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 ...

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 ...