Katie Melua

VESZPRÉMFEST 2019 (07/10/2019 - 07/13/2019)

VeszprémFest waits for its guests in July 2019 for the 16th occasion in Veszprém. More Shorter

World stars again in Veszprém!

VeszprémFest will open this year on July 10, offering a pleasant music experience for both old and new audiences. The 16th Veszprémfest will partly take place at the same time with an accompanying event, also in Veszprém, the 10-day Roze, Rizling and Jazz Days - usually with many excellent performers.

VeszprémFest tickets can be bought from now on and can be given as gifts. Three world stars’ - Caro Emerald, UB40 featuring Ali & Astro and Katie Melua – concert dates can be put into your calendar; the performer of the second day - July 11th - will be announced in February 2019.


Online ticket sale:

On March 8, ticket sales service began in the Tourinform Veszprém Office (Óváros Square 2, Phone number: 88 / 404-548)!



Dutch singer Caro Emerald. In her performance style, a pop star's individuality is combined with the appearance of a Hollywood Movie Star; her unique voice and exciting musical world make it one of the most exciting singers nowadays. The 36-year-old artist at the peak of her career will come with a special concert program to VeszprémFest.

Caro Emerald was born as Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw. Her career had began in 2007 when she recorded her song: Back It Up. One year later, she performed this song with a huge success in a Dutch TV show.

The singer's first album, Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor, was released in 2010. A special album was born: the material was inspired by the 40's and 50's music and films, a perfect blend of ballroom jazz, tango, and grooving’ jazz, with some mambo effect. The Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor was a smash success. Her first song was the biggest hit of the Netherlands in the summer of 2009 and the next single, the Night Like This was the first in January 2010. Her album was also on the first place already in its first week in the sales list, and it has achieved platinum status within 6 weeks. For 30 weeks, she kept its first place, which broke the record of Michael Jackson's Thriller in the Netherlands. The material has appeared in dozens of European countries with similar success, and today it has sold nearly one-and-a-half-million copies.

In May 2013, her second album, The Shocking Miss Emerald, was released, which repeated the predecessor's international success, among others it was on the first place in the English hit list. She has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and has won various singer awards such as Echo, Goldene Camera, Edison Award, EBBA and MTV Music Award. Caro and her team have many sold-out tours which became a favourite of festivals and playing among others at the festivals of Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight.

Caro Emerald performs her current concert program in Veszprém, with which she harks back to the world of the first album, a thrilling blend of ballroom jazz, tango and groovin 'jazz in the 90s.



Caro Emerald - Singer

Stephen Large - Keyboard Instruments

Wieger Hoogendorp - Guitar

Jeroen Vierdag - Bass

Rémon Hubert - Drums

Claus Tofft – Percussion Instruments

Benjamin Cummings - Trumpet

David Temple – Saxophone 


Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 21:00

Location: Historia Garden in Veszprém, Great Stage



After the successful opera gala last year, the event seems to be an integral part of VeszprémFest: the audience will see one of the most popular pieces of opera literature, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, on the second day of the festival. The tragic opera, which still has a strong message, is performed by the best international stars of the genre: Prince Mantua of the American René Barbera, Rigoletto of the Italian Paolo Gavanelli, Gilda of Czech Zuzana Marková, Ádám Medveczky the Kossuth and Franz Liszt Prize winning conductor, with the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

However, the story takes place in the 16th century in Mantua, its message can be easily updated. The libretto was derived from the drama of Victor Hugo Le roi s'amuse (The King Amuses Himself), twenty years after its presentation. Hugo's play was surrounded by a serious scandal: the French government - by fulfilling the wishes of the conservatives - banned the play. Not by chance, because the writer in his brave and outspoken text dishonour crowned heads, who unmercifully shove off all oppositions, sacrifice the interests of the people, therefore to satisfy their own sinful desires.

Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi's friend and librettist, received the manuscript of the drama about twenty years after the premiere, around 1850. Realizing that Hugo's aims and Verdi's dramatic program are the same, he quickly redrafted it into a libretto. The censorship, of course, observed at this time and refused the work, but later the Austrian authorities authorized the performance. The price of the performance was a lot of change: instead of the king's person, a citizen had to put at the centre of the drama, the lawless love had to be replaced by a church wedding, and the heroine of the drama Gilda had to die in a more peaceful way instead of violent death.

