Eurosonic Noorderslag Announce First Confirmed Acts

This will be the events 25th Birthday and the first artists confirmed to play and help the celebrations go off with a bang are; Ginga (AT), Selah Sue (BE), Balthazar (BE), My Little Cheap Dictaphone (BE), Akaga (BG), Květy (CZ), Vinnie Who (DK), Aides (EE), Villa Nah (FI), Ben L’Oncle Soul (FR), La Brasse Banda (DE), E.Z. Basic (HU), Dikta (IS), Malika Ayane (IT), Heathers (IE), Traumkapitän (LU), Cuibul (MD), Kvelertak (NO), Sean Riley & The Slowriders (PT), Anni B Sweet (ES), Britta Persson (SE), Junip (feat. José González) (SE), Filewile (CH), Oy (CH) and Islet (UK)

Eurosonic festival presents a broad variety of the best European talent throughout the city of Groningen and is an important platform for new European talent. With the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Yourope and Network Europe giving additional exposure to the performing artists, Eurosonic Noorderslag plays a vital role in the development and circulation of talent in Europe and beyond. Instrumental in this circulation is our own ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program). Since the start of the ETEP program in 2003 a total of 1145 shows by 418 European artists were presented at the 60 ETEP festivals (2003 – 2010)

Many bands have showcased at Eurosonic Noorderslag and gone on to be successful and established festival acts including; Franz Ferdinand, Kaizers Orchestra, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Moneybrother, Within Temptation, Wir Sind Helden, Beatsteaks, Disco Ensemble, Infadels, Goose, Gabriel Rios, Seeed, Digitalism, Loney Dear, zZz, Blood Red Shoes, Lykke Li, The Do, Surkin, The Ting Tings, Yelle, Baddies, White Lies, Yuksek, The XX, Sophie Hunger, Charlie Winston and FM Belfast.

At first we were a bit intimidated by the thought of playing mostly for industry people and we started worrying, but as soon as we started playing we realized that they are of course people too and like to dance and listen to music. The show ended up being incredibly fun with a jumping crowd and wet walls and sweaty dancers. We got offered to play at really nice festivals after this show and that made it even more worthwhile.” FM Belfast, Iceland (IS)

Noorderslag festival has been the main barometer of Dutch pop music for 24 years. On Saturday 15 January, Noorderslag presents the very best Dutch acts in every genre, from hip-hop and urban to pop music, avant-garde, dance, alternative and everything in between.

Taking place in the picturesque university town of Grongingen the Netherlands from 12th – 15th January 2011, Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s premiere live music industry conference and showcase festival. With over 2800 delegates, showcases by 260 artists and a conference with 100 panels, keynote speakers, interviews and meetings, EuroSonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, European artists, international music industry professionals and organizations.

Artist Testimonials:
We got offered a lot of good festival slots and started to sell out our Dutch club shows really quickly after doing it, so I reckon it was worth it. It’s also in a really fucking cool town.” Blood Red Shoes (GB)

The whole event is in the beautiful town of Groningen and has a great vibe that comes with all early shows in bands careers. It just so happened that after our show, some of the audience became fans and thus asked us to play on some of the festivals and shows that they book and that was very flattering. From that show we were allowed to discover some beautiful areas of Europe over the summer.” Charles Cave, White Lies (GB)

“It’s quite simple: we made a car called De Staat, and Eurosonic Noorderslag was our ticket to the freeway. Sure, we’ve done our share of dirt roads, playing local bars and small festivals. People might have heard of De Staat, but Eurosonic Noorderslag really got the thing moving. After our showcases we started playing clubs, and before we could hear one bird whistle, we were set for the summer. Festivals like Pinkpop, Lowlands, Dour, The Great Escape and Sziget are now gigs we can proudly brag about.” De Staat (NL)

Eurosonic Noorderslag is an important event for any band who wants to get gigging in mainland Europe. Tonnes of fun and seriously worthwhile.” James Yuill (GB)

Eurosonic 2010 was our first show outside the UK and honestly one of the very best we’ve ever played. All the venues we visited were great, all the bookings were great, all the organisation was meticulous, and the atmosphere lent by the Dutch punters and camaraderie between the bands was unlike any other festival/conference type event we’ve ever been to.” Jeremy, Everything Everything (GB)

Due to their gig at Eurosonic Noorderslag, The Megaphonic Thrift signed an European booking deal with top agent Steve Zapp of ITB.” The Megaphonic Thrift (NO)

Register for EuroSonic Noorderslag:
To attend Eurosonic Noorderslag as a conference delegate you need to be registered. Registration rates go up as the event gets closer, so book early and save! To register click here

Rates & deadlines:
All Early Bird and Medium registration passes are sold out!
Late € 275 register before 17 December
Walk-up € 295 from 17 December onwards


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