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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 International World Jazz Festival takes place in July in Riga

One of this summer’s most exciting music events - the International World Jazz Festival will take place from 30-31 July 2014 in "Arena Riga" that will draw the attention of many admirers of jazz.  Many world famous and international prize winning jazz stars from Russia, USA, Australia, the Netherlands, etc. will visit Latvia in connection with this festival.
During these two festival days, Riga will witness real jazz. Cassandra Wilson, the well-known American jazz diva and the winner of two Grammy Awards, will perform on "Arena Riga" stage. She is one of the brightest jazz singers of the last decade, whose talent is enriched with feminine grace and refined vocals.
The concert viewers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the jazz musician and trumpet player Till Brönner with his extraordinary and smoky musical performance as well as the American jazz star trio Kate Davis and Co, who have hit the American radio top charts with their captivating jazz compositions.
The concert on 30 July 2014 will close with the rising Russian jazz star Oleg Akkuratov, who only at the age of 24 has already announced himself on the door steps of the great jazz. This artist is ready to challenge every jazz star, and thus his performances are filled with vitality, maximalism and youthful character.
The next day of the World Jazz Festival on 31 July 2014 will offer five exciting jazz artists. Riga will welcome jazz saxophone star Igor Butman, in whose hands the tenor saxophone acquires a lyrical, melodic, melancholic and truly deep tone. He has performed in New York's most prestige jazz club "Blue Note" and performed together with the best world jazz artists.
During the evening, the stage will also welcome the American pianist Dave Grusin and the young Australian singer Fantine (born in Russia), whose extensive knowledge of foreign languages gives a very special sound and charisma to her created music. Furthermore, the successful Canadian singer Gino Vannelli will also entertain our viewers with his jazz music that has been created on two main values - passion and openness.
The evening of 31 July 2014 will end with the virtuoso jazz artist Lee Ritenaur, who will touch every viewer's soul with his refined technique. From blues to jazz and from jazz to the basics of rock. During this evening together with all these extraordinary artists, there will be only you and jazz.
Tickets to the World Jazz Festival can be purchased at and "Biļešu Serviss" ticket offices across Latvia.
In connection with this Festival in Dome Square both on July 30 and 31 2014, you will be able to attend open-air concerts with jazz music representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and USA free of charge. The main artists of the Festival will perform in "Arena Riga". You will also be able to visit jazz festival night session at concert hall "Studio 69".
Video links:
Arkadiy Ukupnik and Igor Butman:
Cassandra Wilson “You Don’t Know What Love Is”:
World Jazz Festival website: