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Půlnoc during the 12th Habrovka festival in 2014, Krč, Prague. Photo by Wikipedia user Draceane

Půlnoc (pronounced "pool-knots" and Czech for "midnight") was a Czech rock band established in 1988 by three members of the Plastic People of the Universe: Milan Hlavsa (bass guitar), Josef Janíček (keyboards), and Jiří Kabeš (violin and guitar).[2] Hlavsa chose his sister-in-law, Michaela Němcová, to be the band's lead singer. This line-up was later completed by guitarist Karel Jančák and drummer Petr Kumandžas. Hlavsa started Půlnoc because the Plastic People was denied permission to travel or perform openly by the Czech government.[3] In the spring of 1989, Půlnoc went on a tour of the United States that led to them gaining considerable favorable attention there. For example, Robert Christgau named a bootleg of a concert the band played in New York City the best album of 1989.[2] Steve Hochman described this tour as "remarkable at least as much musically as it was culturally," writing that when the band played a show in San Francisco in 1989, "Plastic People fans and the uninitiated curious alike were floored by the combination of heavy metal, art-rock, operatic vocals and locomotive-worthy propulsion."[4]

In 2011, the group returned for one year on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Hlavsa's death. The concert album "Kniha noci" was created from these concerts. Hlavsa was replaced on the bass by drummer Petr Kumandžas, who in turn was replaced on the drums by Jiří Michálek from the band Echt. In 2012, the band completed a short tour with The Plastic People of the Universe. The group also performed during the Habrovka festival in Prague on June 6, 2014.


  • Pulnoc (Globus International, 1990)
  • City of Hysteria (Arista Records, 1991)


  1. "Poslední pražský koncert legendární české kapely Půlnoc bude na HABROVCE!" (in Czech). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. Hochman, Steve (1990-10-27). "Revolutionary Czech Band Pulnoc to Make L.A. Debut". Los Angeles Times.
  3. Pareles, Jon (1989-04-24). "Czechoslovak Band That Suffered for Its Art". The New York Times.
  4. Hochman, Steve (1990-07-01). "The Distinctive Pulnoc Is but One Czech Band". Los Angeles Times.

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