The 31st edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag took place from 11-14 January 2017, welcoming over 40,300 music fans and 4.200 delegates from all over the world to the city of Groningen. The festival saw showcase performances from 382 acts from over 31 European countries across the three day event. Eurosonic Noorderslag was also aired by radio and television stations from all over Europe, making it one of the biggest media events in Europe. The festival was also honoured with the ‘best festival’ award by the VNPF, the Dutch association of venues and festivals.
“It’s good to see so much interest in European Music” comments Peter Smidt, creative director of Eurosonic Noorderslag. “Eurosonic Noorderslag unites talent, festivals and media, and is directly involved in causing more people to listen to European music.”
The comprehensive Eurosonic Noorderslag conference covered the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries such as legal matters, streaming, blockchain and new live and media formats.
European Border Breakers Awards
The event kicked off on Wednesday with the 14th edition of EBBA at MartiniPlaza. The award ceremony, presented by Jools Holland, featured nine out of the ten EBBA winners, all performing during the show. The Public Choice Award was won by British artist Dua Lipa. The EBBA will be broadcasted in 12 different countries.
European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP), an initiative of Eurosonic Noorderslag, had their first meeting of 2017 in which 100 festivals named their favourites of this year’s Eurosonic line-up. Acts such as Klangstof (nl), Baloji (be), Roosevelt (de), Skott (se), Shame (gb), Onuka (ua), Tommy Cash (ee) and Her (fr) will be seen at festivals across Europe and beyond.
During the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference the present state of the European music industry was covered from several perspectives. Amongst the 150 panels and meetings of the conference programme, Eurosonic Noorderslag hosted a special programme about the Future of Media. Chris Price’s (BBC) keynote and the Data or DJ panel started a discussion on whether or not the future will be dominated by algorithms or curators. Buma Music Meets Tech presented a keynote by SXSW head of conference programming Todd Hansen. The BMMT pitch was won by the Guts, an app which counteracts secondhand ticketing and ticketing fraud.
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