List Of Night Clubs in Riga, Latvia

This is my list of night clubs, or more likely list of night spots in my home city Riga in Latvia. In this list I included not only night clubs, but also different bars, cafe and restaurants where djs are playing on weekends, and some places where you can listen to live bands.

Night clubs are arranged in alphabetical order, so some biggest and most popular night clubs are mixed with small, niche clubs. In the future I planning to create list of Top 10 best night clubs in Riga and to write special post series about the most popular night clubs, with photos, videos, and some information about DJs, so stay tuned and check this blog more often.

I’ll try to update this list with new spots, and erase places that are closed. If you know some place in Riga that I did not include in this list please leave  description of it in the comments.

You can find all the mentioned clubs on this special Google Map Of Night Clubs In Riga, Latvia.

List Of Night Clubs In Riga, Latvia

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Soweto Gospel Choir

I currently working on one project based on World Music, so you see a lot of post about ethnic music from different corners of the Earth.

And one of the first posts is dedicated to Soweto Gospel Choir, gospel group from South Africa. Mixing African gospel with traditional hymns, Jamaican reggae, American pop, and spiritually themed secular songs, the Soweto Gospel Choir are an impressive performing unit. Formed in Soweto in 2002 by choir directors David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, the group includes 30-some members and the show it produces is a powerful expression of hope and joy full of gorgeous South African vocal harmonies.

The choir’s debut album “Voices from Heaven“, appeared in 2005 from Shanachie Records, followed that same year by “Blessed“, also on Shanachie. “African Spirit” was released two years later in 2007 on the same imprint. In December of 2009 the choir lost co-founder and musical director David Mulovhedzi to cancer. In January of 2010 they released “Grace“, their fifth album on the Shanachie imprint.

The world-renowned singers recently have been again nominated for a Grammy Award for their fifth album, “Grace“, in the Best Traditional World Music Album category. It’s the group’s fourth Grammy nomination in five years. The albums “Blessed” and “African Spirit” won Grammys for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Other silverware in the choir’s trophy cupboard includes an American Gospel Music Award for Best Choir in 2003; Gospel Music Award for Best International Choir in 2004; and a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for Best Contemporary Music Concert in 2003.

Grace“, released on the Universal Music label, was produced by Robin Hogarth and Zwai Bala, and directed by Lucas Bok, Vusi Shabalala and Diniloxolo Ndlakuse, working with engineer Richard Mitchell.

The choir has performed with international heavyweights such as U2, Celine Dion, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Diana Ross, Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff and Bebe Waynans. It has performed sold-out concerts around the world and sung for Oprah Winfrey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Bill Clinton, to name a few.

Part of the choir’s philosophy is giving back to the community. This is done by donating money it raises to orphanages and community groups. At the conclusion of each performance, the Soweto Gospel Choir invite audiences to donate with funds 100% of the funds going to the many AIDS Orphans Establishments which receive no government or private funding with 100% of the funds collected through concert donations going direct to the charity. To date, Soweto Gospel Choir have raised almost $1 million from audience donations and last year fed, clothed and housed over 600 orphans.

In 2003, it founded its own Aids orphan foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, an outreach program that helps home-based organizations in townships. Those it helps include Sizanani Home-based Care in Orange Farm, Tsogang Sechaba in Protea South, Rosca House in Braamfontein, Living Hope in Germiston and Hillbrow Home of Hope.

“Vukani was made what it is today with the donations that we have received at our shows,” Bryer says. “We are seriously trying to make a better life for orphans. We have to play a part in assisting those children.”

If you want to see how Soweto Gospel Choir looks when they sing, I collected 10 videos from their Live performances, starting with classical Christian hits and following with traditional African songs.

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Skrillex

Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), professionally known as Skrillex, is an American electronic musician from Los Angeles, California.

