Main Stage: The Subways (UK)
The final day of Sziget 2012 was kicked of by The Subways on the main stage, not the first English indie-rock band at Sziget. While it’s obvious where they are going with their music, they still have a long way to go. Then again, that’s the difference between day time and night time bands. And if they want to play in the night schedule, they’ll have to look a lot closer to for example the Editors.
Main Stage: Paolo Nutini (UK)
Paolo Nutini was up next. His cheesy, catchy love songs were well appreciated by the mostly female crowd. I must admit that he’s a very talented singer however and I think we’ll hear a lot more from him.
A memorable moment was during one of his hits, “New Shoes”, when many people took of their shoes and held them up in the air, which was quite a funny sight.
Main Stage: Mando Diao (S)
Since everyone knows “Dance With Somebody”, Mando Diao has the difficult task to convince the crowd that the rest of their repertoire is worth listening too as well. Though their hit really stands out between their repertoire, they are definitely worth listening more than that song. Which they proved after giving a top performance and playing “Dance With Somebody” as an encore, after receiving a loud applause by the crowd. Save the best for last really seems to work for them, as we had a really good time.
A38 Stage: Lamb (UK)
Instead of staying over at the main stage, I pretty much refused to go see LMFAO, simply because I don’t think they should be here on Sziget. While Sziget is known for attracting the “alternative” people , they still put one of the most main stream acts ever on the main stage.
Leaving the others behind (they apparently did an attempt to get the crowd singing along “Money For Nothing” by the Dire Straits), I set out for the A38 stage to see Lamb. It was just another wild guess, as the English program books were only available the last day (and they were gone 5 minutes after, apparently). While I had no idea what to expect, I was positively surprised by this duo consisting of Lou Rhodes (singer-songwriter) and Andy Barlow (producer). Without the singing I wouldn’t be impressed much, but the touch Lou Rhodes gives to the electronic tunes is quite impressive.
Main Stage: The Killers (USA)
The Killers are a well-known band, lately more in the mainstream than in the alternative circuit. Throughout the years however, they managed to evolve into this pop-rock act which is a joy for both eyes and ears. Though I only know the older songs and some that managed to get on the radio, I was able to get through the songs I didn’t know and enjoy the show. At this point in the night, the light show was a joy to watch and when they ended with fireworks, everyone was cheering and applauding.
Arena: Starbinszky (H)
After a drinking game with our camping neighbors, we set out to the Arena, but made a small stop at a little wooden cabin where they played live Hungarian music. Everyone was dancing around in a drunken blur and not long after we had to leave and managed to find the Arena. While it’s difficult to remember anything from that point on, the light show was quite impressive. The music, not my cup of tea. But then again, that’s not why we went to the Arena in the first place.
And that’s the end of our coverage on the 20th edition of Sziget 2012. It was a long, tough week, but in the end we all survived. Sadly enough of shisha didn’t, the guitar was stolen and I lost my sunglasses. Still, I think it’s clear we had a lot of fun.
Now, the long wait for the 21st edition…
See you next year!