Leaping into action with Christmas barely in the rear view mirror, if you’re looking to sniff out new artists before they go fully above ground, ESNS is the first stop on the trail: a four-day fiesta of buzz bands, stomping a path through the quaint streets of Groningen with the hope of making their mark while the year is still in its infancy.
DIY was once again (for the seventh year) media partner to the 38th edition of ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the key exchange for emerging European music, featured 280 new European acts, who showcased their talents to around 40,000 enthusiastic music fans and professionals worldwide.
Head of Programme Robert Meijerink is enthusiastic about how the broad and diverse program was received: “ESNS is the curator for emerging talent on their way to becoming the headliners of the future. The quality of acts from all over Europe is outstanding, with notable performances by artists such as Bulgarian Cartrader (Bulgaria), Fat Dog (England), freekind. (Slovenia), MARO (Portugal), Tramhaus (the Netherlands), YĪN YĪN (the Netherlands), yunè pinku (Ireland), and Zaho de Sagazan (France) 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.
DIY, adds its own one’s to watch to the list.
Here are some of the best things DIY saw during the festival’s 2024 edition, with artists like Scotland-born, Denmark-based Clarissa Connelly, readers of DIY will know our pledge of allegiance to the church of CMAT by now, Cardiff psych-pop oddballs Melin Melyn have all the ingredients to become Wales’ next great hopes, and headlining the Spanish Wave stage is Laura Hayden, last seen fronting DIY Class of 2019 inductees Anteros, in the interim vocalist Laura temporarily quit music, been lured back and changed her (stage) name to Lala.
And there were more great finds: Finnish hyperpop duo (and Music Moves Europe Award nominees) Pearly Drops , Belgian indie-punk quintet Ada Oda personify the barrierless power of music in its most infectious form, and it is difficult to overstate, heading into English Teacher’s just-announced debut album ‘This Could Be Texas’, just how far the band have come from the slightly post-punky indie kids that first graced our stages only a few years back.
Red our full review over on DIY magazine.
DIY Music were also delighted to meet so many European festivals to discuss festival partnerships for 2024 from Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Iceland to build on it’s roster of long term festival clients.
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