Provokátor: Festivals

The festival fiesta...

Press Release / Provokátor Magazine Issue 28, June/July 2008

02 June 2008, Prague

Festivals/ Slavnost

Ever felt the urge to get away and do something, well, a bit weird?
Ever thought of cramming as many bands, DJs and bizarre food stuffs
into the most eventful weekend of your year? Course you have.

Well, for a slightly evil helping hand, look no further as Provokator
guides you through which festivals will get those tents unpacked and
those kegs refilled quicker than a nun on roller blades. Take a wander
through Hungary, Poland, Spain, Belgium and Poland before deciding
where to blow that summer holiday piggy bank.

But if you're a homegrown-lover, never fear, as we have plenty right
here in the Czech Republic giving you the very latest line-ups and
changes to the likes of Mighty Sounds, Rock for People, Colors of
Ostrava and Fluff Fest. And we've even included some festivals taking
place in Prague, for the agoraphobics amongst you.

What's more we've got an exclusive interview with Swedish pop-punks
The Hives on their new record, 'The Black and White Album'; why they
defy extinction with each show that goes by; and where Pele found his
baritone. We also have a historical festival survey, fests we'd like
to see happen, and bid a fond farewell to Antifest – one of the
greatest and messiest events ever to hit the Czech Republic.

Find the number 13 competition? It's time to banish those unlucky
connotations around #13 - the first person to email in and tell us
which fine establishment it relates to on our map (clue: It starts
with Maximum...) will win two tickets to the Akropolis Multimediale on

Party of One

It's cold, it's wet, it is the summer of the greenhouse effect coming
to bite us in the bum. While the monks are being beaten in Tibet, the
Chinese are digging out their families and the Burmese are surfing the
Tsunami….you're headed to the nearest musical mélange of merriment
that you can or can not afford but you'll go to anyway.

Festivalový úvodník

Je chladno, je mokro, je léto v období rozpínavého skleníkového
efektu, který nás dost názorně upozorňuje na svoji přítomnost. Zatímco
v Tibetu mlátí mnichy, Číňané vyhrabávají své rodiny zpod trosek a v
Barmě surfují na tsunami... míříš na nejbližší hudební všehochuť
veselí, kterou si můžeš nebo nemůžeš dovolit, ale na kterou stejně

Festival Leitartikel

Es it kalt, es ist regnerisch, es ist der Sommer des Grünhauseffekts,
hier um uns in den Hintern zu beißen. Während die Mönche in Tibet
verprügelt werden, die Chinesen ihre Familien ausbuddeln und die
Burmesen auf dem Tsunami surfen ... sind Sie auf dem Weg zu der nahen
musikalischen Mischung von Heiterkeit – die Sie sich leisten können
oder auch nicht, aber Sie gehen trotzdem.

Editorial continued at


Mystic Sk8 Cup by Alex Lawson

Bažant Pohoda by Wendy Wrangham

NAMES FEST by Wendy Wrangham

Exit Festival by Wendy Wrangham

Castle Party Festival by Hugo Falque

Fake Festivals by Alex Lawson and Marika Ley
Live Sessions at Radio Wave

Back to Future Fest by Alex Lawson

Boom festival by Nico Claudot

Sziget Festval by Alex Lawson

Rock Werchter by Jessi Tabalba

Colours of Ostrava Festival by Alex Lawson

Creamfields by Sheriff Allam

Czech Beer Fest by Stephen Delbos

Rock for People by Alex Lawson

Prague Writers festival by Stephan Delbos

Mighty Sounds festival by Alex Lawson

Hip-hop Kemp by Alex Lawson

Festival Quiz by Jessi Tabalba & Peter Utgaard

Hives Interview by Marika Ley

Regular Features

Events by Catherine Pk, Jessi Tabalba & Peter Utgaard

Back Facts by Jessi Tabalba

Obituary by Alex Lawson

Evropský Sen: Day One/Ein/Jeden – The Globe Café

Festival launch with readings from Border Crossings Berlin editor,
Catherine Hales, and local poets Chris Crawford and Lucien Zell,
finishing off with an abstract short film by visual artist Karim

Evropský Sen: Day Two/Zwei/Dva – Popo Café Petl

Readings from revered Czech literary luminary Josef Hruby,
Berlin-based Brit Alistair Noon, accompanied by live illustrations
from artist Igor Lyskov. Music provided by Plzeň-based rockers Kadé
Chim, and The Blue Valentines.

