'Stay' and 'Rockstar' rapper Post Malone continues a massive week where he performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Grammys by announcing he'll headline one of the nights at Budapest's Sziget festival.
Earning a slot alongside existing headliners Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots and Martin Garrix at this seven(!) day festival is testament to how much of a household name in pop and rap he's become since his album Stoney smashed Michael Jackson's 34-year-old record for most weeks on Billboard's Top R&B and Hip-Hop Albums with Thriller.
The current Post Malone set is angled in support of his Grammy nominated second album Beerbongs & Bentleys.
James Blake, meanwhile, doesn't earn a headline slot but ought to. His shape-shifting new album The Colour In Anything - featuring the likes of Rosalia, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin - has been winning hearts. He'll likely draw one of the biggest crowds of the week, keen to hear him play from a setlist made up of tracks such as the excellent new album hit 'Mile High' and crowd pleaser 'Limit To Your Love'.
Other big names include Franz Ferdinand, who continue to tour in support of the subtly dark, occasionally anti-fascist album Always Ascending. Johnny Borrell's Razorlight, meanwhile, are currently touring in support of their album Olympus Sleeping.
The festival is located on the Óbuda island bang in the middle of the Danube between Buda and Pest - the riverside territories that make up the capital city Budapest. It runs from 7 - 13 August 2019.
It's the big central European blowout and packs a punch. As well as the biggest bands in the world offers world music, theatre, cabaret, installations, performances and art.
In 2017, Gigwise's David McKenna took a trip to Sziget and of had this to say:
"Sziget itself has grown to dominate not only the island but also Budapest’s cultural life. Over the full six days it now attracts around 450,000 visitors, with just over half coming from abroad. When founder Karoly Gerandai (who also owns two Michelin starred restaurants in the city) faced heavy government opposition and criticism of supposed impropriety at the festival, he simply threatened to move Sziget to another country. Now Hungarian politicians join the crowds, or at least make use of the VIP area-within-a-VIP area that overlooks the main stage"
See the full list of names added in today's announcement before checking here for tickets and full line-up information.
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Richie Hawtin CLOSER
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