Ostrava, Czech Republic – Although many festivals are organized all year long in the Czech Republic, summer is the busiest time of the year, with countless cultural events happening all around the country. Music festivals are a great opportunity to spend your free time and holidays by travelling to new places, enjoying your favourite music while, of course, being with your friends or making new ones.
Festival season basically starts with university student festivals in May (it’s called majáles) and reaches its peak in July and August. Not sure how to make up your mind? We’ll tell you which ones you shouldn’t miss!
4th – 6th July, Rock for People (Hradec Králové)
Rock for People is one of the biggest music festivals in the Czech Republic and takes place in the city of Hradec Králové, in the Eastern part of Bohemia (approximately 1.30h from Prague). Its name is pretty obvious: this is for all the rock-lovers among you! This year’s lineup will include stars such as The Prodigy, The Kooks, Skillet, Rodriguez, Enter Shikari and many more notable musicians. What better way to start your summer?
4th – 7th July Beats for Love (Ostrava)
If you’re more into electro than rock, worry not! Beats for Love is a relatively new festival of electronic music organized in the industrial district of Ostrava, the capital of the Moravian-Silesian region located a few kilometers from the Polish border. Although it isn’t part of the biggest ones, its popularity is growing by the year at an amazing rate: from 25.000 people in 2013 to 40.000 last year, and from 6 to 15 stages in less than four years. This year’s impressive lineup of international DJ’s include Alan Walker from Norway or Galantis from Sweden.
12th – 15th of July, Masters of Rock (Vizovice)
Masters of Rock is the biggest open-air international hard rock festival held in the Czech Republic’s little town of Vizovice. A truly memorable experience you should make time for. Moreover, this will be the first European gig for some of the performers attending this year, like the Genne Simmons band. You can also come there to listen to Helloween, Arch Enemy, Korpiklaani, Kamelot, Amorphis, etc.
13th – 15th July, Mighty Sounds (Tábor)
A festival of punk, ska, reggae, rockabilly, indie rock and rock´n´roll, Mighty Sounds is held close to the Czech historical city of Tábor, in South Bohemia. Over 80% of this year’s bands come from outside of the Czech Republic, and that’s what makes this festival so interesting. Be sure not to miss Anti-Flag, Dub FX and Royal Republic!
18th – 21st July, Colours of Ostrava (Ostrava)
And finally, Colours of Ostrava: one of the biggest festivals in the Czech Republic and among the best festivals in Europe. Every year, dozens of the world’s most popular bands and musicians from a wide array of musical genres flock to the city’s landmark industrial district to perform in stunning surroundings. If you’re into music festivals, you definitely shouldn’t miss this one! Apart from concerts, you can also attend discussions, theatre plays, workshops and special programmes for parents coming with their kids. N.E.R.D., Jessie J, London Grammar, Kygo, George Ezra, Kaleo, Cigarettes After Sex, Aurora and many more are already waiting for you!
There are many, many festivals during the summer. This is only a quick overview of the biggest ones with international lineups. Do you already know which one will you visit? Leave us your answer in the comment section below. We wish you great summer vibes!
Did we miss out on anything? Tell us in the comments your favourite music festivals in the Czech Republic!
By Natálie Durčáková
Born in Stramberk, near Ostrava, Natálie studied cultural history at Silesian University in Opava. Passionate about art and history, she worked in several cultural organisations and NGOs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In June 2018, she joined Kafkadesk’s team of contributors and writers to handle cultural issues and events.