First Bookings for Eurosonic
by Manfred Tari - edited by Allan McGowan

As a showcase festival EuroSonic serves as a means to promote upcoming European talent to the media, the European live music industry, the Dutch music industry and of course the public.
EuroSonic will be held for the 9th consecutive time in the very lively city centre of Groningen. EuroSonic takes place in over 25 venues, with capacities varying from 150 to 1000, all within a five-minute walk of each other. On 2 nights over 120 of the hottest European rock, pop and dance acts are presented, drawing huge media- industry- and audience attendance.

EuroSonic has been a sold out event for many years now. In co-operation with the EBU and Dutch National Radio 3FM, EuroSonic is aired on Holland’s national radio and -via satellite- to several other European territories. In 2003, EuroSonic was recorded by 20 public radio stations, creating an audience of millions.

A selection of artists that performed at previous editions of EuroSonic: Aereogramme (UK), An Pierlé (B), Apparat Organ Quartet (ICE), Arid (B), Arling & Cameron (NL), Bettie Serveert (NL), Caesars Palace (S), Console (D), Cristina Dona (I), DAAU (B), Das Pop (B), David Kitt (IRL), Dax Riders (F), Dead Brothers (CH), Dover (E), Dusminguet (E), Ekova (F), Elakelaiset (FIN), Elegia (F), Favez (CH), Flaming Sideburns (FIN), Gluecifer (N), Hefner (UK), JJ72 (IRL), Junior Senior (DK), Kaizers Orchestra (N), Kashmir (DK), Kings of Convenience (N), Krezip (NL), Laidback Luke (NL), The Libertines (GB), Liquido (D), Llorca (F), Lo Fidelity Allstars (UK), Mando Diao (S), Manitoba (GB), Mardi Gras BB (D), Miles (D), Monza (B), Nyers (H), Ojos de Brujo (E), Paleface (FIN), Patrice (D), Phoenix (F), Praga Kahn (B), Sahara Hotnights (S), Saybia (DK), Schneider TM (D), Sergent Garcia (F), Ska P (E), Slovo (GB), Soulwax (B), Stella (D), Superheroes (DK), Tahiti80 (F), Terminalhead (GB), The Ark (S), The Bays (UK), The Gift (P), The Music (UK), The Plan (S), Thomas Rusiak (S), Velvet Belly (N), We (N), Young Gods (CH), Zornik (B).

*"EuroSonic was the start of all Kaizers Orchestra's activities outside Scandinavia. It is extraordinary that a band singing in local Norwegian dialect can be booked for festivals such as Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park (D), Haldern (D) Lowlands (NL) and so on, just based on their performance at EuroSonic and the promoters' enthousiastic response. It shows the importance of a strong live presence and being at the right place at the right time" says Eivind Brydoy, manager of Kaizers Orchestra.


*Thanks to the EuroSonic gig Ska P (E) got shows at major festivals such as Open Air St. Gallen (CH), Pukkelpop (B), Parkpop (NL) and Lowlands (NL). Bernard Batzen (Azimuth, F): "With the success of Ekova on EuroSonic 2001 and Ska P last year we can't fail on EuroSonic 2004 because, as the saying goes in France: "jamais deux sans trois!"".

*Slovo (GB)'s gig resulted in six excellent summer festival bookings such as Lowlands (NL), Roskilde (DK) and Sziget (H). Their carreer seems to be taking off, says Paul Bolton (Helter Skelter, GB): "I would recommend any act to play EuroSonic and hope to have a couple on next year's event".

-full co-operation with Dutch national Radio 3FM/EBU
-leading Dutch music magazine Oor will again seal the festival guide with their Christmas edition of 2003;
-present: the Yourope group: the association of managers/bookers of the major European festivals
-present: the MMF (Music Managers Forum) Europe, member of the IMMF
-present: the Network group: the platform for independent European agents, promoters and bookers
-present: the people of Groningen, a city with a very lively cultural and entertainment climate and a student population of over 32,000.

EuroSonic is part of the Noorderslag Weekend: 8-9-10 January 2003.
The Noorderslag weekend is set as not only the first, but one of the main music events in the year on the musical calendar of Northwest Europe.
Incorporating two festivals -EuroSonic for European talent & Noorderslag for Dutch talent- and an industry convention -Noorderslag Seminar- in 3 days of a January weekend, the Noorderslag Weekend is both a music lover's dream come true and one of the best networking and learing platforms for the wider European live music industry as well as the Dutch music industry.
- Exciting new European music & artists
- A gateway to the European live music industry
- An introduction to the Dutch market
- Panels and meetings on relevant and topical music industry issues
- Live EBU radio broadcast throughout Europe
- App. 1400 music business professionals
- All main European festivals present
- Sold out shows!

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