ESNS Gears Up for Face to Face Return

ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the key exchange for emerging European music talent is gearing up for its 2023 edition, which will be the first in-person event post pandemic. Taking place from 18th to 21st January 2023, the event has proven essential in breaking new European acts into live music scenes throughout Europe and beyond and is the place to discover new breakthrough acts before they make it big. You heard it first at ESNS!

There is so much to discover during the 4 days and nights of the event including the conference, festival, awards shows and much more. Here are some of the highlights…

By day, the ESNS conference program will include over 150 panel discussions, interviews, keynotes covering a diverse range of topics will be presented in the panels and keynotes, ranging from the current developments in the music industry, its future and current affairs,  sustainability, mental health, the Green Deal and inclusivity will be prominently featured.

Keynotes being hosted at the conference this year include learning all about transforming the music industry with Scott Cohen, exploring Spain’s music scene with Robert Gríma, deep dive into music history with the exclusive Sub Pop keynote interview featuring Jonathan Poneman, Bruce Pavitt and music journalist Everett True. Looking at the current state and future of the music business, Andrew Melchior will share his view on engaging with audiences in the era of deglobalization and reduced emission lifestyles, Mark Mulligan investigates companies and methods that are building the foundation for a new business counter culture and Dua Lipa and her manager Dukagjin Lipa will be in conversation with IQ Magazine editor Gordon Masson for an exclusive Keynote speaking about their acclaimed Sunny Hill Festival and Sunny Hill Foundation.
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By night, over 300 European acts perform across 40 locations in the heart of Groningen in the ESNS Festival. The festival has proven essential in breaking new European acts into live music scenes throughout Europe and beyond. ESNS23 is the place to discover new breakthrough acts before they make it big. You heard it first at ESNS!
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Focus of Spain

Each year Eurosonic Noorderslag highlights a different country, showcasing the diverse musical talent across Europe. This year Spain will be the focus country taking centre stage in close collaboration with The Spanish Wave and regions of Spain like Andalucia, Basque Country, Balearics, Catalonia, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, Valencia and Navarra. It is all about bringing the freshest Spanish talent to the ESNS stages and put these in front of a professional audience, media and music lovers. Artists from 9 different parts of Spain include; Ghouljaboy (Andalucia), Irenegarry (Madrid), Kokoshca (Navarra), Lava Fizz (Balearic Islands), Maestro Espada (Murcia), Mainline Magic Orchestra (Catalonia), Marina Herlop (Catalonia), Marta Knight (Catalonia), Merina Gris (Basque Country), Mundo Prestigio (Galicia), Queralt Lahoz (Catalonia), Shanghai Baby (Madrid), Tanxuguieras (Galicia), Yo Diablo (Valencia), and Zetak (Basque Country).

ESNS Conference will also present all you need to know about the Spanish music sector with a program of panels, workshops, keynotes and networking events. Speakers include: Cindy Castillo (Mad Cool), Sebastian Vera (Mallorca Live Festival), Robert Grima  Guallart (Live Nation), Cesar Guisado (Monkey Week), Jordi Anglés (Ticketmaster) ansd many more.

Music Moves Europe Awards
On 19 January 2023, the winners of the 2023 Music Moves Europe Awards will be announced. Fifteen outstanding nominated artists are eligible for this year’s MME Awards, including the acclaimed Grand Jury Award, and the Public Choice Award. The 2023 nominees are Amelie Siba (Czechia), CMAT (Ireland), eee gee (Denmark), Goldkimono (Netherlands), Hause Plants (Portugal), Jerry Heil (Ukraine), July Jones (Slovenia), Kids Return (France), KOIKOI (Serbia), Monikaze (Lithuania), Oska (Austria), Queralt Lahoz (Spain), Sans Soucis (Italy), schmyt (Germany), The Haunted Youth (Belgium).

Five Music Moves Europe Award winners will receive €10,000 each. The winner of the Grand Jury Award will receive €10.000 and a green touring voucher worth €5,000. The winner of the Public Choice Award will receive €5,000. The Music Moves Europe Awards Ceremony will be presented by radio host Fernando Halman and Ukrainian singer, and former MME Award winner Alina Pash. The MME Awards are a prize of the European Union, and has previously been known as EBBA and Music Moves Europe Talent Awards. Previous winners include Rosalia, Dua Lipa, Stromae, Hozier, Pale Waves, Meskerem Mees, Blanks and Christine and the Queens.