Rock for People Festival, June 11, 2023, Hradec Králové. Muse group.
Prague – The British band Muse performed today at the former airport in Hradec Králové as the main star of the final program of the Rock for People festival. The group, described by music columnists as one of the best concert bands of today, presented their latest album Will of the People to enthusiastic listeners, to which they also dedicated the visual form of the concert.
In addition to the title song from last year's recording, the tracks Kill or Be Killed or You Make Me Feel Like It's Halloween were played. The owners of a number of music awards, including two Grammy awards, who returned to Rock for People after thirteen years, once again offered, in addition to music, a spectacular spectacle with flamethrowers, video projection, confetti or a robotic arm controlled by frontman Matt Bellamy.
The concert ended with with fireworks, Muse followed up on the success of the previous main attractions of this year's festival, which were the American metallers Slipknot on Thursday, their compatriot Machine Gun Kelly on Friday and the British guitar band The 1975 on Saturday.
This year's Rock for People was also a tribute to Czech legends, which in the past were the concerts of Karel Gott and Maria Rottrová. Václav Neckář presented himself as a special guest today, accompanied by the group Bacily. Several dozen Hradec seniors, whom the organizers bring to the festival every year, watched his performance in a packed marquee. The receptive audience applauded hits such as I bought the guitar because of you, Shadow of the cathedrals, Times are changing or the closing Midnight. In addition to the standing ovation, the young visitors added punk dances, similar to the Friday performance of the Clarinet Factory ensemble with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia.
The Californian alternative-metal band Incubus did not perform in today's program, which apologized due to an illness in the group. It was replaced by The Hara group.
The organizers of Rock for People are trying to be pioneers in the field of ecology and technology. This year, for example, visitors were presented with a zone where a stage powered by hydrogen or solar panels was placed. Today's performance by the band Mean Daddies, whose frontman and singer Roman Lauš deals with the food of the future as part of the Mewery start-up, also fit into this concept. During the accompanying program, Lauš presented a prototype of a hamburger with cultured pork. Lauš could only show the food of the future, consumption is not yet legally possible.
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 was visited by 35,000 people. This year there were slightly more, the organizers will announce the exact number later.