Eurosonic Noorderslag 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) www.etep.nl

The first acts to be announced for Eurosonic Noorderslag 2012 are; Wolfram (AT), Amatorski (BE), Great Mountain Fire (BE), School is Cool (BE), Phuture Shock (BG), Anna Aaron (CH), Honey for Petzi (CH), DVA (CZ), Casper (DE), Kraftklub (DE), Thulebasen (DK), Ewert and the Two Dragons (EE), Fuel Fandango (ES), Reckless Love (FI), The Bewitched Hands (FR), Kerekes Band (HU), God is An Astronaut (IE), Lisa Hannigan (IE), The Cast of Cheers (IE), The Minutes (IE), Hjálmar (IS), The Jacqueries (IT), Heartbeat Parade (LU), Mahagon (MD), Baskerville (NL), Blaudzun (NL), De Avonduren (NL), Dope D.O.D (NL), Rats on Rafts (NL), Team Me (NO), Noiserv (PT), Switch Opens (SE), Tove Styrke (SE), Rams’ Pocket Radio (UK).

Many bands have showcased at Eurosonic Noorderslag and gone on to be successful and established festival acts including; Blood Red Shoes, Digitalism, Dry the River, FM Belfast, Franz Ferdinand, Goose, Infadels, Kaizers Orchestra, Lykke Li, The Ting Tings , The XX , White Lies, Yelle, zZz.

Said Scott and Pete from Dry the River “Playing at Eurosonic Noorderslag helped us incredibly over the year and we’ve been booked at a bunch of festivals in Europe and this summer. It can be difficult for bands to figure out a way into Europe especially the festival circuit and Eurosonic was a springboard to put us inf ront of promoters, who then got behind us. Eurosonic is geared towards new bands and the venues are very much conducive to that and there are attentive crowds and it’s a really good chance to show what you’re made of”
*The EBU is the world’s biggest association of national broadcasters. The EBU will broadcast radio from Eurosonic Noorderslag in several European countries.

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