Rock for People 2012 - Day 1
The Sun Shines on Day One!
Yesterday marked the start of the 18th Rock for People Festival in Hradec Kralové’s spacious Festival Park. Organisers are expecting record numbers for this year’s fest, the impressive line-up has certainly attracted more music fans from around the world to the picturesque city. For the next few days Festival Park will act as the hub for some good clean fun and rock and roll!
The first day kicked off with some unseasonal weather and performances from Třinec natives Charlie Straight. A raucus performance from the up-and-coming stars despite the rainy weather! Other highlights included performances from Hentai Corporation playing their usual blend of thrashing eclectic musical genres the perfect warm up for the forthcoming fun-filled days ahead.
By Wednesday, high temperatures arrived with the afternoon's performance from Pennsylvanian band August Burns Red, which attracted a respectable number of eager spectators for their late afternoon show. The band, famous for their epic musical breakdowns, played an impressive show for the appreciative audience, and even encouraged participation from their metal-core admirers. August Burns Red beckoned RFP's first "wall of death'" with members of the crowd literally throwing themselves to the band's trademark odd-meter riffs.
Nothing but mud and good vibes!
British representatives Two Door Cinema Club played a blinding set over at the Staropramen Cool Lemon Stage, providing the perfect soundtrack to the early evening sweltering heat. The band effortlessly ran through their hits from their award winning album for the large audience, who openly showed their glee with their hands reaching for the blue skies of Festival Park.
Scottish chart-toppers Franz Ferdinand played a good show, taking time out between songs to practise their Czech lingo! A brave task in front of thousands of people but the loud cheers reflected the crowd's amusement.
Make sure you take time out to enjoy the non-musical activities available at this year's Rock Fest. There's plenty of great food from around the world to titillate your taste buds. Also take a minute to drop into the Expats.cz tent. There's always lots going on with competitions and prizes being given away so drop in and get involved to reap the rewards. The festival organisers have worked hard to provide a safe and cleanenvironment for all in attendance. If you find you're feeling dehydrated in the summer sun, then take advantage of the 20CZK bottles of water. Remember a hydrated rocker is a happy rocker!
It's going to be a long evening at day 2 of the Rock Fest, with performances from The Prodigy, Example, Czech Republic's Tata bojs and electro indie from The Fakes culminating in a fantastic day at Rock for People.
Day 3 shouldn't be any different with Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue, The Kooks, US Dubstep overlord Skrillex and Faith No More to name but a few. Great names and great weather for the first official day, what more could you ask for?
Images: Paul Pacey
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