After years of covid, the largest Czech sports hall, Prague’s O2 Arena, is once again being used. In addition to foreign stars, it has increasingly attracted domestic musicians, for whom it was previously an unattainable benchmark.
We bring you a selection of some interesting (not only) musical events that you can see at the O2 Arena before the end of this year.
Mirai, October 13, 2022
The Czech mainstream music scene has been experiencing a truly golden time in recent years, with musicians who would have been unimaginable just a few years ago increasingly making their way to giant halls. After Pokáč, who recently played in the Vysočany hall, the band around frontman Mirai Navrátil is now going to try it out.
However, Mirai invited several guests to the O2 Arena (including their producer Ondřej Fiedler) and they will perform a collection of their biggest hits to date.
50 Cent – October 17 + 18, 2022
If you as a rap fan are not satisfied with Kendrick Lamar, the week after him, the O2 Arena will be rocked by the production of one of the titans of contemporary American hip-hop, the senior Curtis James Jackson aka 50 Cent.
This charismatic Queens, New York native with a strong life story (among other things, he survived a murder attempt in 2000 in which he was hit nine times by a 9mm projectile, earning him the nickname Bulletproof) is now one of the richest rappers on the planet. And in October, he will play two consecutive concerts at the O2 Arena.
Swedish House Mafia – October 22, 2022
Swedish global music stars, it’s not just ABBA anymore, but nowadays also the trio Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso with their successful project Swedish House Mafia. They had one of the headline slots at this year’s US music festival Coachella, and the furniture giant IKEA has teamed up with them to bring their current line of home recording studio furniture and equipment to market.
They’ll be kicking it off in Prague at the end of October with a giant party, where they’ll be launching, among other things, this year’s new record Paradise Again.
The Cure – October 24, 2022
The Cure led by Robert Smith has embarked on a major European tour, visiting a total of twenty-two countries and playing forty-four concerts. The band will return to Prague almost to the day, exactly six years after their previous stop, which also took place at the O2 Arena. In the meantime, we had the opportunity to see them in the Czech Republic, among others, at the Colours Of Ostrava festival.
They will be supported by the well-known and popular Scottish guitar band The Twilight Sad.
Sting, October 28, 2022
The English musician Sting performed in the Czech Republic relatively recently, when he played his several postponed concerts in Slavkov in the middle of the holidays. Now he is coming to Prague once again, as part of his current program entitled My Songs, which is a cross-section of his work from his time with The Police to the present day, with an emphasis on his greatest hits.
The concert will include songs such as Fields Of Gold, Shape Of My Heart, Roxanne, Demolition Man, Englishman In New York and Every Breath You Take. Sting will perform with a full rock band and his son Joe Sumner will also appear as a special guest.
Lucie at the Opera, 10 November 2022
This year it is exactly twenty years since the band Lucie performed at the Prague State Opera and played together with the symphony orchestra and many guests songs in arrangements specially composed for this project by Martin Kumžák. After twenty years, this project is being repeated directly in the form of an indoor tour throughout the Czech Republic.
With a new program and exclusive musical arrangements accompanied by a symphony orchestra, choir, and a spectacular dynamic stage.
Ennio Morricone, December 19, 2022
Although the celebrated and brilliant composer Ennio Morricone died two years ago at the age of ninety-one, his music and legacy undoubtedly live on.
In the year before his death, immediately after his departure from the world stage, Ennio Morricone himself began to work on a new concert The concert show, created and designed by him, will include iconic scenes from the most famous films for which he composed his timeless music, and will feature soloists with whom Ennio Morricone worked for many years on stage alongside a large choir and symphony orchestra. In addition, his son, conductor and composer Andrea Morricone takes the baton in this case.
Štěpán Kozub, 28th + 29th December 2022
The last tip is out of the question, as it is not musical (and not even autumnal, it will be a week after the beginning of winter), because probably the biggest Czech star of humor today, actor Štepán Kozub, will make his premiere at the O2 Arena just before New Year’s Eve.
If anyone thinks that Kozub dares to do more than he should, we must point out that the show at the O2 Arena follows his tour of eleven hopelessly sold-out stops in a series of stand-up shows.