An express train heading from Turnov to Malá Skála hit a fallen tree in the early hours of Saturday; no one was injured in the accident – busses are being provided as alternative transport, the spokesman for Czech Railways said. The locomotive, luckily did not derail although the vehicle was damaged. Malá Skála is to see an influx of visitors on Saturday afternoon travelling to the first edition of a new local rock festival, this year featuring performers Richard Muller, Mig 21, Anna K and others.
Twenty rock’n’roll groups will perform at a charity concert in aid of flood victims which is taking place on Friday evening at the campsite Pražačka. Fans can look forward to Lemon Nashville and His Golden Killers, Slapdash and Lazy Bones, among others. Tickets cost 100 crowns and the proceeds will go to a flood account set up by the Czech Radio Foundation.
The three-day United Islands music festival, which gets underway in Prague on Thursday night, is being held this year for the 10th time. Performers will include visiting acts such as U.S. soul artist Aloe Blacc and Irish singer-songwriter Cathy Davey, as well as local outfits like Midi Lidi and the Plastic People of the Universe. However, the free event isn’t actually taking place on an island this year. As final preparations were underway, I spoke to United Islands organizer David Gaydečka.
The singer, songwriter and musician Filip Topol, the leader of the rock band Psí vojaci, died on Wednesday at the age of 48. Filip Topol ( (the younger brother of author Jáchym Topol) was highly respected on the underground music scene, writing numerous songs including Žiletky (Razorblades) which inspired a 1994 film of the same name directed by Zdeněk Tyc. Czech TV reported that Mr Topol died after suffering from a long illness.
The legendary American rock band Kiss will be performing on Friday night at the O2 arena in Prague. The band is promoting their twentieth studio album Monster. The last time Kiss performed in the Czech Republic was three years ago. Prague’s O2 arena will host another international musical icon, Eric Clapton, this upcoming Wednesday night.
Musician Tomáš Kelar’s career began as drummer with the Welsh band Mountaineers, who rubbed shoulders with some big names when they signed to Mute Records. Now living back home in the Czech Republic, Kelar is a member of the highly regarded electronic group Midi Lidi and also produces the female rappers Čokovoko.
Singer and songwriter Zuzana Michnová is one of the most distinct vocalists of the Czech folk rock scene. For many years, she was part of the legendary band Marsyas, and has also released an acclaimed solo album. After a long break, the band recently made a comeback, and can again be seen – and heard – in clubs across the country.
This week’s Sunday Music Show profiles chanson singer, guitarist and composer Lenka Filipová. The singer, who started out as a classical guitar player and developed into a successful chanson singer has enchanted audiences in Prague and Paris and recorded more than two dozen albums in a career spanning more than 30 years.
Sony Music will close its Czech subsidiary, Sony Music Entertainment Czech Republic, in the coming weeks, after 23 years on the market, the news website borovan.cz reported. No official reason has been released but it has been speculated the Czech market was too small for the firm to maintain a branch. The move comes at a time when Sony Music closes down its Budapest branch as well which managed the offices in Prague. Sony Music had some 20 percent share of the Czech market, and represented some best selling artists such as Daft Punk, Depeche Mode and the popular Czech singer songwriter Tomáš Klus.
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