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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.

Sunset Festival program is enriched by Jessie Ware and The Naked and Famous

Sunset Festival, which takes place in the picturesque Sigulda castle ruins, completes this summer’s program with two additional concert days: on July 31st, it will be headlined by elegantly sensual Jessie Ware, while on August 9th indie-pop and electro-rock band The Naked and Famous have been confirmed to perform. As it was announced already earlier, on August 15th the festival will be headlined by British electronic indie-rock sensation, The xx.

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!

POSITIVUS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST HEADLINERS - PIXIES, ELLIE GOULDING AND ALT-J

Pixies, Ellie Goulding and Alt-J are among the first announced acts set to perform at the 2017 Positivus Festival, which will be taking place at the beloved Fisherman’s park of Salacgrīva for the 11th time this year - from July 14 - 16.

The xx – first anounced artists of Sunset Festival 2017

With The xx – one of the world’s most recognised British bands, highly regarded by music critics – Sunset Festival starts announcing the program of coming Summer. This Summer in Sigulda Castle at least 4 worldwide artist shows are being planned, in each will perform local and foreign new artists as well. The next big names will be announced on Friday, March 3rd.

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.

International music festival LABA DABA/GOOD NATURE

International music festival Laba Daba will take a place from August 4th to August 6th, 2017 in the Ligatne Parish, University of Latvia conference and recreation centre ’’Ratnieki’’. Reggae, ethno-folk, rock, electro, and other world music will be played – the kind of music that brightens up the world and cheers up people!

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.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS WILL PERFORM IN LATVIA FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced they will come to Latvia and play the impressive outdoor concert in Lucavsala, Riga on the bank of Daugava river on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW TOUR 2017.

At a press conference in London today, Robbie Williams announced his highly anticipated 2017 European stadium tour. Twenty-nine shows in eighteen countries are announced, opening with a date at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 2nd 2017. Erasure will be joining Robbie Williams on the tour as special guests. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 11. Robbie will perform a special one-off show at The Troxy in London this evening to celebrate receiving the prestigious BRITs Icon Award. The award is the highest accolade given by the BRIT Awards and has previously only been given to Elton John and David Bowie. It is only presented to artists whose writing, recording and performances have set them apart as having made a lasting impact on British culture, recognising the very highest level of achievement in music.

KASABIAN and PLACEBO to play at Positivus Festival

This summer's Positivus Festival can expect a real Brit invasion - celebrated UK heavyweights Placebo and Kasabian are set to perform alongside Manchester’s contemporary rock quartet Everything Everything, London’s dark underground princess Charli XCX, as well as Bristol’s trip-hop patrons Lamb. The bands will join previously announced artists - rock legend Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, St.Vincent, Basement Jaxx, Tom Odell, Jungle, Fenech-Soler, Jack Garratt, Kate Boy, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Max Jury and Soak.

Kasabian and Placebo are probably the most anticipated Positivus Festival bands, and although the cult-rockers Placebo have already performed in Riga three times in the last decade, they still top the annual festival visitor band poll along with Kasabian.

Placebo have just embarked on an extensive tour, marking a two year period of retrospective activity leading into 2016 - Placebo’s 20th Anniversary. The band has also made their entire album back catalogue available on worldwide streaming services, such as Deezer and Spotify, for the very first time.

Proving time and time again that experience equals quality, Kasabian have gone from dance-rock outsiders to one of the biggest rock bands in UK’s history. Along with their Mercury Music Prize nomination Kasabian have also received numerous music awards, including the 2015 NME Awards for 'Best Album' and 'Best British Band’.  

The other additions to the vibrant festival line-up include the first-time Positivus visitors Everything Everything, as well as recurring guests Lamb and the energetic Charli XCX. Baltic and Latvian audiences will also be familiar with two local acts set to perform this summer - The Sound Poets and Triana Park.
The ninth Positivus Festival, that will take place from July 17th - 19th in Salacgrīva, will once again be an event of epic proportions for all quality music and wild party enthusiasts. Along with the aforementioned bands, Positivus Festival will also host Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, St.Vincent, Basement Jaxx, Tom Odell, Jungle, Fenech-Soler Jack Garratt, Kate Boy, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Max Jury and Soak
The festival’s main partner is Lattelecom, with support from Nordea and Tuborg. All the Festival news can be heard on radio SWH - the official Positivus Festival radio.

