The Mighty Sounds festival takes place near the city of Tábor, Czech Republic.
GPS coordinates: 49°23'37.079"N, 14°42'10.880"E.
The festival site is situated at the Čápův dvůr airport, which is close to Tábor.
Tábor is a city with a unique history never standing back and always moving ahead – a claim supported by the fact that it has kindly been hosting the Mighty Sounds festival for eight years. All relevant information about Tábor can be found at the city’s official webpage.
Fly into Prague. From Prague there are many options for getting to Tábor: by car – follow route E55; by train – get off at the "Tábor - Čápův Dvůr" station; by bus – go to Tábor's main bus station. Once in Tábor, you can use public transport or take a taxi. We welcome all our visitors who come by bike and have a special storage room ready for them.
The easiest way to travel to Mighty Sounds from far away is to get on a plane and go to Prague’s International Airport ‘Ruzyně’. It’s just about 120 km to Tábor from there.
If you choose to come by car from Prague, you just need to get on the E55 highway. As soon as you reach the roundabouts in Tábor, easy-to-recognize road signing will lead you straight to the festival parking site.
The easiest way to get to the festival is to take the train and get off at the station for "Tábor - Čápův dvůr". This station is almost next to the festival site. All the express trains going from Prague to České Budějovice will pass through and stop at the Čápův dvůr station – beginning on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. From Friday through Sunday, all express trains, except for the earliest morning trains, will stop at Čápův dvůr; and, on Monday, all express trains running before 3:00 p.m. will stop there as well. It will take you about an hour and a half to get to Čápův dvůr from Prague by train and the price shouldn’t exceed CZK 150 (€ 6).
Bus and train schedules can be found at IDOS, a Czech site that compiles bus, train and public transport schedules. Once you switch into the English language, you should have no problem finding out how to get where you want to go.
Another way to reach Tábor is to come by bus. You go to the main bus station ‘Tábor – Hlavní Nádraží’. This is the only bus station there is in Tábor and all the intercity busses go here. The festival site is about 2 km away from the main station. To go to Tábor from Prague, it shouldn’t take more than an hour and half and it’s slightly cheaper than the train – the price is about CZK 100 (€ 4).
Bus and train schedules can be found at IDOS, a Czech site that compiles bus, train and public transport schedules. Once you switch into the English language, you should have no problem finding out how to get where you want to go.
No matter how you get to Tábor, once there, you may use the public bus service:
Buses run to/from the ‘Sídliště Nad Lužnicí’ every 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the time of day.
When looking for a connection, keep in mind that busses will be running on a holiday schedule. Timetables can be found here – look for lines headed to ‘Sídliště nad Lužnicí’.
You may also use a taxi service to get around. Mighty Sounds recommend Mr. David Bárta’s taxi company, cell: +420 777 262 530.
We welcome all those who come on bikes. There will be a fenced off bike storage space at the entrance to the camping area for your convenience.
You will be asked to pay a three-day parking fee in advance. It doesn’t matter whether you come for one day or for the whole festival, the price is the same. If you leave earlier, you cannot ask for any money back.
Garbage bag deposit: you will have to pay a refundable garbage bag deposit of CZK 50 (€ 2) for each vehicle.
All drivers have to abide by the instructions given to them by members of the Mighty Sounds staff, otherwise they may be denied entrance. Cars are lined up next to each other as they come in and each visitor is assigned their space by the staff. Due to the need to optimize the available parking and to make the parking of vehicles easier, it will not be possible to ask for a shared space for you and your friends, or to be given more space because of better comfort. Don’t forget to come up with your parking ticket when leaving or entering the premises, otherwise you may not be allowed through.
Parking fees (the price is the same for one, two or three days):
- cars – CZK 200 (€ 8) + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50 or € 2)
- caravans, vans and pick-ups below 3.5 t – CZK 250 (€ 10) + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50)
- buses and all other vehicles over 3.5 t – CZK 350 (€ 14) + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50)
It is prohibited to make a fire in the parking area or to dig holes in the ground. Camping on the parking site is strictly prohibited; people found camping out in this area may be banished from the festival. Thanks for your understanding.
Camping site opening hours: Thursday, July 12 from 3:00 p.m. through Monday, July 16 at noon.
In 2012, you will be able to choose between two different camping areas. One of them will be free-of-charge. The other camping area will have a charge and come with better security and better services. Detailed info to be announced soon.
Garbage bag deposit: festival-goers have to pay a refundable garbage bag deposit fee of CZK 50 (€ 2) per tent. They will be then given two PVC garbage bags (one for sorting out plastics, the other for mixed waste). Before they leave, they hand the bags in at the camp site entrance booth and will be given their money back. However, this refund booth will only be open on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Monday from 6:00 a.m. to noon. There will be sorted waste containers for plastics and glass in the camp site. Thanks for helping keep the place clean!
As it was last year, the camping site will be provided with toilets, wash basins, showers and there will also be a café serving fresh bread and pastry and a spacious, large-capacity beer tent.
We are not responsible for anything stolen that you might have left in your tent. We urge you not to leave any valuables unattended in your tent for this reason. In case you have valuable items on you, feel free to put in our storage/left-luggage room.
It is prohibited to make a fire in the camp, or to dig holes in the ground. We appreciate your understanding.
Again this year, you will have the possibility of having a nice and soothing shower. The price for a go is CZK 40 (€ 1.50).
There will be a sufficient amount of portable toilets (roughly 120 units) in the festival area, and they will be cleaned at regular intervals. Portaloos will be distributed evenly around the festival grounds and the camping area. If you happen to find an unclean toilet, try looking for one in another part of the festival grounds as the toilets are cleaned every day in rotation, one by one. In any case, we recommend you bring your own supply of toilet paper.
There will also be portable wash basins both in the festival area and in the camp. Depending on the type of water they provide, they will be labeled either for service or drinking water. Wash basins are supplied from portable water tanks that need to be refilled from time to time. Therefore, if you come across an empty water tank, try using one in another part of the festival area.
There will be a sufficient number of litter bins and sorted waste containers at the festival. Please help us keep the festival clean and tidy.
A new, paid-for, well-equipped, fenced-off and guarded camping area will offer a more comfortable accommodation option this year. More information coming soon.
This year there will be a separate information tent where you will be given all necessary information and updates about the festival line-up, changes in the bands running order, side events, weather forecasts, bus/train schedules and all else that might be interesting/necessary for you. The information tent staff will also hand out printed festival guides and the tent will serve as a lost-and-found office. The tent will be open from Thursday evening through Monday morning.
Security: The security service will try to prevent any unwanted situations from arising and it is there to make sure the entire event runs as smoothly as possible. We always try to make sure the security service is as helpful and responsive as possible and we kindly ask the same from the visitors when it comes to dealing with security.
First Aid: A medical aid station will be present at the festival site to assist visitors with matters concerning their health and to provide first aid. If there is an urgent need for assistance, you may also turn to the organising staff. Should you get injured away from the festival grounds, call 112 (European emergency services) or 155 (Czech ambulances).
Both the left-luggage room and the bike storage will be located within the camping area and each will open on Thursday evening and close on Monday morning. If you are going to have a bike with you and you want to keep it safe & sound, we will put it in a lighted, fenced off and guarded storage area for a fee of CZK 50 (€ 2). You will be given a storage ticket and we’ll write down your personal data in case you lose the storage ticket. Even though the storage will be under constant security supervision, we strongly recommend that you lock your bike properly.
The left-luggage room is run by a responsible staff, which we’ve never had any problems with in the past years, so there is no need to worry. Still, experience has shown that it’s best when festival visitors only take essential things with them (this may not necessarily include laptops and such).
You will be able to buy band-merch in the official Mighty Sounds merchandising tent. However, we cannot say whether or not a particular band will be bringing any of their own merchandise – they may just have t-shirts only or other clothing – we also won’t know what the prices will be ahead of time. All this is entirely up to the bands. Besides band-merch, we will also offer the unique Mighty Sounds festival official merchandise. If you want to get a taste of what you might expect to find, have a look at our Mighty Shop where we sell official merchandise from past years. Apart from merchandise, the merch tent will be selling earplugs and cheap, bottled drinking water.
Lost-and-found items will be collected and handed out at the information tent. Anything that might be left unclaimed when the festival has ended will be posted on the festival website and its owners will be able to have their possessions sent to them.
Again this year a free, printed Mighty Sounds festival guidebook will be handed out to our visitors. The guide will contain a map of the festival grounds, a bands running order, general organisational information and other important information that may come in handy.
There will be plenty of refreshment stands at the festival. Each year we try our best to bring you a number of different food and beverage options – lots of variety, specialty items and the best quality we can find. It is not possible to bring your own food or drinks into the festival grounds – except for bottled water (plastic bottles).
Press accreditations may be requested through Markéta Štechová until Monday, July 2, 2012. All necessary information will be provided on-site in the accreditation tent. A media kit and all other materials are available for download here.
All children below 140 cm and/or under 12 years of age are relieved from paying the entrance fee. For 2012, there will be a children’s nook in the festival area along with other activities suitable for youngsters – which will include more than just sports.
Persons with an impairment carrying certificate of disablement may buy a ticket for the entire festival for CZK 350 (€ 14) at the gate. Wheelchair user tickets include a free entrance for a single accompanying person.
