The first tickets for Sziget 2023 have already been sold. In addition, the organization will soon come up with the first names for the Hungarian festival. Which artists will be at the top of the poster next year? We have already started speculating. Below is an overview of the strongest rumors.
Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa and many other toppers, among others, were high on Sziget’s poster last year. But who can we expect next summer on it Island of Freedom? It’s never too early to start the anticipation. We list the biggest rumors for you.
Billie Eilish has a great chance of being on the Sziget 2023 bill. The American pop star has been on the Happier Than Ever World Tour for almost a year now. In June she was still in Europe, but she only did one festival: Glastonbury 2022. Would the singer catch up in 2023? Eilish was recently confirmed for Lollapalooza Argentina, Chile and Brazil and the Colombian Estereo Picnic. These festivals take place in March and April, leaving plenty of room for the European festivals in the summer.
With the new album This Is What I Mean and a big performance at All Points East 2023, we can’t forget about the rapper as a possible contender. Stormzy will play at the British festival on August 18, a week after Sziget. For now, APE is planning its only festival date. But it probably won’t stop there. In addition, the British artist was already booked for the canceled 2020 edition of the Budapest festival. Does this mean we can hear new music from Stormzy on Sziget?
Swedish House Mafia
With Swedish House Mafia there is never a lack of a solid party. And now let the same be the case on it Island of Freedom. An ideal combination, which becomes even more beautiful when you know that the Swedish trio will be at the British Creamfields 2023 two weeks after Sziget. Currently the only European date, but a crossing to the mainland is quickly made.
Another contender is Blur. The English band put their work on hiatus in 2015, after the album The Magic Whip came out. But the group has now announced that they will reunite for a reunion show at Wembley on July 8, 2023. This will be their only gig in England for 2023. The first festival in Europe has been confirmed: on July 6, Damon Albarn & co. at Festival Beauregard in France. Blur appeared on the stage at Sziget for the first and last time in 2013, but the energetic frontman could still be seen at the festival in 2018 with his other project Gorillaz.
Long time no see, Paramore. It had been a while since we saw the American rock band on stage, but our long wait was rewarded. The group is currently on tour through America. On August 2 they will play their last show of this tour. At the moment no European playdates have been announced yet, but what isn’t can still come.
Foals played Sziget once before in 2015, but the English rock band is on a festival tour almost every summer. Since the group will be touring the US in 2023 as a support act for Paramore, they will also have the whole of August free for Europe. So we add them to the list. The gentlemen have a brand new long player to their name: Life Is Yours. Who knows, we might also hear these new tracks on Sziget?
With their fifth album Being Funny in a Foreign Language in our pocket, it’s no surprise that we could see the British band back on stage in 2023. Earlier, The 1975 singer Matthew Healy revealed that he and his band members will come to the Netherlands in February. And in the summer months, the halls are exchanged for the festival grounds. At least at Hurricane & Southside in Germany, and TRNSMT Festival in Scotland. Will they extend the tour to Sziget? It would be a nice follow-up to their headline show in 2019.
Sziget loves pop stars and pop stars love Sziget. In recent years, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa, among others, played huge shows on the island in Budapest. Does Taylor Swift join that list? With the new album, midnight, of course hears a new tour. The American singer will therefore also be touring the US again next summer. No European shows have been announced at this time, but the US dates will end on August 9. It’s a long shot, but coincidentally Sziget takes place right after that.
Another pop star with a tour coming to an end just before Sziget 2023. After three times the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Harry Styles can go on holiday on July 22. Or will the British singer add another headline show at Sziget? The chances are probably not very great, but the bookers of the Hungarian festival often conjure up surprises from their top hat.
We can’t avoid it. Beyoncé’s new tour has been rumored for a while now. With a new album full of hits in the pocket, that tour can now come quietly. Beyoncé has been rumored for some time now to have shows planned in Italy at the end of June. Who knows, she will continue this until August. In any case, a tour announcement seems imminent.
Join the conversation about Sziget 2023
Of course it remains to be seen whether we see one of these rumors on the poster of Sziget 2023. But what could be more fun to speculate in advance? Don’t see your favorite group listed here and are you convinced that your favorite band is coming to Hungary after all? Speculate further on the Festileaks Forum and convince your fellow Sziget-goers.
August 9-14, 2023