Positivus festival has added several Latvian artists to this year’s line-up – the legendary K.Remonts, the ultimate crowd rockers Dzelzs Vilks and The Sound Poets, as well as the up-and-coming and highly promising Carnival Youth and others.
With a career spanning over 20 years, thirteen studio albums, seven Latvian Music Records Awards, extraordinary live performances and undivided supporter devotion, Dzelzs Vilks is unequivocally one of the best Latvian rock bands of all time. After a several year absence, the band is set to return to Positivus festival in order to perform both their legendary hits as well as more recent material from the new album of their extended band Dzelzs Vilka Jauno Jāņu Orķestris – Kālabad (2013).
The Sound Poets have conquered thousands of hearts all across Latvia and are currently on the fast-track to international success. The band started 2013 with the release of their debut album Tavs Stāsts which received the coveted Zelta Mikrofons award as the best pop-rock album of the year. Their most notable tracks Kalniem pāri and Tavs stāsts are not only long-time chart toppers, but also distinct favourites amongst neighbouring audiences.
K. Remonts are rightfully considered to be one of the most unusual Latvian rock formations of the 80’s, mostly due to their beautifully constructed compositions with complex melodies and timbre arrangements. The band has captivated audiences with their uniquely versatile musical playwriting and sombre verses of contemporary poets - Amanda Aizpuriete, Uldis Bērziņš, Jānis Kākulis, Egīls Zirnis and others. K. Remonts have just delivered an unforgettable and energetic performance at the Palladium concert hall.
One of the emerging local alternative indie bands Carnival Youth was formed in 2011 and has already performed all around the Baltics. On May 10th Carnival Youth will play their first international festival – The Great Escape in Brighton, U.K. Their debut record Never Have Enough is set to release on May 26th.
Das Sonntags Legion is possibly the only psychedelic-folk orchestra in Latvia with members from equally prominent bands - Inokentijs Mārpls, S.I.L.S., Soundarcade and others. The band creates lulling melodies that enables their audience to relax and temporarily disconnect from the rest of the world.
Having formed at the end of 2012, Laika Suns already made a name for themselves last summer, as the possibly best Latvian rock band of the moment. All band members are experienced musicians from several well-known projects – Arnis Račinskis (Mofo, Kuba, etc.), Kārlis Strūbergs (Momend) and Pēteris Lunde (The Sound Poets, Pienvedēja piedzīvojumi). Having actively worked on new material throughout the winter, Laika Suns are ready for an unforgettable performance.
The I Love You stage has always possessed a certain aura, giving visitors the feeling that the bands are playing especially for each one of them, rather than for the hundreds of spectators. This year’s I Love You stage programme will feature Carnival Youth, Laika Suns, Das Sonntags Legion, Pyro Trees, The Citizens, Nē, Martas Asinis and Starmetis.
This year’s Palladium stage will be located in a new place, allowing for more spectators. The stage will host K.Remonts, Audience Killers, Rīgas Modes, Pikaso, The Sound Poets, Manta and The Velvet Supernova.
The line-up of the second-biggest stage – the Nordea stage – alongside previously announced performers Temples, Anna Calvi, Future Islands, Laura Mvula, of Montreal, Chet Faker, Junip, King Charles, MØ, Birth Of Joy and Kid Karate will also feature Dzelzs Vilks.
All stage programmes are to be supplemented.
The festival 3 day ticket without camping currently costs EUR 57 and a 3 day ticket with camping costs EUR 63. Tickets are available at www.positivusfestival.com and in all Biļešu Serviss box offices. Ticket prices are set to increase.