ASTRO’N’OUT

Latvia

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Astro’n’out has released five albums under the independent label “Avantis Promo”. Their debut album “Kush Kush” won the award for “the Best Rock Album of the Year 2006” at the Latvian Music Industry Awards.

Since then Astro’n’out have been nominated at the annual Latvian Music Industry Awards for every album they have released up to 2017.

In 2007, Astro’n’out was nominated at MTV Europe Awards in the “New Sounds of Europe” competition. A year later, they were invited by Brainstorm, the most successful Latvian band ever, to perform as special guests on Brainstorm’s “Prata Vetra” tour “Tur kaut kam ir jābūt”.

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Astro’n’out first became known in 2003, when a young girl named Māra with an extraordinary voice penned an instant hit about a shady district of Riga. Subsequently, many Astro’n’out hits – including “Tici sev”, “Gravitātei, nē”, “Turies”, “Daļa Rīgas”, “Spoguļoties” and „Satiksimies, tiksimies” – have reigned atop the Latvian radio charts for long periods.

The band has proven itself on Latvian stages already for 15 years. Throughout all these years, the band has gone through a lot of changes in its line-up as well as its sound. It can be summed up as “a journey from simple guitar rock to modern electronic conceptual music”.

Group members
Māra Upmane-Holšteine (vocals), Juris Kalnišs (guitar, electronics), Mārtiņš Elerts (guitar, electronics), Mārtiņš Miļevskis (drums, percussion) and Toms Poišs (bass) in live performances.
In January 2017, Astro’n’out released their latest studio album “URDA”, which was nominated at the Latvian Music Industry Awards as “the Best Album of 2018”.
On their four previous albums, the band touched upon a wide range of topics including social issues, but the album “URDA” is deeply personal, revealing the band members’ internal reflections of the world’s order, their place in it, time and values. It deals with feelings that make you ask yourself the same questions over and over again – the kinds of questions that will never disappear from our minds, nor are they likely to be ever answered.

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Discography and key events

The band has released five albums under the independent label “Avantis Promo”. Their debut album “Kush Kush” won the award for “the Best Rock Album of the Year 2006” at the Latvian Music Industry Awards.

In 2007, Astro’n’out was nominated at MTV Europe Awards in the “New Sounds of Europe” competition. A year later, they were invited by Prāta Vētra aka. Brainstorm, the most successful Latvian band ever, to perform as special guests on the latter’s “Tur kaut kam ir jābūt” tour.

In the end of 2008, the band’s second album “Astro’Acoustic” was released, which was then followed by the album “Geometrija” in 2009. Both albums were nominated at the Latvian Music Industry Awards for “The Best Alternative Album of 2008” and “The Best Rock Album of 2009”.

Astro’n’out have written original music for several documentaries such as “Rīga, Mana Rīga” (“Riga, my Riga”), “No cita skatupunkta” (“From another point of view”), “Nestāstāmie stāsti” (“Untellable stories”), “Sūnas aug ziemeļu pusē” (“Moss grows on the north side”) and others. Songs by Astro’n’out are often used in ads and charity projects as well.

Astro’n’out have performed at every major festival and venue in Latvia – including the Summer Sound Festival, Positivus Festival, Fontaine Festival and many others.

They have been nominated at the annual Latvian Music Industry Awards for every album they have released up to 2017.

In the end of 2012, they released their fourth album “Lauvas”, which was nominated at the Latvian Music Industry Awards in four categories.

In the spring of 2013, Astro’n’out participated in Tallinn Music Week with two showcases. In August 2013, they performed on the second stage at the biggest Lithuanian festival Galapagai.

In August 2013, Astro’n’out concluded the “Information Days” organised in Berlin city centre by the German Federal Ministry of Finance.

In 2014, the band performed across Latvia with their electro-acoustic tour “Astro’ Electro Acoustic”, which continued in 2016 as “Astro Electro Acoustic 2.0” featuring a kokle (Latvian traditional music instrument) player and producer DJ Rudd.

In January 2017, Astro’n’out released their new album “URDA” and promoted it with a tour around Latvia.

In 2018, the band performed in the United Kingdom at the Midsummer Festival, started work for their new album and toured various festivals and events all around Latvia.

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