Eurosonic Noorderslag presents the first selection of acts that will perform at the 30th edition of The European Music Platform. These 30 acts have been selected together with 27 radio station members, from 25 countries, of Eurosonic Noorderslag’s partner, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (8) Austria – HVOB (ORF/FM4)

HVOB is short for Her Voice Over Boys, an electronic pop duo from Vienna that features singer Anna Müller and producer Paul Wallner.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (26)Belgium – Alice on the Roof (RTBF/Pure FM)

Alice on the roof is a young Belgian artist, who studied the piano in the United States for several years. In 2013, she returned to her home country.



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Belgium – Tout va Bien (VRT/Studio Brussel)

Tout Va Bien is the musical solo project of Jan Wouter van Gestel from Belgium. In 2013, he rose to fame in his own country with an astonishingly beautiful version of ‚Ne Me Quitte Pas‘ by Jacques Brel, and his star has been in the ascendent ever since.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (7)Bosnia-Herzegovina – Holographic Human Element (BH Radio 1)

In an age where digital technology leaves an increasingly large imprint on music, the human element still makes it a true art form.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (9)Bulgaria – K-Ross (BNR)

Bulgarian band K-Ross makes music with the positive message that ‚love is the answer to questions of the heart‘. Classical soul is fused with cheerful pop, electronic touches and joyful vocals.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (27)Czech Republic – VR / Nobody (CR/Radio Wave)

VR/NOBODY released their debut album ‚Yet‘ this year – an impressive record with a fresh and unconventional sound. Singer Václav Rouček’s raw vocals form a unique contrast with producer Jakub Strach’s minimalist sound.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (4)Denmark – De Underjordiske (DR/P6 Beat)

De underjordiske is a psychedelic rock band from Denmark. Although the vocals are Danish, an international breakthrough is far from unthinkable.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (24)Estonia – Trad.Attack! (ER/Radio 2)

Trad.Attack’s three members have set a goal for themselves: they want to perform in every country in the world. With their cheerful folk music featuring traditional instruments in addition to guitars and drums, they should be able to achieve their goal.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (10)Finland – Katéa (YLE X + Music Finland)

Finnish singer KATÉA names Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lorde, Florence and the Machine and Lana Del Rey as her influences. Big names indeed, but her debut single ‚That Ain’t Love‘ lives up to them.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (22)France – Tom Fire (Radio France)

Tom Fire. This all-rounder from Paris studied the piano at the conservatory and plays the double bass, but above all, he is a multitalented producer who uses old, analogue Moog synthesisers and drum computers to create fantastic beats.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (28)Germany – Alle Farben (ARD)

Alle Farben is the musical pseudonym of German DJ/producer Frans Zimmer. He started playing in Berlin’s bars and clubs in 2010, but his big break came on May 9th, 2012, when he was asked to play for 30,000 people at Tempelhof, a former airport in Berlin.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (14)Hungary – Ocho Macho (MR2)

OCHO MACHO’s vocals are in English, Spanish and Hungarian. Their music is a fantastic mix of reggae, latin, punk, ska and rock ’n‘ roll – or, as they describe it, „Huppogós“.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTSIceland – Axel Flóvent (RUV/RAS2)

Axel Flóvent is a talented, 19-year-old singer-songwriter from a small fishing village in Iceland. He has been writing music for years, but he rose to fame this recently with his EP ‚Forest Fires‘, which has had over 100,000 plays on Spotify.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (16)Italy – Sacri Cuori (RAI/RADIO 2)

Italian band Sacri Cuori makes filmic music with a summer vibe. Inspired by Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and other film score composers.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (18)Ireland – The Academic (RTE/2FM)

The Academic consists of four Irish schoolmates: Craig, Dean and brothers Matt and Stephen, aiming to conquer the world with their excellent indie rock.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (19)Latvia – The Big Bluff (Latvias Radio/Radio 5)

The Big Bluff is a band from Latvia. A true rock ’n‘ roll power trio that used to be called Acid Rain, but their new name suits much better.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (17)Luxembourg – Scarred (Luersl/100.7)

With their jackhammering drum barrages, venomous growls and searing guitar blitz, Luxembourg-based powerhouse Scarred now finds itself among the upper echelons of the modern metal canon.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (2)Moldova – Bingagroove (TRM)

Bingagroove. Formed by composer and producer Iulian Monteanu in 2011, Moldova’s Bingagroove employ a cheerful and breezy blend of soul, jazz, funk and contemporary pop. The band has recently expanded this vibrant sound with background vocals, brass and woodwinds.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (11)Netherlands – Kovacs (NPB/3FM)

Kovacs. With a powerful, raw and soulful voice, Dutch singer Sharon Kovacs creates beautiful, piercing music. Since the release of her debut EP ‚My Love‘ in 2014, her star has been on the rise.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (15)Netherlands – Pauw (NPB/3FM)

PAUW is a psychedelic rock band from the Netherlands. Featuring an excellent drummer, bombastic bass player, a bewitching keyboardist and a charismatic guitarist with dreamy vocals.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (29)Norway – Ary (NRK/P3 – Norway)

Young songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist ARY’s brand of abstract electro pop deftly treads the line between club and bedroom aesthetics.




