Kabát is a hard rock band hailing from Teplice, Czech Republic. The members of the group are Josef Vojtek (lead vocals), Milan Špalek (bass guitar), Tomáš Krulich (guitar), Ota Váňa (guitar) and Radek Hurčík (drums). Kabát has enjoyed major popularity in its home country since 1983. The band represented the Czech Republic as the country's first entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland, in the semi-final on May 10, 2007, but failed to reach the final after receiving just 1 point.

Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Background information
OriginTeplice, Czechoslovakia
GenresHard rock, thrash metal
Years active1983–present
MembersJosef Vojtek
Tomáš Krulich
Milan Špalek
Radek Hurčík
Ota Váňa
Past membersMartin Uhřík
Jiří Bušek
René Horňák
Libor Šerl
Robert Stahl


Kabát ("The Coat") was formed in Teplice (a 50,000-citizen spa city situated 75 kilometres (47 mi) northwest of Prague) in 1983 by bass guitarist Milan Špalek and guitarist Tomáš Krulich. Drummer Radek "Hurvajs" Hurčík and singer Josef Vojtek joined the band later on. Guitarist Ota Váňa completed the line-up in 1990, which is still the same to date.

Kabát released their first album Má jí motorovou ("She Has It Engine Driven") in 1991. It was followed by ten more successful albums, the last being Banditi di Praga in 2010. Their 2002 album Suma sumárum ("All Things Considered") sold 128 000 copies, and thus became the best selling Czech album ever. The single titled Malá dáma ("Little Lady") from Corrida was selected as the competition song for the national final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.

In the beginning, Kabát operated as a local thrash metal band around its hometown Teplice (Later they turned into rock). The break through came in 1991 when the first album "Má ji motorovou" was released, followed by "Živě" (Live). On grounds of fan response, the band signed an exclusive contract with the Monitor/EMI ČR publishing. "Děvky ty to znaj" (Whores, they know it) was the first regular album produced under its belt. "Colorado", "Země plná trpaslíků" (A country full of dwarfs), "Čert na koze jel" (A devil rode a goat), "MegaHu", "Go Satane go", "Suma Sumárum" (best of) and "Dole v dole" (Down in the mine) have succeeded.

Until the "Best of" digest, the "Colorado" album was the most sold release, reaching almost the 100,000 mark. Kabát celebrated the 10th anniversary of its first album release with the best-of double-album "Suma Sumárum" in November 2001. It gained platinum within the first month on the market and has sold 128,000 items in the Czech Republic and Slovakia up to date. "Suma Sumárum" was among ten music bestsellers according to the IFPI ČR chart and ranked as one of the top all-time Czech music market hits.

The 10th Anniversary culminated with the "Suma Sumárum 2002" concert tour, containing 12 technically entirely unique shows, visited in total by more than 60,000 spectators. On October 7, 2003, Kabát started the long-awaited Tour 2003 as a forerunner of the new album "Dole v dole". After three concerts in Slovakia the tour crossed the Czech border on October 12. "Dole v dole" was released two days later and became triple-platinum within three days of sale.

The tour was the most prosperous concert trip in the Czech music modern history. Held in icehockey stadiums, all concerts sites were sold out beforehand, including Prague. Only Robbie Williams had similar success in the Czech capital that year, selling oout the big T-Mobile Arena as the only performer in advance in 2003.

Kabát is currently considered the most popular music band on the Czech market by music experts and public alike. As an illustration, the first regular tour after a change of band's promoters was held in 1999. Total of 20,000 spectators visited seven shows in big Czech cities. A GSG Tour held in 2001 attracted more than 30,000. Over 110,000 fans visited the 2003 Tour.

The "Suma Sumárum" CD became quintuple platinum and the band was honoured by 2002 Anděl Award for the best selling album in all categories. Kabát finished third in the Golden Nightingale Award poll for the best band of the year. Josef Vojtek was honoured as top breakthru performer of the year in singer's category.

During 2002, the band introduced videoclips of songs "Pohoda" (Ease) and "Šaman" (Shaman) in prestigious chart of TV Nova - ESO (Ace). Both titles captured "Red Ace" (for six straight wins) and "Pohoda" became the most successful clip of the year reaching the all-time record of votes within competition's existence. In terms of it, the videoclip was reset in the ranking and won "Red Ace" once more. Another videoclip "Dole v dole" was introduced after release of the next album also captured the "Red Ace".

Following year was even more successful for the group. Mofre than 110,000 people visited the 2003 Tour. Kabát won the "Golden Nightingale" Award as a band of the year with a total of 10,000 votes, 4,000 ahead of the runners-up Lucie. "Dole v dole" was voted best video of the year.

Kabát received even more credits for that clip. It was the top-played Czech video of Slovak music channel TV Music Box. It won a chart of Czech music TV Óčko in hard and heavy category while Kabát finished second overall among bands in fans´ vořiny, trailing only Linkin Park. Josef Vojtek and Milan Špalek also presented the 2003 "Český lev" (Czech Lion) Award in the best sound category.

The band had three nominations before the 2003 Czech Music Academy Awards: Group of the Year, Rock Album and Music Videoclip of the Year (Dole v dole). Furthermore, its management (Pink Panter Agency) was nominated for the Promoter of the Year Award. In spring 2004, the group underwent another concert tour, promoting its album "Dole v dole". Its above-standard show withstood comparisons to similar rock-band shows elsewhere in the world.

The band played an open-air concert in the Vypich district of Prague in September 2014, to mark 25 years since their formation. Approximately 80,000 people attended.[1]

Band membersEdit

Current members

Past members

  • Jiří Bušek - guitar
  • René Horňák - guitar
  • Martin "Máca" Uhřík - guitar
  • Libor Šerl - bass
  • Robert Stahl - drums


Studio albumsEdit

  • Má jí motorovou (1991)
  • Děvky ty to znaj (1993)
  • Colorado (1994)
  • Země plná trpaslíků (1995)
  • Čert na koze jel (1997)
  • MegaHu (1999)
  • Go satane go (2000)
  • Dole v dole (2003)
  • Corrida (2006)
  • Banditi di Praga (2010)
  • Do Pekla/Do Nebe (2015)

Live albumsEdit

  • Živě! (1992)
  • Po Čertech Velkej Koncert (2CD, 2009)
  • Banditi di Praga Turné 2011 (2CD, 2011)


  • Suma Sumárum (2CD, 2001)
  • Box 2007 (8CD, 2007)
  • Suma Sumárum - Best Of (25. výročí) (2CD+DVD, 2013)


  • Best of video Koncert (Praha GSG Tour) (VHS/DVD, 2002)
  • Kabát 2003-2004 (2DVD, 2004)
  • Corrida 2007 (DVD, 2008)
  • Po Čertech Velkej Koncert (2DVD/Blu-ray, 2009)
  • Banditi di Praga Turné 2011 (2DVD, 2011)


Kabát - Corrida

Chart (2007) Peak
Czech Albums Chart 1


  1. ^ Fraňková, Ruth (14 September 2014). "Around 80,000 people attend Kabát concert in Prague". Radio Prague. Retrieved 16 November 2014.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
(first time entry)
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Tereza Kerndlová