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Pearls, kings and melon players – Sziget highlights, Day 2!

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  • Dávid Kovács

11/08/2022 4.17pm

Sludge metal from Belgium, Afrobeat from Ghana and nayda from Morocco – there’s lots to see at Sziget today. And Kings of Leon are headlining!

Festival information

It's Sziget week! For details of how to get to Budapest's best fest, see here. For the full line-up, see here, and for tickets, here.

Photo: Juan José Ortiz-Arenas

La Perla

1/10

La Perla from Colombia bring the atmosphere of Latin America and the Caribbean to Sziget. This pioneering trio are not only at home in the genres of cumbia, merengue and bullerengue, but in their songs they also regularly speak out against social injustice and violence. Global Village, 5pm

Photo: Leon De Backer - Doomstar Bookings

Stake

2/10

Belgium has produced a number of great rock and metal bands over the past two decades, including Stake (formerly Steak Number Eight). You might wonder what a band combining post-rock and sludge metal are doing at Sziget, but as there not been a separate metal stage for some time, the heavier groups regularly appear here on the Európa Stage. Stake have already toured with Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones, and come to Sziget after festivals such as Wacken and Hellfest. Európa Stage, 5.10pm

Photo: Omnichord Records

Surma

3/10

This concert by the Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Débora Umbelino, aka Surma, will be about relaxation and intimacy. Thus one-person project combines ambient, post-rock and jazz, and the end result is a rather unique mix, ideal for slowing down a little in the midst so much stimulation and spin. Európa Stage, 6.40pm

Photo: Kaat Pype

Meskerem Mees

4/10

Belgian Meskerem Mees is barely 20 years old, and only released her first album last year, yet she can say that she has already played stages such as the Montreux Jazz Festival. In her songs inspired by North-American folk, you can also discover the influences of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, complemented by the cello of her friend, Febe Lazou. In January, at the Dutch Eurosonic Festival, the jury awarded Mees the grand prize of the Music Moves Europe Awards, granted by the European Commission to the most talented new artists. Music Box, 8pm

Photo: CityZen Music

Santrofi

5/10

Ghanians Santrofi are following in the footsteps of legendary compatriot performers such as Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas, but lending a much more modern sound to the highlife genre, involving Afrobeat, jazz, funk and tribal elements, all developed in Accra over the last century. Great atmosphere and dancing guaranteed! Global Village, 8pm

Photo: Matthew Followill - RCA Records

Kings of Leon

6/10

Kings Of Leon visited Sziget in 2015. Since then, two LPs have been released, and although they may be past the peak of their popularity, their concerts still bring a crowd. This will certainly be the case tonight, many remembering singing along to Sex on Fire or Use Somebody with thousands of others here. Main Stage, 9.15pm

Photo: Soldout Productions

Luidji

7/10

A relatively recent favourite from the world of French rap is Luidji, who quickly gained great popularity in Francophone countries with his R&B, soulful, sometimes trap-style sound. With A Colors Show, he’s managing to gain a foothold elsewhere. This will be his first appearance in Hungary. DropYard, 11pm

Photo: Bab L' Bluz

Bab L’Bluz

8/10

As one of the best-known representatives of the Moroccan nayda youth trend, Bab L’Bluz are constantly looking for new paths and breaking new ground in North-African culture, while at the same time their music is based on the traditional local blues and gnawa. The elements of psych-rock, jazz and funk are brought into the mix, with loud political statements in their lyrics. This is all interpreted in strong fashion by singer Yousra Mansour, female frontmen not exactly ten a penny in this genre. Global Village, 11.15pm

Photo: Futura Artists

John Talabot

9/10

House producer and DJ Oriol Riverola, aka John Talabot, has only released one solo album so far (Fin, 2012), but it has since been considered one of the classics of the genre. The Catalan has already made a number of appearances at Sziget but now he’s returning after an almost ten-year hiatus. He’s produced a joint album with Axel Boman, called Talaboman, and his remixes can be found all over the place. Colosseum, 1am 

Photo: Base Productions

Mezerg

10/10

Frenchman Mezerg is an unusual phenomenon, a one-man live act who can create an instrument from almost anything, even a melon, but what he always has with him is a synthesiser, a drum machine and a theremin. It is difficult to decide whether his performances are electronic or acoustic productions, but perhaps it doesn't matter, it will be enough just to let yourself be immersed in the beat, sometimes in the virtuosity. FreeDome, 1.30am

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