Wu-Hae are a band based in Nowa Huta, Krakow. They’re a great band who you can hear here and here, and last week they went to Montelupich Prison, Krakow, to play a gig for a group of prisoners who have been enrolled in a rehabilitation program.
The band usually assemble bizarre stage shows, with pyrotechnics, body painting, crazy sets and plenty of energy (see the photos on their website, http://www.wu-hae.pl/) but for a prison performance it’s best not to bring fireworks I suppose.
We were also forbidden from photographing the faces of prisoners or guards, which limited the scope of what could be done considerably.
From up in the cell blocks either side applause and shouts could be heard. After the first song, while the band were adjusting instruments and all was quiet, a single voice yelled out “Shut up! I’m trying to sleep!”
But, despite a lack of pyrotechnics and a rather oppressive feeling being surrounded by guards (it is a prison though, so that can be forgiven) it was a great live set with loads of energy. The prisoners were nodding their heads and seemed to enjoy it, and it must have been a welcome bit of entertainment for them.