This festival is an international event and aims at the cultural exchange between countries.
In addition to the best Russian and Indian musicians, the musical programme of the festival will be packed with artistes of the top level from the CIS states, the Ukraine, Latvia, Great Britain and France.
Jam sessions among all the participants shall be the key event of the festival. Improvisations will be in various musical genres: rock, jazz, fusion, funk and folk.
All the festival participants will be offered to pick a cover version of an internationally famous rock song to round off the festival, as it was done in the closure of Festival-2013 resulting in an extraordinary response in the mass media.
The festival also offers a chance for young bands from various countries to share the stage with the Rock monsters. For this purpose, few rounds of elimination contests have been organized in Russia, Ukraine and India, to be concluded with gala-shows in the leading capital clubs. The first dates of elimination contests in Saint-Petersburg are already fixed for April 30th, May 1st and May 7th, 2013
All days of the festival shows will be recorded onto video and audio carriers of professional standards. The participating groups will be offered the high-end facilities and professional video operators to shoot the video-clip footing for their new albums.
A live TV broadcasting of the event will be arranged.
An open-air night party with well-known world DJs will close the cycle of all the festival events.
Besides, on May 18, 2013 the Great Live Music Festival will be presented at the International musical convention in the block titled ‘Festival Development. New Frontiers’ along with such world-famous festivals as the Emergenza.
The Story of Prāta Vētra is that of best friends who grow up together, went to the same school, shared the same dreams and together fulfilled them. They come from a unique generation. Born in Latvia which was then part of the giant Soviet Union, they experienced a Soviet upbringing, the battle for a freedom and were part of the first generation to embrace new possibilities the freedom brought. Experiencing these two radical systems has shaped their musical style.
After Prāta Vētra conquered the hearts of music lovers in native Latvia and became a household name, the band took a chance on reaching the audiences beyond the borders of their motherland. PRĀTA VĒTRA during their career have released albums in Europe and Russia, supported bands like “R.E.M.”, “The Rolling Stones”, “Depeche Mode”, e.t.c.. World-known photographer Anton Corbijn has made photos for three albums and designed the logo of the band. As A.Corbijn has described: “There is this beautiful thing that great bands have something… Identity and I think PRĀTA VĒTRA has that,”
New album ‘Another Still Life’ was written and recorded in the historic town of Hudson, in the Hudson valley upstate NY, and was mixed in a small studio beneath Radiohead’s management office in Oxford, England.
The lyrics for the album’s title track are made up entirely from the titles of paintings, rearranged and formed into a cohesive song.
The song “Lantern” from their new album “Another still life” (available on Itunes worldwide) tells the story of the bands childhood, the forming of the band and of their stadium size success in the Eastern Europe.
Prāta Vētra last summer toured in native Latvia gathering 89 500 people in 7 dates. (Latvia’s population is 2 million) In autumn 2012 band did a tour Russia in support of the album release there. Prāta Vētra is set to play this season at following festivals — »The Great Escape» and «Glastonbury», UK, «Music Matters», Singapore, «Nashestvije», “Kubana” and «Red Rocks», Russia, “Watergate”, Estonia, “Vilnius Music Week”, Lithuania”, Nashestvije in Berlin , Germany, “LMT Summer Sound”, Latvia and “Culture Collide”, USA.
God is in TV (UK) review of London’ show: Prata Vetra are rockier than expected, with funky basslines, 80’s toned crystal synths and dramatic guitar licks. The audience shush loud talkers and lead the quieter songs, chanting the words before Renārs begins.
The[AU]review (Australia) review of Music Matters (Singapore) showcase: Pop/rock band from Latvia who go by the name of Prata Vetra, and ended up being one of the most talked about bands of the weeks. That’s not just because you rarely see a band from Latvia — though it no doubt helps — but they were a damn fine outfit, too. They featured some great bass, tight melodies and even a marriage proposal for a Singapore based Latvian.
Sonicbids (USA) Simultaneously brooding, ethereal and full of hope, their lead single “Lantern” shines like a beacon.
Legendary rock band, playing basically Classic Rock based music, fused with Indian Instruments like the Tabla and the Violin, and has been around for 21 years.
The band has done more than 2900 shows till date, and still plays around 160 shows a year, a record for ANY performing artist, in any genre, in this country. Parikrama is the only rock band accredited with the ICCR.
Dolphin – the only real star of the Russian alternative music culture, artist, not waste your time on abstract trends, always honest with himself and his listeners. Each of his albums – revelation and literally alerting, perepridumyvanie himself, and every show is different and unique in its own way. Delphine plates diverge huge circulations, verses repeated as prayers, and for many of his songs – the only philosophy of life.
The unique expression, the brightness of text and music is the distinguishing feature of this group. The Matrixx won the prestigious award for «Best Alternative Group in Russia» in 2011.
Indian Ocean is an Indian rock band formed in New Delhi in 1990, they are considered to be the pioneers of the fusion rock genre in India. A cult band in its own right, the group has amalgamated Indian folk music with Western rock and there are no limitations to their music.
Young band, winner battle of bands in Russia.
Junkyard Groove is an Alternative Rock band from Chennai, formed in 2005 and is one of the finest bands in the Indian rock scene at present who got together almost randomly and realized that they had something to contribute to the world of Indian Rock and Roll.
These days, the qualifying rounds are in full swing in the Indian capital of New Delhi for the participation in the festival called “Great Live Music”.