After buying or showing a valid ticket, each visitor is given a festival wristband, which is used for identification purposes and gives them the right to enter or leave the festival area as they like. The wristband is only to be used by a single and the same person and it is not valid if damaged. All visitors are obliged to show their wristband to the security service when entering the festival area and/or as part of random security checks. If found wearing a fake, damaged or otherwise invalid wristband, the festival-goer will be denied entrance and/or marched out of the festival area.
The Might Sounds festival sorts its waste. As in past years, we want to ask all our visitors to help us out (and help the environment) by sorting your waste. This will also help us keep the festival grounds clean and tidy. All visitors will have to give us a refundable garbage bag deposit fee of CZK 50 (€ 2) per tent, for which they will be given two garbage bags to sort waste in (one for plastics, the other for mixed waste). Before leaving, visitors will hand the bags in at the camping area entrance booth, where their deposit will be refunded to them. This booth will only operate on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Monday from 6:00 a.m. to noon. There will be sorted waste containers for plastics and glass around the camping site.
We do not allow festival visitors to take professional-type camera equipment within the festival grounds; small, non-professional and point-to-shoot cameras can be brought inside. The reason for this is that some of the bands have explicitly requested that people be banned from taking audio-visual recordings of their performances. It is prohibited to use a flash near the stages. Taking pictures with a professional camera or from the area right in front of the stage is allowed only to persons who have received a special photographer’s pass. Photographer passes need to be requested in advance and are granted to professional photographers only.
Bringing objects that might pose a danger to others onto the festival grounds is strictly prohibited. Such items would include glass bottles, fireworks, umbrellas, flammable substances and firearms of any kind. As far as food and drinks are concerned, only water in plastic bottles is allowed. As mentioned before, it is prohibited to bring dogs onto the grounds.
It is also prohibited to have a fire either in the parking area or in the camp or to dig holes in the ground. Camping in the parking area is strictly prohibited. People found camping out in this area may be banished from the festival.
Dogs are prohibited at Mighty Sounds. After a dog bit a few festival visitors in the camp two years ago, we decided not to allow dogs anywhere on the festival grounds – this includes both the camping areas and parking. No exceptions will be made and no matter how small or friendly-looking your pet is, it will be denied entrance. Leaving your dog at home also means protecting its ears and your fellow visitors’ temper and health. Thanks for understanding.
The Mighty Sounds festival takes place on the site of a former airport – the place is called Čápův Dvůr and it is close to the attractive city of Tábor, Czech Republic. Tábor is named after Mount Tábor, which is believed by many to be the location of the Transfiguration of Christ. However, the name is quite popular and today means "camp" or "encampment" in the Czech language.
Tábor is located in the region of South Bohemia and is about 100 km south of the Czech capital, Prague. Tábor is about an hour’s drive by car from Prague. It is also easily reached by either train or bus. The trip takes about an hour and a half and will cost you no more than CZK 150, which roughly equals to € 8. Speaking from experience, we’d recommend taking the train.
Go to IDOS – it’s a site that compiles train and bus schedules in the Czech Republic. Switch it into the English language and you should be able to find what you’re looking for.
Your number one option would be to bring along your own tent and put it up in the festival grounds camping area. Camping is free-of-charge and you will be able to leave your car at the parking area for a low fee (see below). Otherwise you may want to check out Tábor’s hotel – click here.
We accept both currencies. It might be slightly more convenient for you to exchange some money into Czech crowns but you shouldn’t have any problem with paying in euros.
Get off at the Čápův Dvůr station. It’s within a stone’s throw from the festival site so no worries, you won’t get lost. Plus it’s a safe bet, all the trains will stop at that station from Thursday, July 12 through Monday, July 16, 2012.
The camping area will open on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. – and, that’s also when we’ll be tapping the beer kegs, so we can get the party started one day early.
Yes, same as last year. The option to have a nice, soothing shower will be there for your convenience. The price for a go is CZK 40 (€ 1.50).
No. There is no charge for the tent site. However, you have to give us a deposit of CZK 50 (€ 2) for a garbage bag. This deposit will be given back to you when you hand in your garbage bag as you leave Mighty Sounds. This is to ensure that you take part in our efforts to run the festival in an eco-friendly way. There are no other camping fees.
Of course, the sky’s the limit – use your imagination…
No, please, leave your dog or any other pet at home. This way you will protect your pet’s ears and your fellow visitors’ health. The gravity of some incidents during past years shows that it’s best not to allow dogs within the festival grounds, the camping or parking areas. Absolutely no exceptions will be made and no matter how small or friendly-looking your dog is, our security guards won’t let it in. We appreciate your understanding.
It’s a former airport covered with grass. The festival area will even stand up to ongoing heavy rain as well – of course, to continuous sunshine. An efficient system of drainage channels keeps the airport dry and we can safely say that there won’t be any mud this year.
We will do our best to provide enough lighting throughout the camping area. You should be able to have a good sense of direction all through the night.
About 300 metres. The camping area has been separated from the parking because we want to reduce health risks.
