Trutnov festival back on the Battlefield
It’s that time of year again – the Czech Republic’s premiere open air music festival in Trutnov is back on the Battlefield, as the traditional venue is called. A red letter event on the calendars of underground music lovers (the likes of regular attendee Václav Havel), Trutnov has been celebrating counter-culture since 1987, when it was attempted, but stopped by the State Police. This year, as ever, the festival offers four days of a “cultic meeting” beginning Thursday, “dedicated to Amnesty International, Jim Morrison and the warriors from Tippecanoe”. Earlier today festival organiser Iva Rejlová told me more of what we can expect.
How many visitors do you expect this time around?
The festival grounds themselves are almost like a small city; how much preparation actually goes in to setting it up and how many days afterwards will you spend cleaning up?
“I would say a week for preparation – for example yesterday they started building the main stage and usually it takes two days, so they are finishing that today, and after the festival it will take about the same time, about a week, to clean up.
“The founder of the festival, Martin Věchet, is a big fan of Morrison, so many years ago he took him as a mascot; so that’s the reason. And he likes Indian symbols and everything about Indians, so it’s probably because of that.”