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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.

The Horrors, A-trak, Cherub un Just Blaze adde to POSITIVUS FESTIVAL programme

The Horrors are added to Positivus Festival’s main stage programme, while the Red Bull Music Academy announces A-Trak and Just Blaze as the leading stage names. The biggest pop music festival in the Baltics will be taking place for the eight time from July 18 – 20 in Salacgrīva, Latvia.

The British band The Horrors are releasing their albums in partnership with one of UK’s biggest record companies XL Recordings. Despite being a label that releases an average of six albums per year, XL Recordings work with some of the biggest and most influential names in music - Jack White, Adele, The Prodigy, Beck, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Dizzee Rascal, M.I.A., Vampire Weekend and others. Their brand new album Luminous (May 5, 2014) is already generating considerable buzz in the British press and is being dubbed the best new record of the year.

Red Bull Music Academy stage main headliner A-Trak is a Canadian DJ, turntablist, record producer and music label executive. He was the youngest winner of the DMC World DJ Championship at the age of 15 as well as the first DJ to win all three major DJ competition titles. A-Trak is also the founder and owner of Fool's Gold record label, co-founder of the disco house production duo Duck Sauce and is simply one of the 21st centuries most renowned and popular DJs. Due to his immense stage presence, excellent sense of rhythm, amazing remixes and technical turntable skills, the musicians leaves no listener indifferent.

There are not many musicians who can boast such major impact on the US hip-hop scene in the last 15 years as Just Blaze. During his career Justin Smith aka Just Blaze has produced records for Jay-Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Drake and many other Grammy winning artists, thus becoming one of the most sought-after producers worldwide. When not producing, Just Blaze organizes DJ contests, scouts for new talent and delights his fans with his DJ sets.  

Nashville’s band Cherub dub themselves the sexy electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk, and pop-music from the future. And they’re right – the band’s funky rhythms are in perfect tune with their delicate and poppy beats. Curiously, Cherub’s elegant and slightly hushed-up sound of their records is completely turned around during their live performances, revealing a different musical dimension that’s full of raw and untamed energy.

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
CHET FAKER
LAURA MVULA
JUNIP
TEMPLES
ANNA CALVI
OF MONTREAL

THE HORRORS
YOU ME AT SIX
FUTURE ISLANDS
ALUNAGEORGE
NONONO
A TRAK
KING CHARLES
KID KARATE
CHERUB
BIRTH OF JOY
JUST BLAZE
POMPEYA
FM BELFAST
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR