From emerging European talent to major European success


With just over a handful of ESNS Exchange partner festivals left to go this season, 353 shows by 148 emerging European ESNS Exchange acts have been confirmed so far. We’re very happy to say that ESNS Exchange runs a successful comeback season as these numbers are in no way inferior to the numbers from before the pandemic.

Other great news is that UK acts will continue to be part of the ESNS Exchange programme for 2022 and 2023. Even though the UK is not part of the EU anymore, ESNS and the PRS Foundation make it possible for the UK acts to be included in the ESNS Exchange programme for at least 2022 and 2023.

ESNS Exchange results

While British minimalist rock group Yard Act remains a favourite amongst the bookers of European festivals, Swiss R&B singer Priya Ragu managed to catch up. The two artists have been going back and forth for the top position on the ESNS Exchange artist chart but settle for a shared first place for now. Irish singer CMAT, who is also booked to play at ESNS 2023 this January and is nominated for an MME Award, takes second place while both Alyona Alyona and Enola Gay reside at #3.

Here is a top 10 of the most booked acts and a top 10 of the most booked acts per country;