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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.

First time in Riga – soul music diva Imany

Author of phenomenally successful hits “Don’t Be So Shy” (Nr.1 in 11 European countries!) and “You Will Never Know”, French soul music diva Imany on 29th of April will perform for the first time in Latvia. The talented artist with suede voice will visit Riga concert hall “Palladium” during promotional tour of her newest album “The Wrong Kind Of War”.
 
Ticket sales start on 7th of December, 10 AM in “Biļešu serviss” ticket selling outlets and www.bilesuserviss.lv
 
Imany or Nadia Mladjao was born near Marseille, where her family moved from Comoro islands. In her early youth she was active athlete with good results in high jumping. Later her good looks and grace was well appreciated in “Ford” model agency, which signed her. And with this contract Imany becomes very demanded model and is working for seven years in Milan, New York and Cape Town. A part of society was surprised when she suddenly decided to stop modeling to move back to France and focus on song writing.
 
First steps in music scope was taken by gigs in Paris bars and jazz clubs. Exotic beautiful girl with specific and low voice sang about love; she did it so gentle and sensual that soon enough from “another singing model” she became a rapidly rising soul music star. And really – in her songs where interwine jazz, blues, soul and ethnic music elements, poignantly and sensually revealing the soul of Black continent.
 
Indubitable proof for Imany talent was her debut album which was released in 2011 – “The Shape of a Broken Heart”. It reached Platinum status not only in France but also in Greece, and in Poland sales ratings were so phenomenal that reached even triple Platinum! Speaking about album title artist herself replied on a question with another question: “Haven’t You ever noticed that the shape of Africa reminds a broken heart”?
 
In 2004 Imany was invited to compose music for a film “French Woman” (Sous les jupes des filles). In popular comedy, which reveals stories of 11 Parisian women lives, are starring such famous actresses as Isabelle Adjani, Vanessa Paradi, Letitia Casta. The song used in this movie “Don’t Be So Shy” became phenomenally popular in Europe in Dj Filatov & Karas remix version, it is played almost in all radio stations and have been in 1st place in France, Germany, Austria and other countries. In “Spotify” this version of song is played at least 93 million times.
 
This August Imany released her second album “The Wrong kind Of War” which topped the charts in France, Switzerland and Poland. In this album without already mentioned “Don’t Be So Shy” 2 versions, you will find more than one notable compositions, including “Silver Lining (Clap Your Hands)” and “There Were Tears”, in which artist draws attention to the world around us and calling to protect it and make it better.