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The NIRVANA Experience and CHAD CHANNING

The coolest smart rock band in Baltics – “UpSent” will warm up “The Nirvana Experience” and Chad Channing concert on 16 of March. The band have released album “How far we can go” and made videos for their singles – “Naked”, “Waterfall” and “Killing time”. “UpSent” has also shared a stage with artists and groups such as “B-2”, Zemfira, Andrea Bocelli, Lordi, Nazareth.

Special offer for Galactico customers to the “The Nirvana Experience” concert

Special offer only for participants of Galactico Privilege program – from February 5 till February 11 buy tickets to the concert of “The Nirvana Experience” with 30% discount. Tickets with a discount can be purchased at any Galactico shopping center – Alfa, Galerija Centrs, Origo, Mols and Dole using your Galactico Privilege or Galactico VISA card. The service is provided in cooperation with "Biļešu Serviss".

The NIRVANA Experience and CHAD CHANNING

Chad Channing, one of NIRVANA's drummers, thinks that Kurt Cobain was a great songwriter. “I mean, that was the thing that appealed to me from day one when they came up to me asking if I wanted to be their drummer. Heavy guitars and all that kind of stuff wasn't anything new to me by that time, but the way he wrote his vocal melodies and made these heavy songs into heavy pop songs, I just thought was very intriguing. Especially a song like “About A Girl” for example. It's kind of heavy, but it's got a total pop sensibility,” Chad Channing have said.

Delightful guitar and astonishing musicality – Joscho Stephan!

For the first time in Riga virtuoso guitar player Joscho Stephan will perform at Latvian Radio Studio 1 on March 2nd.

The NIRVANA Experience and CHAD CHANNING

Chad Channing, one of NIRVANA's drummers, said that one day he asked Kurt Cobain what the song “About a girl” was about. “About a girl,” was Cobain's reply. “Why don't you just call it that?”

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.

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.

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.

POSITIVUS adds new acts to the list of I LOVE YOU stage artists

Young, surprising and ready for experiments – also this year the I love You Stage at the Positivus Festival will be a place where to discover new artists, to enjoy already known artists and to party till the dawn in the special atmosphere of I Love You. As the tradition goes, there will be a secret act on the Saturday night.

To the already announced acts on the I Love You Stage, we add several bright bands and solo projects from Latvia and Estonia - each of them has a distinct musical style. From Latvia, the special atmosphere on the I Love You Stage will be created by the folk-industrial band DJ Krankenwagen, the world spirit-touched band Future Folk Orchestra, the experimental post-punk band Parára, the psychedelic rock-inspired band The Pink Elephant, the experimental rock legend Mona de Bo, singer Alise Joste and musician Matīss Kļaviņš with solo projects. Estonia will be represented by the electro-pop band Würffel, the melancholic indie-rock band Sibyl Vane and the progressive jazz band The Werg.

The repertoire of DJ Krankenwagen is characterised with folk-industrial sound, sharp and ironic lyrics and non-hidden borrowings from various artists, Jim Jarmush, Hospitāļu iela, Johann Sebastian Bach, Imants Kalniņš and Prodigy being among them. A musical chaos that stirs thinking – DJ Krankenwagen play music for people capable of reasoning.

Fizzy electropop from Estonia – Würffel create a bright world dominated by etheric synthesizers, seductive melodies and the fragile yet powerful voice of singer Rosanna Lint. Meditatively simple arrangement of tunes, powerful sound dynamics, sunny spirit – perfect music for warming up the best party and creating the right mood.

Nepieradinātā Folka Orķestris extends borders to the maximum: their repertoire includes folk music from various places in the world and times, neatly mixed with author music elements and their own-created pieces. Music that unites – even the furthest-travelling visitors will feel at home at concerts of Nepieradinātā Folka Orķestris.

The music of the experimental rock and postpunk band Parára is massive and breath-taking, letting the listeners to pay attention to the complex song structures and experimental melodies. The well-elaborated rhythms, neatly twisted guitar parts and mood-rich vocal lets one enjoy each second of their concerts with a real feeling of presence.

A bit of pop music, a bit of blues topped with punkrock – the melancholic indie/alternative rock band Sibyl Vane from Estonia perform loud and striking shows throughout Europe. The band’s driving force is Helen Randlaht, guitarist, singer and song writer, making the already powerful rock music even more powerful with her feministic charisma.

The Estonian progressive jazz band The Werg makes intellectually emotional music that inspires and stirs up feelings; the skilfully used rock music elements make it possible to have a look at instrumental jazz from a completely different point of view. Dense sounds, filigreed guitar solos and breathtaking swings let you not only listen into the music but also yourself.

The feeling creators, psychedelic rock band The Pink Elephant embrace jazz and experiments into their music, achieving a true sounding that takes you back to the Golden Age of psychedelic rock. The vocal merges with the music, sounding like another instrument, making you to listen more to the vocal capabilities than the lyrics. Clever and non-intrusive music for the interested listeners.

The music of Matīss Kļaviņš is a bit alienated and introvert, but at the same time it addresses the listener directly, making one think about things in life that are important in life or overrated. The experimental sounding is achieved with influences from blues, folk, indie and alt-country, not aiming blindly at a dominance of a certain genre. A concert for those who listen into.

Etheric and sophisticated and at the same time so simple, near and understandable – singer Alise Joste in her songs tell us about things around us, doing it with sincere heartiness and genuineness that makes one believe every word. Tender, lulling melodies, a gentle vocal and a sincere respect of everything alive – the act of Alise Joste on the I Love You Stage that is encircled with pine trees will be a real melting with the nature.

 In the age when rush is the natural state of mind, the experimental rock duo Mode de Bo makes it possible to stop and find enlightenment in slow core and drone moods. In their concerts, Mona de Bo pull you into their world gradually, the sound transforms and becomes more and more powerful, the mood gets hypnotic, until you dissolve in their music.

The 9th Positivus Festival, which will take place from July 17 till July 19 in Salacgrīva, Zvejnieku Park, as traditionally, will be an exciting event for the fans of high-grade music and crazy parties. So far the confirmed acts include 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, Soak, Peace, East India Youth, Indiana, Tropic, Vök, Jennie Abrahamson, Rangleklods, Public Access T.V. ,Warpaint, Rival Sons, Ghostpoet, Inokentijs Mārpls, Momend, Laika Suns, Galvanic Elephants, Zebra Island, Super Besse, andThe Bongo Club.  Till the Festival, more acts on the six stages of the Positivus Festival are to be confirmed.

The Festival’s main partner is Lattelecom, its supporters are Nordea and Tuborg. The latest news of the Festival can be heard on Radio SWH, the official radio of the Positivus Festival. Tastes to the Cinema Tent will be provided by Ādažu čipsi.

A three-day ticket without a tent space costs EUR 65.00; a three-day ticket with a tent space costs EUR 71.00. One-day tickets are also available at the price of EUR 35.00. Tickets without a commission fee are available on www.positivusfestival.com.