Metronome to feature Sting, Kasabian

The new summer outdoor festival in Prague has announced some headliners

More of the lineup of the second edition of the Metronome festival, which runs June 23 and 24 at Prague's Výstavište Holešovice, has been announced.

The rock band Kasabian and singer Shells join the festival's previously announced headliner Sting. All three have British roots. A number of Czech bands are also in the lineup.

Kasabian promises to play songs from their upcoming sixth studio album. The band sounds like a mix of Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis with a touch of electronic music.

“Kasabian — that means a modern guitar-driven sound with the touch of electronic music while still honoring the legacy of 60's rock 'n' roll bands,” says Barbora Šubrtová, the festival's main music curator. “A great experience and an energetic performance is guaranteed.”

The band has released five studio albums so far, and has won them multiple awards including the Brit Award for Best British Group in 2010 and seven NME awards in various categories.

Kasabian formed in 1997 in Leicester. Tom Meighan on vocals, Sergio Pizzorno on guitar and vocals, Chris Edwards on bass have been in the lineup since the beginning. Ian Matthews has been on drums since 2005.

In 2004 the band's self-titled debut album reached number four in the UK Album Chart, but it was in 2006 when the band really took off with a second studio album, Empire, which reached number one in the UK Album Chart.

Kasabian released three more albums since then: West Ryder Lunatic Asylum (2009), Velociraptor! (2011) and 48:13 (2014). Since 2016 the band has been working on a new album, which should come out in the fall. They have already performed some new songs live.

Headliner Sting will also present his new album, 57th & 9th, the 12th solo studio album of his career and his first rock pop project in over a decade. He will be at the festival on June 23.

“57th & 9th is good. Really good. … It might be Sting’s best set of songs since the early ’90s — not a retreat into nostalgia but a shrewd adaptation of a familiar form,” reviewer Mikael Wood said in the LA Times.

Sting, who before his solo career was the frontman of the Police, was supposed to play Prague with Paul Simon in 2015 but that was canceled due to illness. He has been no stranger to the city, though, playing seven times between 1996 and 2012.

British singer Shells will also take part in the festival. She released her debut single “Gold” last year following up with singles “Jagwar” and “Jailbird.” Shells was born in the UK but grew up in Japan and then went on to find influences in Ghana and South Africa. She has turned away from professional producers so she can keep control over her own sound.

Czech musicians David Koller, Ewa Farna, Lenny, Thom Artway and Monkey Business are also confirmed acts.

The first Metronome Music Festival left a very favorable impression and was praised by reviewers both for its location and program, even though the weather wasn't fully cooperative. Iggy Pop, Foals, The Kooks, Crystal Fighters and Ivan Král were some of the artists that played last year.

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