The Eurosonic Festival has become a favourite amongst artists, music professionals and music-lovers for discovering the best new European acts.
Preparations for the next Eurosonic Festival have begun, with the EBU-supported acts scheduled to be confirmed in early September. Next year's edition will mark the 20th anniversary of the EBU's involvement in this event.
The Festival, organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag with the support of the EBU and Music Moves Europe, promotes up-and-coming bands across the continent.
EBU Member broadcasters join forces to produce and record the performances of EBU-supported acts, which are then relayed via our Euroradio network to a pan-European audience.
Past festivals have included appearances by the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Kaizers Orchestra, Phoenix, Mando Diao, First Aid Kit, Selah Sue and many more.
EBU Music makes available to EBU Members the concerts taking place at the Eurosonic Festival.
In addition, the European Border Breaker Awards (EBBA) are distributed via the EBU network. In 2018, 12 different EBU TV stations relayed this exciting event.
The Eurosonic Group is the partnership of EBU stations specialized in youth programming. This unique partnership makes the EBU one of the major players on the contemporary pop music scene by developing and launching projects with festivals, artists and record companies. We also broadcast major music events, such as festivals like Roskilde, Benicassim, Paléo and Transmusicales de Rennes.
29 EBU radio stations supporting 32 bands and artists.
Going to the festival? Look for our 8 Euroradio venues and check out which EBU radio station is supporting your favourite act.
The festival kicks off each year with the European Border Breaker Awards (EBBA). The EBBAs are awarded to emerging European pop acts who enjoy success outside their own borders. Hosted by BBC presenter Jools Holland, the show is produced for TV, radio and online.
EBU Members are also integral to the nomination and selection process. The European Boarder Breaker Charts (EBBC) was established at the beginning of 2016 as a way of promoting European talent. The EBBC is based on airplay monitored by British radio airplay specialists Radiomonitor, from a panel consisting of 48 stations from the EBU across 32 countries.
Eurosonic Noorderslag is actually two festivals in one. "Eurosonic" refers to the first three days which showcases talent from across Europe at over 20 different venues, while "Noorderslag" concentrates on Dutch bands and takes place on the fourth and final day. Initially launched in 1986 as a one-day event to promote Dutch and Belgian bands, EBU radio stations joined the party in 1999.
Along with performances every evening, the conference takes place during the day, attracting over 4000 delegates, including those from over 400 international festivals. This networking platform for European music has a proven track record for helping new acts break into the international music scene.
More info on the full line-up, conference and tickets can be found at eurosonic-noorderslag.nl.