ESNS announces first acts as the event returns to its physical format

Son Mieux, Adwaith, Árný Margrét, Schmyt, The Haunted Youth, Kids Return, and more are confirmed for ESNS23. Festival tickets are on sale from Friday 23 September 2022.

First acts ESNS 2023 confirmed

33 up-and-coming artists are confirmed to showcase at ESNS23 as the first artists to play in Groningen in January 2023 are revealed.
The first batch of artists have been selected in cooperation with NPO 3FM and European national radio broadcasters – collaborating within the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). The festival additionally reveals the first acts scheduled to play at Noorderslag.

In collaboration with the EBU, ESNS selected 33 up-and-coming acts for Eurosonic;
Adwaith (gb), Aiko (cz), Anna Erhard (ch), Árný Margrét (is), Aze (at), Club Makumba (pt), Deki Alem (se), Eliza Legzdina (lv), Freekind (si), Hammok (no), Ivi (ee), Joya Marleen (ch), Kety Fusco (ch), Kids Return (fr), Koikoi (rs), Leepa (de), Madame (it), Maz (lu), Monikaze (lt), Nina Kohout (sk), Rori (be), Schmyt (de), Selló (ie), Son Mieux (nl), The Haunted Youth (be), Tom Lennon (fi), Varnish La Piscine (ch), and Vlure (gb).

First confirmed acts for Noorderslag;
Katnuf (nl), Natte Visstick (nl), The Jordan (nl), Nusantara Beat (nl), and Gotu Jim (nl).

Discover the full line-up here. Stay tuned for more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

ESNS23 tickets

With the first confirmations for the festival, tickets sales for the festival start Friday 23 September 2022 12.00 hrs. at
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Registrations for the ESNS conference are available at a medium rate until Monday, September 25th at 12.00 hrs.
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Focus on Spain

ESNS highlights the very best emerging acts from a different country every year, showcasing the diversity of music talent across Europe. Due to the well-known circumstances of last year’s edition, the focus on Spain could unfortunately not come to fruition. This year, we aspire to bring the focus on Spain to its full potential. In cooperation with The Spanish Wave, ESNS is proud to announce the focus on Spain at ESNS 2023.

ESNS head of programme Robert Meijerink is thrilled to have Spain on board for its next edition: “The Spanish music scene has a lot to offer for the international market. While there is a growing interest in music in the Spanish language than ever before in Europe and beyond, we’d like to focus on all its different regions and lively scenes – from emerging electronic acts to the new wave of indie bands hailing from the big cities, the islands and everything in between. Together with The Spanish Wave and their partners, we look forward to getting started on bringing an eclectic selection of new music to Groningen.”

César Andión of The Spanish Wave: “[The focus on Spain] will bring a wide palette of young, emerging and talented acts from all over Spain to show how fresh, alive and exportable artists we have in our country.”

About ESNS

ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is the key exchange for emerging European music talent, with a proven track record of helping to break new acts on the international music scene, with now well-known names such as Altin Gün, Arlo Parks, Alyona Alyona, Celeste, Daði Freyr, Dua Lipa, Fontaines D.C., Friedberg, Go_A, K.ZIA, girl in red, Hinds, Meduza, Meskerem Mees, MYD, Priya Ragu, Pip Blom, Pongo, Sigrid and Wet Leg.

Each January, ESNS showcases 350 emerging European artists to over 40,000 visitors. The festival and conference attract over 4,000 music industry professionals, including 400 international festivals. By day, the front-running conference hosts over 150 panel discussions, interviews, keynotes and more that take on urgent subjects and the need for social change in the music industry. By night, European acts perform across 40 locations in the heart of Groningen from Wednesday to Friday, and Saturday presents upcoming Dutch artists in concert venue De Oosterpoort.

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