Positivus - a combination of Baltic Sea and good music
The magic surrounding
Positivus Festival is a blissful natural haven with the perfect dose of excitement and relaxation. The idyllic location in the beautiful coastal region just 110 km from the capital city of Riga is praised both by festival visitors and performing artists. The festival is held in a marvelous pine park, with stunning sunsets along the coastline and wonderful music to create an unforgettable atmosphere and a place to escape from the outside world. Apart from an exciting music experience, there are various other activities for festivalgoers to enjoy throughout the festival.
The festival atmosphere
Positivus might be the one of the few festivals that’s is truly a rock festival but still manages to be family friendly – you can even leave your kids in special attraction spots while enjoying top acts on stage. However, it’s not just a family festival, also attracting a lot of indie youngsters from the Baltics and Scandinavia. Anyway, if you’d ask anyone to sum up the Positivus audience, you’ll hear words “friendly”, “positive”, “good vibe” – the festival is indeed known for its friendly spirit. And that’s been acknowledger with awards and nominations – Positivus won the Best European Festival award from the British Festival Guide in 2012, beating the tremendously popular Roskilde, Roch Werchter and Spain’s Benicassim in serious competition. It was also recognized in the 2013 European Festival Awards, being among the finalists in the category for Best European Festival Line Up and shortlisted twice as Best Medium Sized Festival in 2013 and 2014.
This year the festival program offers a great variety of music for everyone’s taste – from up-and-coming indie rock bands to classic rock music icons, from electronic acts to pop stars. But instead of focusing on the biggest names like Ellie Golding, Air, M83 and Hot Chip, we’ll name a few of the artists we’re going to see ourselves.
One of the most interesting musicians on our list is Charles Bradley – a funk and soul singer who gained fame only in his early 60ies, when he was discovered by Daptone records. Before that he made a living as a James Brown impersonator in local Brooklyn clubs. Bradley’s music follows the best traditions of 60ies funk, while his performance and voice is full of that authentic soul feeling. His recent cover of Changes by Black Sabbath was critically acclaimed, and Pitchfork even named it among the best singles in March.
Four years ago the world’s indie music scene was introduced to a young Canadian girl with a Roland Juno synthesizer and an Enya-like singing voice. Her stage name was Grimes, and from that moment she has strengthened her position in dream pop and synthpop genres and showed a sort of a new modern perspective for female songwriters. Her ethereal music in live appearances creates and extraordinary atmosphere.
This Belorusian post punk band are true veterans of Positivus, yet they might still be a fresh discovery for locals and even those who have been to Positivus before. The band combines the best post-punk traditions from Joy Division and The Cure, mixed with distant coldwave synthesizer melodies. This might actually be exactly the music Western music lovers secretly expect from exotic post-Soviet countries. The live performances of this band are full of energy and a unique mood.
OK, the “not focusing on the biggest names” mentioned above was a bit of a lie, but we simply couldn’t not write about Iggy Pop here. A music icon and true legend, starting from The Stooges, Iggy Pop has found a special place in rock music with his passion, energy and aggressiveness. Influenced by early Rolling Stones and industrial sounds from Detroit factories where he worked before getting involved with the band, Iggy Pop and The Stooges have made an enormous impact on the future of rock music genres like punk rock and alternative rock, and without them bands like Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Swans, Sonic Youth and many others would certainly sound different.
This experimental hip hop and punk rock band from New Jersey will definitely stay in your memory when festival is over. Their gigs in Los Angeles, where the band have moved in recent years, have gained cult status and are always sold out. Due to its very distinctive character, the band was was one of the Rolling Stones’ "10 New Artists You Need to Know" in 2014 and The Guardian’s "New Band of the Week".