Nestled in the historic coastal town of Salacgriva, 110km from the Latvian capital Riga, is Positivus Festival, the largest of its kind in the Baltic States. Currently readying for its eleventh instalment, it has come a long way from its 2007 debut, this year offering headline sets from alt-rock icons Pixies, elegant pop queen Ellie Goulding and art school pests alt-J.

But like any great music festival, it cannot be judged by the top line of its lineup. The eclecticism is strong with this one: 2017 hip-hop luminaries Rae Sremmurd and Ray BLK rub shoulders with forefathers such as Grandmaster Flash at Positivus, whilst contemporary jazz supremo Kamasi Washington shares a bill with electronic adventurers Araabmuzik and Austra.

The guitar ranks are strong too, with UK veterans Maximo Park and Danish mainstays Mew both packing their bags for Latvia, as well as members of the current pack including Cigarettes After Sex, Francobollo, Nothing But Thieves and Julia Jacklin are out in force. For those of a more gentle persuasion, the sonorous tones of Jose Gonzalez and Margaret Glaspy are on hand too.

One of the joys of the modern European festival circuit is the opportunity to explore the local music selection, and Positivus presents a number of Latvia’s most eminent names, notably the alternative rock veterans Pienvedeja Piedzivojumi, who make their fourth appearance at the festival, and Dzelzs Vilks, their spiritual successors.

For those seeking a break from the music, the Arts and Nature Stage will be presenting improvisational theatre and conceptual art projects, whilst the Shortcut Cinema will provide cineastes their fix if a whole weekend without moving images is just too much to contemplate. Positivus may, for now, be one of the most unsung festivals in Europe, teetering on the edge of a major breakthrough. 2017 may be that year.

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