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Portugal – Da Chick (RDP/ANTENA 3)

DA CHICK is a one-woman party animal from Portugal with a cheeky 21st Century take on eighties synth pop, space age funk, dance floor knockouts and hip hop.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (21)Serbia – Ti (RTS)

Serbia twosome TI are a bunch of bearded, fun-lovin‘ noiseniks whose atmospheric and glimmering dream pop recalls My Bloody Valentine, The Cocteau Twins, Yuck and Beach House.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (12)Spain – La M.O.D.A. (Los 40 Principales)

Spain adores La Marvillosa Orquesta Del Alcohol, a homegrown spirit combining the street smart folk rock of Springsteen and the rustic punk ethos of The Pogues.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (6)Sweden – Elias (SR/P3)

19-year old Swedish prodigy Elias fearlessly mixes sonorous pop ballads with astute R&B-sampling based production smarts.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (5)Sweden – Dolores Haze (SR/P3)

Dolores Haze Swedish quartet Dolores Haze write scuzzy, post-punk anthems that sound like a more droll, radio-friendly version of The Stooges or Siouxsie and The Banshees. Just don’t mistake these kids for a bunch of downers because Dolores Haze is also just as informed by mainstream stars like Charli XCX and Miley Cyrus.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (20)Switzerland – The Chikitas (RTS/Couleur 3)

The Chikitas. This two-way rock outfit from Geneva revel in adrenaline-pumping, noise-laden anthems, all delivered with emphatic zest and zeal.




2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (1)Switzerland – Bastian Baker (SRF 3)

Bastian Baker. Sometimes life pulls a fast one on you, and that’s been very much the case with Swiss balladeer Bastian Baker. Initially, Baker (born Bastien Kaltenbacher) dreamed of following his father’s footsteps as a professional hockey player.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (13)UK – NAO (BBC/Radio 1)

Fast-rising London singer-songwriter Nao’s sophisticated neo-soul testifies to her musical peers from the mid-to-late nineties, whilst competently swerving Generation Y’s ersatz-tendencies.



2016_01_30_ESNS_ACTS (25)UK – Violet Skies (BBC/Radio 1)

Violet Skies. The word „cinematic“ is often used when describing music with evocative power. However, Welsh-based musician Violet Skies‘ languid, minimalist sound is too intricate and sensual to merely be encompassed by that word.


The ARD, German radio partner, will announce a second act later this fall.

European Broadcasting Union
The European Broadcasting union (EBU) is the world’s largest association of national broadcasters. As in previous years, the EBU will be broadcasting radio shows live from Eurosonic Noorderslag to several European countries. On top of that, last year the EBBA tv-show was broadcast by 16 EBU-member public broadcasters around Europe.

Said Laurent Marceau, in charge of Pop Music at EURORADIO (EBU):
„There is a great deal of great music coming from many different places in Europe. This event offers a truly unique platform for up-and-coming bands and artists, and we are proud that EURORADIO is at the heart of it. No less than 27 EBU radio stations will be involved this January, supporting 31 new acts, that’s what you call real commitment. But there’s more, much more. Thanks to a special international collaboration, all the concerts will be made available on all platforms, offering European audiences unique access to the sounds of these emerging talents. Roll on Groningen!“

About Eurosonic Noorderslag
Eurosonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, with a proven track record for helping new acts break into the international music scene. Selling out each year Eurosonic Noorderslag attracts over 3,900 delegates, including 400 international festivals. Eurosonic Noorderslag presents showcases by more than 300 acts and a conference programme featuring 175 panels, keynote speakers, interviews, workshops, dinners, pitches, parties and meetings on the latest developments in the international music, media and interactive industry.

Eurosonic Noorderslag has been responsible for kick-starting the careers of European acts like Ásgeir, Aurora, Bastille, Dotan, Ibeyi, James Blake, Jett Rebel, Hozier, Milky Chance, Royal Blood, Seinabo Sey and Vök.

The start of ticket sales for the festival programme will be announced this autumn.
Conference registrations can be purchased through www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

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