Sziget Wonderland program for Day 0

Sziget  Festival,  ‘The  Island  of  Freedom’,  is  preparing  a  memorable  Day  0 program  for  the  arriving  inhabitants.  This  time  Sziget  will  become  a „wonderland”,  where  the  most  well-known  alternative rock  band  from Hungary,  Quimby,  will  create  a  once  in  a  lifetime  atmosphere  on  the  Main Stage with a special concert dreamt for Sziget only. Meanwhile the OTP Bank World  Music  Party  Main  Stage  will  host  Muzsikás,  an internationally  wellknown Hungarian folk band, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year with their guests and international stars.

Quimby in Wonderland
The  Day  0  of  Sziget  Festival  will  be  transformed  to a  unique  cultural  experience  by Quimby,  the  most  well-known  Hungarian  alternative  rock  band.  They  just  came  back from  their  European  Tour  and  they  will  host  a  cultural  adventure  for  guests  arriving  to Sziget that will make the Island of Freedom a kind of ‘wonderland’ with many weird and exciting, creative and lovable venues.

During  the  program  series  of  Day  0,  besides  a  huge  Quimby  concert,  that  will  be  a special edition composed for this day, nearly twenty cultural programs will entertain the guests,  just  as  in  Lewis  Carroll’s  Alice  in  Wonderland.  Sziget  will  become  the  “rabbit hole” of the novel where the guests will fall into the Sziget Wonderland, enjoying circus, acrobats,  visual  theatre,  literature,  acoustic  concerts,  world  music,  folk  dance, screenings, slam poetry and many more.

The Quimby Wonderland will take place from the entrance at the K-bridge till the Main Stage  and  the  area  between  them,  where  the  members  of  the  band  will  appear  at  the venues.  As  you  will  walk  into  the  festival  you  will  get  into  an  alternative,  bizarre  and eclectic reality with a colorful carnival atmosphere. The 40 year-old legend, Muzsikás, at SzigetMuzsikás  is  a  WOMEX  awarded  Hungarian  band  that  has played  almost  everywhere  in the world: from the biggest festivals to the most famous concert halls and now they will celebrate their 40th anniversary with their prestigious friends on Day 0 at Sziget Festival.

Among their guests we will find musicians and singers from small villages for whom the tradition is part of their everyday life. Many international stars will perform as well, like Alexander  Balanescu,  violin  player,  one  of  the  best percussion  groups  in  the  world, Amadinda,  Jenő  Jandó,  piano  player,  and  the  Woven  Hand  rock  band  from  the  United States. Meanwhile  musicians with pipes,  hurdy  gurdyplayer and dancers will  make the concert more colorful.

The  traditional  Hungarian  folk  music  is  one  of  the  most  important  Hungarian  national values,  a  real  Hungaricum.  It  is  well-known  outside the  borders  of  Hungary  and  this could be mainly thanked to Muzsikás due to their international tours and success. As the most  well-known  and  wanted  Hungarian  folk  band  they have  toured  the  whole  world from  the  USA  to  Australia  and  from  Stockholm  to  Taiwan  and  introduced  the  world  to Hungarian  music.  They were  huge success in concert  halls as the Queen  Elisabeth Hall and  Royal  Festival  Hall  in  London,  the  Concertgebow in  Amsterdam,  the  Théâtre  de  la Ville  in  Paris,  the  big  hall  of  Santa  Cecilia  in  Rome  or  the  Carnegie  Hall  in  New  York. Besides  the  audience  of  folk  and  world  music,  those listening  to  classical  music  have accepted them as well.

“The world-known Muzsikás band has been spreading  the elemental power and love of Hungarian folk music to the audience, keeping and maintaining close ties to the musical roots,  while  being  open  to  other  genres,  making  this  happen  on  a  substantial  quality.

For four decades now they are the ambassadors of Hungarian folk music. It is a honor that  Sziget  can  host  such  a  monumental  and  important  event”-  said  Fruzsina  Szép, Program Director of Sziget Festival.

The Day 0 day tickets for the Quimby Wonderland andMuzsikás concert will cost €24 in advance and €28 on the spot.

Stay  tuned  in  the  upcoming  weeks  as  there are  more  names  and  productions  to  come for the 2013 Sziget!

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