Music moves, challenges and breaks boundaries. Not only country and city limits but also boundaries between people. Music has the ability to connect us. Non-profit organisation ESNS has been founded in order to stimulate and push the circulation of European music across the European continent as well as beyond. In order to obtain this goal, ESNS organises a festival and conference in Groningen, the Netherlands, over four days.

Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) is a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. 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.

By day an international music conference takes place in the conference centre, De Oosterpoort, with 150 panels, keynotes, interviews, workshops, dinners, pitches, parties, presentations and meetings on the latest developments in the European and international music, media, production and interactive industry. 

By night, during the two showcase festivals (Eurosonic and Noorderslag), musical talent has the chance to present itself to an international audience of music lovers and professionals. Eurosonic is the stepping stone for European acts, taking place in 40 different locations throughout the city centre of Groningen from Wednesday till Friday. Noorderslag presents the best Dutch music and takes place in concert venue De Oosterpoort in Groningen on the Saturday.

ESNS has a proven track record for helping break new acts on the international live music scene. The showcase event has been responsible for kickstarting the international careers of artists such as Shame, Her, Alma, Roosevelt, Aurora, Dua Lipa and many more. This is not only done by offering these acts a stage during ESNS but also by supporting them after the event by way of the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP).


Success across music industries should be celebrated. Therefore, several national and international awards are rewarded at ESNS: 

Music Moves Europe Talent Awards
European Festival Awards (EFA)
Ijzeren Podiumdieren
Pop Media Prijs
De Veer

Over the years, ESNS has made strides towards joining initiatives set out by local, national and international partners. With a partnership in Keychange and Take a Stand, ESNS openly addresses issues regarding diversity on multiple levels. In addition the organisation pursues talent development initiatives by actively participating in the Dutch Popstipendium and Hit the North.

ESNS18 in figures
Total number of visitors: 40,288
Conference visitors: 4,092
Nationalities: 42
Acts: 352
Number of venues Eurosonic: 52
Number of venues Noorderslag: 10
Media & journalists: 479
EBU radio stations: 37
International festivals: 420
ETEP festivals: 103

Future dates
Eurosonic Noorderslag 2019: 16 t/m 19 January
Eurosonic Noorderslag 2020: 15 t/m 18 January