Premieres by Saint Ephraim Male Choir at Mass, free concert

Saint Ephraim Male Choir is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and will premiere two new works when it participates in the evening Mass at St. Teresa of Ávila Parish Church in Budapest’s District VI on February 19 at 6.30pm, then follows the service ...

Pixies at Budapest Park, August 30, 2022

Here come your men (and woman), Kurt – slightly timeworn

As Nirvana stormed the world with their album “Nevermind” and their single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in the early 1990s, frontman Kurt Cobain came out with the surprising admission that “I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it”. ...

My Songs concert by Sting, Papp László Budapest Sportaréna, March 16, 2022

$2000 a day would surely take most people’s breath away

A concert by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, “English musician, actor, real estate investor and philanthropist”, likely wouldn’t attract many music fans. A concert under his stage name, Sting, is another matter.

Launch of English version of Weekly Fortepan blog

Hungary’s family photo album on better display

The online repository of 156,000-and-growing Hungarian photos taken from 1900 to 1990 and now posted in the Fortepan digital archive has been running a weekly article in a blog named Heti Fortepan for the past year, and now an English edition has been launched ...

A year and a half could be a lifetime for Ozzy Osbourne

As the possessor of one of the most famously befuddled minds in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll excess, it seems entirely appropriate that there might be some confusion around the date when geriatric Ozzy Osbourne will finally give his twice-postponed shock show in ...

Defining the Cold War and more

What’s over ‘The Wall’?

Plenty of popular bands and records define the Cold War era but if I were asked to choose one particular standout soundtrack of high international renown that still captures and delivers those times with ease, then it must be “The Wall” by Pink Floyd.

Aerosmith, Puskás Aréna, July 10, 2022

Band lived on the edge, when they weren’t falling off

Aerosmith is one of those rock bands whose name rarely appears without the word “legendary” alongside it – that’s what happens when you were formed half a century ago, have “sold 150-million albums” (a nice round number that, but who counted?), became institutionalised in ...