If you’re visiting Prague, or pretty much anywhere in the Czech Republic over the next couple of months then your trip is bound to coincide with one of a huge number of music festivals taking place around the country, there’s something going on every weekend it seems.
For transport info for out-of-town events, go here – there’s a language switch to English or German at the foot of the page.
We’ve cherry-picked a few for you
Most are a short distance (less than 60 miles or so) from Prague, some are within the city limits so you don’t even have to travel.
19 June Sonisphere Festival, Milovice
Apologies for the short notice on this one but if you’re in town right now and into metal and you don’t already know about this, your plans for the weekend just got made for you. An hour by slow train from Prague. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Alice in Chains, Therapy. Need we say more?
24-26 June United Islands, Prague
Taking place on 4 islands in the Vltava right in the centre of Prague, featuring more than 100 bands from the Czech Republic and further afield. Oh, and it’s free! If you’re in town for this there’s bound to something worth checking out, take a look at the schedule.
3-7 July Rock For People, Hradec Kralove
A massive open air festival with an international line-up. Headliners are The Prodigy, Skunk Anansie, Muse, NOFX, Morcheeba, Juliette Lewis but there’s a hell of a lot more too. The journey from Prague takes less than 2 hours by train or bus, and there are shuttle buses running throughout the festival between the train station to festival area.
15-18 July Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava
About as far away from Prague as you can get in the Czech Republic, but if you prefer more variety of genre at a music festival, Colours is the one for you. Where else would have Iggy & The Stooges and The Cranberries sharing top billing? Best bet for travel is the Super City Pendolino, which takes 3 hours 4 minutes, but it’s pricey. Save a few crowns and spend another half hour getting there with a normal express train.
4-7 August SazavaFest, Kacov
Somewhat harder to get to than some festivals, this one entails at least one change of trains, some routes involve a couple of changes. All in it’s still less than a two hour journey. International headliners are Papa Roach, Leningrad Cowboys and Chumbawumba, but this event is more about the Czech bands anyway, with all the big guns out for this: Mig 21, Support Lesbiens, Tata Bojs, Monkey Business and Wohnout.
12-14 August Open Air Festival, Panensky Tynec
Some info in English, look for the British flag in the bottom left of the page. Headlining are Kasabian, Faithless, LTJ Bukem and Kosheen, and a whole load of the biggest Czech bands too (similar to SazavaFest), Just under two hours by train from Prague, buses are a better bet with direct buses running from Florenc and Dejvicka. Information will be released closer to the time about dedicated Open Air Festival buses too. A bonus for O2 Extra customers (anyone with an O2 CZ SIM can sign up) – two for one tickets if bought before the end of July.
So now you’ve got no excuse for not getting outdoors and enjoying some music.
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