After moving to San Francisco from Los Angeles when he was nine, Moore received his first guitar, which he would write songs on throughout his childhood. At age 12, Moore’s family moved back to Los Angeles, where he started attending local concerts. Moore started a street punk band called The Riots when he was 13, along with friends he met at these concerts. His second band, Hazel-rah, experimented with a more ambient rock sound. He was also in the band At Risk before he joined From First to Last at age 16.

During his time in From First To Last he released two albums – “Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count” in 2004 and “Heroine” in 2006. With high record sales, the band found themselves part of many successful tours, until Moore started suffering vocal problems, causing the band to resign from several tours. After going through a successful surgical procedure, on February 27, 2007, Moore announced he had left From First to Last to pursue a solo career.

He then launched a Myspace page displaying three demos (“Signal“, “Equinox“, and “Glow Worm“). This led to Moore’s first performance since his leaving From First to Last. On April 7, 2007, alongside harpist Carol Robbins. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore toured North America on the Alternative Press Tour, supporting bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press’ annual 100 Bands You Need to Know issue. During this tour Moore’s line-up consisted of Sean Friday on drums, Christopher Null on guitar, and Aaron Rothe on keyboards.

In June 2008, Moore went into recording for his debut album, titled “Bells“, alongside producer Noah Shain. Although no official statement has been given regarding the album, Moore has been reported in interviews and at events saying “Bells” will no longer be released. On April 7, 2009, he released “Gypsyhook EP“, a digital EP, which featured three songs and four remixes. Also included was a Japanese version of “Mora” entitled “Kai Sui”.

In 2008, Moore began DJing under the alias Skrillex at clubs in the Los Angeles area. On June 7, 2010, Moore released his official Skrillex debut EP, “My Name is Skrillex” as a free download. In the summer of 2010, Moore provided programming and vocals for English metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon on their third studio album “There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret“. Later in the year, Sonny began a nationwide tour with Deadmau5 after being signed to mau5trap recordings and released his second EP “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” on 25 October 2010, which became huge hit and dominated the charts with tracks “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites“, “Kill Everybody” and “Weekends“.

Before joining the Mau5trap label, Moore had been signed to both Atlantic and Interscope records to produce a variety of dance remixes for some of the biggest names in the business, including Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. Under name Skrillex he also remixed Black Eyed Peas “Rock That Body”,  La Roux “In For The Kill”, Bring Me The Horizon, Casxio, Frida Gold, The All-American Rejects and Twin Atlantic.

Lissat & Voltaxx

Lissat & Voltaxx are none other than well known producers Jens Lissat and Marco Wolters from Cologne, Germany. Since 2006 Jens and Marco, under the Lissat & Voltaxx alias, have released many projects on trendsetting labels such as Toolroom, Sneakers Muzik, Kingdome Kome Cuts, and Ministry of Sound. They have a wide range of styles from Progressive to House to Tech House.

2008 was a very successful year for the duo. Their remix of “Silence” by Delerium hit the top 10 charts in 8 different countries. In addition, the Lissat & Voltaxx remix for Eddie Thoenick’s “Watcha Want” not only hit the top of international charts, but also was on the playlists of many global jocks. Their biggest success came in September 2008 with their own release titled “Release Yourself“. The track hit #1 on several digital platforms and was re-released in 2009 with a hot remix package.

2009 has been another rewarding year for Lissat & Voltaxx. With remixes for Roger Sanchez, Nick Bridges and Austin Leeds, they have quickly become the go to guys in the remix world. Their tracks on Eric E’s label have been doing damage on the international scene gaining them acclaim and recognition.

Most recently, Toolroom has welcomed back Lissat & Voltaxx for their third release on ‘Leader’s Of The New School’. Hot on the heels of their fantastic “Sunrise Over Mali” release (which featured standout mixes from D-Nox & Beckers, Phunk Investigation & more), their production technique and profile is pricking the ears of some of the biggest Dj’s in the scene like Dubfire, Fedde Le Grand, Paolo Mojo, Groove Armada, D Ramirez, Tocadisco, Thomas Gold, Roog, David Penn, Chris Lake and more. Their track “The Music And Me” comes with great remixes from DJ Wady, Manuel De La Mare, Eric Entrena, Kid Chris, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, whilst not forgetting the Original Instrumental from Lissat & Voltaxx themselves.

