Sziget Festival does not only host a truly international and open-minded audience for 7 days, but also dedicates a stage for some of the most exciting up-and-coming European bands. The concept of the British Knights Europe Stage is to entertain Szitizens already in the early afternoon all the way till night and to do so in the name of multiculturalism. Many of the bands were chosen in cooperation with partners like CEETEP, Gigmit and Puglia Sounds.
Youropen – the European talent festival
The British Knights Europe Stage will host European talents on days -1 and 0. Youropen is a 2 days selection of aspiring bands, arriving from 16 different countries and eager to show their skills in front of the world’s possibly most international and open-minded crowd. This is the place to kick-start the 7 days of non-stop fun, as the Monday and Tuesday program starts already at 1PM and goes all the way till 9PM.
Italian showcases at the Europe Stage
Sziget has a long tradition in showcasing Italian acts and the British Knights Europe Stage is the perfect place for this. Thanks to the collaboration with Puglia Sounds/Medimex, L’Alternativa and Puglia Promozione, Sziget 2015 will host 13 of the most interesting artists from the Italian music scene and a large delegation of artists from Puglia, one of the most musical areas of Italy. The Medimex Lightstage (right next to Europe Stage) will be the stronghold of Italian music and culture throughout the week.
Italian bands playing on the Europe Stage will include the talent contest winner Joe Victor, Après La Classe, Lo Stato Sociale and Fast Animals And Slow Kids. The Medimex Lightstage will present talents like Jungle Brothers, Una, Moustache Prawn or Mery Fiore.
The British Knights Europe Stage will be situated at the more tranquil part of the island, close to the Alternativa and Apero campsites. Be there and meet the stars of the future.
Europe Stage will also host bands involved in CEETEP, the Central and Eastern European Talent Exchange Program. This is the final year of this concentrated program, aiming to include more and more talented CEE acts in the line-up of the biggest European festivals. This year’s CEETEP bands will arrive to Sziget from Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia and as always, Sziget is happy to open doors and minds.
In 2015 Sziget and Gigmit joined forces and two bands from the Gigmit roster were chosen to play at the British Knights Europe Stage. Several hundred bands applied and the winner of the jury voting was A.S. from France, while there was also a public voting taking place, won by Turrentine Jones from the UK. The total number of votes were easily over 10 000, which shows how eager bands are to play on the Island of Freedom. You can check out the gig of both A.S. and Turrentine Jones on Friday early afternoon.
More information on the festival’s program: http://szigetfestival.com/programs
More information on CEETEP: http://www.etep.nl/en/ceetep/
More information on Gigmit: https://www.gigmit.com
More information on Puglia Sounds: http://www.pugliasounds.it