the sisters of mercy

The sisters of mercy

On Wednesday, 3 August, at the “Palladium” concert-hall in Riga, Latvia, the gothic rock legend “Sisters of Mercy” will perform! The concert is organized by “Live Fest”.

The band was created in 1977 in Leeds (UK) when Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx met, but only Eldritch with the drum-machine Doktor Avalanche – his companion since 1981, have been the only substantive members of “The Sisters Of Mercy” for all these years. Of course, it is not really right to call the drum-machine a band member, but actually Doktor Avalanche’s programmed drum rhythms combined with Eldritch’s deep baritone create the “The Sisters of Mercy” sound. However, nowadays the drum-machine has been replaced with three “MacBook Pro” computers.

At concerts Eldritch is assisted by two guitarists – Ben Christo and Chris Catalyst.

The band had its commercial breakthrough in 1983 with the hit-single “Temple of Love”, seducing the fans of gothic rock with sounds of post-punk, gospel and the mix of pop-music.  It was followed by other massive songs such as “The Corrosion”, “Domination”, “More” and others, gaining fan crowds all over the world.

In 1990 the band’s third and final album “Vision Love” was released.  For its promo tour, “The Sisters of Mercy” toured together with the political rap group “Public Enemy”, causing unintentional collisions between the fans during their concerts. It got cancelled mid-tour. At the same time, the band had strife with their record label “EastWest Records” and only in 1997, Eldritch got out the record-deal with the label.  Instead of making and recording a new album, Eldritch refused to “play by the rules” and till this day he has not recorded and released a new song.

From 1991 Sisters of Mercy is a concert band. They perform the songs that are already well-known from their popular records, and new songs, which have been created in the last couple of years, but have not been recorded.


World Jazz Festival Riga

It’s Year Three for the “World Jazz Festival” in Riga, and another lineup of superstars is ready to entertain you. This time out, the Festival will feature three major concerts: under starry skies in the heart of Riga, on Dome Square (July 28), the free-of-charge festival opener, and the festive evening gigs in Arena RIGA (July 28, July 29).


28.07.2016, 3 p.m.

Dome Square

– Festival opening event; a celebration; free of charge.

28.07.2016, 7 p.m.

Arena RIGA

The long-awaited appearance in Riga of Italian soul music star Mario Biondi, who has been doing festivals in Europe in recent years. Also on the bill – a rare chance to also hear the Russian virtuoso Oleg Akuratov /piano/. He will surely please fans this time, making up for hisnon-appearance several years back for various reasons.

29.07.2016, 7 p.m.

Arena RIGA

Two living legends of jazz – American pianist Bob James  and Africa’s-own Hugh Masekela /trumpet/. will man and command the stage.


Positivus Festival is the largest music and arts festival in the Baltic States that takes place every year at Salacgrīva Fishermen’s Park, will be held on 15, 16, and 17 July in 2015.

Every year, Positivus Festival is becoming more and more popular in Europe, as well as in an international level. Foreign media constantly highlight Positivus Festival due to its light and friendly atmosphere, Salacgrīva’s wonderful nature, as well as absolutely great music.

Positivus Festival has been awarded the title “Best European Festival”, beating such giants as Roch Werchter, Roskilde Festival and the Spanish Benicassim. “Festival Guide” (UK), the most famous festival guide for students, writes that Positivus Festival excels with a “distinctive charm that no other event can match”.

According to “Festival Guide”, location, music choice, as well as comparatively friendly prices are the most attractive aspects of the festival.