About Eurosonic

The Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) festival has become a favourite amongst artists, music professionals and music-lovers for discovering the best new European acts.

The Eurosonic Festival, organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag with the support of the EBU and Music Moves Europe, promotes up-and-coming bands across the continent. The next festival will take place in Groningen, the Netherlands, from 15-18 January 2020.

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/Euroradio

EBU Music makes the concerts taking place at the Eurosonic Festival available to EBU Members. 

In addition, we are partners with the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards (MMETA), whose winners were recently announced and will receive their prizes at the Festival.


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.

Participating broadcasters

Get In Touch


Contact detail

Laurent Marceau
Manager of Eurosonic
+41 22 717 2613
Gianluca Allaria
Senior Producer
+41 22 717 2618


EBU's Eurosonic Playlist

There is so much good music (pop, rock, dance, world music, etc.) coming out in European countries that is not played enough. Eurosonic offers the perfect opportunity for European acts to be heard by an international audience, press and industry, and, via the EBU, by radio listeners throughout Europe. 

EBU Members select some of the most exciting of their countries' up-and-coming bands and artists to perform in Groningen to give them exposure in the rest of Europe, focussing in particular on acts which already have had, or soon will have, a European release. Listen to our playlist to discover these exciting new acts promoted by EBU Radio Stations.

Listen to the EBU's ESNS 2020 playlist.

Find more curated ESNS playlists here.




Music Moves Europe Talent Awards

The EBU-supported Music Moves Europe Talent Awards celebrate emerging artists who represent the European sounds of today and tomorrow.

The 16 outstanding artists nominated for the 2020 Awards were announced in September at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. An international jury will select eight winners, each of whom will receive a prize of EUR 10,000. Music fans across Europe will also vote for their favourite artist, who will receive the Public Choice Award and a prize of EUR 5,000. Read more here.





Eurosonic and Noorderslag

The Eurosonic Festival takes place in Groningen, the Netherlands, every year in January. Eurosonic Noorderslag is actually two festivals in one. "Eurosonic" refers to the first three days which showcase 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 4,000 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 esns.nl.