Tim Ripper Owens (ex Judas Priest)
@ “Rockova Ostrava ” Festival 2013
Sázavafest has its 12th anniversary coming up soon and still provides its fans with the multicultural experience of seeing many local and foreign artists and performers.
We saw the first steps in 2001 – steps full of assurance and determination – and with already twelve years having passed since the festival was first formed, they have since made huge progress seeing attendances growing year by year. Nowadays the festival hosts more than 21,000 fans.
The organizers of this festival are not afraid try to new things and that’s why they have run a competition called “Sázavafest Battle”. This is where new and talented bands and singers from the Czech Republic can perform in front of festival fans, and many successful Czech bands and artists already have formed from this competition.
Finally, as a brand new project for the Sázavafest 2012 at Zelený ostrov in Benešov near the Prague, the organizers have announced the new Promo pro Dance Hall for 5,000 people who will be entertaining the visitors of Sázavafest with the sounds of both local and international DJs.
For more information, please visit: www.sazavafest.cz
Bratislava – SLOVAKIA – JAZZ DAYS 2011
3 Days of the best International Jazz Music
The Sazava Fest at Benesov near Prague, finished on Sunday morning the 11th August, a full three days after it had begun, proving the Sazava Fest’s credibility as a traditional festival.
This was the fourth time that the festival had been held at the Zelený Ostrov site which used to be ex-army land. The location had been run down and wasn’t a pleasant sight, with half-ruined buildings to be seen and lots of wild growing bushes.
By the end everything went well, with no serious trouble, as the area began filling with around 17,000 people. Two big stages and two smaller ones provided the audience with their music and it seemed that this place was a really good choice.
This time, the organizers decided to make it more attractive by arranging some foreign groups to play at the festival with the main stages belonging to them for 2 days.
“This is the way we want to go. This year’s festival was about foreign bands and I believe the audience appreciated that. We want this festival to be special and unique among the other festivals which take a place during summer all around the Czech Republic”, said Pavel Kloupar (chief promoter of the Sazava Fest).
The move for foreign bands showed this was a great decision. The best performance was provided by the British band HURTS, which represents a modern style of melancholic pop, full of strong electronic and melodic motives.
Theo Hutchcraft, Adam Anderson and the rest of their band, apparently even put up posters of models around their dressing room so as to prepare themselves to look at beautiful people during their performance! On the stage they played some songs from their album release this year “Happiness”. They threw roses to their fans and thanked them in Czech, claiming this concert was the best one this summer.
Another British band THE SUBWAYS was there too. “When we plan a concert tour, we tell our manager to definitely get a concert in the Czech Republic. We liked it there at Trutnov´s festival last year. It was one of the most fantastic festivals ever”, said singer and guitarist BILLY LUNN.
The German group ALPHAVILLE represented the 80’s and their performance made people dance. People heard their most famous hits such as “Big in Japan”, and “Forever Young”. Songs that made this band famous in the history of pop music. As singer MARTIN GOLD said: “To me, each audience is a little bit like an animal and we have to use the music to tame it. It’s a way of communication. It´s great if you communicate with an audience and the audience gives you its response. It worked this way in Benesov.”
There were lots more good performances, especially from British dance group KOSHEEN, and the French NOUVELLE VAGUE.
JANA KIRSCHNER also came for her only festival performance this year, offering non-traditional pop from her previous year’s album “Krajina Rovina”. She said: “It´s more difficult as we play more with electronics and I´m not only a singer, but I also press some buttons, too. It´s an intimate album with lots of freedom and crossing many borders.”
The Czech music was presented by DAN BARTA who sang together with DARA ROLLINS. There were also amongst others TATA BOJS, CHINASKI, MONKEY BUSINESS, J.A.R., TOMAS KLUS and CHARLIE STRAIGHT.
The weather this year was great, even if there were a few light showers! Yes, with the weather’s help more life, light and civilization was brought to this place called ZELENY OSTROV.
Original Czech story: Jarda Spulak
English version: M.K./Michael Craig
Foto: Ondrej Straka
Performing at this year’s Sázavafest are Hurts, Alphaville, The Subways, Nouvelle Vague, Jazzanova, Belleruche, Kosheen, Irie Révoltés, MAD HEADS XL, Slovakia’s Jana Kirschner and many domestic bands worth a listen. Look at the complete line-up at: http://www.sazavafest.cz/letni/program/line-up.
Aside from concert sets, you can also look forward to the accompanying programme. There will also be the dance and relaxation studio Tanytany or Urbano zumba latino – zumba lessons with the best Czech instructors accompanied by DJ Kapucino. Of course there will also be a festival village offerring a variety of stands with various refreshments, as well as books, CDs, T-shirts, beads, jewellery, piercings, tattoos, henna, sport and workshops. Visitors will aso be able to go swimming in the near-by stylish outdoor Sladovka swimming pool from the 1930s. Live concerts will also take place here during the festival. Entry to the pool is free.
A new feature of this year’s Sázavafest is the Minimax Kids’ Area, where parents will be able to leave their kids for a time and go listen to their favourite band undisturbed. In this marked-off area, children over 3 years of age will be taken care of by pedagogically trained staff, who have ready an extensive programme for them. You can find more information about the Minimax Kids’ Area on the festival’s website. You can reserve babysitting now at the address http://www.berusky-hlidani-deti.cz.
The tent city is located inside the festival grounds and is equipped with basic washroom facilities. The cost will be CZK 200 per person. The whole grounds are equipped with their own drinking water system, and wash-up stations and showers with hot water will be free of charge in the tent city. You can reserve a spot by buying a ticket any time after 1 June from Ticketpro or Eventim. You cannot bring your own food and drink into the tent city, but there will be a shop selling basic groceries and toiletries at prices comparable to those outside Sázavafest. Those who do not want to use the tent city can find accommodation at one of the local pensions or hotels: http://www.benesov-city.cz/turistika/ubytovani.
What should you remember to bring? Every visitor should make sure to bring their health card, ID card, enough money (you can only pay in cash in Czech currency at the festival), sunglasses, a swimsuit, raincoat, toilet paper, tent and sleeping bag.
We do not recommend bringing valuables and jewellery. Please also leave your pets at home. It is prohibited to bring your own food and drink onto the grounds. There will enough stands with refreshments on the site, as well as a shop with normal groceries at standard prices in the tent city. The whole grounds are equipped with their own drinking water supply.
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.cz) and Eventim (www.eventim.cz), and can also be purchased at the site for CZK 1200.