príkop 98 was the first festival of dance music in the Czech Republic.
It took place under the Prague Castle on May 29 and 30, 1998. Some
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28.5., 10 pm to 0.30 am
State are wild, sharp, play intense breakbeat that gets more and more
energetic. The drummer plays good, the guitarist is freaky, the DJ also
MCs (This is 808 State from Manchester.. this is a new song for ya"),
the videos work (a funny thing - 808 State are using a projection of a
dancing baby that The Orb will use the next day), the sound is fine apart
from the bass but a band like this can survive minor problems and -
sound is suddenly off and no one seems to know why. Worse, it turns out
that this is no small break - Jeleni Prikop is silent for about 45 minutes
which is pretty hard. But the empathetic crowd is really friendly and does
not get angry with the bloody machines.
The band is back again and plays more new stuff AND stuff from the brilliant
Ex:el album from 91. What more can we wish? Perhaps a little less
aggressive sound (all the songs are fast and hard)? Probably not. This
is just the band's vision after 10 years in the scene - and 808 State are
not tired at all.
what is going on under that tree on the side of the venue? A naked woman
hanging upside down above a burning fire and *dances* along the DJ's music.
She seems like she does this every day - plain, fluent moves, no sign of
anything forced... what the hell is that? We have seen performers at parties
but this is something stronger and stranger. We watch her breathless for
about 10 minutes and just wonder how she did that.
Photos by R2-D2