Imagine being in a stranger’s living room, sitting on the floor, with a bunch of people you don’t know watching a live gig from an emerging artist – that’s the concept of Sofar Sounds.
Sofar, or Songs From a Room, was started in London in 2009 after its founder Rafe Offer went to a gig and was shocked at how many people were on their phones, talking over the music and just generally disrespecting the artists.
He had a vision for gigs where the audience is made up of people who really care about the music, who get to interact with the artists and most of all – won’t talk over the music!
Now Sofar operates in 328 cities worldwide, including Prague.
You can apply online to be in the audience of a Sofar gig. If you are lucky enough to be selected you’ll find that the venue and the artists are only revealed a couple of hours before the secret show.
The shows usually feature three acts, no “opener” and no “headliner”. Every lineup is carefully curated to give the audience a diverse show, and each performer is given equal attention and the events are BYOB (bring your own beverage) so, thankfully, no long queues at the bar.
The shows are free but most people leave a tip of around 100 crowns.
The next Sofar sounds event in Prague is happening on April 9, so if your someone who can appreciate an unplugged, intimate, secret gig don’t forget to apply for your ticket at www.sofarsounds.com.