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Quarrels because of Madonna in Prague

The city and the City Hall of Prague 11 have accredited the Madonna’s concert in the amphitheatre. There is a petition being signed at the moment. The inhabitants of the soviet-style block apartments at Chodov were supposed to listen to Madonna’s concert, whether they like it or not. Prague City Hall and also representatives of Prague 11 have agreed on allowing Madonna’s concert yesterday. The amphitheatre is about to grow solely for the planned concert.

Construction of the amphitheatre starts on 8th August, the concert itself five days later, which means 15th August 2009. The technique transport carry out tens of trucks. The locals are scared that they won’t be able to sleep because of the concerts, try to defend by the petition. Also, they assume there will be traffic collapse, when those 55-75 thousands visitors try to come there at the same time, and that the organizer’s won’t clean the mess afterwards.

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Mucha exhibition in Vienna

Mucha’s exhibition which has never been seen before, that is what is now available to be seen in Vienna. For example the poster of Women with Marguerite from 1898 to 1899 brought from Paris is one of the art pieces which are, starting today, a part of the huge exhibition of the popular art-nouveau artist Alfons Mucha is to be exhibited in Vienna.

The curator Jean Louis Gailemin advertises: We have gathered over two hundred pieces from pastels to illustrations, jewels and leaflets up to huge linens.” Ten of the Lower Vienna Belveder are going to be filled up with the unique art-pieces of Mucha until 1st June, when the exhibition moves to Munich.

One of the castle halls is going to host two pieces of the famous Alfons Mucha’s paintings, Slavic Epopee (Slovanská Epopej); more than six metres tall and eight metres wide art-pieces reach the ceiling. “We have never had such a large painting here” said the galley speaker.

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Mecca House Party in Chinese Opera Style - Dj Lafayette

After DJ´s Lafayette return from farther Beijing, where he played for 3000 people in Chinese art club, he comes to play at the new Opera House. Lafayette took inspiration from the legendary Chinese opera and therefore February Opera will be full of references to the Chinese culture. Mecca club will transforms to a Chinese Theatre on that evening and you will be able to enjoy unique atmosphere that doesn’t repeat.

You can look forward on the Chinese decoration, Chinese dancers in kimono and special Chinese choreography. DJ Lafayette had prepared a special Chinese costume and music intro for this occasion and he invited great DJ and producer from Munich – DJ Sebastian Krieg. Sebastian is recognized and respected personality on the DJ scene, some of his last performances include clubs such as Space, or Privilege Amnesia on Ibiza, Ministry of Sound or The End in London.

Entry : 190 czk, for those who come in Chinese Kimono free entry. Prague Club Mecca, Friday 20th February 2009

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Prague Soon Building Stage for Madonna

If the people living in Prague Jizni Mesto feel on 13th August that they hear the voice of Madonna behind their windows, it won’t be a hallucination. It is almost certain now that Chodov will see the provisional amphitheater, where the star will perform. The site construction manages Live Nation agency. Whether this is going to be the place is not sure, though; five years ago the idea of making a similar concert at the place stopped petition of the locals.

There is nothing going to be build permanently, it is so going to resemble a one–day festival show. The agency have already organized the Prague concert of Rolling Stones, so technically it should be fine. Her guest is the music producer and a DJ Paul Oakenfold. Madonna’s last concerts in O2 Arena Prague were sold out in two hours, so be sure to buy it on 14th February, the day of release.

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Tina Turner returns after thirteen years to the Czech Republic

The owner of 8 Grammies Tina Turner stops within her European Tour in Prague to make a show for us in the huge hall of O2 Arena. On the brand new show there will be hits across her whole career, as well as great light and platform effects, stunts, imaginative choreography and many other surprises

The last world tour of the most successful women rock star of all times, who sold over 180 million records worldwide, was in 2000, took place in 123 stadiums and lasted 9 months.

Tina turner is known by her deep-felt and strong singing, which has been creating the history of rock music more than four decades. As Tina said at the Grammies: “Wherever I came, people asked me when I am making a new tour. So after some time thinking and planning I announced American concert tour. Now Europe calls me and I don’t want to let my fans down.

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Lee Dagger and DJ Neo at one Unique night

The November edition of the most successful night of Mecca – Meccamix, again brings an unique show. Returning DJ star Lee Dagger aka Bimbo Jones (UK) is the headliner, plays with the support of the most successful Czech house DJ and producer of all times – DJ Neo (Subliminal).

