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December 2014



EBBA adds new award: Best Festival Act

Starting in 2015 a new award will be added to the European Border Breakers Awards, the EBBA Best Festival Act. The new category has been added to the existing European Border Breakers Awards which are for ten European acts that have had cross border success. The first EBBA for Best Festival Act will be handed to the British band Jungle.

EBBA Best Festival Act
The EBBA for the Best Festival Act is a new award for the band or artist that a majority of the festivals within the European Talent Exchange Programma (ETEP) have judged to be the best. Within ETEP, an initiative of Eurosonic Noorderslag, 90 festivals, among them Glastonbury, Exit, Sziget and Lowlands, work together with European radio stations and other media to stimulate the circulation of festival shows by European acts.

The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) are about breaking down borders and recognising emerging European rock, pop and dance artists who have achieved success in countries other than their own. De 2015 EBBA winners are: Klangkarussell (AU), Melanie De Biasio (BE), Milky Chance (DE), MØ (DK), Indila (FR), Hozier (IE), The Common Linnets (NL), Todd Terje (NO), Tove Lo (SE) and John Newman (UK).

Tomorrow, Friday December 19, will be the last day that the European audience can vote for their favourite EBBA winner. Fifteen voters have the chance to win a trip to Groningen and a ticket for the EBBA show. Votes can be cast at

Both the EBBA and the Best Festival Act awards will be handed out on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, in the Stadsschouwburg Groningen, during the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The EBBA show is presented by BBC legend Jools Holland and will be broadcast in the whole of Europe.