May Day 2011 in Prague and „Hardcore is More Than Music“ DVD

This year we were fortunate enough to, although in very small numbers (two of us!) spend the 1st of May a little differently….namely at the „Mayday Festival“ in Prague.

(More pictures here!)

Put briefly…a very worthwhile visit which we hope to repeat in the years to come. Organized on a non-profit, befenit donation entrance basis, with somewhere in the vicinity of 10.000 people attending, on a beautiful location by the river, with two stages, culturally vary varied, lots of young people and children (with a very good childrens section), political debates and presentations well attended, and despite the amount of people no stress, fights, or problems. Again, we were very impressed and we send a big thanks to the AFA people for letting us be a (very small) part of it!

Furthermore, during our visit, we picked up some copies of this fine documentary…

„Hardcore is More Than Music“


Presented by 161 Media Crew (Czech / Slovakia), this is what they have to say about it:
„We have witnessed a new trend among neo-Nazis in recent years. More and more of them are leaving the skinhead image behind and trying to find themselves elsewhere. One of the targets for them is the hardcore scene. They find the aggressive music and uncompromising lyrics impressive.

The leading figures of Czech neo-Nazi scene have been trying to infiltrate to hardcore shows and to take pictures with famous faces of the international hardcore scene. But they do not care about HC ethics, history or culture of hardcore. They only care about the “tough guy” image and macho poses. But that has never been what hardcore is about. People in hardcore scene differ from one another in many aspects, and that’s a good thing. But hardcore has never been connected to racism or Nazism. Hardcore community has always been a space for the people to meet without prejudice. And we want it to stay that way.

That’s why we turned to some of the bands that have something to say. Among them were the bands whose shows attracted Nazis, who attempted to attend them. You can find the views and opinions of these bands on this DVD. Our questions remained the same, but the answers varied significantly. But they have something in common – there is no space for racism, prejudice and Nazism in the HC scene. For us, HC scene is a family. For Nazis, it is just another scene they wish to abuse to gain support for their political goals. The message is clear: Go to hell, assholes! There is no space for fuckers like you in the hardcore scene!“

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