At the age of 22 he released his single at famous Subliminal. Until today, he had 7 albums done, 2 Grammy nominees and successful cooperations in studio with such a names as Jocelyn Brown, Soraya or Tara McDonald.

But that is not all – there will be the performance of young male vocalist and saxophonist El Jay with identical voice of Jay Jay from Jamiroquai, with the beautiful female vocalist Sandra, accompanied by truly beautiful dancers Ibiza Diva in Brazilian costumes, Meccamix inflatable decorations and silver confetti coming down from ceilings all night.

Entry: 290czk, VIP tickets: 990czk. Start 22:00, pre-sale Ticketpro. Club Mecca, U Pruhonu street 3, Prague 7.

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Us3 concert in Prague

London jazz-rap group Us3 come to Prague on 14th April to Prague, to play again in the Lucerna Music Bar. Us3 publish in April 2009 a new, seventh studio album, so the fans will hear new tracks as well on the concert.

The group Us3 originated, when in 1991 the jazz musician an a promoter of Geoff Wilkinson first time produced music for TV shows and in the past he made keyboard player at John Mayall. Together, they made the song Will We Be in 21st Century? And The Band That Played the Boogie song a year later, which brought attention of the owner of Blue Note Records.

Us3 concert in Prague, 14th April 2009 at Lucerna Music Bar, tickets at Ticketpro.

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Red Bull Crashed Ice in Prague this Saturday

People, who nowadays head to Vysehrad, can be surprised by an unusual view – In V Pevnosti and Vratislavova streets a massive construction from wood and iron grown up. Workers lay special plastic carpet, thanks to which the street is going to turn into an ice bed. On the surface is going to take place the Red Bull Crashed Ice race on Saturday 7th February. This year, 120 racers from the whole world are going to participate, from which 60 are from the Czech Republic.

And what the Red Bull Crashed Ice is? A combination of downhill skiing, hockey and boardercross. the competition take place in urban ice tracks in various cities, wind and diving its way. The competitors have to navigate the course’s massive vertical drops, razor-sharp turns, jumps and steps, all while doing speeds of up to 50 km/hr. If that’s not enough of a rush, they’ll also have a crazy live audience cheering them on. If you want to be among them, look for at a ticket at Ticketpro.

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Demonstration for Blob this Thursday

The supporters of the new National Library in Prague, the ‘Blob’ building by Kaplicky and his Future System studio are going to express their wish. The gathering takes place at the Old Town Square, 5th February in 18:30. The top supporters are to come; Vlastimil Jezek, an architect and former Prague mayor Jan Kasl and Prague representative Jiri Witzany, who appealed to Pavel Bem to put through the library after death of Jan Kaplicky.

Bem’s reaction was: “ Prague has already made the definitive full stop behind the National Library long ago” but Witzany disagrees – “Prague has to come up to the unfortunate procedure when the library was realized, but that is not possible without certain politicians changing their attitude.”

After Kaplicky’s death, an Internet group of supporters came into being, growing rapidly, now having about 20 000 members. How many people can come to support the library in the real life remains a question.

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Orbital head to Czech Republic!

Last year in November, the world of music was surprised by the news one of the big stars of the Electronic scene to come back to concert stages – the British duo Orbital. This year, Orbital are going to play after 5-year pause a few concerts, in the Czech Republic the fans can see them during those two days of Planet festival at Aeroclub Tabor, on 5th and 6th June.

In previous years, organizers of this festival have invited into the Southern Bohemia also other VIP musicians like Marylin Manson, Nick Cave or Moloko, and want to take up the tradition. Beside Orbital, the festival is going to offer another sound names of present music interpreters.

Orbital said to their reunion: “Our concert are not going to be exercises of nostalgia, the age demand us. We have 15 years of composing behind us and if we make a 90 minutes set, something interesting from the beginning to the end should come into being.”

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Cursed Gold in Prague Still Attracts

The unique exhibition “Proklete Zlato – 1000 let Zlata Inku” (Cursed Gold – 1000 years of Inca gold), which is still opened at Prague Castle, attract visitors in large numbers, even when it has been opened for three months already. The exhibition remains open until until 31st May 09.

