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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.

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!

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.

POSITIVUS FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE LATVIAN CINEMATIC GEMS

Comfortably situated between the sandy dunes and swaying pine trees, Positivus Festival’s annual Ādažu Čipši cinema has long become an integral part of the festival.  Created in partnership with Ādažu Čipši, the cinema will offer visitors a carefully selected film programme, thematic discussions as well as various  exciting cinematic experiments. This year’s Ādažu Čipši cinema programme will include special Latvian cinematic masterpieces. 
 
This year, Positivus Festival's Ādažu Čipši cinema will showcase some of the most internationally acclaimed Latvian films of recent years, including the highly controversial fiction feature debut of Andris Gauja - The Lesson (2014), which will be attended by some of the film's leading production team members and actors. Visitors will also have a chance to watch the critically acclaimed animated feature film of Signe Baumane - Rocks in my Pockets (2014), which has earned the self proclaimed indie animator various international and Latvian awards, including two Karlovi Vari film festival awards. The programme will also include last year’s best Latvian debut fiction-feature winner of director Juris Kursietis - Modris (2014). 
 
The documentary film shortlist includes the extreme sports adventure documentary Lost in Latgale (2014) as well as last year’s full length documentary of Pēteris Krilovs, winner of the Latvian National Film Festival The Great Christopher - Obliging collaborators (2014). Children especially will appreciate the centennial anniversary programme dedicated to the founder of Latvian puppet animation, director and writer Arnolds Burovs, titled “Burovam – 100”.
 
Riga Film Museum will invite viewers to experience some of the first films ever made in Riga, one of the first full length sound motion pictures, as well as restored Latvian first-year directorial graduation projects, thus showcasing some of the lesser known works in Latvian cinematic history. As a special discovery, the programme will feature the oldest available sound-enabled motion picture in Latvian film history - a story of director Kristaps Linde about pre-war Latvia - Gauja (1934).
 
The film programme will be updated and specified later on, but the approximate schedule has already been drafted - during the mornings Ādažu Čipši cinema will show acclaimed Latvian children’s films, whilst during the day, festival visitors will have a chance to view the productions of young and talented students, as well as join  various thematic discussions. The evening programme will feature US cult classics, while the nighttime selection will offer viewers directorial works of the psychedelic genre. One festival evening, the programme will present an Oscar-nominated documentary about the Virunga national park in Congo - Virunga (2014).
 
Positivus Festival’s Ādažu Čipši cinema programme has received creative input from various partners - Riga IFF, Short Riga, Latvian National Film Festival The Great Christopher, 2ANNAS, Kino Bize, Riga Film Museum, Spektrs, Latvian Academy of Culture, as well as others, who will be named once the full cinema programme is revealed. 
 
The ninth Positivus Festival will take place in Salacgrīva, Latvia from July 17th - 19th and will once again be an event of epic proportions for all quality music and wild party enthusiasts. Along with the newest line-up additions Positivus Festival will also host previously announced acts - 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 and Soak. More artists to be announced.
 
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. One-day tickets are now on sale for the price of EUR 35,00.