Despite an enigmatic reputation, the Czech Republic is home to a long list of Europe’s most renowned music festivals, whether it’s owed to an imperious lineup, being a hedonistic haven for a dedicated demographic, or merely due to an awe-inspiring locale.
From Let it Roll to Transmission and Colours of Ostrava, we’ve pinpointed of the top music festivals in the Czech Republic.
Let It Roll
Headliners (2020): Pendulum, Dimension, Sub Focus [DJ set] + MC I.D
Let It Roll have been tearing up the drum and bass scene for years now, becoming one of the genre’s leading lights.
Their flagship festival, held each August on a former military airbase near Prague, features over 300 artists across 8 stages and is now the place to discover the best new D&B producers, as well as a jaw-dropping opening ceremony.
When & where: 30 July – 1 August 2020; Milovice
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Let It Roll Winter
Headliners (2020): Andy C, Black Sun Empire, Wilkinson [DJ set]
Let It Roll’s other main event is its winter edition inside Prague’s PVA EXPO. Taking over for one night only in February, this is a chance to experience one of drum and bass’ best loved brands without committing to its full festival.
When & where: 28-29 February 2020; Prague
Headliners (2020): Gareth Emery + more TBA
What Let It Roll is to D&B, Transmission is to trance. Having built up a reputation for world class lineups, epic sound, and immense visuals (lasers, smoke cannons, dancers), a Transmission party is a night every trance fan must experience.
When & where: 24 October 2020; Prague
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Headliners (2019): Angerfist, Atmozfears, Noisia
Transcending drum and bass, hardcore and everything in between, Imagination’s thudding bass reverberates around the imposing Výstaviště Praha Holešovice all the way to 7am.
When & where: Dates for 2020 TBA; Prague
Colours of Ostrava
Headliners (2020): The Killers, twenty one pilots, Martin Garrix, The Lumineers
Held inside a former coal works, Colour of Ostrava marries a diverse lineup with a truly unique setting, showcasing live shows, workshops and lectures amongst the blast furnaces, mines and ironworks, with some lectures even being held inside a former miners’ bathroom.
When & where: 15-18 July 2020, Ostrava
Metronome Festival Prague
Headliners (2020): Beck, Underworld, Skepta, Sampa The Great
A city-wide favourite for some years now, Metronome Festival Prague has steadily grown into national gem showcasing a diverse roster of artists within the scenic surroundings of the Výstaviště Praha’s exhibition grounds. A masterfully curated lineup embraces artists young and old, which keeps the 20,000 festival-goers ticking over nicely.
When & where: 19-20 June 2020; Prague
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Rock for People
Headliners (2020): Green Day, The 1975, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Sum 41
One of the Czech Republic’s most famous rock, punk and heavy metal music festivals, Rock for People runs a showcase of theatre, discussions and workshops alongside its riff-heavy lineup and family-centric atmosphere.
When & where: 18-20 June 2020; Hradec Králové
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Metalfest Open Air
Headliners (2020): Within Temptation, Running Wild, Eluveitie, Soulfly
As Czech Republic’s foremost celebration of heavy metal music, Metalfest Open Air provides a hellish environ for heavy metal headbangers to congregate and do what they do best – mosh, and mosh some more in Lochotín’s outdoor amphitheatre.
When & where: 5-7 June 2020; Plzeň
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Beats For Love
Headliners (2020): Armin Van Buuren, Alan Walker, Lost Frequencies
Held at the same spot as Colours of Ostrava, Beats For Love covers the industrial setting with a wide range of dance music, showing off its diverse lineup across thirteen stages.
When & where: 2-5 July 2020; Ostrava
Headliners (2020): Nina Kraviz
Apokalypsa has been tearing up the Czech techno scene for almost two decades, having thrown over 40 parties alongside some of techno, hardcore and tech-house’s biggest names; having celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2019, it’s testament to their irrefutable reputation. Things can only get better, however, with contemporary techno icon Nina Kraviz headlining.
When & where: 29 May 2020; Brno
Let It Roll Open Air & Let It Roll Winter
Festival lineup: Open Air (2019): High Contrast, Noisia, A.M.C, Black Sun Empire / Winter (2019): Camo and Krooked, Sub Focus (DJ Set) & ID, Culture Shock, DIMENSION, Ed Rush
Where else to start but with the biggest drum and bass festival in the world. The Czech Open Air festival boasts eight stages and over 200 acts all dedicated to the genre in its various forms, so you’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere with more drum and bass talent in one place.
And as if that isn’t enough, they do it all again in the Czech capital come winter for an indoor festival of slightly smaller but no less full-throttle proportions.
When & where: Open Air: 30 July – 1 August 2020, Location TBA / Winter: 28-29 February 2020, Prague, Czech Republic
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Hospitality In The Park
Festival lineup (2019): London Elektricity, Camo & Krooked, S.P.Y., Flava D, Danny Byrd, LTJ Bukem, Kings of the Rollers + Inja
From the team behind legendary label Hospital Records and its event brand Hospitality, this festival is the UK’s first outdoor event dedicated solely to drum and bass. The festival’s third edition at the end of last summer saw Hospitality, Let It Roll, Outlook, Med School and We Run-Vaderz host their very own stages, each packed with the scene’s best talent.
When & where: 21 September 2019, London, UK
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Festival lineup (2018): Calibre, dBridge, Etherwood, Lowqui, Makoto, Nu:Logic, Spectrasoul, Artificial Intelligence
As the name would suggest, SUNANDBASS is a week-long drum and bass summer party, held in beautiful Sardinia. Now over 15 years old, the festival calls itself “the original drum and bass holiday” where festival-goers from all over the world enjoy the stunning location, brilliant artists and inclusive atmosphere.
When & where: September 2019, Sardinia