The organisers of Eurosonic Noorderslag announced on Monday that the 33rd edition of the European musical showcase attracted nearly 43,000 visitors.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the 2019 edition of the festival included performances by 342 musical acts from 44 countries at 52 different venues across the city. The industry conference portion of the programme, which focused on the latest trends and developments in the music sector, brought in 4,135 attendees.
The 2019 edition of ESNS, where new and up-and-coming bands from across Europe get a chance to showcase their music for festival organisers and other industry professionals, was held between 16 and 19 January. During Noorderslag on the last day of the festival, a programme of exclusively Dutch acts took over De Oosterpoort and the Pop Prize was awarded: this year’s recipient was rapper Ronnie Flex. Each edition of the festival highlights acts from a European country or region, and this year, the Czech Republic and Slovakia shared the spotlight.
Music Moves Europe Talent Awards
On the opening night of the festival, the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards (previously the EBBA) were presented to popular contemporary acts from across the continent. The Public Choice Awards had six different genre categories, and the prizes went to Bishop Briggs (Pop, United Kingdom), Pip Blom (Rock, The Netherlands), Stelartronic (Electronic, Austria), Rosalía (R&B/Urban, Spain), Reykjavíkurdætur (Hip Hop/Rap, Iceland) and Albin Lee Meldau (Singer-songwriter, Sweden).
ESNS Conference: Taking stock and looking forward
The ESNS conference is one of the preeminent industry gatherings in the European music sector. This year’s speakers included Tom Windish (Paradigm), Sharid Alles (3FM) Richard Jones (Key Music Management), Kim Bloem (MOJO), Ben Chapman (BBC) and Duncan Smith (Sony Playstation), Cindy Castillo (Mad Cool Festival), Fruzsina Szép (Lolapalooza Berlin) and Sammy Andrews (Deviate Digital).
Hundreds of members of the European music media were also on hand during the festival: 447 journalists and 36 European networks came to the city to report on the festival. There were 17,000 tickets sold, and hundreds of music lovers turned out for free performances, especially the Eurosonic Air concerts on the Grote Markt.
|ESNS in numbers
Total number of visitors: 42,789
Conference attendees: 4,135
Number of Eurosonic venues: 42
Number of Noordslag venues: 10
European Broadcasting Union networks present: 36
International festivals represented: 423
European Talent Exchange Programme Festivals: 130