Arts & Culture

ESNS shines spotlight on budding musicians

Featured Image: ESNS

Featured Image: ESNS

Acts from 40 European countries took centre stage during the 38th edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) which has concluded in the Dutch city of Groningen, with the likes of English Teacher, Klawo, and Prisma noted as ones to watch.

The event provided a platform for up-and-coming musicians to perform, and is said to benefit them long after its finish.

“ESNS is the curator for emerging talent on their way to becoming the headliners of the future,” said ESNS’ head of programme Robert Meijerink.

“The quality of acts from all over Europe is outstanding, with notable performances by artists such as Bulgarian Cartrader, Fat Dog, freekind., MARO, Tramhaus, YĪN YĪN, yunè pinku, and Zaho de Sagazan resonating well with our audience of music lovers, professionals, and music media.

“Dutch acts like Elephant, néomi, ROLROLROL, Sarah Julia, and The Vices are gaining traction in the European music sector.

“We see that acts immediately reap the benefits of their showcase at ESNS. From the data we receive through ESNS Radar and Analytics, we see the fanbases of acts growing. And through ESNS Exchange, the exchange platform for European talent, the first ESNS acts have already been booked for major festivals.”

Several awards were presented at this year’s ESNS, with the Grand Jury and MME Public Choice titles going to Zaho de Sagazan.

Bulgarian Cartrader, freekind, Giift, Ralphie Choo, and yunè pinku won the Music Moves Europe Awards, while the Popprijs was presented to Joost Klein.

“Once again, Groningen was the music capital of Europe and beyond,” said ESNS interim director Frans Vreeke.

“Thanks to the dedication and quality of artists, visitors, delegates, and our staff, we had a wonderful week with an amazing atmosphere.

“ESNS continues to play an indispensable role for the Dutch and European music community, especially for Dutch talent. Eurosonic, Noorderslag, and the conference once again showcased the strength and diversity of European pop culture.

“We look forward to the year ahead where we will undoubtedly see many acts that have proven themselves at ESNS on the stages of European summer festivals.”

The next edition of ESNS is set to take place from January 15 to 18, 2025, in Groningen.