With this years’ last ETEP festivals; Les Trans and Taxirat, kicking off on this week, the ETEP year has come to an end. Time to review the year whilst looking towards the future. Next year, ETEP will offer opportunities for European artists in even more countries, adding two new export offices: Music Export Denmark and Music Latvia. Additionally, ETEP aims to have 11 non-European ETEP festivals in 2020. The first has just been confirmed: Playtime festival in Mongolia!
2019 offered ETEP shows by acts from 28 different countries. Acts from Great Britain (31 acts, 96 shows), The Netherlands (22 acts, 49 shows), Ireland (11 acts, 39 shows), Belgium (14 acts, 37 shows) and France (14 acts, 32 shows) were booked for the most ETEP festivals.
Two new partners will join ETEP in 2020. export offices Music Export Denmark and Music Latvia will be supporting our quest to help the international careers of European artists. The support of these export offices helps ETEP in the education and promotion of the acts participating in the programme. Export offices from: Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, Czechia, Estonia, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland alongside Yourope and the PRS Foundation are already supporting ETEP.
ETEP would not be possible without all the partners involved. The festivals play a great role in offering these emerging acts an opportunity to present themselves to an audience of international music lovers. We have started adding festivals from outside of Europe in order to grant the artists further opportunities to expand their careers outside their home countries, aiming to have 11 non-European festival participants in 2020.
Eric van Eerdenburg, also known as Mr. Lowlands, is a prototype festival director. He brings to the job a vast amount of experience and a familiarity with the challenges that are part of the handling of a large scale music event. At the same time he maintains an awareness of both the ups and the downs experienced by artists and audiences. Over decades Lowlands has contributed to the modern DNA of music festivals and paved the way for other,
younger festivals. Besides the key element of putting bands and artists on open air stages, festivals have developed into distinctive live entertainment format, enriched with an increasing number of elements over and above just live music. Eric van Eerdenburg shared some of his insights with ETEP.nl, outlining his concerns and commenting on a variety of issues including cultural, economic and social components.