Festivals of music

Festival of indie rock music in Prague

Indie Summer Fest 2007 Festival of Czech indie rock bands will take place in the Parukarka park in Prague on 1 st September. You can spend the whole afternoon there – the bands will play from 1 pm to 10 pm and the admission is free.

Parukarka park is situated in Prague 3, Zizkov district. The closest metro station is Flora, the closest tram stop is “Olsanske namesti” (trams 5, 9, 26).

Line-up:
13:00 – 13:40 STP
14:00 – 14:40 Loves Of A Blonde
15:00 – 15:40 The Roads
16:00 – 16:40 LakesideX
17:00 – 17:40 No Heroes
18:00 – 18:40 Road Side Mary
19:00 – 19:40 Living Room
20:00 – 20.40 Sweeper
21:00 – 21:40 The Slots

Strings of Autumn music festival 2007

Strings of Autumn music festival in Prague

A month before the start of Strings of Autumn, international music festival in Prague, the organizers announced that two concerts have been added due to a large demand from Czech and foreign audience.

This year’s festival will present for the first time Portuguese fadist Ana Moura or American jazz violin Regina Carter. Famous pianist Brad Mehldau will come back to Rudolfinum’s stage.

The festival will take place in many significant buildings in Prague from 23th September to 18th November 2007. The festival opening concert is already sold out, tickets to other concerts can be bought at the Festival Information and Sale Centre at the box office of the National Theatre in Prague. More information about the festival can be found here.

Prague Autumn 2007 festival

One of the most famous festivals of classical music held in the historical city of Prague, Prague Autumn, starts in about one month. The series of classical concerts performed by outstanding musicians have been held in the impressing hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum since 1991.

The festival provides a space to present radio symphonic orchestras. This year’s festival will be launched by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra with its conductor Bertrand de Billy. The festival will also present BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic or Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (for more information about the programme click here).

The festival is held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus. The concert will take place in Dvorak’s Hall in Rudolfinum from 12th September to 1st October 2007. Tickets are already on sale in the main box office in Rudolfinum or via Ticketpro and Bohemia Ticket network.

O2 SazavaFest 2007

O2 SazavaFest 2007 is a multicultural open-air festival held every year since 2001. It offers concerts of Czech musicians as well as interesting musicians from abroad. This year it’s held from 2nd to 5th August 2007 in Kacov near Kutna Hora (about 60 km far from Prague).

One of the performers at the festival will be British singer Skye whose voice is known from the band Morcheeba. Visitors of SazavaFest can also enjoy Kosheen or Fernando Saunders (bass and vocal with Lou Reed). From Czech bands they can look forward to J.A.R, Monkey Business, Dan Barta and others.

Tickets can be bought via Ticketstream network or printed as a e-ticket at your computer. Tickets can be bought either for one day (590 CZK + service charge) or for the whole festival (820 CZK + service charge). For more info about the festival go to www.sazavafest.cz.

Lauryn Hill from The Fugees in Prague's music festival

Fans of open-air music festival held in the Stromovka park in Prague on 27th and 28th July 2007 can look forward to another famous person who promised to perform there – R&B singer and seven Grammy Awards winner Lauryn Hill from music band The Fugees.

Besides the performance of Lauryn Hill, the park will be resounded by the music of Dr. John, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ricky Skaggs or Courtney Pine. Czech musicians will be represented by Dan Barta, Lenska Dusilova or Yellow Sisters.

The festival will offer many additional activities for both adults and children. Visitors can also try to play side by side the famous musicians in the “jam session” on the stage. For more information visit the official web pages of the festival www.musicinthepark.cz.

Festival Rock For People review

We bring you a detailed review of the biggest festival in the Czech Republic, Rock For People, held at the area of Hradec Kralove airport from 4th to 6th July 2007.

Resume: 3 days, 24 bands, most clothes wet, all pairs of trousers and shoes muddy, sun burnt face – the best holiday in my life!

