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FAMOUS COMPONIST AND PIANIST LUDOVICO EINAUDI WILL PERFORM AT ARENA RIGA AMPHITHEATRE

The name of today's classical music composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi is praised worldwide - his deeply touching and emotional compositions have enriched countless cinematic masterpieces. Einaudi’s ability to fuse traditional ideas of music genres with minimalism and contemporary pop has earned him a reputation of being a trully rare talent in the world of contemporary classical music. Next year Einaudi is going on a European tour and one of the stops will be Arena Riga amphitheater, where the great musician will perform on April 9. General sale of the tickets at Biļešu Serviss will start on November 30 and the prices will be starting from 49 €.

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS – THE FIRST HEADLINER OF POSITIVUS’18

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have been announced as the first headliners of the Positivus Festival 2018. The legendary songwriter, author and actor will perform together with his most acclaimed musical companions on the closing festival day on Sunday, July 22. One-day and two-day tickets go on sale today.

NORWEGIAN MEGA BAND A-HA WILL PERFORM AT SIGULDA OPENAIR STAGE THIS SUMMER

Thirty-five years on the stage - the Norwegian band A-ha has achieved a lot during this time, including becoming the most exportable mega band of Norway, playing thousands of shows around the world, including Latvia, as well as saying goodbye forever to its concert guests. However, one can’t simply say "stop" to true love for music. A-ha acoustic album “Summer Solstice” recently was released as a part of MTV Unplugged series and next year the musicians will have a fresh beginning with the world tour where acoustic performances will be combined with concert series Electric Summer. The Norwegian band will perform at Sigulda Open Air Stage on July 17 and listeners will have a chance to enjoy the great hits that have lived through decades as well as brand new compositions which still carry the unique and creative A-ha signature sound.

Ticket sales for the EROTS 2018 Festival is open!

Allow passion to take precedence and fulfil your erotic fantasies at the "Erots 2018" festival! Plan your visit to the largest in the Baltics erotica festival to be held in Kipsala Hall on February 16–17, buy tickets now! No entry to persons under the age of 18!

POSITIVUS FESTIVAL 2018 EARLY BIRD TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE THIS WEEK

In the summer of 2018 Positivus Festival will return for the 12th time on 20, 21, and 22 July, filling the beautiful coastal venue in Salacgriva with more dazzling live shows from well-known and established stars, cutting edge emerging artists, a large number of Baltic acts and other surprises that are not to be missed. The Early Bird tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, October 18, and for a limited three days time will be available for the lowest price.

British musician Ghostpoet will perform at 'Music House Daile' on February 16

Expressive minimalism, electronic sophistication and songs with a light touch of melancholy - British musician Ghostpoet, or Obaro Ejimive in his real name, in his fourth album Dark Days & Canapes has stayed loyal to the Bristol sound of nineties, and music gurmans will have a chance to enjoy it in a particularly intimate concert at “Music House Daile” on February 16. This will be Ghostpoet's return to Latvia – back in 2015 his performance at the Positivus Festival for many music critics was one of the biggest and most exciting festival surprises.

'Kraftwerk' will perform in Riga with maginificent 3D show

On 18th of February electronic music pioneers “Kraftwerk”will perform with amazing 3D show in Arena Riga. During two hour performance all band’s most known hits will be played: The Man-Machine, Spacelab, The Model, The Robots, Autobahn, Computer Love, Tour de France, Radioactivity, Aero Dynamik, Boing Boom Tschack etc. Important part of the show is high quality 3D projectors which are providing particularly realistic visual addition.

RAG’N’BONE MAN TO PERFORM AT PALLADIUM RIGA ON APRIL 27TH

With heart-tugging bluesy vocals and compositions blending blues, rap and elements of gospel, British musician Rory Graham, known for his stage moniker Rag’n’Bone Man has been slowly winning the admiration of millions worldwide. His hit-single Human has gone platinum in eight countries, reaching double platinum status in Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK, as well as being iTunes number-one most played song in 46 countries. Apart from landing on the Nb.1 spot of the UK Album chart and scoring the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade, Rag’n’Bone Man has also received the prestigious Britt and Echo Awards. Rag’n’Bone Man will be visiting Riga on April 27th as part of his groundbreaking Grande Reserve Tour, performing at the Palladium concert hall

PINK FLOYD VISIONARY ROGER WATERS TO BRING HIS GROUNDBREAKING NEW SHOW TO RIGA NEXT YEAR

Pink Floyd founding member, visionary and creative genius Roger Waters will bring his pioneering new US + THEM show to Riga in the summer of 2018. Having gathered hundreds of thousands of euphoric fans and ecstatic music critics across the biggest cities in the United States since the beginning of summer, Roger Waters will deliver one of the most spectacular shows Arēna Rīga has ever hosted on August 24 of next year.

