Tame Impala Colours Of Ostrava Review

Tame Impala, rocking it out at Colours of Ostrava.

In the northern corner of Czech Repbulic, only a few kilometres from the border of Poland, one music festival has emerged over the years to become one of the most exciting and unique events in Europe.

Spread out between the rusted steel of the disused Dolni Vitkovice ironworks factory, 13 eclectic stages host a collection of artists from all over the globe.

Some are household names, with the headliners being among the biggest musicians in the world, while others are picked from obscurity, relishing in the opportunity to showcase their phenomenal talents in such a diverse concert.

Where the music stops other art flourishes – influential and inspiring speakers from a variety of fields gather to share information in a series of culture and media.

This is a festival that has it all, without losing its connection to its roots. This is Colours of Ostrava.

Colours Of Ostrava

Known as one of the best music festivals in Europe, and set in one of the most unique venues imaginable, Colours of Ostrava has developed an enormous reputation since its inaugural concert in 2002.

While the big draw is obviously the international bands that flock from the all around the planet to crank out their hits, it’s the opportunity to see local groups from around Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland that makes Colours so incredible.

Known as the Melting Pot and Crossroads Showcase, these two events run alongside the main festival, and are every bit as epic as Colours.

The venue for this spectacular music venue is Dolni Vitkovice, the abandoned coal mine and ironworks factory on the edge of Ostrava, Czech Republic’s third largest city.

With blast furnaces spewing fire at night and twisted pipes and structures weaving around the grounds, this industrial scene keeps people enthralled long after the music has ended.

We were lucky enough to be invited to Colours of Ostrava and can honestly say it was one of the best music festivals we have ever attended.

Besides the epic headliners, catching bands like Circus Problem from Czech Republic and Volosi from Poland proved to us that some of the best moments from events like this come from the groups you would never have seen otherwise.

Here are our 50 favourite photos from Colours of Ostrava. Hope you enjoy reliving the experience with us!

Drumstick Colours Of Ostrava Review

“Drumstick, please?” A girl busts out a sign during Songhoy Blues.

Electric Swing Circus Colours Of Ostrava Review

The guitarist of Electric Swing Circus rocks out on the Drive Stage.

Sunset Colours Of Ostrava Review

The sun sets over Colours of Ostrava.

Volosi Colours Of Ostrava Review

Volosi from Poland blew our minds at the Crossroads Showcase. They were the award winners from the event, and after seeing their eclectic classical music they stood out to us as one of the most talented musicians we have ever seen.

Rocky Dawuni Colours Of Ostrava Review

Rocky Dawuni at Colours of Ostrava.

Bolt Tower Dolni Vitkovice Colours Of Ostrava Review

The view over Dolni Vitkovice from the top of the Bolt Tower. This is one of the most interesting music venues we have ever seen.

Circus Problem Colours Of Ostrava Review

Circus Problem from Czech Republic were the real highlight for us from the entire Colours festival. A crazy mix of gypsy, disco, brass and Balkan pop music.

 

Cooling Down Colours Of Ostrava Review

A young kid cools down in one of the many water misters scattered around the venue.

2 Cellos Colours Of Ostrava Review

2 Cellos from Croatia absolutely killed it!, and had some of the highest energy of all the groups. Incredible covers of AC/DC, Michael Jackson and plenty more!

Rocking Out Colours Of Ostrava Review

It’s impossible not to dance at Colours!

Dance Tent Colours Of Ostrava Review

Inside one of the micro dance tents that kept bumping long after the last band walked off the stage.

Costume Colours Of Ostrava Review

Some people went all out with their costumes at the festival.

Clothing Colours Of Ostrava Review

Music festivals in Europe are a great place to update your wardrobe. You can find all kinds of styles and fashions spread out over the venue.

Underworld Colours Of Ostrava Review

Veterans of the EDM scene, Underworld, close the event.

Food Art Colours Of Ostrava Review

Food stalls and art.

Medial Banana Colours Of Ostrava Review

Famous Slovakian reggae band Medial Banana busting out the hits.

Kids Colours Of Ostrava Review

One great thing about Colours of Ostrava is how family-friendly it is. So many people brought their kids along to enjoy some of the best musicians in Europe.

