Initially launched in 1986 as a one-day event to promote Dutch and Belgian bands, EBU radio stations joined the party in 1999. With the help of our partners Eurosonic Noorderslag and Europe's public service broacasters, the Eurosonic Festival has grown into a 3-day extravaganza with nearly 200 European bands playing at 20 venues.
Our EBU Member broadcasters join forces to produce and record these performances, which are then relayed via Euroradio to a pan-European audience (with videos when available). A special media compound at the festival facilitates transmissions, interviews, session recordings, reports and the collection of audio-visual material.
The festival kicks off each year with Euroradio's European Border Breaker Awards (EBBA). The EBBAs are awarded to emerging European pop acts who enjoy success outside their own borders. The show is produced for TV, radio and online, and EBU Members participate in the nomination and selection process.
"Radio and Streaming Platforms: Too many elephants in the music room?" (147Mb) by Rhys Hughes, Head of Programming for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Members only
January each year
Euroradio Eurosonic Group