Evropský Sen: Day Three/Drei/Tri – Château Rouge

More readings from the likes of Catherine Hales, Mathias Traxler and
Chris Crawford, with music from Blue Valentines alter-ego outfit Trunk
Show, Tower of Dudes and a DJ set from Mamasweed.

We'd also like to draw your attention to:

TDS: Stuff That Doesn't Suck

Recommended Events Listings: In addition to a print magazine we are
media sponsors for things of specific interest that happen to be a bit
weird, marginal or under the radar.

Get Your STDS Checkup:

1st June Respect Festival 2008: Bassekou Koyate & Ngoni Ba (ml) @
Palác Akropolis (19:30)

3rd Joe Satriani (us) @ Arena HC Sparta Praha

4-7th Akropolis Multimediale 2008 @ Palác Akropolis (19:30)

6th Addictive TV (uk), Phaser Show @ Palác Akropolis (19:30)

7th Indie Rock Festival @ Riegrovy Sady (12:00)

11th Living Room, Roe-Deer @ Rock Café (19:30)

12th Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross, Selfbrush @ Chateau Rouge (20:30)

13th Roxy: Tom Middleton (uk) @ Roxy (19:30)

13th Afro-Jam @ Olmecca Live, Free-D Bar

14th Mimosmysly, Afterspoon, Pech @ Chateau Rouge (20:00)

14th Brutal Assault Festival

14th La Nouvelle Alliance @ Bunka Parakaka

17th Mike Patton & Zu (Ipecac Records, usa/it) @ Divadlo Archa (20:00)

17th Loser Life (us), The Rats (swe) @ Jet Club (19:30)

18th Matmos (us), Zavoloka (ua) @ Divadlo Archa (20:00)

20th Praha vs. New York

21st Fete De La Musique Festival, Berlin

23rd Billy Talent (ca), Anti-Flag (us) @ Folimanka/USK Prague Arena (19:30)

23rd Will Oldham aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Atlantic Cable (cz/ca/uk)@
Lucerna (20:00)

27th Kontrafakt (sk) @ Retro Music Hall (20:00)

27-28 Hip Hop Fest


2 Flogging Molly @ Rock Cafe

4-6 Mystic Sk8 Cup Festival

11th July Grandfunk Live @ Olmecca Live

12th Creamfields Central Europe, Air

18-20 Mighty Sounds Festival

August 1-2 Subculture Festival

(For a comprehensive list of other stuff that doesn't suck or only
sucks a little please visit EVENTS calendar at

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Big Thank You to ...
Everyone who helped out at Evropsky Sen


Instigator-in-Chief – Marika Ley

Editor – Stephan Delbos**

Asst. Editor – Alex Lawson*, Tolula Dada

Copy Editor – Wendy Wrangham

Cover Art / Layout Design - Michelle Tylicki*
Original Graphics (interior) – Olda Kolouch (

Admin. Consultant – Jospeh Rumley

Design – Michelle Tylicki, Mitesh*

Photo intern- David Caro Rolando*

Contributors – Sheriff Allam*, Nico Claudot*, Tolula Dada, Stephan Delbos,

Hugo Falque*, Alex Lawson, Klára Slabová, Sandra Tamošiūnaitė*,

P.M Utgaard, Wendy Wrangham

Translations – Spusa Education Center (

Events Editor – Catherine Park*, asst. Jessi Talbalba, P.M Utgaard

STDs - Hugo Falque

U.S. Rep./Business & Ethics – Pamela Moye

Marketing/Sales – Marika Ley

Asst. Nico Claudot, Sheriff Allam, Sandra Tamošiūnaitė,

Hugo Falque, Dorian Bardavid

* Intern

** The Prague Revue (c)

*** Radiowave, Cesky Rozhlas

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