For example this Sunday, one hour after opening, and there was approximately a hundred people already. The visitors can see significant golden exhibits from the time 400 bc to 1500 ac.

Namely there are golden cups, death masks, gems, jewelery and sacrificial knives, but also gloves hand-made from gold or musical instrument made hundreds of years ago. And you can see them at in the Highest Burgrave of Prague Castle.

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Dj Tocadisco in Prague

The First completely sold out edition of the new club concept PURE from United Music hosted world Nr. DJ Armin van Buuren in December in Slovansky dum, Prague. Now comes the second edition, which takes place in Mecca, and it is headlined by one of the most popular house DJ and producer in the world – Tocadisco.

After his first successful appearance in front of thousands of visitors at Prague Sessions with Paul van Dyk in September 2008, this will be his first individual show in a club in the Czech Republic. Dj Tocadisco (a Spanish word for a turntable) entered the dance world with his first hit „Nobody Likes The Records That I Play“. Followed by Word tour, and many remixes for artists like Moby, New Order, Pet Shop Boys and many more.

Releasing now hit singles like „You’re No Good For Me“, „Music Loud/Crazy Cursor“, remix „Walking Away“ and mega-hit Morumbi. Cooperates with David Guetta on hits like Love Dont Let Me Go or Tomorrow Can Wait. Besides of unbelievable producers career performs Tocadisco at most important dance events around the globe.

Together with Dj Tocadisco, the second edition of PURE will introduce local star Michael Burian, Rehab resident Nesquik, and more DJ´s on second Rehab stage.

Date: 13th February 2009, Tickets: 650 czk (www.ticketpro.cz) / VIP: 1050 czk. Club Mecca in Prague, the mecca of house music in Prague.

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Tony Allen, 'the best drummer' comes to Prague

Tony Allen founded, together with Fela Kutim the founding stones of afrobeat and until now he belongs to the most respected and most working drummers. He is ageless music catalyzer, who was since the 60s until present always at the right time in the right place. Years ago, Fela Kuti have said about his he plays like five drummers at the same time, Brian Eno talks about him like the best living drummer in the world.

The breakpoint of his career came when he published his album N.E.P.A. When he introdued a new musi music hybrid; the synthesis of afrobeat, electronic music, dub, rap and R&B which he called ‘Afrofunk’. When 90’s were finishing, another generation of fans and musicians discovered him. In the last years he records with The Air, Jarvis Cocker, Susheela Raman, rapper Ty or with Charlote Gainsbourg.

Tony Allen comes on 25th of February 2008 to Palace Akropolis in Prague. Price: 455 – 400 czk.

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DJ Sven Vath in Prague

Sven Väth in younger times Have you ever wished to see and hear the legenday german producer and DJ Sven Vath? It becomes real in April. Sven states on his webpage that 10th he plays in Prague Club Mecca. It should be within the party Acapulco, the resident party of Czech DJ and beauty Lucca.

Sven Väth (born 1964 ) is a DJ who has produced an extensive range of work since his career began in 1982. He was also one of the founders of legendary trance music labels Harthouse and the now-defunct Eye Q, as well as being among the very first DJs to play trance records.

In 1995 Mixmag rated his album Accident in Paradise one of the top-50 dance albums of all time; although the title track is a fast techno piece, the rest is far more sedate, such as the track “Coda,” which features merely a flute and a harpsichord.

Ticket prices: 490 czk to 30th March, 590 to 10th April, 700 czk at the spot. There is only 800 tickets on sale so I would recommend buying it online at ticketpro. Legendary producer and DJ Sven Vath in Prague Club Mecca on 10th April 2009.

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Prague Wine Week festival started yesterday

Yesterday, the first season of the Prague Wine Week started. Wine lovers get a good insight into vinotheques, bars and restaurants, as during the whole week (until 18th January) Prague citizens can wine-taste at various places, make the best of discount or just try suitable combinations of chosen dishes and wines.

In Prague, demand for quality wines rises. Number of quality enterprises come into existence, “…and so the festival came into being to provide wine lovers with possibility of better orientation in the ever increasing supply.”

Forty eight Prague enterprises joined, offering invitations, sales and actions. Some events from the programme are free, other paid. Somewhere it is ok to just come to the company, somewhere it is necessary to reserve one’s place.

