Festival Guide 2011

All the practical information you need to know

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 01.05.2011 13:50:45 (updated on 01.05.2011) Reading time: 15 minutes


The festival grounds, campsite and parking lot are located on 40 hectares of land. Rock for People has been taking place in Hradec Králové since 2007 and we the organizers do their best to gradually improve the festival space for our guests.

The concerts will take place on three large outdoor stages (the t-music stace, the blue stage and the Evropa 2 stage) and three sheltered areas.  Aside from that we´ve decided to put in a few DJ scenes and chill-out zones, which will remain open until early morning.

This year, the festival grounds, along with a wide variety of attractions, resting areas, diverse catering and impeccable hygiene and social atmosphere will have a comfortable capacity of 30 000 people.


There is a large camp site right outside the festival area. The camp site is lit and guarded at all times.  It is also patrolled by the municipal police. The sanitary conditions are better this year.  We have larger shower cabins with warm running water and more portable toilets.

If you arrive on Friday July 2nd or on saturday July 3rd – price per person is – 200 CZK
If you arrive on Sunday July 4th –  price per person is – 150 CZK
If you arrive on Monday July 5th –  price per person is – 100 CZK
If you arrive on Tuesday July 6th –  price per person is – 50 CZK

Does not matter if you stay just one nigt or for the whole festival.

The new system not only provides more comfort, but also helps to limit the presence of non-festival visitors.

If you don’t want to bring your own tent and sleeping bag, you can use the Kempingski and Nescafé camping sites, where you can rent fully-equipped tents and even get breakfast in the morning.  You can make a reservation for 2-person tents on Tickets for People.

Building fires, using cookers, handling fireworks and fire torches is not allowed within the camping grounds. There are no cars allowed into the camping grounds. The festival organizer is not liable for any loss or damage of any personal belongings kept in the camping grounds.

Hradec Králové is a town of approximately 100,000 people. There are many options for accommodation in the city. If you want to stay in a hotel, we advise that you contact hotels directly.  You can visit www.ic-hk.cz for further assistance.

Apart from the music
You are probably coming to Rock for People for the music, but there is a good chance you might need a little break. Therefore, we have arranged a whole variety of things for you to do. There are sports activities, an Internet tent, theatre and cinema performances, chill-out zones, souvenir stands and much more!

The JamStage will be open for 3 days from July 4th – 6th, from 2pm until late at night. The program will consist of celebrity jams, interactive drum circles, courses in African dance and concerts by bands that participated in contests organized by Rock for People.

ATM Machine / Česká spořitelna
Česká spořitelna will provide the ATM machine in the Festivalpark area. Its location will be specified on the map of the venue. The ticket offices will be supplied with credit card  terminals to allow festival guests to pay for their tickets by card.

Deposit Room
There will be a deposit room available to campsite residents; on the festival grounds the deposit service will also be available at the entrance. To lower the risk of theft we advise you to leave all your valuables (such as laptops) at home.  Please report any lost or found items directly to the organizers.


Apartment for rent, 1+KK - Studio, 39m<sup>2</sup>

Apartment for rent, 1+KK - Studio, 39m2

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Apartment for rent, 1+KK - Studio, 36m<sup>2</sup>

Apartment for rent, 1+KK - Studio, 36m2

Pickova, Praha 5 - Zbraslav

Apartment for rent, 4+kk - 3 bedrooms, 70m<sup>2</sup>

Apartment for rent, 4+kk - 3 bedrooms, 70m2

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Apartment for rent, 1+KK - Studio, 48m<sup>2</sup>

Apartment for rent, 1+KK - Studio, 48m2

Tomkova, Praha 5 - Smíchov

Dogs and other animals

The loud festival environment can be stressful for dogs and other pets.  In consideration of their health and the safety of the visitors, dogs and other pets are not allowed to enter the festival grounds.

Environmental program (Recycling)
The environmental program:
The festival itself and the associated thousands of people concentrated in one place is a considerable environmental burden which can lead to a number of problems.  For this reason we´re constantly trying to reduce the festival´s environmental footprint and each year we try to come up with new ideas which keep Rock for People easy on the environment.

Separate waste collection, glass bins and increased waste capacity…

The sorting and recycling system is based on a web of collection points, whose number has been increased this year.  At every “Green-point” there are large bins for plastic, paper, and aluminum, and in some cases the newly added glass bins.  These collection points will be closely monitored during the festival and emptied regularly.  This year, for the second time, all discarded waste at Rock for People will be sorted.

Greenpeace will celebrate 20 years of its existence in the Czech Republic at Rock for People.  In honor of this occasion there will be a separate area with a diverse program and a variety of hands-on environmental demonstrations.

In accordance with the environmental program Rock for People will further realize:

  • encouragement/support of mass transportation (including shuttle service and travelling by train and car)

  • cycling, including the installation of bike stands

  • printing flyers and other publicity material on recycled paper

  • distribution of Harmony recycled toilet paper in the port-a-potties

First aid
A first aid tent with health personnel will also be at the festival.  Its location will be marked on a map and in the festival brochure.  In case of an accident in need of more serious medical attention call 155 or 112 for an ambulance.

Food, beer and other drinks


There will be a large variety of snacks at the festival.  Visitors will be able to try anything from a traditional Czech kielbasa to pizza to specialties from the Arabian, Indian, or Chinese cuisine.  There will also be many choices for our  vegetarian visitors including a vitamin-packed juice bar.  Seeing that our supply of food and drinks will be abundant, due to hygienic reasons visitors won´t be allowed to bring their own food or drinks into the festival grounds.  This of course does not apply to the campsite.

Beer and other beverages:
Our beer partner for 2011 is Staropramen. Our supply of drinks will be as diverse as our snacks, so there will be a wide variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  For beer-lovers there will be a large selection of Staropramen beer, including beer specials for gourmands, 11° degree beer, or non-alcoholic beer for designated drivers. Bottled water will be distributed exclusively by the organizers at a special stand for 20 CZK for 1,5 liter bottle. Drinking water will also be available in the bathrooms.

Read remarks by the last year’s visitor here.

Child-friendly program
Do you have a little rocker at home that you’d like to bring along to Rock for People?  Great idea!  The festival is entirely child-friendly and you’ll be sure to find lots to do with your little ones.

ID wristbands
Each festival visitor will receive an ID wristband upon handing in their ticket.  This wristband entitles you to enter and exit the festival grounds at any given time. The wristband is non-transferable, and if it becomes overly damaged, it will lose its validity.
Each visitor is required to show their wristband to security when entering the venue and if randomly requested.  In the event that a visitor does not have a valid wristband or is unable to show it to security, they will be denied entry and/or escorted from the premises.
Residents of the camp site areas will also receive ID bracelets in order to limit the presence of unauthorized persons within the venue.  This is aimed at minimizing the risk of theft and other unpleasant incidents.

Information points
Info booths
There will be two info booths at the festival, open from 11:00 to 23:00, where visitors can have their questions answered, learn more about the program and its possible changes or delays, find out about services that the festival offers and or see the departures and arrivals of shuttle buses from and to Hradec Králové.  Furthermore, the festival´s newspaper NEWS FOR PEOPLE, which features reports from concerts, interviews with the bands and tips on what not to miss, is also available daily at the information booths.  Please note that although last year Lost and found was located at the info booths, this year it has been moved to the deposit room.

Information center in Hradec Králové
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8:00-17:30, Sat – Sun 9:00-15:00

Internet + Telephones
In the t-music zone you can recharge your phone´s batteries, buy credit or check your email. Traditional and various types of ecological chargers will be available.  Ten laptops are available for use in the tent free of charge with T-Mobile internet. There is also a Wi-Fi network surrounding of the t-zone.

t-music will also be operating a text message info channel free of charge which will keep you on top of what´s new at the festival. Just text +TMUSIC to 4616 (only for T-Mobile customers in the Czech Republic). In the t-music zone you can also buy a raincoat and if you activate the text message info channel you get a free seat which doubles as a beer-holder.

Lost & Found
Please report any lost or found items directly to the organizers – ideally right in the storage room. Valuable items (glasses, wallets etc.) or official documents will be announced before concerts by the organizers.  Others will be available for pick-up in the storage room, provided that you can identify them.  In 2010 150 items were happily returned to their owners through lost and found.

Map of the festival grounds
Map of the festival grounds.

Most payments in the Czech Republic are only possible in Czech crowns (CZK). Major shops and supermarkets accept regular credit cards, and some of them accept payment in Euros (EUR). Please make sure you have enough local currency with you.
The 4th and 5th of July are national holidays, so many institutions (such as banks) may be closed.

