Music moves, challenges and breaks boundaries. Not only country and city limits but also boundaries between people. Music has the ability to connect us. 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. During these four days close to 40.000 visitors from over 40 countries come together to meet up, learn, discover new talent and network. .
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).
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
Number of venues Eurosonic: 52
Number of venues Noorderslag: 10
Media & journalists: 479
EBU radio stations: 37
International festivals: 420
ETEP festivals: 103
Eurosonic Noorderslag 2019: 16 t/m 19 January
Eurosonic Noorderslag 2020: 15 t/m 18 January