The Ultimate Guide to 2017 Czech Summer Music Festivals

The Ultimate Guide to 2017 Czech Summer Music Festivals

Acidelka Open Air 2017

June 16–June 18
Růžená, Nechvalice

The sixth open air edition from the Acidelka team. A mid-size festival taking place approximately 80 kilometers from Prague with DJs & live performers.

Headliners: Furfriend, DJ Ze MigL, Dave Tarrid, Hanno Hinkelbein

Respect Festival

June 17–June 18  
Výstaviště Praha Holešovice

Enjoying 20 years of world music the Rachot team bring you a couple of days of truly eclectic vibes. From Poland to India and back again. Quality world music!

Headliners: Balanescu Quartet, Junun, Mandolin Sisters, Kings Of The World, Iva Bittova

Metronome Festival

Metronome Festival 2016
Metronome Festival 2016

June 23–June 24
Výstaviště Praha Holešovice

Held in the very centre of Prague, the Metronome Festival have done a great job of compiling an attractive line-up featuring both national and international acts. 2017’s festival will bring with it the excellent Young Fathers form the UK, Czech Republic’s Klara & The Pop, legendary singer song-writer, Sting as well as Kasabian, Ester Rada, Birth of Joy, Solomun & CZ party-starters Monkey Business.

Headliners: Sting, Kasabian, Ester Rada, Klara & The PopDavid Koller, Monkey Business

Fingers UP Fest

June 30–July 1
Morava Camp, Mohelnice, Olomoucký Kraj, Czech Republic

Set in Mohelnice’s Municipal Park the festival is enjoying its 7th year of musical fun and performances. Multi genres covered in the well-curated line-up. Expect rock, indie, pop, psychedelic, alternative and ambient. 

Headliners: Lake Malawi, Himalayan Dalai Lama, Billy Barman, Coals, Lazer Viking / Sabrehart, B.M.C., Vera Jonas Experiment

Špilberk Open Air Festival

June 30
Špilberk, 602 00 Brno

Enjoying their second year the only open-air festival of its kind with packed house, deep house & tech-house DJs. Three stages with visuals and installations. All set with spectacular views of Brno!

Headliners: h.o.s.h, Andrew Daren, Dean Demanuele, fly

United Islands

June 22–June 25
Prague, Karlínské náměstí

Prague’s International Music Festival. Taking place at a new venue this year, the historic Karlin neighborhood, the free event annually draws large crowds with plenty of great music & attractions. This year the focus is on diversity, and dance-provoking world music performances will take place on Karlin Square with a roster of family activities planned. 

Headliners: Krapka, Marčelo

Rock for People

Die Antwoord at Rock for People / Photo: FB via Petrklepper.com
Die Antwoord at Rock for People / Photo: FB via Petrklepper.com

July 4–July 6
Festivalpark Hradec Králové

The long-running, spacious rock-fest attracts rock-fans from around Europe to enjoy guitar thrashing, head banging and all styles in-between. A true celebration of rock music for all. Great atmosphere with good food options for that all important festival-nourishment.

Headliners: Die Antwoord, Foster The People, Paramore, Cage The Elephant, Evanescence, Mastodon, Slaves, Dub FX, Three Days Grace, SBCR (The Bloody Beetroots), Deez Nuts, Thurston Moore

Creepy Teepee

July 7–July 9
Vitamína, Seifertovy sady 38/6, Kutná Hora

Surely the coolest festival in the country. Organised and curated by the ever-progressive A.M. 180 team known for their events in and around Prague. This year’s line-up offers slew of confirmed acts spanning punk, metal, electronica, rap & experimental.

Headliners: The Love Coffin, Violence, Coucou Chloe, Imaabs

Mighty Sounds

July 14–July 16
Tábor

Mighty Sounds, the ska and punk rock festival now in its 12th year, has had a long and illustrious past with a number of headline acts as well as great quality national gems! More than 120 acts, 4 stages and 3 DJ stages. Great atmosphere and shopping options await for those wanting to stock up on band merch!

Headliners: Ignite, Jaya The Cat, Acidez, Big Moon Train, Hentai Corporation, Flaming Cocks

Krasnyztraty Festival

July 14 –July 15
Amphitheater in Loket nad Ohří

Czech super-star Michael Prokop celebrated his birthday in style last year. The well-planned birthday party/festival was such a success that the organisers decided to repeat the festivities this year. This time the festival venue has been moved to the beautiful Konopiště Amphitheater in Central Bohemia. Expect a CZ line-up of rock throw-back and up-and-coming names side by side.

Headliners: Michal Prokop & Framus Five, Visací Zámek, Mňága a Žďorp, Sunflower Caravan

Colours of Ostrava

Imagine Dragons will play Colours this year
Imagine Dragons will play Colours this year

July 19–July 22
Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava

The international, multi-genre music festival taking place annually in Ostrava since 2002. Located in the spectacular surroundings of Dolní Vítkovice ironworks. An eclectic & varied line-up with concerts, discussions, theatre performances, films, workshops & art activities on offer in family friendly surroundings. Named among the best in Europe by The Guardian in 2016.

Headliners: Imagine Dragons, Norah Jones, Jamiroquai, alt-j, Justice, Moderat, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula

AIR Festival

July 28–July 29
Hradec Králové

Taking place in Hradec’s former airport the AIR festival’s line-up is far from complete. Although they’ve already announced a few names: KSHMR, Timmy Trumpet, Matrody, Lucky Charmes and Stadium X to name a few.

Headliners: Madison Mars, Matrix, Lucky Charmes, Brooks, Jonas Aden and Stadium X

Trutnov Open Air Music Festival

Trutnov is considered the Czech Woodstock
Trutnov is considered the Czech Woodstock

August 17–August 20
Trutnov

Crowned one of the biggest music festivals in the Czech Republic! Trutnov Open Air Music Festival’s origins go back to 1987 with ties to previously independent activities, illegal concerts and exhibitions taking place in various barns and village inns back in the day. Fast forward to 2017 and you can see an event the size of a small village with all manner of workshops and activities.

Headliners: Parov Stelar, Skunk Anansie, Jake Bugg,Fear Factory, Fat Freddy’s Drop

Hip Hop Kemp

August 18–August 20 
Hradec Králové

The country’s biggest Hip Hop festival is back again with a solid line-up of hip hop from around the world. Breakdancing & graffiti workshops with plenty of merchandise stalls. 3 days of pure unadulterated rap!

Headliners: Kool G Rap, Oddisee & Good Company, Main Source, Rejjie Snow, Little Simz, Smack

Okoř Festival

Castle ruins backdrop at Okoř
Castle ruins backdrop at Okoř

August 19
Střední Čechy

A strong Czech line-up from the Okoř organizers! Great family atmosphere with pleasant environment!

Headliners: Marek Ztracený, No Name, Václav Neckář, Miro Žbirka, Vypsaná Fixa

Rock for Churchill

August 25–26
Areál Myslivna

A great mid-size festival with rock, dance music, pop, reggae, ska, hiphop and other musical styles! The open festival boasts isolation “No airports, no factory halls, but trees, meadow and local creeks.” A great place for those looking for some music in the countryside!

Headliners: Ky–Mani Marley, Irie Révoltés, Triggerfinger, Tata Bojs, Circus Problem
 

Worth Leaving the Country For


Hip Hop Žije Festival Bratislava 2017

June 30-July 2

Pohoda festival

BIrdy is at Pohoda in SK
BIrdy is at Pohoda in SK

July 6-8
Trenčín Airport, Slovakia

The music and arts festival with a feel-good atmosphere and star studded line-up! Now in its 21st year the festival continues to grow with an international list of bands covering a wide range of genres.

Headliners: ALT-J, Birdy, Solange, Jake Bugg, Boys Noise, London Elektricity Big Band, Squarepusher, Beadyman’s Master of Distraction

Banát Festival

Augsust 16–August 20
Eibenthal, Mehedinti, Romania

Now in its 6th year the Banát festival sticks to the tradition of gathering together and enjoying live performances under the open air. The Czech festival, based in Romania welcomes a range of lesser known performers with activities for all the family.

Headliners: Legendary Buccaneers, Baumaxa Xavier, Zibura Ladislav, WOHNOUT


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