Bonnie Tyler sang her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the
ongoing Benátská! music festival in Liberec on Friday night, against the
background of the century’s longest blood moon.
The Welsh singer’s trademark pop ballad, known as “Zatmění” in the Czech version, often surges in popularity around lunar and solar eclipses, as seen in Spotify charts and views of the official music video on YouTube.
The 17th edition of the Colours of Ostrava music festival came to a close
on Saturday with performances by 1980s star Grace Jones, her Jamaican
compatriot Ziggy Marley and US artist Seasick Steve, among others.
The organisers refuse to release attendance figures but it is believed that the event – which takes place in a former ironworks in Ostrava’s Vítkovice district – draws around 50,000 people every year.
More than 40 bands from all over the world are set to perform at the 16th
annual Masters of Rock festival, which gets underway in Vizovice in south
Moravia on Thursday.
Among the main headliners of this year’s edition of Masters of Rock will be the German speed metal legend Helloween and metal group Powerwolf. The festival, which attracts around 25,000 visitors each year, will wrap up on Sunday with a performance by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.
“Smetana's Litomyšl”, an annual international opera festival
celebrating the works of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, sold more than
29,000 tickets, a new record.
Now in its 60th year, the eclectic festival is a paradise for classical music lovers but also features everything from jazz to folk music.
Festival director Jan Pikna said there were 41 shows over the 24 days of the festival. Counting all visitors, including those who came to see free accompanying programmes, more than 35,000 attended, he said.
The open-air Rock for People festival started on Wednesday at the former
military airfield near Hradec Králové. Among the headliners this year is
British band The Prodigy, who play on Thursday evening.
Now in its 24th year, Rock for People is among the biggest music festivals in the Czech Republic with scores of acts performing. It wraps up on Saturday.
The two-day Metronome music festival kicks off on Friday evening at the Výstaviště exhibition grounds in Prague. Among the most awaited acts this year will be Massive Attack and Chemical Brothers. In addition to the main stars, people can see a number of local formations, such as the cult band Sexy Dancers, who are returning to the stage after 20 years. As final preparations were underway, I spoke to Metronome’s organizer David Gaydečka: