Meet & Greets and Songwriting Sessions at ESNS Extra


Improve your songwriting skills, attend album listening sessions and visit more showcases at ESNS Extra. Apart from the regular ESNS programme, the ESNS Extra programme is presented to ESNS attendees by external parties. Some of the events are available for all ESNS visitors. For a full overview of all activities, visit the ESNS Extra programme.

ESNS Extra Events for Everyone

In the Oude Ebbingestraat, Platosonic traditionally takes place at the record shop Plato and the Coffee Company; the official daytime in-store festival, featuring bands and artists who also play at ESNS. Platosonic is free to enter and takes place from Thursday, January 18 to Saturday, January 20, 2024. Take a look at the artists and the timetables here.

Marshall Showcase
Join Marshall in celebrating some of the best talent to come out of the UK. All bands are relentlessly touring Europe, have your “I was there!” moment at the Marshall showcase.

Artists that will be playing are: the Dream Nails, The Meffs, Hotel Lux and King Nun. The shows are on Thursday from 5-8 pm at Blokes.

Penguin Showcases
3 Days, 10+ stages, 250 bands, 3 sisters. The 'stages' are hosted by education programs, managers and bookers who feel their act needs to be prepared for the next step: ESNS. Once inside De Drie Gezusters, visitors are guaranteed to get lost among all the stages. That way, you will discover all sorts of acts you would never have seen otherwise.

The Penguin Showcases at De Drie Gezusters will take place on Wednesday 17 January till Friday 20 January from 5-8 pm. Check the timetables here.


Grunnsonic is a free showcase festival of Groningen-based musical talent that takes place during ESNS. Grunnsonic, a joint initiative between ESNS and POPgroningen, allows local acts to present themselves to the general public and the music professionals present at ESNS. This year Grunnsonic takes place from January 17th until January 19th at Het Pakhuis, Warhol, Het Concerthuis and KLUP DE DAG. Find more information about the artists here.

ESNS Songwriting speed date sessions VOL.6

On Friday January 19th, students from the Prins Claus Conservatorium and NLA University College (Oslo) will partake in a songwriting camp where they team up with six established songwriters to write a song in one day! Featuring songwriters: Danny van Tiggele, Inge Lamboo, Maryn Charlie, Max Adrian, Moonloops and Robin Kester.

The results will be presented in a showcase at the Jazz Club (in the Prins Claus Conservatorium) from 17.00-19:00. This songwriting camp is supported by Buma Cultuur.

Entrance: ESNS wristband

The Spanish Wave Showcase & Fiesta

The Spanish Wave Showcase & Fiesta is back at ESNS after presenting "Focus Spain" at ESNS23. This 2024 edition will showcase a 100% female, ultra cool, fresh, hot and jawdropping artists: JULIA SABATÉ (Netherlands/Spain), SILA LUA (Galicia/Madrid), ONA MAFALDA (UK/Spain/Bulgaria) and LALA HAYDEN (UK/Spain).

17:00- 17:35 JULIA SABATÉ
17:45-18:25 ONA MAFALDA
18:35-19:15 SILA LUA
19:25-20:00 LA LA HAYDEN

Read more about the artists here.

De Donkere Kamer

Listen to albums from Spinvis, froukje and JOHAN over the best speakers in cinema halls from Wednesday 17 January - Friday 19 January. The artists will be present to discuss their work with pop journalist Jacob Haagsma.

Wednesday 17 jan from 2-4 pm: Spinvis - Be-Bop-A-Lula
Thursday 18 jan from 2-4 pm: Froukje - Noodzakelijk Verdriet (sold out)
Friday 19 jan from 2-4 pm: JOHAN - The Great Vacation

Presented by: Excelsior Recordings. Get tickets here.

Roze Zaterdag Talent Room

To start the new year off right, the Roze Zaterdag Talent Room is presented at The Social Hub on Friday, January 19 as an official part of ESNS. An evening dedicated to connecting, music and Queer Year. Some live acts will play between 16:30 and 19:00 in the restaurant of The Social Hub and then take place in the Live studio of SPOT TV. More info on the acts will follow soon.

This event is in collaboration with SPOT TV, ESNS & The Social Hub. Keep an eye on their socials for more information.

Mentos: Grote Prijs van Nederland

This year, the Mentos Grote Prijs van Nederland puts more emphasis on quality, diversity and authenticity. The organisation focuses on the professional and artistic growth of pop talents by means of support and assistance in the (live) music industry. To achieve these goals, the organisation strives for strong cooperation with the live circuit, think programmers and artistic content managers. For the upcoming edition, the first 30 acts have been put together differently, explaining the involvement of various pop umbrellas, pop venues and music professionals.

Friday 19 January:
17:00 - 17:30 / Start
17:30 - 18:15 / Presentation Mentos including announcement acts
18:15 - 18:45 / show: Lance Priester
18:45 - 20:00 / Gathering