At the occasion of Prague Wine Week taking place the bilingual, Czech-English wine guide in Prague was published; it should become the handbook for not only Prague citizens, but for visitors of the metropolis as well. More info at here

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Napalm Death Concert in Prague

To speak about Napalmdeath as one of the most important bands of extreme music is like carrying coals to Newcastle. More than 25 years on the scene and still so much invention and unceasing verve when creating music – as a matter of fact only a little number or formations on the contemporary music scene can show off similarly. Meanwhile a quarter of century before, Napalmdeath were the very authors of musical genre grind-core, now they also play with styles like HC, punk, thrash, death, but the result is still the explosively strong performance with killing capacity of napalm itself.

Napalm death come to the „Winter Assault Tour 2009“ in classic set: Mark „Barney“ Greenway – vocals, Shane Embury – bass, Mitch Harris – guitar, Danny Herrera – drums. The whole tour accompany two grind groups, specifically Swedish Splitter and Czech Pigsty. Swedish commando Splitter are among the most promising European groups of this style, with their music mixing energy, young enthusiasm and texts full of critique of contemporary society.

20th January 2009, Napalm Death (uk), Splitter (swe), Pigsty (cze), pre-sale 250czk at Ticketpro, on the spot 280czk. Start 18:00 at Club Roxy in Prague.

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The Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Australian revival musicians want to bring The Wall back to memory, awaking the legendary album which was published thirty years ago, and the music from it couldn’t be heard so compact for 25 years. The second February is the day, on which the organizers promise the big show; “Fascinating, new production full of animations, pictures, lasers, sound light effects and inflatable surprises”.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show play since 1988 and as the only revival of the group they could enjoy attention of the original Pink Floyd Band. The singer and guitarist of Pink Floyd have invited them in 1996 to his own 50th birthday party. Tickets start at 690 czk and reach up to 1390 czk. That the group still attract attention prove that on 1st May the opera of the PF basskytarist Roger Waters called Ca Ira, inspired by Great French Revolution will take place on a special scene on Vltava River.

Pink Floyd revival in Prague, 2nd February 2009 at HC Sparta Arena.

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Illuminated Sculptures in the Streets of Prague

The project called Transparency, realized within Czech EU Chairmanship wants to emphasize the magic of Prague in the first place. The other aim would be to make contemporary art accessible for the general public. The display of the first four from the six presents renowned artists, which can admire anyone who is in Prague just now. These are just the ‘first wave’, others are going to be placed in February and April. The street exhibition continues until the end of June.

Panel with a girl silhouette ‘Ann Dancing’ by Julian Opie was put to the widow of the National Theatre so it can be seen the whole day. The statue ‘We’ by Jaume Plensa is placed on Jan Palach square shines every day from 18 to midnight. The light show ‘Mice’ by Stephan Reusse shines everyday from 20 to midnight in Dusni ulice. ‘Love Letters’ by Arthur Duff is on Old Town Square ; it shines every hour until midnight, starting 18:00.

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Beyoncé in Prague concert

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (1981), commonly known as Beyoncé, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and actress. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of girl group Destiny’s Child and went on to sell over 50 million records worldwide with the group.

After a series of commercial successes with the group, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in June 2003. The album became one of the most-successful albums of that year, spawning the number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”. It earned Knowles five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004, and its reception signaled her viability as a solo artist.

Knowles comes with her third solo album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, which was released on November 2008, and spawned the worldwide hit, “If I Were a Boy”, and the US number-one hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.

Beyoncé performs in Prague on 30th April 2009 in the O2 Arena Prague.

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Abba the Show in Prague

The musical event of the 2009 beginning is the exclusive concert of authentic voices in identical costumes, this group with members of the original Abba band brings some of the most fantastic moments of pop music back to life. They will perform together with The National Symphony Orchestra of London, led by Matthew Freeman.

This ensemble became the number one from the times when the original band Abba ended their tours. In 2002, they performed also in the Czech Republic on the charity concert „Artists Against Flood“. With their show, they had the biggest success in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, France, Great Britain, Korea, Japan, China etc. In Hollywood, their show attracted 18 000.

The tickets are at Ticketpro, if you don’t want to miss the concert, you should probably buy the tickets NOW. 12th February 2009 20:00 at Tesla Arena in Prague

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