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Positivus announces next festival summer dates

In the next summer, Positivus festival will take place on July 14th and 15th in Riga, Lucavsala. Only for 3 days, starting from Wednesday, November 23rd, the first festival tickets will be available at the lowest "Early Bird" ticket price.

The Måneskin concert is moved to Mežaparks

The May 18th concert of the phenomenal Italian rock group Måneskin is being moved from Arena Riga to Mežaparks Grand Bandstand (Mežaparka Lielā estrāde). This will allow both to satisfy the great demand and accommodate a significantly larger number of fans, as well as to ensure an even more ambitious show than originally planned. As you know, this year the rock quartet Måneskin, which has become a worldwide musical phenomenon, are rolling out their biggest ever worldwide tour "Loud Kids Tour Gets Louder", within which Riga is lucky enough to be one of the rare stops. It's really exciting that the summer will start with such a big outdoor event!

Sam Smith first Positivus festival headliner

One of the most listened artists in the world has been confirmed as the first headliner artist of the Positivus festival and it is none other than Sam Smith, who is currently taking the world by storm with his latest super hit “Unholy” and is on his way to the listeners with a new album. With over 70 million monthly listeners, Sam Smith is in the Top 10 most listened artists in the world and he will be performing at the 15th Positivus festival on Saturday, July 15th.

Milky Chance returns in Palladium Riga concert hall

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General ticket sales for the Måneskin concert

Today, on March 25th, at 3pm, the public sale of tickets for the concert of the phenomenal Italian band Måneskin, which will take place onn May 18th, 2023 at Arēna Rīga, starts throughout the “Biļešu serviss” network (www.bilesuserviss.lv).

Global music phenomenon Måneskin will perform in Riga next spring!

On May 18th, 2023, the winners of Eurovision and the global music phenomenon the Italian band Måneskin will perform at Arēna Rīga in framework of their first worlwide tour “Loud Kids”.

Symphometal heavyweights “Apocalyptica” and “Epica” in one concert

On January 19th, 2023, fans of good rock music will be able to enjoy a real mini-festival at Arena Riga, as one of the most well-known Finnish symphonic metal formations "Apocalyptica" and Dutch sympho-Gods "Epica" have joined together in the project called "The Epic Apocalypse Tour". To enhance the event even more, they are joined by the Finnish prog-metal band "Wheel" as guests.
Riga was lucky to enter the number of almost 40 European cities that will be visited as part of this unique concert tour.

Pre-sale for subscribers of www.bilesuserviss.lv newsletter will start this Tuesday, August 9th, at 10.00

The general sale in the entire www.bilesuserviss.lv network, starting from Thursday, August 11th, at 10.00

The name of the Finnish cellist band "Apocalyptica" is certainly familiar to any listener of rock music, and not only. Classically educated students of the Sibelius Academy formed a cellist quartet in 1993, which gained initial recognition with the covers of "Metallica" and other popular heavy metal bands.
However, gradually the quartet began to record their original pieces as well, enriching the sound with a drummer (including Dave Lombardo from "Slayer") and various soloists (Till Lindemann of "Rammstein", Ville Valo of HIM", Sandra Nasič of "Guano Apes", Corey Taylor of “Slipknot”, Adam Gontier of “Three Days Grace”, etc.), thus greatly expanding the concept of cello rock music.
So far, a total of 9 "Apocalyptica" studio albums have been released (in April 2022, the leader of the association Eicca Toppinen revealed to the media that the tenth is in gradual  process), and the total copies exceeds 4 million. The band have performed both with their youth idols "Metallica" (in December 2011 they were invited to a special 30th anniversary concert of the metal giants) and performed thousands of solo and festival concerts.

The story of "Epica" began in 2002, when guitarist and composer Mark Jansen left the the band "After Forever" in order to found a new formation which would work towards a more classical/symphonic type of music. After the replacement of several members, the tandem of such diverse soloists, Simone Simons and Mark, has become the core of the band. The sharp contrast between charming Simons' mezzo-soprano and the roaring rhythm guitarist Jansen are now a bright and integral trademark of "Epica".
Led by the talented Mark Jensen, the band has gradually expanded its genre boundaries beyond the simplistic classification of symphonic metal. Gothic, thrash, groove, power, death, black, etc. styles of metal have influenced them during the career.
Elements of various kind of metal are blended with musical influences of Middle East, Chinese and Celtic.
During 20 years “Epica” have released 8 studio albums and performed hundreds of concerts.

The progressive metal band "Wheel" was founded in 2015 in Helsinki. In 2019 they released their debut album "Moving Backwards" and in 2021 the second one "Resident Human".
In their albums, the band focuse on analysing of the human nature: "the constant thread through all of the songs is that they consider a narrow aspect of what it is to be human, in all of our brilliance and all of our ugliness”.


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