With Sziget Festival fast approaching this weekend, we look towards Budapest’s biggest celebration of worldwide musicians and bands as half a million people prepare to descend on a 200-acre island nestled on the Danube river. As one of Europe’s largest music and culture festivals, this year’s lineup boasts heavy hitters including rock juggernauts Foo Fighters, Manchester’s finest The 1975 and the ever-enchanting Florence + the Machine.

Taking place over seven days, here are our selection of unmissable acts for your schedules.

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ANGIE MCMAHON

Wed 7 – Petofi Radio – Telekom Volt Festival Stage: 19.45

Performing on the opening day of the festival, Australian newcomer Angie McMahon recently released her debut album Salt to rave reviews globally. A hitmaker in her homeland, this is the ideal opportunity to see Angie air new tracks in her distinctly mournful yet melodic style of indie-rock. There’s a real intimacy to her writing and the gravely tones of her vocal have drawn lofty comparisons to the likes of Patti Smith. Singles including ‘Slow Mover’ and ‘Play The Game’ will be a dreamy accompaniment as the sun slowly fades on the first day on site.

MARIBOU STATE

Mon 12 – MasterCard Stage by A38: 11.45

On the festival’s penultimate day, electronic outfit Maribou State will be in charge of taking weary festival-goers into the evening with their all-consuming alternative dance. Last year’s Kingdom In Colour featured collaborations with Holly Walker, Khruangbin and more and was received brilliantly by both critics and their ever expanding fanbase. They have headlined festivals across the globe and are an incredibly proficient live act so their twilight appearance in one not to miss. Expect tight performance and soul shaking bass beats, perfect for a Monday night.

TOVE LO

Fri 9 - MasterCard Stage by A38: 19.45

The Swedish sensation Tove Lo has recently been performing across the European festival circuit with her exceptional catalogue of dance-pop and previewing new material from anticipated new album Sunshine Kitty. Expect high octane stage presence and sweaty bodies everywhere as the queen of clouds runs through a mind spinning show including mega-hits ‘Talking Body’, ‘Disco Tits’ and the smasher ‘Habits’. Tove is not known for huge world tours so this appearance at Sziget is a prime opportunity to see one of the most exciting and game-changing names in pop music.

BIG THIEF

Mon 12 – Dan Panaitescu Main Stage: 16.00

Opening the stage on Monday August 12, US indie four-piece Big Thief are an absolute must-see. Their first two records Masterpiece and Capacity were revered upon release and topped end of year lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Now the band are ready to showcase the material of their latest album U.F.O.F. with minimal, emotive sensibilities and faultless musicality. A band who have been steadily growing for the past couple of years, make sure you get in early to catch them.

ANNA OF THE NORTH

Fri 9 – MasterCard Stage by A38: 11.45

Scandinavians have the pop game down and Norwegian native Anna Lotterud aka Anna Of The North will take revellers into their Friday evening with lo-fi sad bangers and streaming successes including ‘Fire’ and ‘Lovers’. Soon to release her sophomore follow-up, there’s a lot of excitement around her and this feels the perfect setting to air some new material along with fan favourites. Expect slick instrumental from Anna’s bandmate and producer Brady Daniell-Smith and an undeniably charming performance style from the fast-rising star.

PALE WAVES

Thu 8 - MasterCard Stage by A38: 18.30

If you like your pop fast and urgent, enter Manchester four piece Pale Waves with their dizzying debut record My Mind Makes Noises. Their label mates and mentors The 1975 will headline the main stage so warm up with heart-on-the-sleeve style bangers from one of the UK’s biggest breakthroughs of 2018. Helena and the band are known for racing through a hits heavy setlist that lifts tracks from the debut and elevates them into stadium-style stompers. Expect some old cuts including New Year’s Eve to make an appearance as the band make their Hungarian debut.

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Tickets are available here: https://szigetfestival.com/en/tickets