British 2012 breakout star Jake Bugg and French electro-funk band Skip The Use will be among the 26 European Broadcasting Union acts to rock January’s Eurosonic Festival, in the Dutch city of Groningen, with live performances brought to millions via the (EBU) Euroradio network.
The annual three-day event (January 9-11), supported by 24 EBU Member radio stations, has for 13 years been Europe's showcase for emerging artists. Concert recordings will be provided to Eurosonic partners so that European radio stations can deliver coverage to a pan-continental audience.
The Festival kicks off with the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), which celebrate European musicians whose popularity transcends geographical boundaries.
Winners voted for by participating EBU Members, will be presented with their awards by the prominent musician and BBC presenter Jools Holland. The production will be available for TV, radio and online.
The event is unique for its music and the spirit of cooperation that distinguishes public service broadcasters. Five EBU Members – VRT (Belgium), ARD-WDR (Germany), NPB (Netherlands), SR (Sweden) and BBC (United Kingdom) will collaborate to provide production and technical support.
EBU Manager of Eurosonic/Radio Plus Laurent Marceau said the event gives valuable exposure to young performing artists.
He said: "The Festival is the ideal platform to discover new talent and has played a vital role in the development of the European music scene since its launch in 1999."
As in previous years, a special Media Compound will be constructed to facilitate smooth transmissions, interviews, session recordings, reports and the collection of audio-video material.