ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) presents ESNS EXTRA at its 2020 edition. Apart from the festival and conference, check out showcases, exhibitions and after parties hosted by our partners. Some are invite only and some are free for all. All ESNS EXTRA events are listed below and can also be found here.

Wednesday January 15

17:00 – 20:00 | Flapper Drinks | The Stockroom | invite only
Mixer organized by Groningen based Flapper Management together with Vision and Division Recordings. These three combined nurture a roster including some of the biggest names in the bass music genre. Join us for a cocktail in The Stockroom to kick off your conference.

00:00 – 05:00 | Friendly Fire presents: Het Startschot | OOST | RSVP
Friendly Fire kick off the first party at ESNS at OOST on Wednesday night. Musically, expect indie, garage, afro, hip hop, house and more. With Such A Bore, Jay Way (live), Patrick Mordi b2b Yung Chalé and Ramses3000. They promise to make your hangover worthwhile. Challenge accepted.

Thursday January 16

17:00 – 20:00 | New Frequencies on the RADAR | Smoke | invite + wristbands only
Get confused, amused and inspired by 3 fast emerging bands represented by Radar Agency & Sonde3. Spanish hip hop from Rayden, cutting edge tropical bass by Maurino and the eclectic music of the all female Miss Catharsis. Between the live acts: Yallah! Yallah! DJ’s. 

17:00 – 20:00 | ESNS Loud showcase | Mutua Fides | wristband only
For the second time, ESNS LOUD will host a showcase during ESNS 2020 with some of Dutch finest heavy bands. With performances of the new rock sensation Splinter, the lowest and heaviest Hibakusha and the mechanical deathcore of Inferum. 

17.00 – 20.00 | Phonic ESNS Party | Mr. Mofongo’s Rooftop Winebar | free entry
The team of Phonic Artist Management (Blanks, Nicolas Kanza, Sarah-Jane and The Cool Quest) would like to raise a glass with you and celebrate the end of the decennia and cheers on a successful New Year. Please note that there’s limited capacity – RSVP here.

17.00 – 20.00 | Sony Music Showcase | The Blokes | invite only
Sony Music Entertainment will be showcasing local and international talent at The Blokes. Here’s a chance to check them in an intimate setting. There’s music, drinks and bites. A great way to kick off your Eurosonic Thursday.

17.00 – 20.00 | Wide Days – Scottish Party | Pacific Bar | wristbands only
Join Scotland’s Music Convention Wide Days for haggis, deep-fried Mars Bars and a special malt Whisky tasting. Meet the Scottish delegation and find out more about the 11th edition of Wide Days, which takes place in Edinburgh on 23-25 April 2020.

18:00 – 18:45 | DeWolff | Grand Theatre | wristbands only
Brothers Luka and Pablo van de Poel and their friend Robin Piso, all still in their twenties, are some of the meanest, energetic, road-hardened and virtuosic musicians around. They didn’t make bands like this anymore, but then there was DeWolff. Tonight they will present their new album.

18.00 – 20.00 uur | Ladies in Music Dinner | Prinsenhof, Tuinzaal | invite only
From female bookers to managers and media; at the Ladies in Music Dinner promising female artists talk to female music professionals and discuss what it takes to get to world domination. The dinner is already on its fourth edition at ESNS, Initiated by former 3FM-dj Roosmarijn Reijmer. The dinner is invite only and made possible by Buma/Stemra.

18.30 – 20.00 | Swiss Reception | Stadsschouwburg | invite or wristband
Start the evening with a warm welcome, including food & beverages, at the Stadsschouwburg on Thursday at 18:30 and enjoy the fabulous and very special show of Sophie Hunger & Julian Sartorius right afterwards from 20:00 to 20:45

Friday January 17

16:00 – 20:00 | Treetop x Take Me To | ESNS Extra Showcase 2020 | Bovenkamer van Groningen | free entry
Treetop Agency and Take Me To Sessions take you to the highest showcase of this year’s ESNS. Overlooking the city at a height of 45m, the old water tower De Bovenkamer van Groningen will provide a view just as spectacular as the musical line-up. Fear not: there’s an elevator. With Luka, Classic Water, Nina June and Matt Perriment.

17:00 – 18:30 | War Child x ESNS: The Power of Music | Forum Groningen, Rabo Studio | free entry
Music moves, challenges and breaks boundaries. Music also has the ability to connect us and empower us. It gives us an opportunity to express our emotions, be proud and let go.
Children growing up in conflict areas who experience conflict and violence on a daily basis are often blocked in expressing their emotions. They feel sad, angry, anxious or helpless and see no future perspective. For them music is a powerful tool to take steps in improving their social and emotional wellbeing, their mental health.
In this session organized by ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) and the non-prodit organization War Child ( we are going to show you ‘the power of music’. Professor of neuropsychology, Erik Scherder, connected to the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (VU) will give a lecture on the increase of stress levels in the brains of children who experience conflict, and also on what music can do for our brains to reduce stress levels. Ernst Suur (17 years with War Child both in the field and in marketing) will tell more about the work of War Child for children in conflict and how music is the common thread in their work. Last but not least, the band Chef’Special, known for their songs ‘In Your Arms’ and ‘Amigo’ will express how the power of music has impacted them both in their personal lives as their lives as performers.
The host of this session is Vera Siemons. Vera is a radio DJ at the Dutch radio station NPO 3FM. With her own show ‘Vera On Track’ she focuses on concerts and festival culture.

17:00 – 20:00 | 10th CEEntral Party Szolt | Smoke | invite only for reception, showcases wristband only
17:00-17:50 | Reception
18:00-18:45 | Teepee
19:00-19:45 | The Devils Trade

17:00 – 20:00 | Resort x Het Resort | Het Resort | free entry
A live show by Karel and DJ sets by Palmbomen II and Nic Mauscovic (DJ-set) all from the Resort roster.

17.00 – 19.30 | Cheese contest: The Netherlands v. Switzerland | Der AA-Kerk | wristband only
The Netherlands and Switzerland – the two countries famous for their cheeses – invite you to a sound and flavour experiment: a Gouda vs. Gruyère back-to-back contest. And because we vote a lot in Switzerland, you are kindly invited to vote for your favourite cheese! So open your mouth and your heart, and let the competition begin!

17:30 – 19:00 | Eurosonic Songwriting Speed Dates | Prins Claus Conservatorium | free entry
Established songwriters team up with songwriting students from the CMS department at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in a pressure-cooker-style mini songwriting camp. Six student / professional teams will write a song in one day and present the result in a live showcase at the Jazzclub venue of the Conservatoire, right next to the Oosterpoort ESNS conference centre. To close the event, Tangarine (part of the line-up of writers) will perform a short acoustic set.

17:00 – 20:00| Pias Nites at Eurosonic | Kokomo | wristbands only
The notorious PIAS Nites will of course head over to Groningen! At ESNS the label presents showcases by, among others:
Working Men’s Club, Arlo Parks and Nayana Iz.

01:00 – 05:00 | AAAfterparty | Newscafe | invite only
The annual AAAfterparty at ESNS will be hosted by Agents After All and Topbillin’. Dive into the basement of Newscafe, right next to de Grote Markt. Doors open at 1am, although you need to get a wristband from those people from Agents After All and Topbillin’. If you got one, check in eary as capacity is limited.

Saturday January 18

11.30 – 13.00 | The Domela Passion | Lutherse Kerk | wristbands only + NS
Domela Nieuwenhuis (1846-1919), the patriarch of socialism in the Netherlands, started out as a pastor. In 1882, after turning his back on the church, he was one of the founders of the Social Democratic Association. Although he called on the workers to take their fate into their own hands, his rapidly growing following regarded him as a Messiah. 100 years after his death, Meindert Talma and his band present the Domela-Passie

13:00 – 22.30 | Jagersonic | Vera | free entry
Already a good old tradition on the ESNS Saturday, Jagersonic presents their wildly popular party at Vera. A full day with everything that rocks, is weird and first and foremost: crazy and fun. With Tankzilla, Harm Jan en Angelique, PRONK, ABBA Fever XXL and Seein Red.

14:00 – 17:00 | Universal Music Noordermiddag 2020 | De Uurwerker | invite only
During this annual event, which has been restored to its former glory since 2019, Universal Music presents its new talent for the coming year. At De Uurwerker, just like last year, a number of artists play a short set. There is an open bar with a line-up to be revealed later on.

15:00 – 18:00 | Dox x ESNS showcase | Brouwerij Martinus | free entry
On Saturday January 18th, the Amsterdam-based music company Dox presents a selection of acts during an exclusive showcase at Brouwerij Martinus, Groningen. With Simon Keats, Bobbi and Renton Jules.

15.30 – 19.00 | Grasnapolsky presents | The Dog’s Bollocks | free entry
Winterfestival Grasnapolsky (March 6-8) will take place in the pronvince of Groningen again. In Scheemda (25 mins from the city of Groningen to be exact) expect a weekend full of music and art at a very unique location. Grasnopolsky will give you a preview at ESNS. ‘Grasnapolsky Presents’ will be hosting indiefolk by la loye and artist Lauwe Noordhof. More to be revealed later.

16:00 – 18:00 | Warner Music Drinks | Newscafe | invite only
On Saturday January 18, Warner Music Benelux organizes their annual Warner Music Drinks. Performing artists are Josephien (BE), Jules (NL) and Glen Faria (NL).

A full timeline overview of all EXTRA activities, including Platosonic & Coffee Company sessions, can be found here