A Positivus Festival 3 day ticket without camping costs EUR 65,00 and a 3 day ticket with camping costs EUR 71,00. A VIP ticket costs EUR 200. One day ticket price EUR 35. A separate camping site pass costs EUR 8.

The first Positivus Festival 2015 artists are:
PLACEBO
ROBERT PLANT And The Sensational Space Shifters
KASABIAN
BASEMENT JAXX
ST. VINCENT
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
TOM ODELL
JUNGLE
CHARLI XCX
LAMB
JACK GARRATT
THE SOUND POETS
FENECH-SOLER
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
TRIANA PARK
KATE BOY
MAX JURY
SOAK

Additional information:
https:/www.positivusfestival.com/lv/
http://www.positivus‘com/

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More about the artists:
PLACEBO (UK)
It has been more than two very loud, dark and fameful decades since Placebo debut. They has find out the best formula that suits very well for androgenic goth Brian Molko and his loyal fans – loud post-punk guitars, red lipsticks and painful lyrics about drugs, sex and loneliness, mixed together makes the explosive cocktail called Placebo.  In their gigs Placebo gives out everything so everyone in the audience can feel like an individual not as part of the crowd. Personal approach to every single fan, great self-confidence and unbelievable charisma and great music as well – their performance is an event worth to experience.

KASABIAN  (UK)
Last year it was a triumphant closing Glastonbury set, this summer Kasabian will set Positivus main stage on fire. In their eighteenth year, British alternative rock stars are so bright as never ever before and their psychedelic style gets more and more intriguing with every new album. Once recognized as the best British group, their performance is a show worth to see.  Bullish and aggressive rhythms, melodies that brake your heart and the truest British rock as we know it and love it, Kasabian brings their souls to the audience and takes your breath on hold until the last note disappears in the air.

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING (UK)
Imagine an angelic choirboys’ falsetto, fused with nineties rap, offbeat rhythms and heavy synthesizer chords, and you have imagined Manchester based indie rock-quartet Everything Everything. Eclectic and dynamic, their song constructions sometimes can be considered very complex as they slightly mix glitch pop, electronics, R&B and psychedelic rock. Surprises, deconstruction of contemporary rock music and absolute denial to be obvious, this is why Everything Everything is worth to listen to.

CHARLI XCX (UK)
Girl power is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about young pop-punk princess Charlotte Emma Aitchison, widely known as Charli XCX. 22 year-old songwriter practically can be considered a pop-veteran because of her long stage career. She made her debut album at the age of fourteen, and since then devoted all her passion to dark and electronic pop-music. Her first gigs were in illegal warehouse raves in London until she made a worldwide breakthrough with Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop.  Charli XCH performances can be ranged from jovial till ecstatic, with a blast of energy and breaking every borders you can imagine. Once you've seen Charli XCX on stage, you can be sure – you survived the greatest party of the all time.

LAMB (UK)
For almost twenty years British electronic music duo Lamb has created their sound and identity by combining chaotic, progressive soundscapes, compositional breaks and beats and ethereal, delicate vocal. Every Lambs’ appearance on stage creates a special atmosphere where your heartbeats pulses in one rhythm with music, created by Andrew Barlow and Lou Rhodes. Jazz style electric beats, elements of house-music, trip-hop, drum and bass is the main reason why Lamb is often associated with Bristol – based trip-hop sound from nineties. Listening to Lamb is like looking far into the future of humanity, seeing their performance is like looking into someones mind.

THE SOUND POETS (LV)
Sometimes they are called “Latvian Coldplay” but the similarities vanish when you see The Sound Poets on stage. True emotions, powerful energy, a little from magic is what The Sound Poets gives to their audience. The Sound Poets describes themselves as intellectually emotional pop-rock band, and there is a presence of positive thinking and a little of romantics in everything they do. Maybe it is the main reason why they get so much love from their fans and their gigs brings together thousands of people.  The Sound Poets are one of the best Latvian live bands, and all their shows are like love letters to their listeners.

TRIANA PARK (LV)
When you think about Triana Park, one of the first thoughts you’ll definitely have in mind will be about their extraordinary shows and extravagant lead singer Agnese Rakovska. But the second one will definitely be about their music which is kaleidoscopic mix of rock, pop and swing, a little from hip-hop with powerful vocal and enough boldness to achieve stars. Every Triana Park performance is like a great party where everyone would like to be invited to.