On February 9th, 2010 Lissat & Voltaxx released “8 Days In Kazantip” on label 303 Lovers with a superb remix pack by Marshall, Manuel De La Mare and Alex Kenji. Then followed another release on Toolroom/LONS  “High & Horny” with a megablast of remixes from the likes of Saeed Younan, Ahmet Sendil, Stefano Noferini, and DJ Wady.

They also produced and remixed new single “Emergency” for their very own DJane/Vocalist Betty Bizarre, which was released on Stefano Noferini’s label, Deeperfact. Their latest remixes include Hoxton Whores “Staunch”, Peter Rauhofer & Lula “The DJs List”, Tomcraft “Loneliness 2010”, Saeed Younan “House Is”, Genji Yoshida “Loud” and mighty remix on Tom NovyNow Or Never” which for a long time lingered in Beatport Top 10.

My personal favorite track from Lissat & Voltaxx is “Droid” which can be found on “Ministry Of Sound Dance Anthems” compilation. It’s one of those songs where you can dance and learn something new in the same time!

Lissat & Voltaxx – 8 days in Kazantip (Lissat & Voltaxx Vox Mix)

Lissat & Voltaxx – Sophisticated (Radio Edit)

Tom Novy – Now Or Never (Lissat & Voltaxx Remix)

Detboi

Detboi (real name Dos McGouran) is a producer and DJ from Dublin who started cutting his production teeth in the early 00’s as the Xerox Soundsystem with his production buddy Speakertreatz, making cheeky cut ups and bootlegs, gaining props from MTV, Erol Alkan and Soulwax.

Since his first EP dropped in 2008 (“Hold Up“) he has gained praise from the major players of the scene including Hervé, Sinden, Annie Mac and Crookers and in 2008 Detboi signed to Skint records releasing the widely acclaimed “Come Rest Up / Jump Up & Down” EP, appearing on the Count & Sinden Essential mix and Tommie Sunshines “Relax, This Won’t Hurt” mix series.

Detboi also contributed to Hervé’s Machines Dont Care collaboration project producing with Hervé, Sinden and Trevor Loveys. Swiftly signing to Cheap Thrills Records and going on to remix for labels such as Southern Fried, Skint and Epitaph, whilst also doing a highly acclaimed “In New DJs We Trust’ mix for BBC Radio 1. He also remixed Chelley “Took The Night”, Hadouken “M.A.D.”, Herve “Cheap Thrills”, Uffie “Hot Chick”, Kid Sister “Beeper”, and colaborated with Dub Frequency on “Drop” and Foamo on “Girls Dem Go“.

In 2009, he released his first Cheap Thrills EP “Y’all Want Mo“, which again gained a lot of support from international DJs Like Crookers, Don Rimini, Zinc, Foamo, Don Diablo, His Majesty Andre, Plump DJs, Fake Blood, Annie Mac to name a few.

After an incredible tour of Japan, which seen Detboi play 4 cities in 5 nights he came back refreshed and inspired to complete his first studio album “Curse Of The Voodoo Drums“. In 2010 on Cheap Thrills Detboi released “Rainbows” (feat Blisscotheque) which was picked by Fatboy Slim for his forthcoming Mixmag CD. Then Detboi and Hervé team up on the first release from his mini album to produce the massive “Voices in Heaven” (feat Ubber Wallya) with a Hervé remix on the package. Then in August 23, 2010 came “Curse Of The Voodoo Drums“. 9 tracks, including “Rainbows”, and “Voices In Heaven”, as well “Demdems”, “I Am”, “Sirens”, “The Whistler”, “Oooooooh”, “Bass Go Deep” and “Deepah Cry”.

