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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.

Sunset Festival program is enriched by Jessie Ware and The Naked and Famous

Sunset Festival, which takes place in the picturesque Sigulda castle ruins, completes this summer’s program with two additional concert days: on July 31st, it will be headlined by elegantly sensual Jessie Ware, while on August 9th indie-pop and electro-rock band The Naked and Famous have been confirmed to perform. As it was announced already earlier, on August 15th the festival will be headlined by British electronic indie-rock sensation, The xx.

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!

The xx – first anounced artists of Sunset Festival 2017

With The xx – one of the world’s most recognised British bands, highly regarded by music critics – Sunset Festival starts announcing the program of coming Summer. This Summer in Sigulda Castle at least 4 worldwide artist shows are being planned, in each will perform local and foreign new artists as well. The next big names will be announced on Friday, March 3rd.

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.

International music festival LABA DABA/GOOD NATURE

International music festival Laba Daba will take a place from August 4th to August 6th, 2017 in the Ligatne Parish, University of Latvia conference and recreation centre ’’Ratnieki’’. Reggae, ethno-folk, rock, electro, and other world music will be played – the kind of music that brightens up the world and cheers up people!

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.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS WILL PERFORM IN LATVIA FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced they will come to Latvia and play the impressive outdoor concert in Lucavsala, Riga on the bank of Daugava river on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW TOUR 2017.

At a press conference in London today, Robbie Williams announced his highly anticipated 2017 European stadium tour. Twenty-nine shows in eighteen countries are announced, opening with a date at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 2nd 2017. Erasure will be joining Robbie Williams on the tour as special guests. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 11. Robbie will perform a special one-off show at The Troxy in London this evening to celebrate receiving the prestigious BRITs Icon Award. The award is the highest accolade given by the BRIT Awards and has previously only been given to Elton John and David Bowie. It is only presented to artists whose writing, recording and performances have set them apart as having made a lasting impact on British culture, recognising the very highest level of achievement in music.

POSITIVUS adds new acts to the list of I LOVE YOU stage artists

Young, surprising and ready for experiments – also this year the I love You Stage at the Positivus Festival will be a place where to discover new artists, to enjoy already known artists and to party till the dawn in the special atmosphere of I Love You. As the tradition goes, there will be a secret act on the Saturday night.

To the already announced acts on the I Love You Stage, we add several bright bands and solo projects from Latvia and Estonia - each of them has a distinct musical style. From Latvia, the special atmosphere on the I Love You Stage will be created by the folk-industrial band DJ Krankenwagen, the world spirit-touched band Future Folk Orchestra, the experimental post-punk band Parára, the psychedelic rock-inspired band The Pink Elephant, the experimental rock legend Mona de Bo, singer Alise Joste and musician Matīss Kļaviņš with solo projects. Estonia will be represented by the electro-pop band Würffel, the melancholic indie-rock band Sibyl Vane and the progressive jazz band The Werg.

The repertoire of DJ Krankenwagen is characterised with folk-industrial sound, sharp and ironic lyrics and non-hidden borrowings from various artists, Jim Jarmush, Hospitāļu iela, Johann Sebastian Bach, Imants Kalniņš and Prodigy being among them. A musical chaos that stirs thinking – DJ Krankenwagen play music for people capable of reasoning.

Fizzy electropop from Estonia – Würffel create a bright world dominated by etheric synthesizers, seductive melodies and the fragile yet powerful voice of singer Rosanna Lint. Meditatively simple arrangement of tunes, powerful sound dynamics, sunny spirit – perfect music for warming up the best party and creating the right mood.

Nepieradinātā Folka Orķestris extends borders to the maximum: their repertoire includes folk music from various places in the world and times, neatly mixed with author music elements and their own-created pieces. Music that unites – even the furthest-travelling visitors will feel at home at concerts of Nepieradinātā Folka Orķestris.

The music of the experimental rock and postpunk band Parára is massive and breath-taking, letting the listeners to pay attention to the complex song structures and experimental melodies. The well-elaborated rhythms, neatly twisted guitar parts and mood-rich vocal lets one enjoy each second of their concerts with a real feeling of presence.

A bit of pop music, a bit of blues topped with punkrock – the melancholic indie/alternative rock band Sibyl Vane from Estonia perform loud and striking shows throughout Europe. The band’s driving force is Helen Randlaht, guitarist, singer and song writer, making the already powerful rock music even more powerful with her feministic charisma.

The Estonian progressive jazz band The Werg makes intellectually emotional music that inspires and stirs up feelings; the skilfully used rock music elements make it possible to have a look at instrumental jazz from a completely different point of view. Dense sounds, filigreed guitar solos and breathtaking swings let you not only listen into the music but also yourself.

The feeling creators, psychedelic rock band The Pink Elephant embrace jazz and experiments into their music, achieving a true sounding that takes you back to the Golden Age of psychedelic rock. The vocal merges with the music, sounding like another instrument, making you to listen more to the vocal capabilities than the lyrics. Clever and non-intrusive music for the interested listeners.

The music of Matīss Kļaviņš is a bit alienated and introvert, but at the same time it addresses the listener directly, making one think about things in life that are important in life or overrated. The experimental sounding is achieved with influences from blues, folk, indie and alt-country, not aiming blindly at a dominance of a certain genre. A concert for those who listen into.

Etheric and sophisticated and at the same time so simple, near and understandable – singer Alise Joste in her songs tell us about things around us, doing it with sincere heartiness and genuineness that makes one believe every word. Tender, lulling melodies, a gentle vocal and a sincere respect of everything alive – the act of Alise Joste on the I Love You Stage that is encircled with pine trees will be a real melting with the nature.

 In the age when rush is the natural state of mind, the experimental rock duo Mode de Bo makes it possible to stop and find enlightenment in slow core and drone moods. In their concerts, Mona de Bo pull you into their world gradually, the sound transforms and becomes more and more powerful, the mood gets hypnotic, until you dissolve in their music.

The 9th Positivus Festival, which will take place from July 17 till July 19 in Salacgrīva, Zvejnieku Park, as traditionally, will be an exciting event for the fans of high-grade music and crazy parties. So far the confirmed acts include Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Placebo, Kasabian, St.Vincent, Basement Jaxx, Tom Odell, Jungle, Charli XCX, Lamb, Everything Everything, Fenech-Soler, Jack Garratt, Ewert and the Two Dragons, The Sound Poets,  Kate Boy, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Triana Park, Max Jury, Soak, Peace, East India Youth, Indiana, Tropic, Vök, Jennie Abrahamson, Rangleklods, Public Access T.V. ,Warpaint, Rival Sons, Ghostpoet, Inokentijs Mārpls, Momend, Laika Suns, Galvanic Elephants, Zebra Island, Super Besse, andThe Bongo Club.  Till the Festival, more acts on the six stages of the Positivus Festival are to be confirmed.

The Festival’s main partner is Lattelecom, its supporters are Nordea and Tuborg. The latest news of the Festival can be heard on Radio SWH, the official radio of the Positivus Festival. Tastes to the Cinema Tent will be provided by Ādažu čipsi.

A three-day ticket without a tent space costs EUR 65.00; a three-day ticket with a tent space costs EUR 71.00. One-day tickets are also available at the price of EUR 35.00. Tickets without a commission fee are available on www.positivusfestival.com.