A month-by-month guide to summer music festivals in Czechia in 2022

Music in all genres from electronic dance to underground heavy metal can be found in towns across the country all summer.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 07.06.2022 16:59:00 (updated on 09.06.2022) Reading time: 5 minutes

After two quiet years, summer music festivals are back across the Czech Republic. There is something for almost everyone, with stars from pop, rock, EDM, and heavy metal making appearances.

One of the main out-of-town festivals, Rock for People, is almost sold out so if you want to see Green Day or Weezer you need to buy tickets soon. The headliners at Colours of Ostrava, the other main festival, are The Killers and Twenty One Pilots, with many others also gracing the multiple stages of a former ironworks.

We Are Domi. Photo: Instagram.
We Are Domi. Photo: Instagram.

This year’s Czech Eurovision entry, We Are Domi, is flying in almost under the radar to play at the relatively small Přeštěnice festival in late June. Electronic dance music fans will want to catch Beats for Love in early July in Ostrava, which has Armin van Buuren doing his thing.

For classic metal fans, there’s Judas Priest at Masters of Rock in July. Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is also appearing there. (The current lineup of Kiss will be at O2 Arena on July 13 for what they promise is a final tour.)

Beck. Photo: Metronome.
Beck. Photo: Metronome.

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Prague’s big event is the Metronome festival on June 23–25, with Beck finally making it here. He was scheduled for the canceled 2020 and 2021 editions. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds has also joined the lineup.

For people who want to rock a little harder, a one-day Prague Rocks festival at Letiště Letňany has Metallica and Five Finger Death Punch.

And these are just the outdoor festivals. There are more bands coming to Prague for individual concerts, which can be found in our concert roundup.

June

  • Jam Rock: Multigenre. The Carburetors, Venues, Divokej Bill, Berserk Bastards, Arakain, Debustrol, Traktor, Anna K., Mig 21. June 9–11, Letohrad. More More info.
  • Prague Summer Festival: Rock. Rage Against, Boston Manor, Alt J, I Love You Honey Bunny, Rikas, the Offspring. June 8–9 and 12. Power Station Holešovice. More info.
  • Votvírák: Czech and Slovak bands. Kryštof, No Name, Mirai, Jaroslav Uhlíř, Xindl X. Divokej Bill. June 10–12, Milovice. More info.
  • United Islands of Europe: International, multigenre. Dlina Volny, A-C Leonte, Thumper, Timea, 52 Hertz Whale, Nina Kohout, and 50 bands on seven stages. Free entry. June 10–11, Various locations in Prague. More info.
  • Rock for People: International, multigenre. Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41, Royal Blood, Skillet, Biffy Clyro, Wolf Alice. June 15–18, Hradec Králové. More info.
  • Respect Festival: World music. Benin International Musical, Oumou Sangaré, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Etenesh Wassie. June 18–19, Rohanský ostrov, Prague. More info.
  • JenštejnFest: Rock. Offspring revival, Olympic Revival Band, Kabát revival, Nirvana Revival Praha. Free entry. June 18, Jenštejn. More info.
  • Prague Rocks: Hard rock, Metal. Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Red Fang, Steel Panther. June 22, Letiště Letňany, Prague. More info.
  • Metronome: International music and culture. Beck, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Oh Wonder, Underworld, Everything Everything, Balthazar, Lola Marsh. June 23–25, Výstaviště, Prague. More info.
  • Přeštěnice: Multigenre. We Are Domi, James Harries & Band, Lucie Bílá & Arakain, Jelen, Tomáš Klus. Harlej. June 23–26, Přeštěnice. More info.
  • Slunovrat: Alternative music, culture. Lineup TBA. June 23–26, Opava. More info.
  • Vysmáté léto: Czech pop, rock. Horkýže Slíže, Harlej, Vypsaná fixa, Jamaron, Olympic, Lenny, Jordan Haj & Emma Smetana, Ben Cristovao. 25.Pop, rock. June 24–25, Kadaň. More info.
  • Fingers Up: Mostly Czech bands. Divokej Bill, PSH, Vypsaná fixa, King No-One, Leap, Thom Artway, The Silver Spoons, Deaf Heart. June 24–25, Mohelnice. More info.
Green Day. Photo: Rock for People
Green Day. Photo: Rock for People