Detboi – Rainbows (Feat Blisscothque)

Detboi & Foamo – Girls Dem Go

Detboi Remixes

Detboi – Voices In Heaven (Feat Ubber Wallya)

Kultur & Colombo

Kultur & Colombo, two experienced producers of Spanish Breaks scene, join forces to give the best of themselves in a project initiated in 2006. Advocates of authentic Breaks movement, cool sounds and a varied musical spectrum, this duo is here to offer handy rhythms for everyone, far away from any underground curtain that serves to disadvantage the global Breaks scene.

Separately, both components have already obtained many successes in their country. Kultur (real name Francisco Gil) is the instigator of the Spanish Breaks Scene, he started as Breaks DJ in 1995, getting in 2 years to turn this genre in the favorite of the ravers in Southern Spain, through the radio show “Mundo Evassion”, in which he was a collaborator from a state broadcaster.

Pioneer in creating labels purely of Breaks in Spain (“Weekend: Breaks records.” 1999) it was in 2001 when he launched what would be his first own label “Reflexmusik”, which later would have two sub-labels “Zeroes & Ones” and “Tum Tum Pak”. Through these labels he published more than 60 releases (vinyl 12″s, mixed CDs), betting on young producers in the country.

In 2002 he appeared in front of 14,000 Breaks ravers in the biggest event of this kind of music in the world, the 5th Anniversary of “Mundo Evassion” (Málaga, Spain). He actually manages 3 new labels dedicated to launch digital releases: “Metamorph Muzik”, “Logico Beatz” and “Kultura Breakz”, latter share the name with his own weekly radio program, broadcast on iBreaks Radio every Thursday from 22h to 00h (UK time).

The other component of the project, Colombo (real name Alex Rojo), is a promising Spanish producer, which has showing his worth and his abilities in his compositions since 2000. He has published several productions under the label “Reflexmusik” getting a tremendous success and a great acceptance by DJs and Breakers.

From 2006 Kultur & Colombo released many great tracks such as “Babe“, “Konflict“, “Stronger To My Beat“, plus some nice remixes on Hihat, Krapula Concept, Laurent Garnier, Merka, Robosapiens, Triple Agent and Valentina Lafuente. Colombo also released some solo records – “Throazhan” on Kultura Breaks, “Inzekt” on Metamorph Muzik and “Heep Hoop” on iBreaks.

In 2010 Kultur & Colombo delivered six tracks for “Kissing The Funk EP” for iBreaks Funk, distributed in three parts, first part contained tracks “Blow Me” and “1, 2, 3… Breakbeat“, second “Muzik” and “Take It On“, the third “The Good Times / Robotiko” was released on December 13th 2010 on Metamorph Muzik. “The Good Times” took number 1 spot in Beatport Breaks chart with “Robotiko” following a little behind. You can hear latest tracks and remixes from Kultur & Colombo on their SoundCloud.

Kultur & Colombo – The Good Times

Kultur & Colombo – Robotiko

Kultur & Colombo – Stronger To My Beat

Kultur & Colombo – Muzik

Afrojack

Afrojack, aka Nick van de Wall is a Dutch DJ from Spijkenisse, Holland is one of the rising stars of electronic dance music.

He started playing piano when he was only five. Being a very creative student, Afrojack spent most of his time listening to all kinds of music while studying. It was no surprise that it didn’t take him long to turn the tables and start making music instead of just listening to it.

At the age of 11, Afrojack gets hold of a program called Fruity loops. At this point in time his talent and passion for creating music truly surfaces. Rapidly acquainting himself with and appreciating Fruity Loops, it becomes his program of choice, which he uses to this day (he even named one of his first EP “Fruity“). Afrojack finishes school and decides to proceed with his musical career. Not being able to make a living out of it yet, he starts to work part-time in bars and catering. Now he has more than enough time to discover the club scene in Rotterdam, starting with his first night out in the old club Las Palmas when he was only 16 years old. After this, many club nights, side-jobs, small DJ-gigs for the fun of deejaying and a lot of studio time followed.

