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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.

JUNIP, TEMPLES, YOU ME AT SIX and others joined POSITIVUS festival

Junip, Temples, You Me at Six, MØ, FM Belfast and Pompeya are added to Positivus Festival line-up, with King Charles and And So I Watch You from Afar returning to the festival stages. Positivus Festival will take place on July 18, 19 and 20 in Salacgrīva.

The melodic folk rock band of José González Junip will engulf the festival guests in the ultimate idyllic summer ambience. Although initially created only as a hobby band by González and two of his childhood friends in the early 90’s, in 2000 Junip re-emerged as a refined, ethereally psychedelic folk rock band. Their highly anticipated and light-heartedly dynamic debut record Fields (2010) became a steadfast music critic and connoisseur favourite. Some of their latest work is featured on “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” movie soundtrack.


Sixties glam rock with a dash of eastern psychedelia is what Temples are all about. The band caused a serious music scene commotion even before the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Sun Structures in 2014. With Noel Gallagher naming them ‘the best new band in Britain’, Temples have already performed at all the biggest music festivals and played together with The Rolling Stones at London’s Hyde Park.

You Me at Six (YMAS) is currently one of the best British pop rock export bands, with wickedly punkish guitar riffs and excitingly catchy pop choruses. YMAS have conquered the British charts, sold out the Wembley arena and made a gradual transition from hazy pop punk to a more melodic and contemporary rock sound, all while galvanizing audiences at concerts and festivals alike.

One of the hottest emerging Danish indie stars (Karen Marie Ørsted) is often compared to the likes of Grimes, Twin Shadow and Santigold. The hype surrounding the release of her first two tracks led to a record deal with one of the biggest global record labels Sony, who are behind the release of her debut album No Mythologies to Follow (2014).

 
The playfully mischievous Icelandic synth pop bands FM Belfast are true festival performers, creating uninhibited music for themselves and their audiences. With band members ranging from 3 to 45, depending on whoever is available, FM Belfast are positively unpredictable artists, with a wide arsenal of musical instruments, which sometimes even include a cow bell.
 
 
Always an anticipated Positivus Festival guest, King Charles is undoubtedly a beloved artist in Latvia; his heartfelt performances are guaranteed to thrill and inspire his audiences. This summer King Charles will treat the festival guests with new songs from his upcoming album. The singer-songwriter has toured with Laura Marling, last year’s festival headliners Noah and the Whale, as well as Mumford and Sons, with whom he recorded the lyrical ballad The Brightest Lights.

 
Drawing inspiration from disco, new wave and indie rock, Moscow’s ambitious quartet Pompeya create refined and unabashed pop tracks in English. The band’s music is an organic combination of vibrant harmonies, melodic synth lines and punchy guitar riffs. Having just embarked on their first US tour, Pompeya also impressed audiences at one of the biggest music industry events of the year - SXSW.

 
The Northern Irish instrumental post rock and math rock band And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) will also be returning to this year’s Positivus Festival, having first performed back in 2010. Not ones for making lazy and placid background music, ASIWYFA create an accelerated, dynamic and explosive instrumental mix of tunes that will become part of the perfect festival soundtrack.

 
The festival 3 day ticket without camping currently costs EUR 57 and a 3 day ticket with camping costs EUR 63. Ticket prices are set to increase.

This year’s Positivus Festival will host:
Kraftwerk
Ellie Goulding
The Kooks
Bastille
Junip
Temples
Laura Mvula
of Montreal
The 1975
King Charles
Daughter

FM Belfast
You Me at Six
Kid Karate
And So I Watch You From Afar
Birth Of Joy
Pompeya
u.c.