Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) is a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. Selling out each year ESNS attracts over 4.000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists for over 40.000 visitors total.
By day an international music conference takes place in the conference centre, De Oosterpoort, with 150 panels, keynotes, interviews, workshops, dinners, pitches, parties, presentations and meetings on the latest developments in the European and international music, media, production and interactive industry.
By night, during the two showcase festivals (Eurosonic and Noorderslag), musical talent has the chance to present itself to an international audience of music lovers and professionals. Eurosonic is the stepping stone for European acts, taking place in 40 different locations throughout the city centre of Groningen from Wednesday till Friday. Noorderslag presents the best Dutch music and takes place in concert venue De Oosterpoort in Groningen on the Saturday.
ESNS has a proven track record for helping break new acts on the international live music scene. The showcase event has been responsible for kickstarting the international careers of artists such as Shame, Her, Alma, Roosevelt, Aurora, Dua Lipa and many more. This is not only done by offering these acts a stage during ESNS but also by supporting them after the event by way of the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP).
Success across music industries should be celebrated. Therefore, several national and international awards are rewarded at ESNS. Among these are: Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, European Festival Awards (EFA), Popprijs, Ijzeren Podiumdieren, Pop Media Prijs and De Veer.
Over the years, ESNS has made strides towards joining initiatives set out by local, national and international partners. With a partnership in Keychange and Take a Stand, ESNS openly addresses issues regarding diversity on multiple levels. In addition the organisation pursues talent development initiatives by actively participating in the Dutch Popstipendium and Hit the North.
ESNS is organised by the Noorderslag Foundation in cooperation with Buma Cultuur. Musical direction: pop, alternative, rock, hiphop, electronic