The Latvian indie trio Carnival Youth is one of the most successful new generation bands from the Baltic region, as proved by The European Border Breakers award they received at Eurosonic 2016.
Carnival Youth fuse neat melodic lines with the energy of alternative rock and indie music, while their emotion range varies from youthful melancholia to pure, bright joy.
Since the formation of the band in 2012, Carnival Youth have released five records – “Never Have Enough” EP, “No Clouds Allowed”, "Propeller", "Vienā vilcienā" (with songs in Latvian) and the latest one - titled “Good Luck” - which came out on the 16th August, 2019. These records and their dynamic live performances have granted Carnival Youth a growing fan base all over Europe and critical acclaim.
The new album “Good Luck” was recorded last summer in Red Bull Studios in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It’s produced by the band’s long-time collaborator Gatis Zakis and mixed by the Grammy winning producer Nicolas Verhnes, who has previously worked with Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Wild Nothing, The War on Drugs and others. Master was done by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in NYC and his work includes artists like The National, MGMT, Interpol and Arcade Fire.
Carnival Youth have played at “NME Club Night” at KOKO in London and many festivals and showcases, such as SXSW (USA), Mondo.NYC (USA), M for Montreal (Canada), The Great Escape (UK), Sziget (Hungary), Positivus (Latvia), Open’er Festival (Poland), Reeperbahn (Germany), Eurosonic (The Netherlands) and others.
They have toured Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and their local region several times. Radio personalities like Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), John Kennedy (XFM) and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music) have played the band’s tracks on their radio shows. Several songs of Carnival Youth have charted in German and Latvian radio stations. Both full length albums have had campaigns on USA and Canada college radios via Planetary Group and “Propeller” charted on CMJ chart 80.