Rock Still Pulling People

The Czech Republic’s Rock For People Festival maintained its position as one of the old Eastern Bloc’s most successful festivals, with more than 27,000 fans per day July 4-7. 

Photo: Jiri Kosnar
in Czech Republic. 

That’s 10 percent down on last year, but the 2013 event was a record-breaker with an average of 30,000 per day on the old Soviet military base at Hradec Kralove.

Rock For People is surviving well in a difficult market, largely thanks to the number of one-day tickets it’s selling.

Only 15,000 people bought three-day festival passes, but each day saw a further 12,000 people buying one-day passes.

The acts helping the Czechs rock July 3-5 included Biffy ClyroMadnessChase & StatusTom O’DellManu ChaoNetsky, and The Afghan Whigs. Austrian promoter Nova Music’s Aerodrome Festival in Prague July 8 did 25,000 people.

The line-up included MetallicaAlice In Chains, and Children Of Bodom.