VOLT Festival 2014 – Day 4 (5th July)


Events of Day 4 struck us in the middle of the afternoon when it became clear it will be impossible to get to the festival site in time to catch the early acts worth seeing. It was also rainy and humid for the start, making the British performers of the day feel like home!

We arrived just in time for You Me At Six‘s set. The band were not alone with the anxious feeling that no one would turn up for their first ever Hungarian show apart from farm animals. Luckily, people proved them wrong. The gig was more fun we could have ever imagined, however it was hard to recognize songs at times – especially with ‘The Swarm’. We were secretly hoping, Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon (who played the day before) would show up for a guest appearance, but we guess the band was already playing shows somewhere else. There is always next time – both bands promised to come back after all.

Out of curiosity, we saw Anti Fitness Club, whose members used to be heavy emo but are all grown up looking now to many people’s surprise. Their set was a nice a throwback to the teenage years, but some of their newest songs, with more inspiring lyrics like ‘Lábnyom’, sound quite all right as well.


The tent filled up entirely for Magashegyi Underground early in the evening. From the songs to the performance, and also the outfit of the front-lady, we loved every minute of their show. They were just great to warm up the crowd up musically before the daily headliner.


Having never seen Hurts before and usually listening to their songs on sad, rainy days, it was quite surreal what energy they bring on stage during a live performance. Unlike Thirty Seconds To Mars, they had an actual live band behind the back of the duo, which added more value to the show. They also have this very lovely gesture of throwing flowers to the crowd, and it is kind of fitting to the band’s profile. However, the big moment – the most emotional as well – was when everyone was singing ‘Stay’ together. It was beautiful.

Heading back to the now literally full tent, Punnany Massif were already on stage. A few weeks ago, they threw one of the best live shows at Pannonia Festival, even belittling the headliner Offspring there, but this show seemed far from that. They should have been on the Main Stage though, because a tent isn’t enough for their amount of fans. Also, kudos to their lighting technician lady, who does an amazing job!

And Day 4, for us, ended with Modestep. No clue how we ended up there but by the looks of it, setting up a live show for a usually non-live band takes more time than it should. They were half an hour late, yet made up for it with the insane performance. If there were more guitar parts than dubstep, we might enjoy it way better.

One more day left to cover. Read about Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 until!

Dóra Udvardi
Dora covers the events of the Hungarian music scene – or wherever she's actually living – over at Alt Scribe. She gained interest in writing about music when she created her first blog on Buzznet in 2011. Since then she became a featured blogger on the site, where she shares about fragments of her life, travels and music experiences. She's the person to go to if you want to know about actual music events. CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: All Time Low, The Carbonfools and The Kooks. SPECIALIST SUBJECT: The Hungarian music scene

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