Five smaller Czech Republic festivals to discover in 2021

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Spring is the time when you plan your festivals, buy your first tickets and slowly start anticipating for the summer. Even now, when your desire to party and to listen to live music is much stronger than you, consider smaller festivals, that might take place during the summer, when restrictions will be lower.

Festivals and organizers work as hard as they can to provide this year’s edition. The reality is disappointing as more and more of the biggest festivals are cancelled or postponed. This is a list of lesser known festival that are more likely to take place, in the lovely Czech Republic. 

1 – Let it Roll

Let it Roll is undoubtedly recognised as the biggest and most influential drum and bass music festival in Europe. The festival’s lineup represents the most important artists, presenting over 300 DJs and producers across its 8 stages, all of which have their own unique theme and vibe. Drum and bass labels such as Hospitality, Shogun Audio, and Technique host their own showcases where you can track your new favourites and the next potential headliners, alongside workshops and discussions with the genre’s expert producers and industry professionals. As the organizers said: “Let it Roll is all about unparalleled, expansive visual and sound production (namely the must-see opening ceremony), ensuring that it retains the mantle of drum and bass’ finest event each and every year.”

What is more, Let It Roll prepares buses from around the Europe that will bring festivalgoers straight to the festival site. Stress-free, safe and cheap, so you can start the party already on the bus!

  • Location: Boží Dar, Letiště Milovice, Czech Republic
  • Date: 5 – 7 August 2021
  • Tickets: three-day pass from €94
  • For more information, visit the office website.

2 – Transmission

Transmission Festival is recognized as one of the top indoor dance events worldwide and attracts every year thousands of visitors to the O2 arena in Prague. Since 2014, Transmission is expanding abroad and currently is organized on 3 continents – Europe, Australia and Asia. The music style Transmission represents is mainly trance, progressive trance, tech trance and psytrance.

Transmission is a spectacular dance event that creates an unforgettable spectacular experience through a combination of electronic dance music, high quality equipment, special effects, live acts, and special scenography. What is unique about Transmission, is that it have exclusive themes related storylines which guides the visitors on a journey throughout the whole night. Organizers introduce the artists with special tailor made ‘show movies’ and visuals. Those intro movies are presenting the theme and storyline and each intro movie leads to a new sub category of the theme. This year, Transmission Festival is ready to provide yet another unique experience with the brand new theme: BEHIND THE MASK!

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The maximum capacity of the O2 arena will be reduced compared to the previous years to guarantee a comfortable experience for fans.

  • Location: O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Date: 11th September 2021
  • Tickets: tickets from €59
  • For more information, visit the office website.

3 – Imagination Festival

The first edition of Imagination Festival took place in the spring of 2012. The event in the garages in Vyšehrad was divided into two parts (drum & bass and harder styles part) and was attended by over 1,500 visitors. In 2018, the festival moved to the PVA Exhibition Center in Prague’s Letňany, where it still takes place. Imagination is the largest domestic festival focusing on drum & bass and harder styles. The festival offers a combination of modern electronic music genres and a unique audiovisual experience on two stages.

Festival will announce the lineup soon.

  • Location: PVA EXPO PRAHA, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Date: 19th November 2021
  • Tickets: sold out
  • For more information, visit the office website.

4 – Metalfest Open Air

Metalfest Open Air is one of the country’s most recognised and favourite heavy metal music festivals in Czech Republic. After eleven years the Pilsen festival became a highly respected metal tradition. The fans loved the festival not only for its great musical dramaturgy of many subgenres but also for its unique natural environment in which it takes place. The beautiful amphitheatre in Lochotín, where you can see from any place beautifully on the podium, surrounded by a park and meadows. Three days full of the best metal music and fun!

  • Location: Lochotin Amphitheater, Pilsen, Czech Republic
  • Date: 3 – 6 June 2021
  • Tickets: two-day pass from €72,85
  • For more information, visit the office website.

5 – Beats For Love

Beats for Love is a festival dedicated to electronic music and it is one of the most popular music events in the Czech Republic. Beats for Love is held at the heart of the Industrial National Monument. The surroundings of Lower Vítkovice area, full of iron scenery, will be filled with plenty of outstanding music and rich accompanying program for four days. It creates an inconspicuous atmosphere, full of fun and entertainment. Fourteen festival scenes feature the best Czech and world art and DJs, as well as performers, dance groups, graphic artists and artisans featuring street art, digital and various audiovisual art.

  • Location: Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Date: 1 – 4 July 2021
  • Tickets: one day pass from €31 and four-day pass from €64
  • For more information, visit the office website.
I'm Martyna and I'm 22 years old law student living in Poland. My journey with music started in 2011. Since then music has begun to be a huge part of my life. My biggest dream is to create my own festival from scratch. I listen to all kinds of music, but rock will be always in my heart.