The Sunday of the biggest festival in Europe, Sziget, turned out to be a beautiful Hungarian Sunday. A warm sun settled over the Óbuda Island in Budapest. Speaking of Sziget Island is a bit of a double take, as Sziget is the Hungarian word for ‘Island’. The Sziget Festival is therefore actually the best name for the beautiful festival. A whole series of fantastic festival bands and artists were also scheduled for Sunday.
Ronnie Flex & the Fam
On this warm and dusty Sunday, Ronnie Flex and his band were on the Main Stage. Even though the show was at four o’clock in the afternoon, a nice crowd had already formed. When he asked after the first song of the day if he could just talk in Dutch it was confirmed by the cheers from the audience. Again it seemed that all Dutch people had gathered here. The singer/rapper was very much looking forward to his performance, as you could tell from his broad smile that did not disappear from his face. In his enthusiasm, he forgot the order of his own set a few times. He gave a complete introduction to the next song, but then something else actually came first. With his accessible hip-hop songs, he eventually managed to draw a decent crowd to the Main Stage, and not just people from the Netherlands. He really made a party out of his performance, which attracted all kinds of people.
Later in the afternoon, it was Sigrid’s turn. She was also on the Main Stage. The young Norwegian singer was performing at Sziget for the first time in her career. ‘It was always my dream to play at this festival!’ Now she could make that dream a reality. It was clear to tell that she was having a great time. She danced all over the stage and her smile was unstoppable. With songs like “Strangers” and “Sucker Punch”, she captured the audience, and people soon started dancing. All in all, it was a very ‘clean’ performance. From her outfit, a white shirt with jeans, to the songs she played; everything seemed neat and went as it should. Through the upbeat pop songs, Sigrid provided enough energy to the audience to make it a party.
In the Freedome, meanwhile, the performance of the evening had already begun. Palaye Royale was in Hungary for the second time ever. That this was going to be a real show was clear even before the band entered the stage. The people in the audience were decked out in black clothes and striking hair colours, which immediately made it clear what kind of show was to come. First to enter the stage were the other band members before the singer came forward. With their striking appearance and outfits, they immediately stole the show. The audience was unstoppable and consisted mainly of real fans who had really been waiting for the performance.
When their singer, Remington Leith, started throwing the microphone stand around somewhere halfway through the second song, the screams were deafening. During “No Love in LA”, the guitarist, Sebastian Danzig, decided to jump on the speakers in front of the stage. After spinning around and jumping up and down there for a while, he jumped to the ground and ran past the audience out of the tent. Moments later he happily reappeared on stage. The band started a cover of “Seven Nation Army” (The White Stripes), and after this was finished Leith also threw his microphone on the ground. During some songs, there were also a number of mosh pits, where the energy was splashing. With their mix of glam rock and art punk, Palaye Royale put on a real show. Without a moment’s rest, they performed for over an hour. For many an unforgettable show.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest pop stars of the moment began her set. Anne-Marie entered the stage and immediately began her hit “Ciao Adios”. Since everyone knew this song they immediately sang along at the top of their lungs. Anne-Marie was really happy to be there. Without stopping laughing she played a total of eighteen songs. After the first three songs, she started with “Psychopath”. This song was a first; this was the first time she had played it in front of an audience. This, along with “Better Off”, was written for her new album, which she is still to release. After a few songs, the singer told the audience that she had very little energy today. As a solution, she had thought of drinking lots of coke. ‘Sorry for the burps,’ she warned everyone. Somewhere halfway through her set, some people threw merchandise on stage. They, of course, wanted her to sign it, which she did. She shouldn’t have done this; after this, the people kept throwing things. However, she did sign everything. When at one point a phone was thrown, which also broke, she asked everyone to stop. When she finally closed her set with her hit “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” the whole area in front of the Main Stage was full.
At a quarter past nine, it was finally time for the main act of the day. Before Tame Impala came on stage, a video played on the screens. When the band finally entered the stage it was already dark. This made the screens and the lights on the stage itself extra noticeable. During the show, a lot of use was made of all the available lights. All the colours of the rainbow came along. Not only were the lights incredibly colourful, but the same thing was going on on the screens. The band’s live footage underwent all kinds of effects, which made for a very psychedelic view. The band started their set fairly quietly, without too much energy. Many people who didn’t know the band and who had expected something different left. This left only the people who could really appreciate this kind of music. People were swaying back and forth and were clearly enjoying themselves. The more the show progressed, the more uptempo and energetic the songs were. When the band stopped playing and left the stage it, fortunately, didn’t take long for them to return. They played two more songs, including their biggest hit “The Less I Know the Better”. After this encore, the show was really over.