The second day as always started with a lot of different activities like film showings in Ādažu Čipsu cinema, collective exercising and yoga classes, stand up comedy etc. They really managed to pack the morning with activities for almost every taste and the weather in the morning was amazing so sitting in the tent city wasn't really justifiable. So I decided to put my camera down for a moment and go check out what is happening around at the time.
One of the first shows that I shot on the second day was Ghostpoet on Nordea stage. Also a fairly recent addition to UK music scene, Ghostpoet gives his audience lyrical insights into different topics wrapped in a very interesting electronic shell which was definately one of the more unique and distinctive acts in Positivus this year.
Next up an hour later on Lattelecom stage was the only latvian act on the main stage - Dagamba. Joined by State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and Latvian University Mixed Choir Juventus it was also probably the most unique act in the festival. Dagamba together with orchestra and sixty choir voices created an experience you rarely get in a festival like this.
In-between concerts there were also press conferences and meet and greet's happening in the media tent which I tried to go to as often as I could. Right after Dagamba we had a chance to meet Obaro Ejimiwe a.k.a. Ghostpoet in person and ask questions in addition to a standard interview.
Next on Nordea stage was one of the more popular latvian bands The Sound Poets which as always gathered a lot of people in front of them. No real surprises there, just a very solid performance and audience engagement was as expected singing along and dancing to their songs especially the better knows ones like Kalniem Pāri.
The next band really surprised me in a very good way. Didn't really do my homework and check them before so I was blown away by their performance and also kind of by their name. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is definately one of the most funnily unique band names in this year's Positivus line-up. The rain during their performance not only didn't ruin it but in fact made it even better. They're good, check them out on youtube. But remember - they're better live than on the record.
Afterwards on Nordea stage we saw Peace which was also very good. The indie rock quartet from Worchester, England fitted the festival format perfectly although I think for Positivus there's no real defined format as such. In recent years we've witnessed different acts like Kraftwerk, Ellie Goulding, The Kooks, Kasabian, and much more so I'm really happy that they are not trying to fit in a box that they probably shouldn't. I'm all for a good amount of diversity and that's what we get with Positivus.
Ewert And The Two Dragons from Estonia as always pulled the audience into a performance that was very easy to sing along and dance and kind of resembles a very interesting and catchy fairy tale at times. They are one of the estonian bands that I would definately recommend in an instant seeing live if you can.
One of the few performances that I saw on Palladium stage was Laime Pilnīga. One of the most authentic latvian rock n' roll bands today period! Every time I see them live I can't help but think that they're a bit underrated. Their sound and ability to rock the crowd was a very healthy addition to Positivus line-up.
Warpaint was actually one of the bands I most anticipated seeing. Some of my friends were extremely excited about seeing them so I decided I have to see them too. I intentionally didn't check them out before so I heard them for the first time live standing one meter right in front of the stage and it was amazing. All the girls did an amazing job at pulling their audience into their music and kept them there and left wanting for more. Simply great live.
Next was the artist that doesn't require any questions for many people. Charli XCX took the stage so convincigly that you would think that she has done it for 20 years. In fact only since 2008. But her stage presence is so commanding and captivating that it doesn't matter if you liked her music before or not. The crowd in front of Nordea stage was massive and after photographers 3 song limit it was really hard to break through. She really deserves to play on the main stage next time.
The next band also probably doesn't need any introduction. Kasabian is one of those bands I'm most happy that I've seen live. It's good that Positivus main stage area doesn't have a roof because after their performance it wouldn't be there anymore. Being formed 18 years ago their experience really shows through. I've rarely seen such a convincing and captivating live show. It really draws you in, makes you sing along and do as they say. They made the crowd sing, clap, jump and even sit down before a song which was amazing to see. Illuminated by the amazing stage lights I witnessed one of those shows that I will never ever forget. If you have a chance to see them live, do yourself a favor - do so!