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Metal Monday

Infernits josefstadt František Vávra Bohemyst

Infernits of Bohemyst @ Josefstadt by Brutal Assault

Photos from Josefstadt day three

Mgła’s Maciej Kowalski

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Azarath’s Inferno

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Animal zombies crowd surfing during Reactory

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Igorrr’s Aphrodite Patoulidou

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Metal Monday

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The Czech version of Slayer (as a Czech guy dubbed them when describing them to me) may have been my favorite act of the first day of Josefstadt.

Photos from Josefstadt day two

Mean Messiah

Laura Guldemond of Burning Witches @ Josefstadt

Truchło Strzygi

Dordeduh panorama on the Octagon stage

Ad Nauseam


Photos from Josefstadt day one

Crowd surfing during Vader’s set at Josefstadt

Destruction’s Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer

Belzebong making sure their message gets across

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Harakiri for the Sky

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Honza “Hellsound” Kapák of Bohemyst

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Stiny Plamenu josefstadt-low-light

Stiny Plamenu

Kuks hospital

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Kuks Hospital (Czech Republic)

“Magic every day on my summer adventures” is what I tell people who ask how Europe was. Today’s photo is one such example. Here is the story in a nutshell…

I needed a place to stay for Josefstadt as I’m too old to camp, and I didn’t have any camping equipment with me anyway. For Brutal Assault in 2019 I stayed in a hotel that had a shuttle bus service to the festival. I didn’t really like waiting around for the shuttle, and the hotel was 30+ minutes from the festival. So, for 2021, since I was going to have a rental car in Czech anyway, I looked for a place on my own. The closest place I could find was in a small town called Kuks, just 15 minutes from the festival. I booked the place without doing any more research or giving it much thought.

On the day I was moving from Prague to Kuks I put the place in Google maps for directions and noticed a little castle icon next to my lodgings. I still imagined that my lodgings would just be a guest room or something on a farm since the town was so small. Instead, I arrived to find that I have a view of “the castle” from my room! The castle isn’t really a castle; it was a hospital (an extraordinarily opulent Baroque hospital). But the place is gorgeous, and it is lit up at night. Czech tourists show up during the day to check the place out, but at night you couldn’t hear a sound, and it was wonderful.

More on this magical place later…