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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.

NINE INCH NAILS to hold a week long rehearsal in Riga

The American super group Nine Inch Nails have selected Riga for a week long rehearsal in preparation for their European tour. After a six year break, the band will kick off their first European performance at “Arēnā Rīga” on May 6th. The NIN shows have become one of the most impressive, leading-edge and technologically complex contemporary concert shows.

“My goal is to make it almost like a film, that not only musically, but visually evolves in to something, that keeps your attention, frames the music in a way that makes it feel like a journey from one place to another,” elaborates the Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. A more detailed interview with Reznor and the long-time NIN keyboardist Alessandro Cortini can be found here and the full NIN 2013 Tension tour live recording from LA can be found here.  

Nine Inch Nails will visit Latvia with one of the most impressive live shows on the planet, set in a hyper-modern technocratic style. With the light and visual effects activated by the band’s movements, the stage practically transforms into a metaphysical visual component of the band and their music. The show was co-created by the NIN stage designer Roy Bennett as well as the Canadian show producers Moment Factory, who have also created shows for Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Bon Jovi, Madonna and others. Bennett and Moment Factory collaborated for months in order to construct interactive stage equipment that would enable the band to control the visual aspects of their performance. As a result, Moment Factory has created a stage arrangement where the stage becomes an instrument in itself, reacting to the band member’s locations and movements.

The concert organizer Ģirts Majors: “The band will spend their time rehearsing in “Arēnā Rīga” in order to create the stage show. More than 40 band members will be residing in Riga for the period, with additional employees hired for stage construction and maintenance. We have been informed that the rehearsals might even last up to 24 hours, with the two part making-of their concert tour being a clear testament to Reznor’s innovative ideas and their impressive executions. It is a great challenge for us - to devote sufficient time and help for all the necessary rehearsal preparations, which will be of an unparalleled regional scope.”

The making of NIN 2013 concert tour Tension:

The Nine Inch Nails first and only Baltic performance will take place in “Arēnā Rīga” on May 6th. Tickets are available in all “Biļešu Serviss” box-offices as well as online. General admission – EUR 41. Seats starting from EUR 41–53.

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