Rock for People Festival, June 18, 2022, Hradec Králové. Pictured are Weezer fans.
Prague – The Rock for People Festival, which this year has a record budget of almost 200 million crowns, will offer music and innovative technologies from June 8 to 11 in Hradec Králové. The area of the former airport will host world stars led by the bands Muse and Slipknot. Using innovative technologies, the organizers have prepared the KB FutureFest 2030 zone, a photovoltaic system, a hydrogen generator that charges part of the area, as well as electric cars for bands and guests, or gastronomy based on alternative and plant-based products. Rock for People director Michal Thomes informed the journalists about it today.
According to the organizers, the budget of the festival last year exceeded 100 million crowns for the first time, this year it is almost double. The festival has been held at the former military airport since 2007, where it was moved from Český Brod due to capacity reasons. Last year's sold-out edition of Rock for People brought many successes to the organizers, including inclusion among the Top 10 Central European festivals and Top 10 promoters according to the European Festival Awards or the title Event of the Year 2022 in the Žebřík survey. At the moment, over 85 percent of tickets have been sold for the current year.
This year, in addition to visual details and progressive technologies, the KB FutureFest 2030 zone will also include a program on two stages – the Conference stage and the Solar stage, which will be powered by a set of solar panels and battery systems. The conference stage will open up a space for conversation about topics that don't normally make it to music festivals, such as lifestyle issues or social media issues. Visitors to the festival will also be able to meet the secondary use of waste, the entire Rock for People sorts and distinguishes 18 types of waste.
In addition to Muse and Slipknot, the foreign stars of the 27th edition of Rock for People will be, for example, the British The 1975, the metalcore band Architects, the Canadian punk rockers Billy Talent, the American rap rock band Hollywood Undead or the American musician Machine Gun Kelly, whose real name is Colson Baker. The Czech-Slovak scene will be represented at the festival by Slovak rockers From Our Hands, domestic Hentai Corporation and others.
The musical dramaturgy is based on unexpected genre steps. One of them is the participation of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia orchestra. “For the rock audience, we have prepared a performance with the Clarinet Factory ensemble on June 9 in the big marquee. Clarinet Factory moves with complete confidence across genres, and the members of this group are also members of the clarinet section of our orchestra,” orchestra director Kateřina Kalistová told ČTK.
Even before that, on the night of June 8-9, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and String Quartet will perform with a program prepared specifically for the festival. “They will play hits from the last 400 years, from Vivaldi to AC/DC,” Kalistová said.