In 2006 he sets off to Crete (Greece) deejaying for five full months straight in every club that would have him, learning the craft and making his first ‘flight hours’. It was also in Crete where he landed his first small hit, called “Fuck Detroit“. When returning home to the Netherlands, he was fired up and started producing more and more tracks, determined to get ihis productions released on a label. With a little help from Sidney Samson and Laidback Luke, Digidance decides to give it a shot, and it worked; Afrojack “In Your Face” scored #60 in the Dutch Top 100 and #3 in the Dutch dance Top 30. Not too bad for the first release of an 18 year old kid.

In 2007 Nick starts performing under the name Afrojack, determined to try to make it to the top as a DJ and producer. Track after track and remix after remix follows and he even starts his own label ‘Wall Recordings’. Afrojack is rarely seen outside of his studio. When he’s not deejaying, he is producing and it starts to pay off. His tracks start being supported by international DJ’s like Josh Wink, Dave Clarke, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand, Marco V and Benny Rodrigues.

In 2008 he hits the clubs with “Math” and “Do My Dance” and both tracks get picked up by every big name in the industry. Afrojack hooks up with the Partysquad to add vocals to “Do My Dance” and a couple of weeks later, the “Drop Down (Do My Dance)” co-op mix is born. This track hits the Dutch top 20 and gets crowned “Tune of the Week” by the biggest Dutch radio stations and even the biggest Dutch music television network “TMF”. Afrojack starts appearing at many important festivals, like Mystery Land, Tomorrowland (Belgium), Extrema Outdoor and Sensation.

The world heard more and more from Afrojack in 2009 and it didn’t take a long time for David Guetta to notice Afrojack’s talent. They decided to meet up in the studio, which resulted in “Toyfriend“, a collaboration between the two, and an Afrojack remix of Guetta’s track “Sexy Bitch“. Afrojack also played at David Guetta’s ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’-events.

With a peerless reputation as a producer , his signature style is bringing him the kind of remix requests that most dance artists will only ever dream of (Lady Gaga, Madonna, David Guetta, Duck Sauce, Example, Greg Cerrone, Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi, Laidback Luke, Larry Tee, Princess Superstar, Sidney Samson, Steve Angello, Tocadisco, etc).

When Lady Gaga requested the “Alejandro” remix, Afrojack’s first thought was to concoct a trendy pop confection for radio consumption. But Ms. Gaga was more interested in pushing limits than maintaining the status quo. “First I thought, ‘Let me just give them a soft mix,'” Afrojack told MTV News. “And they were like, ‘No — we want that crazy Afrojack vibe.’ And so I went really crazy. I was even in the studio like, ‘This is pretty damn hard.’ I sent it and they were like…‘Yeah!'”

Gig-wise, he’s rocked the world’s biggest floors including Pacha Ibiza, Miami Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival in LA. Afrojack’s rise to fame as a producer has brought him a roll call of A-list champions – from Pete Tong to David Guetta, and Josh Wink to Fedde Le Grand, along the way collaborating with some of the world’s most respected producers and artists like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Tocadisco, Gregor Salto, Diplo, Kid Cudi, Pitbull and Black Eyed Peas.

His most recent single, “Take Over Control” featuring Eva Simons, is currently one of the hottest club anthems on the planet, not least in the UK where it’s been championed by Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Pete Tong. The track hit No 2. on Beatport and has already reached over 1 million views on YouTube. It also have great remixes from Adam F, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Ian Carey, Spencer & Hill, Apster, Barletta, Marco Belz, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Recently on his own label Wall Recordings Afrojack also released another big tune “Replica“, which immediately soared to Top 10 of most downloaded songs on Beatport. Filled with extremely fat basses, thick beats and high pitched leads, “Replica” has that clear-cut signature Afrojack sound the world has come to love. It premiered on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show and was instantly picked up by Tiesto, David Guetta and Sander van Doorn.

Afrojack – Replica

Afrojack – Take Over Control (Feat Eva Simons)

Afrojack – Bungduck

Afrojack – Take Over Control (Feat Eva Simons)