It’s always been my dream to go to a rock festival. I know that to many of you it isn’t such a big deal but for me it’s never been that easy. There was either no money or no people who would undergo that with me. And so I was ineffably happy when my friend said she would go with me. We bought our tickets about 2 months in advance and before we realized the day D arrived.

[…] The overall organization of this festival that is the biggest in the Czech Republic was impressive. Needless to say, all the 17 thousand people who visited the festival were impressive too. There were no drunken fights, no aggression, no drugs, no stealing – as far as my friend and I noticed. (the whole article)

Music festival at Czech castles starts today

3rd year of the music festival that is held in four different places – at four Czech castles – starts today at Tocnik-Zebrak castles near Prague. Visitors can look forward to a Horror Night. Everybody who takes a mask with them will get a nice present.

The festival will present popular Czech musicians at several concerts – on 13th and 14th July in Tocnik and Zebrak near Prague, on 20th and 21th July in Kuneticka hora near Pardubice, on 27th and 28th July in Svihov near Plzen and on 3rd and 4th August in Bezdez.

How to get to Tocnik-Zebrak castles? There will be shuttle buses from railway station Zdice to village Tocnik between 11:00 and 16:00 today. If you don’t have tickets yet, they will be available at the venue for 180 CZK. Sleeping is possible in a tent for free.

Jazz Bridge from Prague to EU 2007

Jazz Bridge Festival Jazz Bridge Festival was held for the first time in the evening before the Czech Republic joined the EU. It became so successful that the festival is held this year for the fourth times, it’s called Jazz Bridge from Prague to EU 2007.

The main stars of this festival is Kentonmania – a big band including 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, a tuba and 8 French horns.

First concerts have already taken place in Germany, Czech part of the festival will be held in Karlovy Vary on 14th July and in Prague’s club Manes (Masarykovo nabrezi 250, Prague 1) on Sunday 15th July 2007. Tickets can be bought via Ticketpro.cz and TicketArt.cz More information about the festival can be found at www.jazzbridge.net.

Bohemia Jazz Fest in Prague these days

The biggest jazz festival in the Czech Republic starts today (at 16:00) in Prague’s Old Town Square, and in other days in Plzen, Prachatice and Ceske Budejovice. Musicians from Chicago, Berlin, Stockholm, Vienna, Prague and New York will play under the sky in historical squares for free.

In Prague festival you can hear ACM Trio, Stepan Markovic & Gulocar, Nils Berg Quintet, Kenny Garrett Quartet, Clemens Salesny Quartet, Subtone, Rudy Linka & Dan Fabricatore and Dave Holland Quintet.

The festival in Prague will be take place in the Old Town Square today and tomorrow. For more information go to the official sites of the festival here.

Music festival Rock For People 2007 starts tomorrow

Tomorrow starts one of the biggest music festivals in the Czech Republic Rock For People (4th – 6th July). For the first time the venue of the festival is not in Cesky Brod but in Hradec Kralove, a town about 100 km east from Prague.

More than 120 music bands will perform on four large stages. Czech bands will take turns with many foreign music bands, some of them long-awaited in the Czech Republic. The stars of the festival are The Killers (Wendesday 22:25), the winners of MTV awards for the best rock group 2006 and Brits Awards for the best foreign music band 2007, then The Hives (Thursday 21:45) or Basement Jaxx (Friday 21:40).

Three-day tickets cost 900 CZK, one-day tickets 620 CZK. Accommodation is provided in a camp place for 50 CZK. More information about the festival can be obtained at the official pages (here).

Summer Festivities of Early Music in Prague

Vrtba Garden In less than a month Prague will host the 8th International Music Festival – Summer Festivities of Early Music Prague. The aim of this annual music festival is to enrich the Prague’s summer cultural life. The motto of this year’s festival ‘Journeying through the Centuries’.