No, there was an accident at a different festival last year at which a car ran over a sleeping girl. It’s in everybody’s interest to make sure nothing horrific like this happens at Mighty Sounds. Thus, we won’t allow anybody to park their cars within the camp site. In this way, we can also keep an eye on the parking area and guard your vehicles more effectively.
The price for both a single day and for the entire festival is the same: cars – CZK 200 (€ 8) + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50 or € 2), caravans, vans and pick-ups below 3.5 t – CZK 250 (€ 10) + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50), buses and all other vehicles over 3.5 t – CZK 350 (€ 14) + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50).
Feel free to bring your caravan or camper van. You will have to park your vehicle in the parking area. But, for the reasons noted above, you won’t be allowed to park in the camping area. If your van weighs below 3.5 t, you will have to pay a fee of CZK 250 + (garbage bag deposit of CZK 50).
That’s no problem either. You will pay your parking fee for all three days in one go. The cars are lined up next to each other as they come in and due to our need to provide as much parking as possible, it will be impossible to ask for a common parking place for both you and your friends. When leaving or entering the premises, you will need to show your parking ticket.
There will be lighting in the parking area and it will be patrolled by security guards. However, as the experience of life shows, your car is far from being a safe and you shouldn’t leave anything valuable in there. You can store all your valuables in the festival camp’s left-luggage room for a pocket-friendly fee.
Well, if you haven’t had a drop all through the festival, then you’re all set. If you have, everyone will have the option to have their blood alcohol measured when they are leaving the festival site. This service is free-of-charge.
Of course you can. We won’t allow you to sleep next to your car though. We all want to leave Mighty Sounds in one piece, don’t we?
It will open on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and on both Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
No, not really. It’s been a tradition of Mighty Sounds that all kids below 140 cm and/or under 12 years of age are allowed in for free.
Yes, you will be able to buy tickets valid for the entire festival (CZK 990 or € 38), or for Saturday + Sunday only (CZK 800 or € 30) and also only for Sunday (CZK 600 or € 22).
Yes, provided that you haven’t got a professional one as some of the bands demand that no audio-visual recordings be made during their performance. It is also prohibited to use a flash when taking pictures near the stages.
Sure thing! However, our security guards will check through them when you come in.
Anything that might possibly put in danger other visitors: glass bottles, pyrotechnics, umbrellas, flammable substances and firearms of any kind. As far as food and drinks go, only water in plastic bottles is allowed. And as mentioned before, there’s absolutely zero chance of getting in with your dog.
Yes! Beer cups will be bought up once again at the tent with the Clean Festival logo on it. It’s a good thing for you too as it gives you the opportunity to save your hard-earned money and contribute to reducing the overall mess.
Those who don’t fancy beer or other toothsome beverages will be able to buy cheap drinking water in plastic bottles (1.5 l for CZK 20 or € 1) right at the merchandise tent.
Sure enough - same as last year! Our printed Mighty Guide contains organisational information, an area map and a band running order and it’s at your disposal for free.
Yes, such a service will be provided by Greenpeace at their tent located within the festival area, but don’t forget to bring your own charger.
Yes of course, we’ve always borne in mind that a bit of a support programme won’t do any harm. We hope that this year’s abundance will keep you entertained – football, foot tennis, a graffiti workshop and a fashion show are just random picks. There’s a lot more, so make sure you check out the support programme section for further information.
Let’s leave that to the pros, the risk of injuries is way too high.
Yes, there will be one in the festival camp and it will be open from Thursday evening to Monday morning. The same goes for the adjacent bicycle storage. If you come by bike and want to put it in a safe place, we provide a fenced off, lighted and guarded space, which you may use for a fee of CZK 50 (€ 2). We will also ask you for your personal data in case you lose your ticket. Even though the bicycle storage will be under constant supervision, we advise you to lock your bike properly.
Well, that’s a treacherous question. If we get attacked by a terrorist commando, we cannot be held responsible for your bike or backpack. But seriously, it’s a festival left-luggage room and it just cannot be as safe as a bank vault. We strongly advise that you only take really necessary things with you (your laptop may not be that important, right?). The left-luggage room is run by responsible staff and we’ve never had any problems there so you shouldn’t have to worry about your belongings.
Of course, if you’re looking for band-merch, you’ll need to check out the official merchandise tent. However, we cannot say whether a particular band will actually be bringing their own merchandise, if they will have t-shirts only or other clothes as well or what their prices will be. All this is entirely up to the bands. Besides band-merch, you will be able to buy the world-famous Mighty Sounds festival official merchandise. Don’t miss out on it – it’s gonna be a blast!
Yes, you will be able to buy them at the merchandise tent. If your tent-mates snore beyond an endurable level or if you find the music too loud, you don’t need to worry.
There are several ATMs within walking distance from the festival site.