Opening hours of the festival grounds and ticket booth
Opening hours of the festival grounds:
Friday 1.7. – we will inform you in the case of an opening of the campsite
Saturday 2.7. (warm-up opening for the more impatient visitors) 14:00 – 5:00*
Sunday 3.7. – 11:00 – 5:00*
Monday 4.7. – 11:00 – 5:00*
Tuesday 5.7. – 11:00 – 3:00*
Wednesday 6.7. – the campsite will be open until roughly 14:00

* The area surrounding the main stages and the marquee will be closed at 3:00 AM. The dance and chill-out zones will remain open until early morning.  We´ll post a more specific program in the PROGRAM section of the site in June.

Opening hours of the ticket booth:
Friday 1.7. – we will inform you in the case of an early opening of the campsite
Saturday 2.7. 12:00 – 24:00*
Sunday – Tuesday (3.7. – 5.7.) – 9:00 – 24:00

Every visitor must exchange their ticket for an ID wristband, which authorizes him/her to enter and re-enter the festival grounds whenever.  Wristbands are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and cannot be replaced. They cannot be removed and must be worn during the entire festival to be allowed entry.  You must pass through security each time you enter.  People without a wristband or with an invalid one will be denied entry, and possibly escorted from the premises by security. Campsite residents will also receive a wristband to limit trespassing on the festival grounds and therefore minimize the risk of theft and other complications.

Rights & Obligations (including photography & filming)
Photography, filming and recording
As organizers of the festival we are bound by contract to ensure that performances are in no way recorded using professional equipment.  For this reason professional cameras and other recording equipment is strictly prohibited on festival grounds.  Security located at the entrances and at other places will not allow anyone with such equipment to enter the festival grounds (it´s up to security to decide whether the equipment is professional or not).

Therefore we recommend our visitors to leave all cameras and recording devices at home and instead focus on enjoying the festival.  We also point out that photography and recording that violates the contract can lead to premature termination of the concert; the demands of the bands and their management grow stricter each year. Thank you for understanding.

To conclude please remember that although we want our visitors to enjoy themselves as much as possible, remember that your freedom ends when the freedom of others begins.

Sanitary facilities
The camp site includes shower cabins with warm water.  Running water is also available in other areas throughout the venue.  250 portable toilets, as well as urinals will be available to the public free of charge.  There will also be regular toilets in the venue providing additional comfort.  In the event of tropical weather, there will be sprinkler vans to cool you down.

Security and important numbers 
For a pleasant and smooth course of the festival it´s crucial to follow instructions given by the organizers and by security.  Security is there for the protection of visitors and to guard the festival grounds.  Security staff will be uniformly dressed and clearly identifiable.  Please feel free to contact the organizers with any problems that arise with the security staff.

Security staff is authorized to: ask to see a ticket or wristband at the entrance to festival grounds and anywhere inside the grounds (including random inspections); searching visitors before they enter festival grounds (to check for unauthorized and/or dangerous items); removal of a person from the festival grounds (persons without a valid ticket or with a damaged wristband, aggressive persons, unauthorized vendors and vendors who violate the sales contract, drug dealers etc.); removal of unauthorized persons from restricted areas; aid to handicapped visitors while entering reserved areas, and protection of visitors and organizers.

Security outside festival grounds are provided by the city and state police force.
City police:
Dlouhá 211
Hradec Králové
tel . +420 495 707 910, +420 495 707 911 (24/7)
In case of an emergency call 156.

Important numbers:
Fire department: 150
Emergency towing service: 154
Ambulance: 155
City police: 156
State police: 158

There is a luggage depository within the festival area.  The festival organizer is not liable for any damage or loss of personal belongings left in the camping ground or in the festival area.  If you lose something, please report it to the INFO tent.

Photography and video in the festival area
Please note that we are responsible for the fact that the festival performances will not be recorded (neither audio nor video) by anyone without special permit.  It is forbidden to bring professional cameras or recording equipment into the festival area.  The right to decide whether a particular device may or may not be called professional is entirely upon the festival security workers.  Experiencing the festival live will definitely be more enjoyable than recording it.

