ESNS confirms first acts for 2021 edition

ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) reveals the first artists for its upcoming edition, taking place from January 13 – 16, 2021. The showcase festival will be fully digital for the first time and the sets will be streamed for free via the ESNS website,, to continue its mission: promoting and circulating new European music. The first batch of acts for Eurosonic and Noorderslag includes a selection in cooperation with NPO 3FM and European national radio broadcasters united within the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), as well as nominees for the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.

Robert Meijerink, ESNS Head of Programme says:

“Promoting new European talent has always been at the heart of Eurosonic and we have seen many artists go on to successful careers after showcasing at the event, including Fontaines D.C., Celeste, Christine and the Queens, Stromae, Dua Lipa, IDLES to name a few.”

“Although the performances will have to be digital only this year we are dedicated to getting the acts in front of the right people to further their careers and giving them the kick start to their careers that they deserve.”

Eurosonic acts selected in collaboration with EBU are; AKA Neomi (si, Val202), Denise Chaila (ie, RTÉ/2FM), E-Play (rs, RTS/Radio Belgrade One), FlexFab & Ziller Bas (ch, Couleur 3), Hayes & Y (bg, BNR), Jelani Blackman (gb, BBC Music Introducing), Junior A (lt, LRT Opus), Lou Asril (at, FM4), Luvver (sk, RTVS/Radio_FM), Nana Adjoa (nl, NPO/3FM), Puuluup (ee, ERR/Radioo 2), Sign Libra (lv, Latvijas Radio 5), Tea Sofia (cz, Radio_Wave) and Tuys (lu, 100.7).

Other acts confirmed;

Bratři (cz), Calby (dk), Julia Bardo (it), Lina_Raül Refree (pt), Melenas (es), My Ugly Clementine (at), Nea (se) and Vildá (fi) are the nominees of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards playing ESNS along with Aggregat (de), Alicia Edelweiss (at), Altin Gün (nl), Ana Kravanja & Samo Kutin (si), Anna Kaneelina (ee), Banji (nl), Chibi Ichigo (be), CloZee (fr), Deaf Radio (gr), Decolonize Your Mind Society (hu), Enola Gay (ie), Faux Real (fr), Froukje (nl), Gold Mass (it), Goldkimono (nl), Isolated Youth (se), Javva (pl), Jockstrap (gb), Joe & The Shitboys (fo), Joya Mooi (nl), JyellowL (ie), Neue Grafik Ensemble (fr), Nick Klyne (nl), Nürnberg (by), Pinpilinpussies (es), Playback Maracas (es), PowPig (ie), Silly Boy Blue (fr), Sophie Straat (nl), Suad (fi), Tarta Relena (es), The Cool Greenhouse (gb), The Vices (nl), and YĪN YĪN (nl).

The full line-up is available here. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Kodaline who performed at ESNS in 2013 said: “One of the best ways to get your music to the right ears is to apply for the festival. Highly recommended for young artists.”

The digital edition gives ESNS the opportunity to once again offer emerging European talent a large stage at Eurosonic with the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards ceremony on Friday, while Dutch talent takes centre stage on Saturday; when Noorderslag presents the traditional barometer of Dutch pop music.


The showcase part of the festival will be completely free. It’s recommended to register for the platform via to get updates on new announcements and updates on the streams.

The digital platform of the conference will include panel discussions, keynotes, sessions, speed meetings, network opportunities, access to the delegates database and lots of new European music. The conference, themed ‘the road to recovery, already announced a number of key speakers including Aly Gillan (Bandcamp), Anita Barisic (Warner Chappell), Claire O’Neill (A Greener Festival), Helen Sildna (Tallinn Music Week), Keith Harris (Keith Harris Music Ltd), Michael Chugg (Michael Chugg Entertainment), Michal Kascak (Pohoda Festival), Sammy Andrews (Deviate Digital), Scott Cohen (Warner Music), Steve Strange (X-Ray Touring), Wilbert Mutsaers and Laura Kiesow (Spotify) and Tom Windish (Paradigm Talent Agency).

Registrations for the ESNS conference cost € 50, and are available via

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. ESNS stages many showcases alongside offering a full conference programme of panels and keynotes, alongside multiple networking opportunities and award ceremonies. The event attracts conference delegates from all sections of the entertainment industry, including representatives of over 400 festivals. The 2021 edition will be digital only with a focus on new European music.

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