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Sziget’s Dan Panaitescu dies

By | Published on Monday 18 July 2016

Dan Panaitescu

Dan Panaitescu, the popular International Booking Manager for Hungarian festival Sziget, was killed in a car crash last week, event organisers have announced.

A statement posted to Facebook on Saturday reads: “Tragic news has hit the Sziget crew this morning. Our colleague and friend, Dan Panaitescu, who has worked on Sziget and all of our festivals from the very beginning, and who is one of the most well-known promoters, died in a car accident last night”.

“We have always envied him for not getting older, but we have never ever thought that he would not get old”, it continues. “For hours now we are receiving condolences from musicians, managements, agencies and bookers from all over the world. The whole festival industry is grieving. Dan was an acknowledged professional, a great colleague, our friend and a caring father to two children”.

This year’s Sziget festival is due to take place in Budapest on 10-17 Aug, headlined by Rihanna, Muse, David Guetta, Hardwell, The Chemical Brothers, Manu Chao, Sigur Rós and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.