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The NIRVANA Experience and CHAD CHANNING

This year the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the NIRVANA band! On January 1, 1989, the band "Nirvana" signed its first recording agreement  with the Seattle recording label Sub Pop Records, and shortly thereafter recorded the album "Bleach." The contract was signed for 12 months with the possibility to extend it for two more years. Kurt Cobain, Chad Channing, Krist Novoselic and Jason Everman were present while the contract was signed.

THE EXPRESSIVE GIPSY PUNK-ROCK UNION GOGOL BORDELLO RETURNS TO RIGA

Extravagant stage image, hooligans-like behaviour and music filled with energy that exceeds boundaries of genres and despises society’s norms - the American gypsy punk-rock union Gogol Bordello challenges and fires up its audience for almost twenty years already. Each year the band plays around two hundred shows and most of them are sold out, just like the previous concert in Riga. On May 20, 2018, Gogol Bordello will return to the Palladium concert hall, offering hot dances, waves of wine and a full list of songs from their newest album “Seekers and Finders”.

CHAPMIONS ARE COMING BACK!

CHAPMIONS ARE COMING BACK TO KOK'54 WORLD GP 2018 24.02.2018 - ARENA RIGA!

On June 3 Deep Purple will celebrate its 50th anniversary

On June 3 Deep Purple will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Arena Riga with the only show in Riga. It will be a unique opportunity to see one of the most influential bands in the history of music. Deep Purple will play all their best and favorite hits, as well as new songs of their twentieth studio album "inFinite", which became the reason for this world tour.

Sunset Festival announces the first 2 events in Sigulda

Sunset Festival announces the summer season of 2018 with the release of British band "Clean Bandit" on July 5th and the ambitious Radio SWH's 25th anniversary flash-back event on July 14th. Tickets for both events will be available on the "Ticket Service" network starting Monday, December 18th. Subsequent concert days and artists will be announced gradually.

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.

POSITIVUS FESTIVAL announces firts Palladium stage acts

Continuing it’s annual tradition of introducing festival goers to the freshest acts of various genres, this year's Positivus Festival's Palladium stage is set to feature a record high number of foreign acts.

Previously announced Positivus Festival artists will be joined by the hottest British electronica up-and-comers East India Youth, Iceland’s dreamy indie-electro band Vök, Britain’s new indie rock darlings Peace, American new wave revivers Public Access T.V., Sweden’s melodic songstress Jennie Abrahamson, British singer Indiana, the intimate electronica project Tropic as well as Denmark’s electro-duet Rangleklods.

The young English electronic musician William Doyle is better known for his stage name East India Youth. The release of his sophomore record Culture of Volume (2015) caused quite an uproar amongst Britain’s leading music critics; The Guardian, NME and others have rated the album on the high-end scale of the quality music spectrum, with many comparing his creative endeavours to those of Berlin-era David Bowie. Doyle skilfully fuses glistering commercial pop-worthy melodies with elements of electronic noise and techno, 80’s synth-pop and deep drone bass, creating a sensation of a mythical, distant dimension. His critically acclaimed debut album Total Strife Forever (2014) was nominated for that year's Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Album of the Year award.

English indie-rockers Peace channel so much positivity in their music that Britain’s Independent has crowned them “Indie’s new kings show[ing] the power of positive thinking.” Peace are currently not only following in the footsteps of Brit-rock giants Blur and Oasis, but are also leading their own indie revival, with light-hearted and   seemingly effortless rhythms and cascading guitar riffs. Proving that a simple smile and genuine joy are the best mood boosters, Peace always leave their audiences energised and electrified even long after their set.

Reykjavík’s new experimental indie-electro up-and-comers Vök have become one of the hottest musical discovery both in their native Iceland as well as abroad. The trio will be a breath of fresh air for those seeking intellectual, emotionally secluded music that evokes a sense of unprecedented tranquility. The band is set to perform at some of the most vibrant European music festivals this summer, with Positivus Festival providing the perfect stage for their magical melodies.

The freshly formed American rockers Public Access T.V. are bringing back the best of American 80’s new wave - as one of the biggest New York buzz bands of 2014, the band deliver a refreshing take on the genre, wooing audiences and music industry heavyweights alike. Having newly signed to Polydor Records, Public Access T.V. are currently working on their debut album, all the while conquering the world one crazy energetic gig at a time.

With her fairy-like vocals and delicate countenance, Swedish singer Jennie Abrahamson guides her audiences through the realms of a mythical Nordic universe, with every musical note urging listeners to embark on an unexpected journey. Apart from her solo career and recent tour support for her musical idol Peter Gabriel, Abrahamson has managed to create her own distinguishable musical signature, fusing modern melodic arrangements with elements of 80’s synths. The rich musical background only accents her wide ranging powerful vocals and unforgettable timbre, with every performance an exhilarating journey through time and space.

The fiercely independent yet hauntingly feminine British singer-songwriter Indiana (aka Lauren Henson) first achieved success in 2014 with her single Solo Dancing, which reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, releasing her debut record No Romeo in early 2015. First discovered by Grammy-nominated composer and songwriter John Beck, Indiana has since been dubbed “one of the UK’s most hotly tipped new voices” by The Guardian. Juggling with concepts of strength and vulnerability, Indiana delivers masterfully created electro-pop soundscapes which translate into an ethereally captivating and heartfelt live performances.

The 22-year-old London native multi-instrumentalist Chris Ward is perhaps most notable as the producer, writer and performer for his band Tropics. Eloquently balancing his affinities for vintage synths, electric bass and percussions, Ward bears his soul and heart’s contents for the world to hear, matching his heartbeats to the rhythm of his music. Together with the live band, Ward’s mixture of synth-pop and lounge jazz creates a diverse and multi-layered electronica landscape filled with topics of longing, loneliness and desire.

Since the birth of Danish electro duo Rangleklod, Scandinavians can now claim to have their own 21st century Joy Division-esque band. Their electronic landscapes combine charismatic synth-pop vibes and ambient continuity with revitalising electro-pop and heart piercing vocals. Turning their performances into unique adventures, Rangleklod guide their listeners through the exciting world of countless electronic instruments, continuously adding a new dimensions to their music.

The ninth Positivus Festival will take place in Salacgrīva, Latvia from July 17th - 19th and will once again be an event of epic proportions for all quality music and wild party enthusiasts. Along with the newest line-up additions Positivus Festival will also host previously announced acts - 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 and Soak. More artists to be announced.

The festival’s main partner is Lattelecom, with support from Nordea and Tuborg. All the Festival news can be heard on radio SWH - the official Positivus Festival radio.
A Positivus Festival 3 day ticket without camping costs EUR 65,00 and a 3 day ticket with camping costs EUR 71,00. One-day tickets are now on sale for the price of EUR 35,00.

Additional information:
https:/www.positivusfestival.com/lv/ and http://www.positivus.com/

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