Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014

    The Strypes are going to the Eurosonic Festival, Europe’s biggest and most important new music event- at 2fm's invitation

    2fm is founding partner of Eurosonic festival and this year the first Irish act announced and 2fm's choice - is The Strypes.

    Last year’s nominees were Little Green Cars and Kodaline and in previous years our nominations included Bell X1, JJ72, The Frames, Julie Feeney, James Vincent McMorrow, Heathers, ASIWYFA, The Coronas, Cathy Davey,

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    The Eurosonic Partnership is the group of nearly 70 radio stations who support and helped establish the Eurosonic Festival. Find out more about them all ( including 2fm of course) here


    Vote for Kodaline * in the EBBA awards and win a trip to the EBBA Awards Show and Eurosonic Festival

    *Or somebody else- but why would you? 

    So you win a trip to Groningen for you and a friend – arriving Wed 15 and leaving Sat 18 January. Flights with Aer Lingus to Amsterdam, train to Goningen, 3 nights in a hotel ship and tickets to EBBA tv show and the full 2 day Eurosonic festival. And all just by voting in the EBBA 'Public Choice Award' - to vote click

    Voting closes December 20, You and your friend must be over 18, must have valid passports (to inlcude January 2014), must be available to travel on the dates and flights provided. 2fm competition terms and conditions apply: see 2fm competitions  

    The winners of the European Border Breakers Awards 2014 are:


    Last year the French act C2C won the Public Choice Award.

    So you win a trip to Groningen for you and a friend – arriving Wed 15 and leaving Sat 18. Air fare to Amsterdam, train to Goningen, 3 nights in a hotel ship and tickets to EBBA tv show and the full 2 day Eurosonic festival. And all just by voting in the EBBA 'Public Choice Award'

     More on the EBBA Awards

    The European Border Breakers Awards are handed out by the European Commission to ten European artists who have proven to be successful in crossing borders with their first international release in Europe. The ten winners are selected based on data from Nielsen Music and votes from EBU radio stations and ETEP festivals.

    The award show – including performances from many of the winning acts – is recorded and broadcast by Dutch National Television (NTR) and will also receive European coverage through TV channels and radio stations associated with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and others.

    The awards, now in their eleventh year, are funded by the EU Culture Programme and organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union. The EBBA Awards are supported by Buma Cultuur, SNN, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, City of Groningen, Music Week and European Music Office.



    Sea Sessions Shows Storm the Bastille.. or is it Bastille storm Europe? 

    2fm has sent 5 of the live sets from June's Sea Sessions in Bundoran, Donegal, to the 70 or so members of the Eurosonic Partnership. The full list of acts is The Strypes, Bastille, Fat Freddy's Drop, Therapy? and The Renegade Brass Band. This is part of the exchange of hundreds of hours of live music that allows everybody all over Europe to hear ( and see) top live shows for free. 


    Sea side Villagers  ( Pic by Alexander Dahms) 

    One of the many parts of the Eurosonic event is ETEP, European Talent Exchange Programme, which gives financial assistance to bands to play at those festivals who are members of ETEP. And Conor O'Brien's Villagers are the most booked band from the latest Eurosonic in January last. Kodaline and Little Green Cars - both supported by 2fm- are high up on the list which also includes Mmoths, Girls Names, DJ Fitz of the Irish acts. 

    Here's a list of the top 30 or so - with the number of ETEP Festival bookings next to each band (IE is Ireland) 

    Villagers IE 11
    Palma Violets UK 11
    Jake Bugg UK 11
    SKIP&DIE NL 10
    Efterklang DK 10
    Rangleklods DK 9
    Kodaline IE 9
    AlunaGeorge UK 9
    Netsky BE 8
    Mø DK 8
    C2C FR 8
    Little Green Cars IE 7
    Chvrches UK 7
    BRNS BE 7
    Bastille UK 7
    S O H N UK 6
    Rudimental UK 6
    Frightened Rabbit UK 6
    Jacco Gardner NL 5
    Indians DK 5
    Highasakite NO 5
    Balthazar BE 5
    Mozes And The Firstborn NL 4
    Mikhael Paskalev NO 4
    Lescop FR 4
    Ghostpoet UK 4
    Cashmere Cat NO 4
    Blaudzun NL 4
    Ásgeir Trausti IS 4
    Anna Von Hausswolff SE 4
    Rebekka Karijord NO 3
    Noisia NL 3
    Monophona LU 3
    Mmoths IE 3
    Mile Me Deaf AT 3
    Laura Mvula UK 3
    Juveniles FR 3
    Ewert and The Two Dragons EE 3
    Dakhabrakha UA 3
    Concrete Knives FR 3
    China Rats UK 3

    Number of artists > 103
    Number of confirmed shows > 324
    Number of countries > 23