The festival offers various historical styles performed on period instruments. The concerts take place in various historical monuments and interesting places of Prague (such as Brevnov Monastery, Vrtba Garden, Troja Chateau, etc.) which help create a special period atmosphere.

The first concert starts in the Congress Centre of the Czech National Bank on Saturday 14th July, the last one in ABC theatre on 8th August 2007. Tickets can be bought in the booking office of Collegium Marianum in Melantrichova 19 street, Ticketpro and Rokoko (Vaclavske namesti 38) and ABC (Vodickova 28) theatres. For more information about the festival, ticket reservations and the programme, click here.

United Islands of Prague starts tomorrow

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If you are in Prague these days, don´t miss the music festival United Islands of Prague, which starts on 21st June and continues till Saturday 23rd. Especially the Saturday programme, with 6 different stages on the islands on the river Vltava, will be interesting.

The festival starts on Thursday with concerts in numerous music clubs in Prague, all of them with free entry. On Saturday, the festival moves to the islands – the Strelecky, Slovansky, Detsky islands and the riverside Janackovo nabrezi. The admission is free, except Manes at the Slovansky island (100,- CZK).

Every island will belong to a different music style:
Strelecky island – main stage, ethno and folk stage
Slovansky island – jazz and blues stage
Detsky island – hip hop stage
Manes – fusion and experiment stage
Janackovo nabrezi – Filter Talents Stage

United Islands of Prague gives a chance to not so famous, but nevertheless interesting bands and musicians. This year, there will be for example Socalled Orchestra, Warren Suicide, All Stars Grey or Mr. Review among the performing bands. As for the Czech bands, you can hear P.S.H., Monika Naceva, Sunflower Caravan and others. Learn more about the festival here.

Prague Spring 2008 will be full of music stars

The international music festival Prague Spring has just ended but the organizers already know the interprets for the next year. One of the stars of Prague Spring 2008 will be British violist Nigel Kennedy.

Other musicians that will perform in Prague next year will be famous pianists Maurizio Pollini and Alfred Brendel, than Slovak singer Edita Gruberova. An extraordinary experience will also bring the BBC Symphony Orchestra directed by Jiri Belohlavka, also Halle orchestra from Manchester and Philharmonic Orchestra from Petersburg.

The festival 2008 will be open by Brno Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Petr Altrichter and ended by Budapest Festival Orchestra directed by Ivan Fischer.

Roma festival Khamoro in the streets of Prague

A parade of Roma dancers and musicians from many countries walked through several places in Prague yesterday. It started in the lower part of the Wenceslas Square accompanied with the drumbeat, sounds of harmonica and and wind instruments. Passers-by could see young girls in colourful dress showing their traditional dances.

This event was a part of Roma festival Khamoro that is taking place in Prague right now. The evening programme will continue today in Roxy club (Dlouha 33 street). Visitors can listen to the traditional Roma music from Hungary, Serbia, Portugal and Macedonia.

The festival finishes on Saturday 2nd June with a gala concert of traditional Roma music from several countries in the Congress Centre in Prague (metro red line C, station Vysehrad). The start of the concert is at 20:00. Click here for more info.

62nd Prague Spring starts tomorrow

Prague Spring 2007 One of the most famous music festivals in Prague, Prague Spring, starts this weekend. The 62nd Prague Spring 2007 will be launched by Smetana’s My Country (Ma Vlast) conducted by Zdenek Macal in the Prague’s Municipal House.

The festival will offer tens of music performances, especially of classical music. One of the highlights will be San Francisco Symphonic Orchestra accompanied with baritone Thomas Hampson, the concerts of the viola da gamba player Jordi Savall or trumpeter Alison Balsom.

The competition of young conductors and horn players started several days ago. The final will be held on 13th and 14th May. More information about the festival can be found on the official web pages here.

