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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.

NEW NAMES ADDED TO POSITIVUS PROGRAMME

New additions to the Positivus festival programme feature one of the most notable alternative British hip-hop artists Tricky, the legendary saxophone player Pharaoh Sanders and band, as well as the prominent Latvian Blues Band with special guest, the rising Nigerian soul star Justina Lee Brown. Baltic’s biggest pop music festival will take place from July 18-20 in Salacgrīva, Latvia.
 
The British alternative hip-hop artist Tricky, known for his half-rapped, half-sung asthmatic whispering lyrical style, has been one of the most innovative genre performers since the mid-90’s, as well as a Mercury Award nominee. He has remixed artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Garbage, Yoko Ono and Bush, and was a member of Massive Attack. Having become a real legend during the span of his career, Tricky blurs the normal definitions of hip-hop by blending elements of varying types of music. This Positivus appearance is highly anticipated by those who appreciate the music of Massive Attack and Portishead. 
 
Pharoah Sanders is "probably the best tenor player in the world" according to living saxophone legend Ornette Coleman. Emerging from John Coltrane's mid-1960s groups, Sanders embarked on a solo career in the 70s and has remained one of the most important figures in the development of free jazz since.
 
This year Positivus festival will welcome its first African performer - one of the most promising new jazz and r’n’b talents, the Nigerian singer Justina Lee Brown who will perform with one of the most globally renowned Latvian bands - Latvian Blues Band. Justina is famous for her powerful and wide-ranging vocals, which are best witnessed during a live performance, where the singer skilfully mixes up soul, jazz and r’n’b. During the span of their career, Latvian Blues Band have performed alongside the world’s biggest blues acts, embarked on countless global tours and have been generally making world-class music since 1997.
 
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
BASTILLE
ELLIE GOULDING
ELBOW
THE KOOKS
THE 1975
DAUGHTER
CHET FAKER
LAURA MVULA
JUNIP
TEMPLES
ANNA CALVI
OF MONTREAL
THE HORRORS
YOU ME AT SIX
FUTURE ISLANDS
ALUNAGEORGE
NONONO
A TRAK
KING CHARLES
KID KARATE
CHERUB
BIRTH OF JOY
JUST BLAZE
POMPEYA
FM BELFAST
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR