This year the event expands comprising the 1st National Blues Contest and the established artists concerts. Blues has withstood the test of time. Blues is emotion that captivates with its truthfulness. Blues is energy that charges every listener irrespective of age, prosperity and way of life. Thats the way it is in the world, and thats the way it is in Latvia. The blues in Latvia has existed modestly for many years without superstardom. Now it hits the big stage! We are proud to have our own open air blues event under the skies with a big stage, plenty of beer, to be sure, and of course, the blues at the forefront!
Event: 1-day open air Festival at Sigulda Medieval Castle. Address: Pils iela 16, Sigulda, Latvia, LV2150.
Time: Saturday, July 23, 2011. Doors open from 13:00. Event commences at 14:00. Curfew at 01:00.
Tickets: Ticket prices (limited quantity) until May 31 - Ls 4,99 (~7 EUR).
Ticket prices from June 1 till July 22 -Ls 6,99 (~10 EUR).
On the day of the event ticket will cost Ls 10.00(~15 EUR).
Children up to age 10 admission is free.
People with special needs kept in mind special parking spots and concert seating, free entrance for assistants.
Program: Latvian Blues Contest concerts: 14:00 -16:00. Each participant will perform max. 20 minutes.
Festival concerts: 16:00 -01:00. Duration of each show will be around 45 60 minutes. Besides the shows, the event will feature a retrospective Sigulda Blues 2010 photography exhibit from the EPSON Roots and Fruits Collection. Celebrating Robert Johnsons 100th Anniversary EPSON Blues Movie hall will show a selection of documentaries dedicated to the preeminent bluesman of all times. Tour du Monde music shop will sell blues & jazz CDs and DVDs at a reasonable price. Vinyl lovers will have a chance to discover treasures at VinylShop. A Festival merchandise booth as well as several cafes will be glad to serve the visitors.
Right after the event at 01:30 there will be the Blues Train departing from Sigulda Railway station to Riga Central. Selected blues artists will do acoustic jam to shorten the trip to Riga.
Artists confirmed so far: Peaches Staten (USA), Henry McCullough (Eire) and the best Latvian blues artists showcase: Ainars Pūpols & pBlues / Bites Blues Band / D11 Blues Band / Ginta Žilinska Trio / Hot Dogs & Jānis Vanadziņš / Igor Rebel Novikoff & Band / Mirta & Hot Acoustics / Strong Mint / The Blues Gang / The Twins Peek ... to be continued !
Contest: The festival commences with Latvian Blues Contest -the first national blues performers contest. The winner will represent Latvia in European Blues Challenge 2012.
Filming and photography: There are no restrictions to capture the event for non-commercial use on condition that your activity will not disturb the audience. Professionals are advised to contact the promoters in advance. EPSON Photo Booth will provide pictures printing facility free of charge.
Promoter: Latvian Blues Appreciation Society in cooperation with Sigulda District Municipality
Partners: Air Baltic, Bites Blues Club, Cēsu alus, Epson Baltic States, Latvian Railway (LDz), LMK, LZK, McĀbols, Platforma.lv, Radio SWH, Radio SWH Rock, Serveris.lv, TV24.
More info at the festival websites:
Contacts: Normunds Kalnins, Latvian Blues Appreciation Society, Chairman.
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