My Czech playlist vol. 1, United Islands…

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One of the best things of being an EVS in Prague (or in other capital city) is that there is always some interesting free event that you might like to attend. Last weekend was one of the biggest event of the year and I couldn´t miss the opportunity to enjoy it.  So I finished work, took my bag and went directly to the bus station in Plzeň. One hour and a half later (and after two episodes of Big Bang Theory, one free chocolate and a quick siesta in the confortable bus of Student Agency) I was already in Ladronka, an enormous parkland in the suburbs, where United Islands, Prague International Music Festival took place (yes, it wasn´t in one of the islands, but who cares?).

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During 3 days some of the best independent bands of Czech Republic would performance together with other international bands in Ladronka and in many music clubs of the city center during the night. As it was all for free, it was probably the best occasion to go in depth with the Czech independent scene, quite unknown for the rest of the world, but with many interesting bands which deserve to be discovered.

Books, movies, music… everything can be a good help to get inside another culture, to break the wall and to start to know how they are, how they feel and why they react in one way or another. For instance, when you have watched some Czech movies you can already notice that they have a special kind of humor. Concerning the music, you can start thinking about why there are some styles more popular than others, what they want to express with them or what makes it really different from other parts of the world… But anyway, what is important is that you don´t even need to know the meaning of the lyrics, you just need to feel them… And the atmosphere in Ladronka was perfect for that. They day was really sunny, the place was big enough to not have agglomerations and people were in that special good humor you can only feel in the great music festivals…

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They were from all ages, since families with children who were dancing and playing with imaginary drums until old guys who wanted to remember the old times… and of course thousands of young people, who were drinking and moving from one stage to another to enjoy as many bands as it was possible. I was one of them. After seeing some of my favourite ones, I met with Carmen and Katy, two EVS from Galicia and Hungary who are working in Prague and we just relaxed, listened to music and enjoyed the great atmosphere… The day and the night were long, but there is no need to write about it. As I said before, music can talk by itself, so I just wanted to show some of most interesting Czech groups which performed in the festival. To be honest,  I didn´t have the opportunity to see all of them but as Czech Republic is not a big country and they are all year on tour around it, it´s not difficult to find them more than once in a gig at your Czech hometown. P1010897P1010911 P1010915

Floex: Electronic, ambient, post-rock, nu jazz… One of the most creative artists in Czech Republic, Tomáš Dvořák, aka Floex, will transport you to another world… Music for dreaming…

Zrni: Beautiful, sensitive and delicate music with folk, indie and electronic influences. Their simple but meaningful lyrics get deep inside you and never leave…

Midi Lidi: Electro, dance, indie music. Perfect for party but also really innovative. If you let yourself go inside their freak world, you won´t regret it.

Už jsme doma: A legend of the Czech Underground. No limitations on the stage. Their style has been called Intellectual punk. With rock, ska and funk influences, what is sure is that you have not seen anything like this before. Let´s say Punk in a Czech way…

The Plastic People of the Universe: The symbol of freedom in Czech Republic since the 60s.  Old pychodelic rock legends with the American influence of Frank Zappa, Velvet Underground… Their spirit is still young and it will always be…

Of course, there are many more interesting bands. I will write about some of them another time but others will never appear in this blog. Everyone has its own likes and I can only talk for myself. You just need to be curious and discover them. For now, enjoy these ones.

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