The MadHouse Guide to Local(ish) Festivals


Festival season is upon us! There are (more or less) a million music festivals to choose from, but we’re going to (mostly) stick to the Czech ones, along with a few other European favourites.


Metronome Festival (June 23-24)

Prague, Czech Republic

Why go? For some reason it’s Prague’s only city festival.

Headliners: Sting, KasabianGusGus

2 day ticket: 72 euro


Open’er Festival (June 28-July 1)

Gydnia, Poland (900km from Prague)

Why go? The line-up. The price. The pierogis.

Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, The xx

4 day ticket: 133 euro


Rock For People (July 4-6)

Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic (120km from Prague)

Why go? It’s the best known/loved rock festival in the Czech Republic.

Headliners: Die Antwoord, Foster The People, The Bloody Beetroots (live)

3 day ticket: 80/88 euro (before/after June 30th)


Pohoda Festival (July 6-8)

Trencin, Slovakia (350km from Prague)

Why go? The deep line up and price.

Headliners: Alt-J, M.I.A, The Jesus and Mary Chain

3 day ticket: 89/99 euro (before/after May 22nd)


Mighty Sounds (July 14-16)

Tabor, Czech Republic (90km from Prague)

Why go? It’s THE punk/hardcore/etc. festival in the Czech Republic

Headliners: Gogol Bordello, H2O, Agnostic Front

3 day ticket: 54 euro


Colours of Ostrava (July 19-22)

Ostrava, Czech Republic (350km from Prague)

Why go? It’s surprisingly (?) one of the best indie-music festivals in central Europe.

Headliners: Jamiroquai, Alt-J, Imagine Dragons

4 day ticket: 105/113 euro (before/after May 30th)


Let It Roll Open Air (August 3-5)

Milovice, Czech Republic (50km from Prague)

Why go? It’s the biggest open air drum and bass festival IN THE WORLD.

Headliners: Andy C, Camo & Krooked, High Contrast, Netsky

3 day ticket: 70 euro


Grape Festival (August 11-12)

Piešťany, Slovakia (350km from Prague)

Why go? Another cheap Slovakian festival with a solid line up.

Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, The Naked and Famous, Moderat

2 day ticket: 55/60 euro (presale/door)


Sziget Festival (August 9-16)

Budapest, Hungary (530km from Prague)

Why go? The Island of Freedom is quite literally the perfect back drop for a 7 day music festival

Headliners: The Chainsmokers, P!nk, Major Lazor, Kasabian, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

7 day ticket: 299/325 euro (before/after May 31st)


Lollapalooza Berlin (September 9-10)

Berlin, Germany (350km from Prague)

Why go? It’s Lollapalooza. In Berlin.

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, The xx

2 day ticket: 139/149/159 euro



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