The city of Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové is an important city in the eastern part of the Czech Republic.  It is located at the junction of the rivers Elbe and Divoka Orlice.  The city is the cultural and tourist center of the Hradec Králové region.
It’s known not only for its inimitable old city panorama with various architectural styles, but also for a beautifal botanical garden with many medicinal plants, as well as a giant aquarium and aqua park.  Every Rock for People visitor will find all they need in Hradec Kralove while enjoying the festival.
There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, stores, banks, supermarkets and petrol stations.  You will find all the information you need at www.hradeckralove.org or www.ic-hk.cz.

The venue
Venue opening hours
Friday, July 2nd, 2010 – the camp site will be open around 12:00 PM
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 (Festival prelude) – 2:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Sunday, July 4th, 2010 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Monday, July 5th, 2010 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 – the camp site will be open until around 2 PM

Ticket office opening hours

Saturday, July 4th, 2010 – 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
July 5th, 6th and 7th, 2010: – 9 AM – 12:00 AM

Toilets & Hygiene
The campsite is equipped with large-capacity showers and hot water.  Running water is of course available both at the campsite and on festival grounds.  There will be at least 250 portable toilets complete with urinals, and conventional paid toilets will be available on festival grounds, offering a somewhat higher level of comfort.

In the case of extreme tropical weather the popular sprinkler trucks will as always be eager to help. In the past years special Kotex toilets have always been available, as well as lockable toilets for our handicapped visitors.

Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe. The capital, Prague, has a major airport with connections to most major destinations around the globe. There is a highly functional network of buses and railways covering the entire country.

The Rock for People festival site is located approximately 100 kilometres from Prague.

Transport – by car
Coming from Prague, take the D11 highway to Hradec Kralove, turn left at the end of the highway and drive northbound over Libisany, Brezhrad and Svobodne Dvory – in the direction of Nachod and Wroclaw. Take a right turn at the fourth roundabout (in the direction Hradec Kralove centrum) and look for the supermarket OBI. Then, turn left.

The coordinates of the festival grounds are: 50° 15′ 11.99″N, 15° 50′ 42.99″E

There is a large guarded parking ground just outside the festival site.  Due to limited parking capacity, we recommend you arrive early enough in order to minimize complications.

The traffic in the close neighborhood of the festival area will be limited.  Please follow the roadsigns and instructions of authorized personnel.
The prices of parking on the festival grounds are as follows:
Passenger car – 150,- CZK
Van – 500,- CZK
Bus – 2000,- CZK

Transport – by train
Traveling by train is by far the most convenient way of getting to the festival. Hradec Králové is a city located on the main railway line.  The journey from Prague takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and there is about one train every hour. For details check www.cd.cz or call +420 840 112 113

Transport – by bus
You can take a bus from Prague’s Černý Most bus station. You can buy tickets at www.ticketsforpeople.cz for the low price of 99 CZK.

Bus departure times are as follows:
Prague – Hradec Králové
Saturday, July 3rd: 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Sunday, July 4th: 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM

Hradec Králové – Prague
Wednesday, July 7th: 1:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM

There will be special shuttle buses from the Hradec Králové railway station to the festival site. Please look for the Rock for People bus stop once outside the railway station building.

What shall I take with me?
Most festival visitors spend 4 days at the festival. Therefore, we recommend to take your health insurance card, valid ID, festival ticket, a reasonable amount of money, something to cover your head, medicine, sunscreen, sunglasses, a swim suit, a rain coat, toilet paper, a tent and a sleeping bag. Valuable things such as jewellry, large amounts of money or luxurious equipment are not recommended.

Whellchair access
The entire festival grounds are wheelchair accessible.  For our disabled visitors there are also wheelchair platforms located near the soundmen on the two main stages (T-Mobile and blue stage) which will keep them away from the crowds and ensure a great view of the bands.

Useful numbers
Fire department 150
Car assistance 154
First aid 155
Municipal police 156
State police 158

Information center
Gočárova 1225
500 02 Hradec Kralove
tel: +420 495 534 482
fax: +420 495 534 485
open: Po – Pá8:00-17:30

Information center
Velké náměstí 165
500 01 Hradec Kralove
tel/fax: +420 495 580 492
open: 8:00-12:0012:30-16:30

Municipal police
Dlouhá 211
Hradec Kralove
tel . +420 495 707910, +420 495 707 911 (non-stop line)

The cheapest tickets are available on www.ticketsforpeople.cz – click on the english flag in the top corner right, pay by credit card.

UNITED KINGDOM – cheap tickets at Eventim.

GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND SWITZERLAND – tickets at www.rockforpeople.de or at Eventim here.

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