Here’s the schedule for Fontaine Rock Festival (Rock Dat Boat) on August 12th & 13th 2016.
Please check back here prior to the festival in case there are changes to the schedule!
Iļģi (lv – Folk)
The originator of Latvian postfolk is in its prime. In the past six years Iļģi have released four albums, toured the United States coast to coast, and played at festivals in Europe, Russia, Malaysia, and at home in Latvia. International acclaim reached new heights in 2006 as the album Ne Uz Vienu Dienu climbed to the No. 2 spot on the World Music Charts Europe and stayed in its top ten for four months. At its 30th Anniversary Concert in December 2011, Iļģi released Tur Saulite Perties Gaja, named Best Folk Album of 2011 by the Latvian recording industry and is No. 4 on the World Music Charts Europe in April 2012.
Always a welcome addition to any festival!
Pienvedēja Piedzīvojumi (lv – Alt Rock)
Pienvedēja Piedzīvojumi are a Latvian rock band from Sabile founded in 1994. They have been at the forefront of Latvian alternative rock scene for their entire careers and last year the band released their double album “Tā mēs Dzīvojam” consisting of new songs coupled with acoustic versions of their older hits.
Expect the usual rousing live performance from a band that really need no introduction and look a long long way from losing their vital cutting edge.
Jauno Jāņu Orķestris
(LV – Ethnorock)
Jauno Jāņu Orķestris is a seven piece band that will lead you into a different reality. A reality of Latvian folksongs using multiple instruments and creating their original melodies. While listening to this band you will start to feel like a book of folk tales unfolds in front of your eyes as the band introduces you to their exceptional genre of music.
Gregory Boyd Band (us – Groove/Gumbo/Steel Drums)
Who is Gregory Boyd? Well quite simply he Rocks The Steel Drums. Blending the sound of Steel Drums with a Blues/Soul vocal to make very something special. Coming from Northern and Southern USA Traditions he’s related to Blues Legend Muddy Waters and with his band, he’s sure to delight the festival crowd and party on down into the night.
“I love this guy! Okay, where do I begin? He’s playing steel drum and singing, how many times do you see that? It is very innovative. His improvisation is really great! I love what he is doing! Singing with his instrument. I’ve never seen anyone do that. It’s a whole new twist!”
Cassandra Wilson – Grammy Award Winning Vocalist Composer
Lara Snow (ISR – indie/electro)
From the streets of Tel Aviv comes the dynamic duo that is Lara Snow. Lara is one of the brightest rising stars of Israel. She mixes a variety of different genres but mainly electro pop. Her single I Like Snow has been compared to artists like Grimes & Die Antwoord.
Although the band appear onstage as a simple 2 piece, the sound is big, powerful and complex. Lara’s unique style is something you’ve never heard and she is also a tremendous front-woman.
Ozols (lv – Hip Hop)
Girts Rozentals aka Ozols is most definitely one of the most known hip-hop/rap artists in Latvia right now. He has been on Latvian hip-hop music scene since the early 2000s and having released 4 studio albums as well as receiving 3 annual Latvian music record awards “Zelta Mikrofons” statuettes.
With the release of his 5th studio album “Atpakaļ Nākotnē” in November 2015, Ozols has once again made his comeback into the Latvian hip-hop scene. On stage, Ozols can be guaranteed to get the party started and the crowd jumping.
The Big Bluff (lv/uk – Garage Rockabilly)
Rock’n’roll and blues are bursting from the Latvian trio, which leans on the legacy of giants such as Elvis and Dylan, while at the same time remaining aware of the fact that a convincing live performance is the main asset of such performers. The expressive and self-sacrificing voice of lead singer Ilja invokes the great vocalists of the sixties and seventies, who were able to pour their souls out over the microphone.
Their debut album was nominated for best Latvian rock album in 2014, and the band sticks to the recipe of continuous touring. Jump into a Cadillac, put on your sunglasses and let the tires screech on the hot asphalt! The world of wild rock’n’roll is just around the corner!
Skyforger (LV – Pagan Metal)
Winners of both Best Rock album at Latvian Music Awards 2010 and Best Rock & Metal album at Latvian Music Awards “Golden Microphone” 2015 Skyforger bring the Old Latvian spirit to the world stage. The band has played in various world class festivals in the past years and now you have chance to see them up close as they take the Fontaine Festival stage this August.
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