7 Excellent Summer Festivals

7 Excellent Summer Festivals

Summer in the Czech Republic offers the largest electronic music festival in Central Europe as well as a metal music festival that takes place in a military fortress.

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The Czech Republic is famous for its summer festivals of various genres. Enjoy some good music, summer ease and Czech beer. Adventures, atmosphere, friends, leading global and local bands, technological novelties, as well as great cuisine… These are some of the reasons why you should not miss any of this!

United Islands of Prague

When: 31 May - 2 June
Once again Prague will host the music festival United Islands of Prague, where countless talented musicians of various genres from all over the world will perform. This year’s festival is entitled ‘British Edition’ and it will bring the most interesting young British musicians, including The Sherlocks and Husky Loops. One of the main themes of the festival will be Freedom Island, celebrating 30 years since the fall of the Iron Curtain. The programme will not only include open-air parts in the squares and streets of Karlín, but will also continue at night at select clubs. There will also be interesting creative activities for adults as well as children. The festival is free of charge.

Metronome Festival Prague

When: 21-22 June
Metronome Festival Prague is the first multi-genre festival in the capital city of the Czech Republic after many years. It focuses on all age groups and genre areas. This year’s festival is the fourth instalment and it will take place on the premises of Prague Výstaviště. You can look forward to the British band Morcheeba, Kraftwerk from Germany, Digitalism, an open-air concert by Liam Gallagher, the British DJ Danny Howard, and Noga Erez, an Israeli singer and rapper.

Rock for People

When: 04-06 July
Rock for People is one of the largest Czech rock music festivals. The three-day festival takes place at a former military airport in Hradec Králové in East Bohemia. This year, you can enjoy bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Bring Me the Horizon, and Rudimental. The festival premises and the campsite for visitors cover an area of 50 hectares. Concerts take place on 2 large outdoor stages, in a tent for 8,000 people and on two hangar stages. You can additionally dance at several DJ stages, or use the chill-out zones, which are open until the early hours.

Beats for Love

When: 03-06 July
Beats for Love is the largest festival of electronic music in Central Europe and it takes place every year in Ostrava in North Moravia, inside the industrial site of Lower Vítkovice. The surroundings, full of metal scenes, is filled with a lot of music and an interesting programme for four days, creating a unique atmosphere full of adventure and experiences. The festival will host a top-tier star: German DJ wizard Robin Schulz, backed by Dutch duo Chocolate Puma, Don Diablo, and the star of the Berlin label Exploited – Claptone.

Bohemia Jazz Fest

When: 08-15 July
Prague, Plzeň, Liberec, Domažlice, Tábor and Brno are all host cities of the summer jazz festival. Bohemia Jazz Fest will make the historic squares of these six Czech cities dance from 8 - 15 July. It is a summer ritual where jazz fans from all over Central Europe meet to hear and see the greatest global jazz musicians – completely free of charge.

Colours of Ostrava

When: 17-20 July
Colours of Ostrava is one of the largest summer festivals in the Czech Republic. In autumn 2017, it was rated as one of the top ten festivals in the prestigious European Festival Awards survey. The multi-genre music festival started in 2002 and takes place every year in Ostrava, since 2012 in the amazing surroundings of the industrial premises of former smelting plants, mines and ironworks of Lower Vítkovice. This year, the festival will host such worldwide stars as The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Rag'n'bone Man, Rosalía, and Zaz, and there will also be movies, discussions, workshops, and theatrical performances.

Brutal Assault                                                           

When: 07-10 August
Brutal Assault is a unique metal music festival that takes place annually on the premises of a former military fortress of Josefov in Jaroměř, approx. 20 kilometres from Hradec Králové. During four festival days, 80 bands from throughout the world will present themselves on three stages.