Bryan Adams returns to Riga with brand new songs

Multi-platinum selling Canadian artist Bryan Adams returns to Riga with his typically energetic performance at Arena Riga on May 3rd. Adams and his band are visiting Riga to support his latest album “Get Up”, but as usually his set-list consist of great mixture of the brand new pieces and well-known hits.

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.

Luis – General Interview Questions for European Tour Leg II Nov-Dec 2017

•      Luis, what is your first impression when you travel to Europe?
LF: Well, I have been traveling to Europe throughout my life and I have always loved it. Now, with my “Love and Dance World Tour” I have been able to visit many European countries for the first time ever, so it’s been fun exploring all the different cultures, getting to know many people, enjoying the food and performing of course. For me to see so many people enjoying my music even though Spanish is not their native language …it’s truly amazing. 
 
•      Which country do you like the most – beside of Puerto Rico, your home, obviously?
LF: That is a very tough question. I love many countries for many different reasons, it’s simply impossible to name just one: Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, México, the United States, among others. Like I mentioned before, with this tour I’ve had a chance to travel to new places, so I will give you an update on this as soon as I finish traveling the world. This is the best part of touring :)
 
•      Tell us about the huge devastations in Puerto Rico – how can your fans in Europe help you in your efforts to rebuild your lovely island?
LF: First, thank you so much for asking, this is something that have affected us all and we need to continue bringing awareness about the devastating current situation Puerto Rico is living What you see on TV is not even close to the damages caused by Hurricane Maria. There is no electricity, food, water or medicine… My beautiful and vibrant island is gone, and my people desperately need help. My goal is to help rebuild and get back to what we used to be or better. I have created a donation page: https://www.youcaring.com/luisfonsi to raise funds for Puerto Rico, including the area of La Perla, where just last year, we filmed the video for “Despacito,” where the people have lost everything. Any donation it’s so appreciated, even if it is a dollar or two, any amount it will help tremendously. 
 
•      Your hit “Despacito” has just crossed 4 billion views on youtube – the most seen video in history – what do you feel when you hear these figures?
LF: I feel gratitude. Everything that has happened this year has been both a surprise and a blessing, and since this journey started, I have been trying to stay in the moment and enjoy everything that “Despacito” has brought to me not only personally but professionally. Having a 20-year career and being able to continue spreading my music around the world it’s a dream come true, I couldn't ask for anything more. 
 
 
 
•      Do you fear that it will be hard to top your “Despacito” success? What are your next steps planned for 2018?
LF: "I’m not concerned about outdoing Despacito. It’s broken every mold. It’s something that’s going to go down in history as a very special song, and you sort of have to just leave that alone and celebrate it and be grateful and thank God and thank my audience every day. The only thing I can worry about is just keep giving my audience great music. I can't release my next song thinking that I’m going to outdo Despacito because I’m not going to. This is very special and whatever happens from here on is gravy.”
 
•      You just became ambassador of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company trying to make your home a tourist destination better known in the world – what are your tasks and what are your goals – and how has hurricane “Maria” impacted the tourism possibilities on the island?
LF: Before Hurricane Maria happened, our goal was to show the world what a beautiful destination Puerto Rico is. And now our focus is to rebuild.  Everyone’s support has been keeping the spirit of my people alive. People on the Island have really come together to help each other. It is this generosity, this hospitality, and the beauty of our Island that makes Puerto Rico an amazing place.The resiliency and strength of our people will get us through the days ahead and makes me very confident that Puerto Rico will quickly recover.
 
•      You have been a musician for more than 19 years now – how does it feel to become such famous and known to larger audiences so suddenly due to the “Despacito” success? Are you going to change how you play and do your music?
LF: I have had the same work ethic throughout my 20-year career. I work hard daily, I never stop creating, I mean, music is my passion and what I love, so very little has changed as far as how I play and create my music. What has changed now is that I get to perform in front of audiences whose native language is different than mine and yet, they enjoy it and dance to it as if they understood every single word, it is amazing to witness this every night. And I loving every minute of this and this is just the beginning… new single is coming out soon and I can’t wait to share it with the world.  
 
•      You are expected to win one or more of the Latin Grammys this year – if you win, will that affect or influence your future way of playing your music, addressing your audiences, writing new songs?
LF: To be recognized for your craft its always an honor of course and I am very excited and grateful for all the nominations I have received this year. But it doesn't really affect how I create my music. When I write songs, they come from the heart and live experiences, and what I feel it’s the best I can give to my audience. You can’t overthink these things, you have to go with your gut. 
 
•      What shall the next single and video for Europe be? Have you decided on that already – will it be an up-tempo song again or a ballad?
LF: Absolutely, its recorded, ready and it’s coming very soon! It’s going to be a collaboration with an incredible artist, I’m not allowing to say who it is yet, but we are both very excited! 
 
•      What else important would you like to let your fans in Europe know? 
LF: That I am eternally grateful for their support and that I can’t wait to see them at my concerts. I am beyond excited to be there, it’s going to be fun, I promise.