The premiere of the Rigoletto was on March 11, 1851, and was first performed in Hungary at the National Theater on December 18, 1852. The melodies of the popular opera do not heard for the first time in Veszprém. The play was performed 14 years ago, in 2005, and was a huge success for the audience.

Conductor: Ádám Medveczky

Duke of Mantua: René Barbera

Rigoletto: Paolo Gavanelli

Gilda: Zuzana Marková

Sparafucile: Lászlo Szvétek

Maddalena: Viktória Mester

Count Monterone: István Kovács

Marullo: András Káldi Kiss

Borsa: Péter Kiss

Count Ceprano: Tamás Szüle

Countess Ceprano: Ildikó Megyimórecz

Giovanna: Kornélia Bakos

Page: Zsófia Nagy

Coourt Usher: István Kristóf

Contributing the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.


Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 21:00

Location: Historia Garden, Great Stage



Eighteen studio albums, 10 gold and platinum albums, over 70 million copies sold, 4 Grammy nominations and dozens of world hits - UB40 founding members, Ali Campbell and Astro are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their career and band as one of the world's most successful, currently active reggae formations on their tour, which will be presented at VeszprémFest.

The name UB40, taken from the British unemployment benefit form, was founded in 1978 in Birmingham and had its first concert next year. The team has many great hits like, Food For Thought, Red Red Wine, Can't Help Falling in Love and the One in Ten or the I Got You Babe, recorded together with Chrissie Hynde.

The members of the UB40 flaunting with English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican ancestors. The line-up was unchanged for three decades from the founding, but Ali Campbell's singer and keyboardist Mickey Virtue left the group, in which eight musicians played. In 2013, Astro - the singer-trumpeter - followed them.

Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro announced in 2014 that they will revive the history of the UB40 and make a common sheet material. This record was Silhouette, followed by countless concerts and several common albums: in 2015, The Hits of UB40 Live album and the Unplugged album in 2016, the latter went up to the 17th place in the UK album list.

In 2018 they released their album The Real Labor of Love, which is an unbroken continuation of the Labor Of Love series released in the 1980s, in which covering other songs were crucial in their musical development. The Real Labor of Love's success exceeded all expectations: ranked second in the Lists of UK Albums and the Billboard Reggae album was placed first.

The UB40, led by Ali Campbell and Astro, has been performing with great success in many major cities around the world. The reggae British pioneers on their 2018-19 tour will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the UB40, credibly representing the band's intellectual heritage.


Date: Friday, July 12, 2019, at 21:00

Location: Historia Garden, Great Stage




After 2014, Katie Melua is on stage of the VeszprémFest again in 2019! The singer is one of the most successful British artists, with more than 12 million albums sold, 1 million concert tickets and 32 platinum albums.

When Georgian-born Katie signed a contract with the record label of Mike Batt, Dramatico Records, in September 2002, no one imagined that the release of her third album, Pictures, that year he would be the world's largest copy-selling singer. Her first two albums, Call Off The Search and Piece By Piece, became international list leaders. The fourth album, The House, released in 2010, was characterized by critics as fascinating, exciting and dramatic, and hit the charts in Europe. Since 2011, the ensemble play together with a string quartet and released the exclusive edition of Secret Symphony's and a digital collection titled The Tracks That Got Away, which featuring B-side (flipside) numbers and live favourites.

Ten years after the debut album "Call Off The Search" topped the list, Katie's sixth studio album, Ketevan, was released in September 2013 on Katie's 29th birthday. The first single of Ketevan (this Georgian name for Katie) is I Will Be There, written by his old partner, Mike Batt, and presented at the coronation gala at Buckingham Palace on July 11th.

His seventh album, In Winter, was released in 2016. For the record, she travelled to his homeland, Georgia, and recorded with the female choir of Gori. With this album, Melua end her creative collaboration with Mike Battel.

Beyond the records, Katie Melua has a record-breaking tour series and countless great moments like Nelson Mandela tribute concert on stage with her idol, Queen, or when she played to the British queen, and dined with her at Buckingham Palace.

Katie Melua returns to Veszprém in 2019 to repeat the success of 2014. She performs the most famous songs of her career, this time with a 4-member orchestra accompaniment.



Katie Melua - Singer & Acoustic guitar

Tim Harries - Bass Guitar

Mark Edwards - Keyboard Instruments

Zurab Melun - Guitar

Joe Yoshida - Drums


Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 21:00

Location: Historia Garden, Great Stage


Address: Historia Kert és Jezsuita Templomkert
Date of event:07/10/2019 - 07/13/2019
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