Iggy Pop will headline a big music weekend

Metronome and United Islands festivals will run simultaneously in Prague

The new music festival Metronome and the 13th edition of the United Islands festival are organized by the same creative team. The main difference is that Metronome requires tickets, while United Islands thanks to the support of the City of Prague and other partners is free.

Metronome runs June 24–26, while United Islands is June 23–26. A June 24 warm-up party on the Metronome grounds in Výstaviště in Prague's Holešovice will be a joint event of both festivals and will be free. June 23 is United Island's club night, with music at 13 clubs across the city.

For both festivals, the main events are Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26.

The musical focus of both festivals is different. Metronome will bring established acts, with the godfather of punk Iggy Pop as the headliner, supported by Foals, the Kooks, Crystal Fighters and Ella Eyre. This festival at Výstaviště has four stages plus a family zone, food and beverage areas, and a campground.

United Islands will again focus on newer acts and a diverse array of musical genres, with eight stages spread out mostly along the waterfront so people can stroll and have a relaxed time while discovering some new sounds.

In the past, United Islands experimented with having a mix of free and ticketed stages, and this caused some confusion. By clearly separating the two festivals under different banners, the organizers hope to keep it clear for the audience which stages requite tickets.

The overall goal is for the two simultaneous festivals to put Prague on the international summer music festival map, as domestically it has been upstaged by Colours of Ostrava, and internationally by festivals in Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Denmark and England.

Public transportation in the city will be greatly increased over the weekend, so people are encouraged to leave their cars at home.

Iggy Pop, at Metronome on Saturday, June 25, currently is playing mainly selections from his solo era, as he is not being backed by the reformed version of his band the Stooges. His current tour is in support of his new album Post Pop Depression, which he recorded with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

The setlists in the tour so far have included “Lust for Life,” “The Passenger,” “Nightclubbing” and “Sixteen” from Pop's solo work and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “1969” from his Stooges era. But shows have had some surprises, and the Prague list might be different.

Czech rock star Ivan Král played guitar for Iggy Pop in 1979–81 on the albums Soldier and Party. Král will be at Metronome on Sunday, June 26. There is no word if they will appear together.

The second headliner at Metronome is Foals, who formed in 2005 and have been recognized as one of Britain's best live acts. In 2015 they were named Best Act in the World Today by the Q Awards. Their single “Mountain at My Gates” hit number one on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2015.

Foals will play Sunday, with Crystal Fighters playing the main stage just before them.

Appearing on Saturday just ahead of Iggy Pop are the Kooks, who formed in Brighton in 2004. The band won Best UK and Ireland Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006.

Headliners at United Islands include L'Aupaire, the stage name of German multi-instrumentalist Robert Laupert who reinvented himself after a self-imposed exile in Budapest. He will be on the main stage at Kinského zahrada on Saturday.

Danish trio Get Your Gun will play ahead of L'Aupaire on the United Islands main stage on Saturday and will also be at Metronome on Sunday on the club stage.

Other key venues for United Islands will be two stages at Střelecký ostrov, two at Kampa and one at Pivovar Staropramen. On Sunday, additional stages will be at Žofín and Nádraží Praha-Bubny.

There will be more music after the outdoor stages close on Saturday at Meet Factory, Jazz Dock, Rock Cafe and Roxy.

The Friday, June 25, warm-up party at Výstaviště will start at 7:30 p.m. and have three local acts: No Distance Paradise, November 2nd and Thom Artway.

For more information, see unitedislands.cz and metronomefestival.cz

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