The Metronome Prague 2022 festival has confirmed another massive act.
Underworld, one of the most influential electronica groups in the world, will join previously-announced Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, indie-pop duo Oh Wonder, and American singer-songwriter Beck.
Underworld is one of the most significant electronica groups in the world and pioneers of this progressive genre. Although the group reached acclaim in the 1990s, its foundations go back to the previous decade.
Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have been at the heart of the group since its inception, accompanied by more than a dozen collaborators, including DJ Darren Emerson.
Underworld’s big break came with the soundtrack to the cult film Trainspotting when two of its songs, Underworld Dark & Long (Dark Train) and Born Slippy became anthems of the 90s and for electronic music in general.
Underworld is also significant that it’s one of the few global groups with millions in sales that never lost the will to evolve its sound, experiment, and cooperate with other musicians often from very different genres, such as minimalist improvisational group The Necks or rock star Iggy Pop.
Besides its dozens of albums, Underworld has also released many live recordings, contributed to movie soundtracks, and composed music to popular video games.
Metronome Prague was forced to take a break in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the restrictions, organizers were able to hold the three-day Metronome Warm Up, a sort of preparation for next year.
The picturesque Křižík Fountain at Prague’s Výstaviště exhibition ground played host to groups such as Morcheeba, electronic creators Hosh and Bec, and an entire evening block was dedicated to the memory of the world’s most famous Czech rocker Ivan Král with domestic stars such as David Koller, Lenka Dusilová, Meky Žbirka, and Jiří Suchý articipating.