Festival of world music Respect is coming soon

Visit the festival Respect in Prague Stvanice Island, Palac Akropolis or Spanish Synagogue in Jewish quarter in Prague will host the 10th Festival RESPECT, the world of music. The festival is focused on world music, this year especially on Desert Blues and Club Global.

Desert Blues is one of the roots of later American Blues, presented by the late Ali Farka Toure. This year’s festival will introduce his student Afel Bocoum and the band Etran Finatawa. Club Global are dance fusions of African or Brazil music with electronic music.

Festival Respect starts on 23rd May and finishes on 15th June 2007. You can look forward to 11 foreign singers and bands. Tickets can be bought via internet on ticketpro web sites. For more information visit here the festival’s pages.

Additional concert before the start of Prague Spring

Prague Spring 2007 Prague Spring is a traditional and very popular festival of classical music in Prague. This year it starts on 12th May. The opening concerts of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Smetana: Ma vlast), played on Saturday 12th and Saturday 13th May in Prague’s Municipal House, are already sold out.

This year for the first time Prague Spring will offer a prelude. First concert of classical music before the official start of Prague Spring will be performed in newly reconstructed Classicist building of Hybernia Theatre on 25th April. Tickets are available via Ticketpro.

Famous opera arias (Smetana, Dvorak, Mozart, Mascagni, Giordano, Puccini, Verdi) will be sung by laureates of International music competition of Antonin Dvorak. They will be accompanied by Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Frantisek Drs.

Music in the Park festival in Prague this July

Spend two days in Prague's park listening to music 2nd Music in the Park festival will offer great artists in performing blues, rock, funk and contemporary music. The festival will take place in large Stromovka park on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July 2007.

The main stars of the festival will be American Ricky Skaggs playing country and pianist, organist and singer Dr. John (born Mac Rebenack). Czech musicitians will be represented by Dan Barta, Lenka Dusilova, Jana Kirschner and others.

The festival will offer a special program for children, a movie tent and many sport activities as well. Tickets for 500 CZK (children and disabled people 400 CZK) are on sale here. A part of the profits will be devoted to the upkeep and future development of the park.

United Islands of Prague 2007

For United Islands of Prague 2008 click here

In June many Prague islands as well as streets of Prague will be full of music thanks to the 4th music festival United Islands of Prague. This year even with no entrance fee.

The opening programme will take place in several Prague music clubs. The second day the festival will move to Detsky, Strelecky and Slovansky islands and to Janackovo nabrezi.

The festival will offer many music genres, such as rock, jazz, world music, folk, hip hop and many others. Besides that, the islands as well as neighbouring streets and parks will host theatre performances, workshops, film projections, etc.

More than 100 bands, musicians and DJ’s from 20 countries were performing there last year. The festival was visited by 15,000 people, this year organizers expect even more.

This year’s festival will be held from 21st to 23rd June. The information about the programme of the festival will be displayed on www.unitedislands.cz.

Indie rock and ska at the Sazavafest in Prague

Jarni Sazavafest Are you interested in Prague music scene? Would you like to see some good local bands? You have a chance this Saturday. There will be a festival, called “Jarni O2 Sazavafest” in Abaton club in Prague.

There will be two stages in Abaton. The “down stage” will belong to guitar bands, especially the up-and-coming indie rock bands, such as the Prostitutes, Living Room, Sunflower Caravan or Roe-Deer. You can also hear the Austrian band Fortunas Favourites there.

The second “up stage” will feature ska and reggae music. There will be Polemic, Sto zvirat and Prague Ska Conspiracy among the performing bands.

The festival will be accompanied by video projections and various other attractions. It will start at 3 pm and continue to the next day, the last band will play till 3:20 am.

A ticket to Jarni O2 Sazavafest costs 280,- CZK + fee (about 310,-CZK altogether) in the advance-sale (Ticketpro, Ticketstream), or 350,- CZK at the place. Abaton club is situated in the Holesovice district, in the Na Kosince Street 8.

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