“Everything is new”: Prague Metronome Festival returns after three years
“Well, it makes us feel like we’re about to start – something like we did 20 years ago. [laughs] when we decided to make the first edition of [sister festival] United Islands.
“Everything is new, people are new to the business.
“So yes, it’s a great improvisation that will result in a great party.”
When Covid was going on and on, did you ever consider forgetting about Metronome and just dropping the idea of this big festival in Prague?
“No. If I look at the history of human society, music has always been there, and so has sharing and community.
“So we’ve stayed true to the idea that whenever Covid leaves us, it’s also up to us how we’re going to manage so that people come back and are happy to share life, culture and experience. “
The headliners this year are Nick Cave, Beck and Underworld, and of course there are also many other interesting artists. Who in particular are you looking forward to seeing this year?
“For sure the headliners will be very special.
“But I’m looking forward to Go_A, a group from Ukraine who were in the top five at Eurovision last year. They’ll start the day tomorrow [Thursday].
“I’m looking forward to Everything Everything, the cult British club band; sometimes when i listen to them i feel like it sounds like peter gabriel would be a young man now [laughs] and would make his music nowadays.
“So it will be a great show, after Beck.
“Also, I’m wondering what will happen on Saturday, because it’s the first year that we’ve opened the festival up to the hip-hop scene and there are some cool names coming up.”
For people who have been to the festival in the past, what will this year look like? Is there anything new that you are introducing this year?
“The last time they went to the Metronome Prague event it was two days – and this year it’s four days.
“In fact, today we start with a benefit with Ukrainian artists [Wednesday] and we will end on Sunday morning.
“Also the last time people came to the grounds of Expo Prague [Výstaviště]right next to Stromovka, had just been renovated and rebuilt, and people saw that the space was changing, but it was still early days.
“And because Covid canceled many events, there was time to repair the area, and we thank the team who worked on the site for what they did.
“People will see brand new pavilions for after parties.
“They will see a lot of green spaces. The area will be pretty cool.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform on the first night of Metronome Prague.