Eurovision 2023: Latvia’s First Rehearsal!

The fourth act to take the stage today for their first rehearsal are Sudden Lights. The indie rock band represents Latvia at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, after winning Supernova 2023 with their song “Aijā”!

Who are the Sudden Lights?

Sudden Lights are a Latvian indie rock band, founded in 2012 in Riga. The band consists of vocalist Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis, drummer Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis, guitarist Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis, and bassist Kārlis Vārtiņš. The band took part in Supernova 2018 with their song “Just Fine” and placed second. In February 2023, the group won Supernova 2023 with the song “Aijā” and will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, bringing the Latvian language on the Eurovision stage for the first time since 2004.

The rehearsal

Sudden Lights’s luggage with their stage outfits haven’t yet arrived in Liverpool but there is no reason to worry as they will arrive today.

This performance uses the same style of atmospheric/sudden lighting as we saw at Supernova – it’s exactly the kind of performance that lends itself to a big arena stage. Also lead singer Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis’ melancholy lyrics sound great – there’s a lovely moment of quiet stillness at the end that’s evoking many emotions.

Below you can watch a small clip from Latvia’s first rehearsal from Tik Tok:

@eurovision Lights! Camera! Latvia! 🎸🇱🇻 #Eurovision2023 #Eurovision @suddenlights ♬ original sound – Eurovision

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

The second rehearsal of Latvia will take place on Wednesday May 3 so we will get a better idea of what we will see from Sudden Lights on stage.


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