Sziget 2020: an overview of the biggest rumours

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Sziget 2018
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Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage this year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Sziget 2020?

In 2019 Sziget had an amazing line-up including Ed Sheeran, The National, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine and many more. Will the Hungarian festival be able to bring a lineup that is just as impressive in 2020? We have gathered the potential artists for next year’s edition.

This is the list of the main rumours (in random order).

The Strokes

In a recent interview, The Strokes confirmed that new music is coming. Of course, the indie rock legends would not release a new album without promoting it at festivals. The band will perform at Primavera Sound, NOS Alive, Rock Werchter and more. Closer to Sziget, The Strokes are confirmed for Scandinavia’s Flow Festival, Way Out West and Øyafestivalen. A performance in Budapest would be very exciting!

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon are a big contender for Sziget 2020. The American rock band will perform at Mad Cool in Spain and Hurricane & Southside in Germany this summer. Most importantly, they are announced for Boardmasters in the UK, which takes place just before Sziget. Kings of Leon already played at Sziget in 2015, and a return is very likely.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris

After performing at the festival in 2010 and 2014, this summer we might see Calvin Harris return to Budapest. The best indication for this is that the British DJ has been revealed for Creamfields in the UK. This electronic music festival takes place only two weeks after Sziget, so there is often a big overlap.

Foals

Foals
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Foals are living the life right now. With two successful albums out in 2019, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Parts 1 & 2, they will keep touring in 2020. So far, the Oxford band have already revealed a UK tour, and shows at Mad Cool in Spain and Lowlands in the Netherlands. Foals seem to be the perfect festival act for 2020. Are we going to see them at Sziget?

Major Lazer

Photo: Ben Houdijk

It is safe to say that Sziget likes Major Lazer. If the eclectic trio return in 2020, it will be the fourth time they play the Hungarian festival. Besides, this is quite likely, as they are already revealed for London’s SW4 Festival at the end of August. Major Lazer will also perform at Mad Cool in Spain and Ruisrock in Finland, among others.

Liam Gallagher

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Liam Gallagher will have a busy summer in 2020. The ex-Oasis frontman will perform at Rock Werchter, Tinderbox, Latitude Festival, FIB Benicàssim and more. Around Sziget in August, the legendary English singer has been confirmed for Lowlands and Reading & Leeds Festivals. An extra stop in Budapest is not unlikely.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s last European festival tour dates to 2017. Now, the Canadian artist has been teasing an upcoming album on Twitter. Depending on when this will be finished, we can certainly expect him to return to Europe in 2020. The R&B singer has never played at Sziget before, so it’s about time.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala - Hurricane 2019
Photo: Malte Schmidt (Hurricane 2019)

Tame Impala did more than a few festival performances this year, including big headline slots at Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as Pukkelpop and Lowlands, amongst others. When booking Kevin Parker’s band, these festivals surely thought they would have new music by now. However, the album will only be released in February 2020. Another round of festivals is certain, with London’s All Points East already confirmed. Therefore, Tame Impala are definitely a contender for Sziget 2020.

Armin van Buuren

Photo: Ben Houdijk

Armin van Buuren has been one of the biggest DJs in the world for ages. As a result, the Dutch artist must surely be on Sziget’s radar. In fact, he performed at the Hungarian festival in 2009. A return to Budapest is very much possible in 2020, as Armin has already confirmed he will perform at Creamfields Festival in the UK on 29 August.

Sziget 2020

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Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe which is held every August in northern Budapest. It started in 1993 as a festival for students and quickly attracted a more international audience. Since then, Sziget has won the European Festival Award of Best Line-up twice, in 2014 and 2017; for it is not the headliners that make the festival but rather its variety of musical genres.

  • Location: Óbuda Island, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Date: 5-11 August 2019.
  • Tickets: TBA.
  • For more information, visit the official website.