United Islands of Prague returning to Karlín

The free festival, in its 15th year, will have over 100 acts on 15 stages

The 15th edition of the international music festival United Islands of Prague will take place June 22–23 in Prague's Karlín district.

There will be some 15 musical stages featuring over 100 performers. Entry to the festival is free.

The United Islands festival moved to Karlín last year after having previously been at various locations along the waterfront and on islands in the Vltava.

This edition will take place along Krizikova Street from Karlínské náměstí to Kaizlovy sady and Invalidovna, The center of Karlín will become a large pedestrian zone with stalls and musical stages.

The biggest Czech and foreign stars will be at Karlínské náměstí, where Karlín stage will be located. The headiners will be Arcane Roots. The trio is currently one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the UK.

Other visiting acts include Austrian indie rock group At Pavillon, the young Romanian pop-rock band Vama, German indie rock singer Leoniden and the Belgian trip-pop group Face on TV.

Czech music fans can look forward to the popular foursome Ghost of You. Established stars like David Koller and Buty will also appear.

There are many other stages besides the main one. Guitar music will be featured on the ČT art stage in front of Invalidovna, which will feature pop punk band Vypsaná Fixa, Czech alternative rockers John Wolfhooker as well as the experienced group The Drain.

The Radio 1 stage will host Czech and foreign indie rock music. One of the biggest acts will be the Austrian band Hearts Hearts, famous for its electronic ballads. More music will come from the strange Slovak indie electronic quartet Says, the Czech melancholy group Piano and the quartet Talkshow from Bratislava

The Economia stage at Lyčkovo náměstí will have mainly blues and world music. New Zealand singer Thomas Oliver, who has worked with Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton, is one of the stars there. Lovers of blues will delight in Kiero Grande from Slovakia, which won the Slovak Blues Challenge 2017.

The ČRo Jazz stage at Kaizlovy sady will have Belgian band Nordmann, who mixes jazz and rock. Mexican pianist Alex Mercado plays modern jazz. The Czech jazz scene will be represented by Ondřej Kabrna & Flying Power.

The Skutečná liga stage shows talent from the Skutečná liga (Real League) competition, which has been running for 14 years. The traditional Open Mike stage will have both well-known and lesser-known names and give an opportunity to the audience. One of the most anticipated performances there will be a concert by British musician Justin Lavash, known for his joint projects with Lenka Dusilová and Monika Načeva.

There is also a Club Night program, which will be held on Friday night as an afterparty with performances at a number of Prague clubs.

The festival also has a project to find new talent. The winners will play at Club Night, and the top act will be on the main stage.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/unitedislandsofprague, www.facebook.com/events or www.unitedislands.cz.

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