The conference

Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) is a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. ESNS 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 ESNS attracts over 4.000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists for over 40.000 visitors total.

ESNS is the primary meeting place for European music industry professionals, bringing the entire European music sector together in January. The festival with conference is an international hub to discover new (musical) talent, expand knowledge, network and doing business. During the conference, more than 150 panels, keynotes, interviews workshops, drinks, award ceremonies and dinners take place on the latest developments in the European and international music, media, production and interactive industry. With a wide range of topics discussed by key professionals, innovators and pioneer, diversity is key at the ESNS conference, offering interesting programme components for all departments of music industry. In the evening, more than 350 European artists present themselves in more than 40 venues throughout the city centre of Groningen during the showcase festival.

Networking and business

With more than 4.100 European music industry professionals present at the conference, ESNS opens up a world of networking and business possibilities. Besides a substantive conference programme, ESNS has a strong focus on networking within the Oosterpoort, the conference centre, which is the central meeting place for networking, business and sharing knowledge during the festival.

ESNS delegates are offered the unique opportunity to meet, network and do business at the conference with extensive lounges and networking-facilities, as well as access to the exclusive ESNS delegates database where all the contacts of the attending music industry professionals are available.

Dates and times

Wednesday January 16
Thursday January 17
Friday January 18
Saturday January 19

12:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 20:00
09:30 – 20:00
10:00 – 16:00

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