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 ...

First Hungarian film in competition at Sundance

Szelid (Gentle), a film by Laszlo Csuja and Anna Nemes, is the first Hungarian film ever to be selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, the National Film Institute (NFI) said on Friday.

Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Kings of Leon for return of Sziget Festival

Sheffield quartet Arctic Monkeys, English singer-songwriter and model Dua Lipa and Nashville brothers The Kings of Leon are the biggest names announced so far for the return of Budapest’s Sziget Festival from its two-year, coronavirus-enforced hiatus next August 10-15.

Ennio Morricone’s 'The Official Concert Celebration' at Budapest Aréna

Paying homage to a music maestro

Shortly before his death on July 6, 2020 aged 91, the great film soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone finished curating the blueprint for a new concert production of his music that would succeed him. “The Official Concert Celebration” will reach the Papp László Sports Aréna ...

The big Kiss-off, until next time

Kiss may be in the 100-million-records-sold league but I’m sorry to report that not a single one has ever dropped onto my turntable. Rightly or wrongly, this is due to my aversion to ridiculous cartoonish exploiters who dress up their mediocre music behind silly ...

Ed Sheeran to perform at MTV EMA Budapest gala

British pop star Ed Sheeran will be among the group of artists including Imagine Dragons, Yungblud, Griff and Girl in Red to appear on stage at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards gala in Budapest's Papp Laszlo Sports Arena on November 14, organisers said ...

Waxworks museum will have Hungarian section

Good, bad, ugly and pretty at Madame Tussauds Budapest

The 25 Madame Tussauds worldwide will become 26 when a new branch of the waxworks museum opens near Vörösmarty tér in downtown Budapest in early 2022.

They passed the audition but the demise was fraught

Putting the fab back in the Fab Four

Beatles fans have long accepted the standard history that the group’s death throes in 1969-70 were a gloomy affair, as seen in the bickering and boredom of the recording sessions documented in the “Let It Be” film and the “cardboard epitaph” (as one reviewer ...