Tired? Us? No way. Check out our recap of the third day of this year's Sziget Festival, including brilliant live performances from The Script and alt-J
Ah, Wednesday, AKA Hump Day. If we'd been at work this week, today would normally be about the time that we'd find ourselves gazing wistfully out of the window, imagining the fun-filled weekend so near and yet so far away, making plans for spending time with friends or (more realistically) dreaming about an intimate evening in with our Netflix subscription. Fortunately, we've spent the last three days at this year's Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary, and after a spectacular first day (with a very special concert from the one and only Robbie Williams), we're even learning to love the 40-degree heat. Last night, we saw Florence + The Machine electrify the Main Stage, as well as rising Belgian star Selah Sue on the A39 Stage. This morning - the third day of the festival - we woke up surprisingly refreshed despite a very heavy night, going on to be greeted by the welcome news that our on-site food 'bar' (hello, pains au chocolat, hello, freshly squeezed orange juice) was up and running once more. No time to waste, however: after throwing some breakfast down our necks, we ran off towards the press cabins, only to come across the lovely gentlemen from alt-J in the process of being interviewed. More on that later.
The hideously oppressive heat does mean that we're almost medically obliged to go overboard on the sugar every couple of hours (you know, exhaustion and all) so, crêpes in hand, we settled down ahead of one what's become one of the highlights of our day. The festival's organisers launch a themed 'mini-soirée' at 7pm local time, and today, we were treated to a Flag Party. Much overjoyed waving of flags duly ensued, but unfortunately, lack of supplies meant we've still yet to get our hands on one. We feel like we deserve a flag. We'll keep you posted. Fortunately, the guys from The Script were there to put the smiles back on our faces! The Irish rockers took to the stage shortly afterwards and launched into an electrifying set with "Paint The Town Green", dedicated to their home town of Dublin, before revealing that this was the first time they've ever played a festival in Hungary. Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue was quite literally unstoppable on stage, deciding at one point to jump into the crowd for a couple of impromptu selfies before downing a bottle of beer swiped from a fan. Now that's what we like to see. Thanks, guys.
Suddenly starving, we ran off to get food at the end of the concert (we confess, it was pizza. Again), before returning to the Main Stage to see one of the acts we've most been looking forward to: UK indie rockers alt-J. Their debut album An Awesome Wave was met with near-universal acclaim upon its release in 2012, while last year's follow-up This Is All Yours was also extremely well received by fans and critics alike. Here at melty, while we loved both albums, we confess we had doubts about how well the group's music - multi-layered and often lyrically complex - would translate into a live performance, and on such a huge scale. Needless to say, we were totally, completely and utterly wrong. The group were sublime from start to finish, enveloping the crowd in an almost transcendental atmosphere over an hour-and-a-half-long set, with all the classics present: "Matilda", "Fitzpleasure", "Dissolve Me" and, to finish, a beautiful rendition of "Breezeblocks". Very impressive. Check back on melty tomorrow for our recap of Day 4, including Ellie Goulding's hotly-anticipated live performance! Who are you most excited to see when it comes to this year's lineup?