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Merzbow & Balázs Pándi to play at Skaņu Mežs 2017

In 2017, Skaņu Mežs will celebrate its 15th anniversary. The festival will take place at the music house “Daile” on October 13th and 14th with an opening event on October 6 at the art museum Riga Bourse. The first announced act of this festival edition is the duo of Merzbow, the Japanese noise musician, held as one of the most important artists in the field, and Balázs Pándi, a drummer active in experimental metal, noise and free jazz. They will play on October 14.

Depeche Mode To Bring Their Global Spirit Tour To Latvia In February 2018

Following succesful European and North American Tour, Depeche Mode is going to play Arena Riga in Latvia. Depeche Mode will visit Riga for the first time in four years, bringing their stunning live show to fans who have not seen the band since 2014’s World Tour of Delta Machine.

Cirque du Soleil Is Coming Back to Riga with Varekai!

For the first time in four years, Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Riga with Varekai this fall. The performances will take place from September 20th till 24th, 2017, at Arena Riga.

Folk singer Stu Larsen will perform in Riga coming fall

On September 28th an Australian singer, songwriter and folk musician Stu Larsen will perform at Latvian 1st Rock Cafe (Riga, Marstalu 2/4). It will be his first time in Latvia and this concert is to support his brand new album Resolute (to be released on July 21st). The previous, his debut album, is called Vagabond and was released in 2014. A relevant role in its making, record and producing took his friend, a romantic British singer songwriter Passenger, also known as Michael Rosenberg. It’s worth mentioning that Passenger show in Riga last fall was completely sold out.

Sarah Brightman returns in Riga with Royal Christmas Gala

As part of the Royal Christmas Gala, international recording artist and the most successful soprano of all time, Sarah Brightman returns in Riga on 1st of December this year, together with Gregorian and other special guests, she will perform in Arena Riga.

DAVID GARRETT for the first time on tour in Latvia!

Fresh on the heels of the striking success of the first leg of his “EXPLOSIVE – LIVE” tour DAVID GARRETT announces his first ever date for his spectacular crossover program in Latvia for December 2017. This is the first time for David performing in the Baltics!

Fink will perform in Latvia for the first time

British Folk-Rock, Blues and Indie band “Fink” will perform in Riga on Friday, 29th of September in concert hall Palladium. The trio will visit Latvia during a support tour of their upcoming brand new album to be rolling out in spring. “Fink” has released 7 albums until now, of which commercially most succesfull have been “Perfect Darkness” (2011) and “Hard Believer” (2014). The best known hits are Looking Too Closely, This Is The Thing, Perfect Darkness, Sort Of Revolution, Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us.

Neste World RX of Latvia. Tickets already on sale!

Neste World RX of Latvia is a world-class motorsport event taking place in Latvia, which puts the world’s best drivers – Petter Solberg, Sébastien Loeb, Mattias Ekström, as well as local stars Reinis Nitišs and Jānis Baumanis – in six hundred horsepower cars and lets them battle it out on the legendary Biķernieki track.

Band of cellists 2CELLOS from Croatia will perform in Arena Riga

On December 4, 2014, the duo of young cellists from Croatia Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, will perform in Arena Riga. Duo has performed in Latvia in 2011 when they were “warming up” the audience before the concert of Elton John in Riga. Young musicians have already gained recognition all around the world by combining different genres of music in their play and offering wide choice of music to their audience starting from Vivaldi up to AC/DC.

Band 2CELLOS very rapidly started to gain recognition in 2011 when they inserted their record in the website Youtube.com giving their cover version of the Michael Jackson song Smooth Criminal. This record helped the band to sign an agreement with Sony Masterworks and go on a world tour together with Sir Elton John also with the chance to visit Latvia.
Tickets are available in all box-offices of Biļešu serviss and website www.bilesuserviss.lv. Tickets cost starting from 25 EUR.

2CELLOS is the first instrumental ensemble who performed in the TV series Glee – they filmed in the episode devoted to Michael Jackson and performed the already mentioned composition Smooth Criminal.

Within the frameworks of their tour young musicians have already visited USA, Japan and several other European countries, as well as participated in TV shows, for example, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lopez Tonight etc.

Setting of Naya Rivera of the 2CELLOS composition has reached the Top 10 of the Billboard HOT 100.
In January, 2013, 2CELLOS released their second album In2ition produced by the legendary Bob Yerzinin who has also  worked with several other world class stars like Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Deep Purple.  Also Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Dzukkero took part in the 2 CELLOS new album record.

About participants of 2CELLOS:
Members of the Duo Sulic and Hauser began playing cello already during childhood. Sulic graduated from the famous Royal Music Academy in London but Hauser Royal Northern Music College in Manchester.
 
Sulic has won several prestigious awards: first and special award in the seventh Music Contest of Lutoslawski, has won the international cello play contest in Warsaw (2009), as well as has gained the first place in the contest organised by the European Broadcasting Union “Young Talent” and won the Pastron award in Wigmore Hall in 2011. 
 
Hauser has worked with many renowned representatives of the classical music field like Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Menahem Pressler and Ivry Gitlis. Stjepan is also the winner of more than twenty national and international music contests. He has twice performed for the Prince Charles in the Beckingham and Saint James palace. 
 
Both musicians has played in the main classical music concert halls like Vigmor Hall, Albert Hall, Saufbenk Centre, Konsertgebay in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna and in the Dramatic Theatre in Berlin.
 
2CELLOS has also performed together with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and Georges Michael. They have collaborated with famous producers T-Bone Burnett and Humberto Gatica, as well as legendary composer James Newton Howard.
 
More information:
http://www.2cellos.com/us/home