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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.

Pilots, doctors and carmakers opt for smart glasses

Smart glasses instead of anaesthesia, for aircraft navigation, new car testing or secret intelligence missions – Nick Sohnemann, an innovation and technology expert, will demonstrate this technology during the RIGA COMM Conference on November 14.

Google Glass – the most desired gadget now
These smart glasses displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format and unequivocally are one of the most desirable gadgets today, especially for business people as Google Glass makes routine business functions faster, convenient and easier. Give a voice command and glasses will easily find documents, send an e-mail, hold a virtual meeting and take a snapshot or video. With the help of Google Glass, the Copenhagen Airport, for instance, managed to reduce the amount of documents that airport managers had to carry along, as well as helped to get more involved in communication with passengers, since it is a hands-free device.

"The RIGA COMM Organisers were the ones who first brought Google Glass to Latvia. It was an important event for the Latvian IT industry and caused a great resonance in the media environment. I put them on for the first time and it was a unique experience. A year has passed and Google Glass has become one of the most desired gadgets. This year at RIGA COMM Conference I will definitely try other smart glasses, which are a rarity now, but in five years will be a commonplace gadget," a technology expert and blogger Kristaps Skutelis told.

Oculus Rift – a virtual reality journey
One of the smart accessories Nick is going to demonstrate will be Oculus Rift that caused a revolution in the field of virtual reality. It not only allows the user observe a three-dimensional image generated by a separate screen for each eye, but also fix user’s movements and change the image to create an impression that the movement takes place in virtual space. For example, the Ford manufacturer uses this technology to test the new car prototypes, while hospitals in Spain use Oculus Rift instead of anaesthesia during surgical operations to divert patient’s thoughts of pain and help them to relax.

Epson Glass – from aircraft navigation to gaming
Epson Glass developed by Epson went on sale late March this year. Unlike other smart glasses these have a separate pocket size control unit run on Android OS. Epson smart glasses can easily be worn by those who wear optical spectacles daily. Wearing Epson glass you can both navigate an airplane having a uniquely full view of airspace, as well as to watch movies or play video games.

Run your business from virtually any part of the World with Vuzix Glass!
Nick will also show Vuzix Glass that visually reminds of a smartphone hands-free system. It offers easy and fast access to company’s information even if you are on the other side of the globe and irrespectively of your field of activity. Vuzix Glass is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, compass and accelerometer, as well as ensures taking HD videos (720p).

As earlier reported, from 14–15 November, Kipsala International Exhibition Centre presents the International Innovation and Business Conference RIGA COMM 2014 that will offer information on how to smartly apply the latest technology in your business and also to try gadgets not seen in Latvia yet. The conference features a business expert and innovation guru Peter Fisk, an idea hacker Nick Sohnemann, a man-cyborg Neil Harbison and other lecturers.

More information on the conference: www.rigacomm.com/lv/inovaciju-konference