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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.

POSITIVUS I Love You and Paladium stage programme additions

At this year’s Positivus Festival, we’ll hear the beloved British Sons Of Noel And Adrian, the Estonian Frankie Animal and Tallinn Daggers, the Lithuanian Freaks On Floor and Garbanotas Baristas, the Belorussian Super Besse and many more. The biggest pop music festival in the Baltic’s will be taking place for the eight time from July 18 – 20 in Salacgrīva, Latvia.

The experimental band Sons Of Noel And Adrian consists of nine band members, whose music is currently being distributed in the Baltic’s by I Love You Records. The Willkommen Collective members have released two studio albums and have performed with the likes of Laura Marling, Mumford And Sons and The Leisure Society.

In their own words, Frankie Animal are as luscious as a freshly pressed mojito on a Friday night, mesmerizing the audiences with their powerful, yet intimate and delicate presence. During their two-year career span, the quartet have released an EP, played in Estonia’s most noteworthy venues and received highly favourable reviews from local critics, most of whom highlighted the impressive capabilities of vocalist Marie Vaigla, comparing her singing mannerism to that of Norah Jones.

Combining the elements of funk and rock, Freaks On Floor are one of today’s most interesting Lithuanian bands. During their five year run, Freaks On Floor have released two studio albums and won almost all local music awards in the most diverse categories – from best new band, to best Lithuanian rock band of 2011 and 2012.

The Russian-singing Belorussian band Super Besse convert their end-of-seventies musical heritage into modernized sounds, offering listeners an alluring mix of coldwave and post-punk.

The I Love You stage has always possessed a certain aura, giving visitors the feeling that the bands are playing especially for each one of them, rather than for the hundreds of spectators. The stage programme is supplemented by Big Wave Riders, Junk Riot, Get Your Gun, Stefan Rausch, Garbanotas Bosista, Super Besse, Vincent Long, The Sinclair Sinclair and Frankie Animal. As previously announced, the stage will also feature Carnival Youth, Laika Suns, Das Sonntags Legion, The Citizens, Nē, Pyro Trees, Martas Asinis and Starmetis.

This year’s Palladium stage will not only be located in a new place, but will also be expanded, allowing for more spectators. The stage programme additions include Sons Of Noel And Adrian and Freaks on Floor. As previously announced, this year’s Palladium stage artists will feature K.Remonts, The Sound Poets, Audience Killers, Rīgas Modes, Pikaso,  Manta and The Velvet Supernova.

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 also host:
KRAFTWERK
BASTILLE
ELLIE GOULDING
ELBOW
THE KOOKS
THE 1975
DAUGHTER
LAURA MVULA
JUNIP
TEMPLES
ANNA CALVI
OF MONTREAL

YOU ME AT SIX
FUTURE ISLANDS
ALUNAGEORGE
NONONO
CHET FAKER
KID KARATE
BIRTH OF JOY
KING CHARLES
POMPEYA
FM BELFAST
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR
And many more