Noreum Machi Colours Of Ostrava Review

Noreum Machi from South Korea. Fascinating tribal drumming that kept everybody mesmerised.

Happy Girl Colours Of Ostrava Review

Happiness, despite the rain!

Dolni Vitkovice Colours Of Ostrava Review

The ironworks factories and blast furnaces of Dolni Vitkovice made for twisted and captivated venue for the Colours of Ostrava festival.

Treacherous Orchestra Colours Of Ostrava Review

Treacherous Orchestra from Scotland – another highlight!

Inflatable Pool Colours Of Ostrava Review

In 2015 there was a heat wave during the festival, but in 2016 it rained almost the entire time. Still some people made the most of this inflatable pool once it opened.

Tame Impala Colours Of Ostrava Review

Tame Impala from Australia on the first night.

Lady Colours Of Ostrava Review

A lone lady walks next to the Science and Technology Museum at the edge of the music festival.

Dance Colours Of Ostrava Review

Dance!

Electric Swing Circus Colours Of Ostrava Review

We have been fans of Electric Swing Circus for a long time, and finally seeing them live was definitely not a disappointment!

Selfies Colours Of Ostrava Review

The kids love selfies!

Al Jawala Colours Of Ostrava Review

During Al Jawala’s set they left the stage and wandered into the crowd to party with their fans. There high energy tunes just got better and better as they lapped up the excited atmosphere in the mosh pit.

Cider Colours Of Ostrava Review

Czech Republic is famous for its delicious beer, but if you wanted something lighter there were also tonnes of wine bars and cider stands scattered around the venue.

Mariachi El Bronx Colours Of Ostrava Review

It was great being able to see Mariachi El Bronx at Colours of Ostrava.

Young Girl Colours Of Ostrava Review

Another young kid loving the music.

Songhoy Blues Colours Of Ostrava Review

We had plenty of friends email us and say ,”Don’t miss Songhoy Blues”. So glad we caught them – they were sensational!

Bar Colours Of Ostrava Review

A pop-up bar set underneath one of the old steelworks factories.

Captain Morgans Colours Of Ostrava Review

There were plenty of spots to relax and drink all over the venue.

Blast Furnace Colours Of Ostrava Review

One of the blast furnaces lighting up.

Beast Mode Colours Of Ostrava Review

Colours of Ostrava was this good.

Clear Skies Colours Of Ostrava Review

Clear skies and happy punters on the second day of the festival.

Strobe Lights Colours Of Ostrava Review

Strobe lights and a DJ.

Cheers Colours Of Ostrava Review

Cheers from the crowd.

Main Stage Colours Of Ostrava Review

The main stage at night.

Shoulders Colours Of Ostrava Review

Climbing up for a better view.

Old Buildings Colours Of Ostrava Review

It’s quite surreal to be dancing to some of the biggest names in the music industry with this as your backdrop.

Freeborn Brothers Colours Of Ostrava Review

Polish band Freeborn Brothers busting out their “gypsy hobo trash grass metal rockabilly punk” style of music.

Chill Out Colours Of Ostrava Review

Looking back on the main stage from one of the chill-out areas.

Medical Care Colours Of Ostrava Review

The medical team at Colours of Ostrava was first class. One young man tripped and seriously injured his leg while walking back from Of Monsters And Men. Within a matter of minutes paramedics and an ambulance had arrived and were taking care of him. Not something you ever want to see happen, but it’s good to know that there are professionals on hand in case of medical emergencies.

M83 Colours Of Ostrava Review

French powerhouse electronic group M83 closing the first night.

Happy Crowds Colours Of Ostrava Review

Happy crowds at Colours.

Electric Swing Circus Colours Of Ostrava Review

Electric Swing Circus from the UK.

Colours Of Ostrava Review

Thank you Colours of Ostrava!

If you’re looking at heading to Colours of Ostrava this year and want to camp there, check out these festival camping essentials from our good friend Jones Around The World!

Alesha And Jarryd

Hey! We are Alesha and Jarryd, the award winning writers and photographers behind this blog, and we have been travelling the world together since 2008. Adventure travel is our passion, and through our stories and images we promote exciting off-the-beaten-path destinations and fascinating cultures as we go. Follow our journey in real time on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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