Eurosonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, with a proven track record for helping new acts break into the international music scene. Selling out each year, Eurosonic Noorderslag attracts over 4000 delegates, including representatives of more than 400 international festivals.
Each act playing at the showcase festival are eligible for the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP). ESNS initiated ETEP in 2003 to make the ‘exchange’ of European artists across Europe possible on a greater scale than ever before. ETEP facilitates the bookings of European acts on festivals outside their home countries and generates extensive media exposure for these artists in cooperation with 27 EBU radio stations, 15 export offices and a broad network of local media. This way, ETEP aims to give a boost to the international careers of European artists.
As part of ETEP 2018 Alice Merton, Alma, Altin Gün, AvAvAv, Cari Cari, Dermot Kennedy, Meute, NAAZ, Pale Waves, Rejjie Snow, San Holo, Sigrid, Superorganism, Tamino, Tshegue, Zeal & Ardor and Zulu Zulu played, or will play, a lot of festivals, kickstarting their careers with help from the European Talent Exchange Programme.
In the past, acts like Aurora, Dua Lipa, Hozier, Ibeyi, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, MHD, MØ, Shame, Tommy Cash played successful showcases at ESNS and benefited from ETEP.