July

  • Beats for Love: Electronic dance music. Armin van Buuren, Alan Walker, Lost Frequencies, Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici, Alle Farben. July 1–4, Ostrava. More info.
  • Pekelný ostrov: Metal, rock. U.D.O., Tři sestry, Dymytry, Harlej, Škwor, Rybičky 48, Vypsaná Fixa, Olympic, Walda Gang, Jaroslav Uhlíř. July 1–2, Holýšov. More info.
  • Master of Puppets: Experimental psychedelic music. Seven days of bands ranging from Alien Hardware to Zikore. July 4–10, Bystřice nad Pernštejnem. More info.
  • Masters of Rock: Heavy Metal. Judas Priest, Nightwish, Sepultura, Heaven Shall Burn, Lacuna Coil, The Dead Daisies, Testament, Ace Frehley. July 7–10, Vizovice. More info.
  • Pure Open Air Prague: Electronic dance music. Carl Cox, Eric Powell, DJ Lucca, Subgate, Misa Salacova, DJ Nuff. July 8, Štvanice ostrov, Prague. More info.
  • Mighty Sounds: International, rock. Dropkick Murphys, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Royal Republic, Dub Pistols, Dwarves, The Toasters, The Rumjacks. July 8–10, Tábor. More info.
  • Obscene Extreme: Underground metal. 72 bands, no rules. July 13–17, Trutnov. More info.
  • Colours of Ostrava: International, multigenre. The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, LP, Kings of Convenience, Wardruna, Princess Nokia, Meduza, Bakermat, Hiromi. July 13–16, Ostrava. More info.
  • Hrady CZ: Czech music at a different castle every weekend. July 15–Sept. 3. Various castles. More info.
  • Sázavafest: Czech bands and culture. Marek Ztracený. Lucie. Nico Santos. Tomáš Klus. Rybičky 48. MIRAI. Olympic. Divokej Bill. Rednex. Junge Junge. Mig 21. Ben Cristovao. July 21–23, Světlá nad Sázavou. More info.
  • Benátská! s Impulsem: Czech and Slovak bands. Pavol Habera & Team, Arakain, Chinaski, Divokej Bill, Lipo, Mirai, Olympic, Petra Janů. July 28–31, Liberec. More info.
  • Pop Messe: International, pop. Skepta, Bicep Live, Kae Tempest, Son Lux, Acid Arab, Red Axes, Smack One, Midi Lidi, Algiers, Dunaj a Iva BittováJuly 29–30, Brno. More info.
The Killers. Photo: Wikimedia commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
The Killers. Photo: Wikimedia commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

August

  • Let it Roll: Electronic dance music. Pendulum, Dimension, Hybrid Minds, Sub Focus + MC I.D, Wilkinson feat. MC Ad-Apt, 1991, ChaseR, Dub Elements, Emperor. Aug. 4–6, Miklovice. More info.
  • Beseda u Bigbítu: Rock. Black Country, New Road, Wu-Lu,· Neptunian Maximalism, Lenka Dusilová & Květy, Scotch Rolex feat. MC Yallah, DVA. Aug. 5–6, Tasov u Veselí nad Moravou. More info.
  • Brutal Assault: Heavy metal. Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, Asphyx, As I Lay Dying, Abbath, Static-X, Katatonia. Aug. 9–13, Pevnost Josefov. More info.
  • Hip Hop Kemp: Rap, hip-hop. Lineup TBA. Aug. 18–20, Hradec Králové. More info.
  • Mácháč 20th Anniversary: Electronic dance music. Paul Kalkbrenner, Afrojack, Cosmic Gate, Anna, Tinlicker, Brennan Heart, Chocolate Puma, Joris Voorn, Kolsch, Collé. Aug. 18–20, Máchovo jezero. More info.
  • Rock for Churchill: International, rock. Dub FX, Gusgus, Asian Dub Foundation, Donny Benét, Tata Bojs, Vypsaná Fixa. Aug. 26–27, Vroutek. More info.
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