Europe's largest festival commissions Vinylize
This year Vinylize designs and makes seven different styles of sunglasses as a gesture of thanks to the performers from Sziget’s organizers. Each pair of glasses has the performer’s name on the frame and is housed in a stylish, vinyl-lined metal presentation case with a certificate of authenticity.
From its humble beginnings as a student festival back in 1993, Sziget has grown into one of Europe’s largest and most popular music and cultural festivals. It now takes over the whole of Óbudai-sziget - Old Buda Island - a funky 266-acre island in the Danube. Over 1,000 performances happen each year. The festival clocked 564,000 visitors last year.
Music makes a perfect fit
This year, Vinylize has created unique sunglasses for Ed Sheeran, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Matthew Healy (The 1975), Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine), Post Malone, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) and DJ Martin Garrix. Zack and his team will be presenting the glasses to the stars and customizing backstage at the event.
Vinylize arrives at Sziget the day before the festival begins and pack up on the last day. “We design and pre-make the sunglasses and take our buffing wheel, thermal equipment to form the frame to the performer’s face and sandpaper for the final touches. Much as we’d love it if the performers dropped into our store for fittings, we work from photographs. 90% of the time our frames fit pretty well, and we just need some minor adjustments.”
What vinyl is used for the frame? “We’ve used the artists’ own – except from what we make for Martin Garrix because he’s a DJ. It makes the whole thing more meaningful.”
Secrets of the headliners
Which are the frames Zack is most proud of from the past five years? “I love all of them. But Robbie Williams’ turned out really well. Funnily enough, they only look good on him. He has a surprisingly big nose. Robbie was at Sziget in 2015. He loved the glasses we made for him. He’s a really nice guy. Most of the performers we make glasses for at Sziget are like that.”