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    Kodaline have made the short list for the EBBA Awards ( European Border Breaker Awards), the annual awards ceremony for new bands breaking through outside their own country..  Voting for the PUBLIC winner will start shortly and voting is the way to WIN A TRIP TO THE WHOLE EUROSONIC FESTIVAL.  The EBBA Awards are the first big event at the annual Eurosonic Festival 


    The full list was announced today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Eurosonic Noorderslag, the European music conference and showcase festival.
    The winners of the 2014 EBBA Awards are:

    • GuGabriel (Austria)
    • Lukas Graham (Denmark)
    • Woodkid (France)
    • Zedd (Germany)
    • Asgeir (Iceland)
    • Kodaline (Ireland)
    • Jacco Gardner (Netherlands)
    • Envy (Norway)
    • Icona Pop (Sweden)
    • Disclosure (United Kingdom)

    Previous winners include  James Vincent McMorrow, Adele, Stromae, Emeli Sande, Gabriel Rios, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, Caro Emerald, Lykke Li, The Darkness, Katie Melua, The Ting Tings, C2C, Tokio Hotel, The Script, Zaz, Swedish House Mafia, Saybia, Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Alphabeat, Milow and Afrojack.

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    TOKYO CALLING - THE STRYPES "thrilled to be 2FM's choice "


    Speaking from Tokyo, in the middle of a Japanese tour, the Cavan 4 some said " “We are absolutely thrilled to be 2FM's choice to appear at next year’s Eurosonic festival. It is a total honour to play such a prestigious festival and to be Ireland's representatives.”

    Speaking from the radio studio deep in the dungeons of 2fm, Dan Hegarty said .." Please bring me water and something to beat away the rats with .. ".. What he actually said was..       “What a brilliant choice as the first Irish act announced! Really happy to have them coming along with us to Holland in January- they join the many great bands 2fm has sent to Eurosonic over the years- The Frames, God Is An Astronaut, James Vincent McMorrow, Heathers, Little Green Cars, Kodaline, Bell X1, JJ72, Julie Feeney, The Coronas, Cathy Davey – and so on”

    More updates on Eurosonic as they come in 





    The Strypes have spent the past 18 months launching their explosive R&B assault on the clubs and festivals of Ireland, the UK and Europe, viciously hammering out a no-nonsense blues repertoire drawing from the songbooks of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Slim Harpo and more with the passion and venom of British blues groups such as Dr. Feelgood, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Animals.

    The band formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). They released their debut album ‘Snapshot’ last month; it went into the Top 10 in both Ireland and the UK.







    The Electric Picnic is on the voting list for Best Medium Festival in this years European Festival Awards. 

    Win a ticket to every winning festival in Europe just by voting in the 2014 European Festival Awards - just another part of Eurosonic Festival in January.
    The battle begins to find the best European festivals in the 2013 Festival Awards! Vote for your favourite now!




    Eurosonic Noorderslag announces the first names of acts performing at the 28th edition of the Eurosonic Festival. All these were picked by the EBU's Eurosonic Partnership 

    AUSTRIA: Ja, Panik (ORF/FM4)
    BELGIUM: Vismets (PURE FM)
    BULGARIA: Siluet (BNR)
    DENMARK: Shiny Darkly (DR)
    ESTONIA: Winny Puhh (RADIO 2)
    FINLAND: Noah Kin (YLE X + Fimic)
    GERMANY: Claire (ARD)
    GERMANY: Exclusive (ARD)
    HUNGARY: Anna and the Barbies (MR2)
    ICELAND: The Vintage Caravan (RUV/RAS2)
    ITALY: Luca Sapio (RAI/RADIO 2)
    IRELAND: The Strypes (RTE/2FM)
    LUXEMBOURG: Say Yes Dog (LUERSL/100.7)
    MOLDOVA: Mahagon (TRM)
    NETHERLANDS: Kensington (NPO/3FM)
    NETHERLANDS: Mister and Mississippi (NPO/3FM)
    NORWAY: Emilie Nicolas (NRK/P3)
    POLAND: KAMP! (Polskie Radio)
    PORTUGAL: Richie Campbell (RDP/ANTENA 3)
    SWEDEN: Jenny Wilson (SR/P3)
    SWEDEN: Kate Boy (SR/P3)
    SWITZERLAND: The Animen (SRF 3)
    SWITZERLAND: Kadebostany (RSR/COULEUR 3)
    UK: Bondax (BBC/RADIO 1)

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world's biggest association of national broadcasters. As in former years many of the Eurosonic radio stations, including 2fm will carry live shows from the festival 

    "There's a great deal of exciting music coming from many different places in Europe. This event offers a truly unique platform for up-and-coming bands and artists, and we are proud that the Eurosonic Partnership is at the heart of it. No less than 25 EBU radio stations will be involved next January, supporting 28 new Acts, that's what you call real commitment. But there's more, much more. Thanks to a special international collaboration, all the concerts will be broadcast across Europe offering European audiences a unique access to the sounds of these emerging talents. Roll on Groningen!" Comments Laurent Marceau, in charge of Eurosonic Partnership part of  EURORADIO (EBU)

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