Never before has the first Positivus Festival artist line-up list been as elaborate as this year’s. It's safe to say that Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters will be the most legendary festival performers. One of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll is set to perform tracks from his magnificent and critically acclaimed album recorded with The Sensational Space Shifters, as well as some timeless Led Zeppelin classics.
This year’s line-up will also feature several live-electronica bands - countless dance-floor anthem producers and two BRIT Award winners Basement Jaxx, Mercury Prize nominated modern soul debutants of 2014 Jungle, and the most ingenious contemporary alternative music diva and winner of 2015 Grammy award St. Vincent. Tirelessly crazy parties will be thrown by the energetic indie pop artists Fenech-Soler and the psychedelic King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. After a two year break, Positivus Festival will once again host bittersweet lyricist Tom Odell who’s currently working on his new album. Other festival heartthrobs will include the vivid musical landscape painter Jack Garratt and one of the most promising US American singer-songwriters Max Jury. Many might find bands like the mysterious Swedish electro-pop band Kate Boy or the passionate Irish songstress Soak to be unexpectedly enjoyable festival discoveries.
Stay tuned for further line-up announcements with more artist set to rock the stages of Positivus Festival in Salacgrīva.
Tickets are available at www.positivusfestival.com, in all Biļešu Serviss box offices and Nordea ATM’s (in Latvia only).
The 2015 Positivus Festival will host:
ROBERT PLANT And Sensational Space Shifters
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters (UK)
Plant’s newest project is an album with a six member touring band - The Sensational Shape Shifters. In 2014 the band released the critically acclaimed record Lullaby And the Ceaseless Roar, which featured elements of traditional African rhythms, Celtic music, folk rock and blues. During his performances Plant plays compositions from all periods of his career - from his newest records and previous solo albums, to the most popular Led Zeppelin tracks. At last year’s Glastonbury, plant delivered one of the most monumental performances of the entire line-up, considered by critics and visitors alike to be the unofficial festival pinnacle. Robert Plant is one of the most legendary and revered musicians of the 20th century, who’s still making significant music to this day. Ever since the late 60’s when he became Led Zeppelin’s lead singer, Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll and has been dubbed one of the best vocalists of all time, best hard-rock singer as well as hailed as one of the most talented lyricist and songwriter. The musician has been named a hard-rock vocalist icon and has been an inspiration to countless other artists, including Freddy Mercury, Axl Rose, Jeff Buckley and Jack White.
Basement Jaxx (UK)
Two time BRIT Award winners of Best Dance Act, the UK’s Basement Jaxx are one of the 21.st centuries most prominent electronic acts. Their music possesses the ability to make even the dullest partygoer groove to the beat, with smash hits like Where’s Your Head At?, Romeo, Oh My Gosh and many more. Not ones to rest on old laurels, the band’s newest single Never Say Never has already been nominated for this year's Grammy award for Best Dance Recording.
Jungle are definitely one of the biggest up-and-coming names in music in 2014, with their self titled debut album shortlisted for the Mercury prize and their hit single Busy Earnin’ being the uncontested party anthem of the last 12 months. Considered by critics to be the connoisseurs of contemporary urban music, Jungle are currently at the helm of neo-soul renaissance. Jungle translate their songs into dynamic and organic live experiences, filled with collective positive energy which truly makes them one of this year's hottest summer festival acts.
St. Vincent (US)
Annie Clark, also known under the moniker - St.Vincent, has long been dubbed one of the most ingenious musicians of her generation, with her fourth and self titled album having earned Clark her first Grammy nomination for "Best Alternative Music Album” in 2014, amongst other awards and ecstatic critic reviews. During her nine year musical career St.Vincent has become “one of the past decade's most distinct and innovative guitarists” with a drive to explore genres and styles in an exhilarating fashion. Clark is a true musical chameleon, both due to her ever-changing personal appearance, as well as the bold and constantly changing rhythm and mood patterns of her music.
Tom Odell (UK)
Two years after releasing his critically acclaimed debut record Long Way Down, the British singer-songwriter Tom Odell is currently actively working on his second studio album, with his single Real Love being the young BRIT Awards recipient’s biggest commercial success to date. Also known for his blonde heartthrob image, Odell’s performances are always heartfelt, bittersweet and genuine, leaving no audience member unaffected.
Jack Garratt (UK)
The 23-year-old British singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt has been compared to the likes of James Blake, Jamie Woon and Chet Faker, however, it’s his trademark DIY approach to music that truly sets him apart - during his performances Garratt sings, plays the piano, guitar and drums, adding some samples simultaneously. Having performed at Reading festival in 2014 and concluding sold out London headline shows, make sure to catch his mesmerizing one man live show at Positivus Festival.
Fenech-Soler’s music is perfect for a wild party on a warm summer night - with an organic mix of positive indie-pop, catchy synths and dance beats, Fenech-Soler create sounds that won't let a single person in the crowd stand still. Having been nominated for the Q Award and an Independent Music Award, the band’s sound has been compared to the likes of Friendly Fires and Delphic. Fenech-Soler are renowned for their amazingly energetic live performances during which the band give their absolute hundred percent!
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards (AU)
The music of Australia’s psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is as distinctively unusual and exciting as their name. The seven people collective featuring four guitarists, two drummers and even a harmonica player, are known for their intensely fiery performances and almost manically danceable music. The band simply cannot be confined to just one genre, yet King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards transform every performance into a unique and memorable experience, full of lively improvisations and often involving the audience members.
Kate Boy (SE)
Since Kate Boy are from Sweden, play electro-pop and have a female vocalist, it’s natural that some would compare it to another one of Sweden’s successful pop-bands Niki & The Dove. Kate Boy are doing their best, however to go beyond the comparisons and perfect their own unique musical handprint, with a distinctive mix of Kate Akhurst’s brittle vocals and sombre electronic beats. Music critics have dubbed them one of this festival season’s main up-and-comers.
Max Jury (US)
During the last year Max Jury has revealed himself to be a brilliant and gifted up-and-coming US American singer-songwriter. Jury doesn’t shy away from quoting and paying homage to some of his biggest influences - Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Graham Parsons, carrying on their musical legacy of folk and americana, adding some 21st century flavour.
Soak (IE)The musical career of the young Irish experimental folk singer-songwriter SOAK has taken off with a dizzying speed - after a victory in the local talent contest SOAK, real name Bridie Monds-Watson went on to record her debut EP. The young multi-instrumentalist first signed onto Chvrches record label Goodbye Records, only to join the prestigious Rough Trade records half a year later, with her debut album due to be released this year. Armed with her raspy, vulnerable, yet stark vocals and melodic guitar-play, SOAK delivers a refreshingly authentic soul-folk blend.