Eurosonic Festival

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Eurosonic 2011 - Go Back To The Zoo - by René Keijzer

Eurosonic is Europe’s largest showcase festival and takes place on a yearly basis on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday previous to Noorderslag festival in the Dutch city Groningen.[1] Eurosonic is part of The European Music Conference and Showcase Festival Eurosonic Noorderslag. During the festival 300 bands and acts perform on 36 stages in the city center of Groningen. Contrary to Noorderslag, the other festival that’s part of Eurosonic Noorderslag, during Eurosonic artists from the Netherlands as well as other European countries perform. The first edition of Eurosonic took place in 1996. Eurosonic is organized by Noorderslag Foundation.[2]

The Eurosonic festival is yearly sold out very fast (within a few hours). The festival has a big stage on De Grote Markt square, which is free for public audience. The performances in the venues can only be visited by people who've bought tickets. Simultaneously several other organisations such as Altersonic, Galerie Sign, record store Plato, Subbacultcha!, Excelsior Recordings, Double Vee, A Rocketride To Grunnsonic, Pleuropsonic, OOG Radio, Subroutine Cares organise free concerts all over the city centre in pubs, bar dancings, art galeries.[3]


Edition Year Focus country Performances of
1 1996 De Jazzpolitie (NL), Tiedo en Plan K. (NL)
2 1997
3 1998 An Pierlé (BE), Meindert Talma & The Negroes (NL), Is Ook Schitterend (NL)
4 1999 Gluecifer (NO), Janez Detd. (BE), Meindert Talma & The Negroes (NL), Ozark Henry (BE), Slagerij van Kampen (NL)
5 2000 Daryll-Ann (NL), Def Rhymz (NL), Henk Westbroek (NL), Is Ook Schitterend (NL), Lawn (NL)
6 2001 Das Pop (BE), Hooverphonic (BE), Kings of Convenience (NO), Meindert Talma (NL), Novastar (BE)
7 2002 16 Down (NL), Aereogramme (GB), Alamo Race Track (NL), Daryll-Ann (NL), Di-rect (NL), Krezip (NL), Lawn (NL), Millionaire (BE), Rapalje (NL), Saybia (DK), Twarres (NL)
8 2003 An Pierlé (BE), Audiotransparent (NL), Bettie Serveert (NL), Caesar (NL), De Heideroosjes (NL), C-Mon & Kypski (NL), Laidback Luke (NL), Dreadlock Pussy (NL), Erlend Øye (NO), Johan (NL), Kaizers Orchestra (NO), Mando Diao (SE), Ska-P(ES), The Apers(NL), The Libertines (GB), The Raveonettes (DK), The Shavers (NL)
9 2004 France Absynthe Minded (BE), After Forever (NL), Die Apokalyptischen Reiter (DE), Gabriel Rios (BE), Alamo Race Track (NL), Johan (Nl), Stijn (BE), The Subways (GB), Triggerfinger (BE)
10 2005 France Hal (IE)
11 2006 Germany Animal Alpha (NO), The Answer (GB), Alamo Race Track (NL), The Chalets (IE), Corvus Corax (DE), Dungen (SE), GEM (NL), Infadels (GB), Nouvelle Vague (FR), Ojos de Brujo (ES), Pete Philly & Perquisite (NL)
12 2007 Italy About (NL), Air Traffic (GB), The Answer (GB), Das Pop (BE), Datarock (NO), Digitalism (DE), Enter Shikari (GB), Julie Feeney (IE), Gabriel Ríos (BE), The Girls (GB), Goose (BE), Green Hornet (NL), Humanzi (IE), Instil (NL), The Magic Numbers (GB), Ozark Henry (BE), Textures (NL), Van Velzen (NL), zZz (NL)
13 2008 Sweden Sarah Bettens (BE), Cathy Davey (IE), The Hoosiers (GB), Hooverphonic (BE), I'm from Barcelona (SE), June in December (NL), Lykke Li (SE), Republic of Loose (IE), Stone Gods (GB), Pioneers of love (NL), Andi Almqvist (SE)
14 2009 Belgium Wallis Bird (IE), The Coronas (IE), Fight Like Apes (IE), Rita Redshoes (PT), The Legendary Tigerman (PT), Buraka Som Sistema (PT), Pioneers of love (NL)
15 2010 Norway And So I Watch You From Afar (IE), Delorentos (IE), Imelda May (IE), Villagers (IE), Kaizers Orchestra (NO), Love Amongst Ruin (GB)
16 2011 The Netherlands Selah Sue (BE), Balthazar (BE), Crystal Fighters (ES), My Little Cheap Dictaphone (BE), Ginga (AT), James Blake (GB) Kvety (CZ), Vinnie Who (DK), Ben l'Oncle Soul (FR), White Lies (GB), LaBrassBanda (DE), Sean Riley & The Slowriders (PT), Junip (SE), Krach (NL)
17 2012 Ireland 170 acts played at the 2012 edition (11–14 January)[4] DVA (CZ), Bitches with Wolves, Cashier no9, Fionn Regan, We Cut Corners, Emmet Tinley, Foy Vance, Funeral Suits, God Is an Astronaut, Hello Moon, James Vincent McMorrow, Jape, LaFaro, Lisa Hannigan, Iceage, Yuri Landman Ensemble (NL), Luik (NL), Squarehead, The Cast of Cheers, The Minutes, Pioneers of love (NL), Thread Pulls (IR), Toby Karr, Wallis Bird,[5] Jessie Ware

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [1] Website Eurosonic Noorderslag
  • [2] Eurosonic Noorderslag archive


  1. ^ (Dutch)"Eurosonic Noorderslag 2011, Europa's grootste showcasefestival en Noorderslag", Verkregen 12 augustus 2011
  2. ^ (Dutch)"Eurosonic Noorderslag",, Verkregen 12 Augustus 2011
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  4. ^ List of acts for Eurosonic and Noorderslag
  5. ^ "RTÉ 2fm gearing up for EuroSonic". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.