaxisok brings the stage setting to life. As a closing concert, after ten long years, Amorf Ördögök (Amorphean Devils) shares a stage with the Honvéd Male Choir – and it’s all happening at Müpa.

Ever since Müpa’s opening in 2005, the Hey June!
concert series has been providing an opportunity for both little-known and popular Budapest bands to put on live performances amid such amazing scenes and acoustic conditions that can never be repeated in the same way ever again. This normally results in professional and one-of-a-kind audio artistry that intermingles familiar tunes with fascinating experiments, always providing a few twists and surprises.

On June 6th, Dj Bootsie – a pioneer of the Hungarian hip-hop scene – opens this grand series of gigs with his Electroacoustic BeatPicnic, in which he plays the best sets of his 20-year career, enticing the audience to spot a few acoustic aspects, too. Dj Bootsie is known from both Yonderboi and Žagar, and now he will take the stage with numerous guest performers, such as László Grünvald, the talented member of the Talamba Band, who will play such interesting instruments as the vibraphone, the marimba, the balafon, and the steel drum.

Jazzékiel started out as a high-school band in Dunaújváros, and now they will celebrate their 15th birthday with a two-hour-long monster concert. This alternative ensemble mingling dark jazz with an alternative sound has released three big albums so far, with the latest coming out last year. The band will bring a few reinterpreted songs to their gig on June 15th, and will step on the stage with almost every musician who ever contributed to their albums.

Szabó Benedek és a Galaxisok (Benedek Szabó and the Galaxies) gained popularity with their clever contemporary lyrics. They will visit the festival on June 20th to perform brand-new songs from their freshest album that will be released soon. They will shake up their show with guest performers, and will introduce extra instruments amid a live stage setting that reflects the moods of their songs. Besides new tunes, they will also entice with old favorites from two of their former albums.

Irie Maffia’s dazzling diva, Sena Dagadu, will perform with the Sena Live Band on June 25th. They will also play never-before-heard songs, enabling visitors to explore the personal musical scene of Sena, mingling tricky African and European tunes. Due to the special and recycled textiles used on stage, they will also bring the magical world of Ghana to Budapest through their stage setting.

After ten long years, Amorf Ördögök and the Honvéd Male Choir will perform together again on June 28th in the Bartók Béla National Concert Hall. This concert will offer a truly exceptional experience, as in addition to the most special Amorf songs, they will also play covers, and old band members will take the stage with the band again, too.

All of these concerts start at 8pm, and tickets are selling quick, so it’s recommended to get yours as soon as possible. For more information and ticket purchase, visit the Müpa Budapest website.

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