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Sold-out Eurosonic Noorderslag Brings the Best of European Music to the North of Holland – Northern Times

Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) has successfully completed its 37th edition of Europe’s leading music showcase festival and conference. From January 18th to 21st, over 40,000 visitors came to Groningen to hear over 300 new European acts, connect with new professionals and discover future talent.

The completely sold-out 2023 edition, the first in-person version since 2020, is being celebrated by the organizers as a major victory. in a statement. “The sector is struggling and still recovering from the pandemic. We believe our role as a platform for the music sector in Europe is more important than ever,” he added. .

In addition to the music act, over 150 panels and keynotes unveiled every aspect of the music industry, from artist management to diversity policy, sustainability and music streaming.

ESNS has reaffirmed its position as a place for music industry professionals to build and improve their professional networks and discover future talent. According to the first data collected by European talent exchange program ESNS Exchange, acts from at least 10 countries have already been booked for next summer’s festival season.

Groningen-based metal band Onhou hits the stage at Warhol.Photo: Marcello Filibec/Northern Times

local and international talent

The three-day festival program brought together talented artists from all over Europe, but also had space for local Groningen-based artists.This section called Grun Sonicgave musicians and bands from stud An opportunity to introduce their music to a wide audience.

Artists performed in small but packed venues such as the Concert House, Het Parkhaus and Warhol. Some, such as Dutch-Ukrainian singer Katie Koss, played on Saturday at Noorderslag’s larger stage.

Dutch-Ukrainian singer Katie Koss during a show at the Concerthouse.Photo: Marcello Filibec/Northern Times

There were many first-time acts in the line-up. On Friday night the German trio Cranephonics played their electronic his melodies and grooves live in his Huize Maas main room. Synth and percussion player Markus Zunic expressed his satisfaction after the show.Although this was not Klangphonics’ first performance at a large venue, Zunic explained that the gig was special for the band.

“Joining the ESNS program means a lot to us. We already have booking requests from outside Europe and we have to deal with increasing awareness. I know what it’s all about: making music that people enjoy,” Zunik said.

Dutch duo Tinlicker then capped off the evening with a driving and emotional electronic set that kept the crowd dancing to their beats throughout.

Crowd dancing in a club.
Dutch duo Tinlicker performing at Huize Maas.Photo: Marcello Filibec/Northern Times


ESNS23 has also won several awards to recognize the best European musical talents. The Hague’s Gold Band has won the Popprijs 2022 award, which is given each January to the singer or band that has made the most significant contribution to Dutch pop music over the past year.jury Celebrating Gold Band’s composition and soundthank you for that bandIt follows a completely unique path, both in front of and behind the stage. ”

At the European Festival Awards on Wednesday, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Atlas Festival & Music Saves UA.

Thursday was the Music Moves Europe Awards night, with Schmyt (Germany), July Jones (Slovenia), Oska (Austria), Kids Return (France) and Queralt Lahoz (Spain) among the winners. The Grand Jury Prize went to Sans Soucis (Italy) and Jerry Heil (Ukraine) won his Public Choice award.

British-Albanian superstar Dua Lipa was awarded the ESNS Excellence Award for being “the most successful act to benefit from the ESNS Exchange Program”. Dua Lipa She appeared at Eurosonic in 2016 and 2017 and returned to this year’s edition for a keynote interview about her career.

The Eurosonic Noorderslag will be held for the 38th time next year from 17th to 20th January 2024.

https://northerntimes.nl/esns23-recap/ Sold-out Eurosonic Noorderslag Brings the Best of European Music to the North of Holland – Northern Times

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