2021 in popular music. There are no more casual passers-by / Day


In a situation where the activity of a cultural industry is limited, it is logical that its admirers feel an increased desire to pursue it and get maximum satisfaction from these small doses, even by absorbing as much force as possible through the mask. Concert-fed listeners who are hard to please and casual passers-by are no more. Musicians on stage feel that the people who have arrived are their real audience, which is also ready to buy slightly more expensive tickets due to the limited number of visitors allowed. It is understandable that most people are no longer as interested in planning their future as before, so tickets to the classics of different decades expected in Latvia next year Sparks, The Cure a Placebo still available, but the most hungry are ready to resort to every straw in their direction, because there is always hope. Also to the festival Positivity, which is planned for the future in Riga. Concert life is jerky – something is announced here, it is moved or canceled here – but these shots also have their own charm in the dark.

The most unenviable situation among local musicians is the most popular, who have to and have to redesign their machinery. You have to be prepared that all the work you put into preparing and advertising will remain only in your memories. Great concerts in 2021, despite everything, were given by rapper ansis (Mežaparks Green Theater) and Edavārds, also the band Riga fashion (On the Hanseatic platform). Cultural space Hanseatic platform even provided a two-day “consolation festival” in the summer with many local musicians and the appropriate name – Var! To be!, although it is clear to everyone that it will never be the same again.

A good compromise for your new album Year without calendar chose to serve Brainstorm, filming a concert with grandiose scenography and showing it to their listeners. Live broadcasts don’t work – they provide an even less sense of presence and enjoyment than concert movies made decades ago. As an exception, I would like to mention the trio here alleys album Australia a virtual concert of the sounding, but also only because I want to declare it the best Latvian popular music album of 2021.

“Small”, also about underground so-called (although now everyone has become) is easier – look where possible and quickly adapt to the circumstances. Almost like a street musician, who always carries not only a guitar but also a raincoat. This year became the main small concert venue in Riga Noass – an association Smoke coffin boys, Color a Smertj concerts were especially great musical adventures, as well DJ ambulance, whose leader Linards Kalnins took care of exciting his second group Pizdec I Meyk the Hevi Metal album Troubled Son presentation concert in the new cultural place of Riga Totaldobže At the end of Viskaļu Street, whose little sister, closer to the city center – the Vagonu Street quarter – also managed to gain some momentum as a place for good things to happen, including concerts.

Entered the concert life this year and many for the discovery of the year with their convincing victory Radio NABA and the University of Latvia competition Hadrons, concerts at the festival Potato palm and elsewhere the young soloist Katie Barbale has become. At the moment, the group of girls ŠŅK has come to the forefront of the reactivated punk movement. There is no doubt that we will feel the presence of these young ladies much more.

Unfortunately, there are some things we have to put up with without hope of a solution. Surviving groups Inociated Marsh bassist Skripa’s premature loss, Dambis repeatedly confirmed that he can play his songs acoustically alone, but the loss of Mārtiņš Brauns has ended the era of full enjoyment of his music.


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