Dutch companies at Popkomm 2008 - Buma Cultuur


Dutch companies at Popkomm 2008 - Buma Cultuur

Belgium focus for

EuroSonic Noorderslag 2009

The European Music Conference and Showcase

Festival brings Belgian music to the forefront.

The 2009 edition of Euro-

Sonic Noorderslag will

take place on 15, 16 and 17

January in the Dutch city of

Groningen. This year the focus

will be on Belgian music

talent and on the Belgian

music industry. The festival

will comprise the EuroSonic

Noorderslag festivals and

conference, and over 250

international bands and acts

will be performing that weekend.

Around 2,500 music

business professionals are

expected to attend.

“With its location in the

heart of Europe, Belgium is a

melting pot of cultural influences

where bands such as

Front 242 and TC Matic were

first inspired to create their

unique sound,” says Peter

Smidt, creative director of

EuroSonic Noorderslag and

project manager of

Buma Cultuur. “Many

bands followed and

gained international

respect: dEUS, Soulwax,

Girls in Hawaii and Ghinzu,

to name only a few. Belgium

has a vibrant live music

scene with lots of great venues,

clubs and festivals. Rock

Werchter, of course, is recognized

as the best festival in

the world. Aside from shows

by several Belgian bands

and acts, the focus of panels

and meetings during the

conference will be on doing

business with Belgium.”

The Belgium focus is supported by Studio

Brussel, Wallonie Bruxelles Musiques and

Flanders Music Centre.


Photo Simone Tettero

Shows by European artists keeps on

growing every year

ETEP: European

Talent Exchange


New opportunities for new European talent.

With over 730 confirmed festival shows at 60

major international festivals since 2003, ETEP

is a successful EuroSonic Noorderslag initiative

that aims to stimulate the exchange of European

music throughout Europe. ETEP brings new

talent to the forefront by linking leading

European festivals with radio and other media.

Creamfields, the most popular dance festival of the UK,

celebrated its 10-year anniversary on August 23 and 24. As well as

many international headliners, there was a special tent with

Dutch DJs. This new project, Go Dutch, was presented by

musicXport.nl and supported by the Amsterdam Dance Event,

Buma Cultuur, 1Management, Sneakerz MUZIK, Extrema Music,

One Day and the British MN2S. Acts such as Bart B More, Benny

Rodrigues, Nuno dos Santos, Warren Fellow, Darko Esser,

Groovenatics, Baggi Begovic and Oliver Twizt showed what

Holland has to offer when it comes to dance and electronic music.

After their Creamfields gig, Go Dutch will tour clubs and festivals

around the world. First up in October this year is a home gig at the

Amsterdam Dance Event, on Saturday 25 October in Panama.



The Go! Team (uk), Under

Byen (dk), Blood Red Shoes

(uk), Teitur (fo), Seeed (de),

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives

(se), Franz Ferdinand (uk), The

Dø (fr), T. Raumschmiere (de),

Beatsteaks (de), Moneybrother

(se), Kaizers Orchestra (no),

Disco Ensemble (fi),

Editors (uk), Infadels (uk),

José González (se), The Kooks

(uk), Wir Sind Helden (de),

Within Temptation (nl), zZz

(nl), The Sounds (se), Pete

Philly & Perquisite (nl), The

Answer (uk), Shout Out Louds

(se), Rhesus (fr), GEM (nl),

Hush Puppies (fr), Loney,

Dear (se), I’m from Barcelona

(se), Lykke Li (se), Yelle (fr)

and Does It Offend You, Yeah?


Festivals that take part in

ETEP include: Benicassim (es),

Coachella (us), Pinkpop (nl),

Exit Festival (rs), Eurockeennes

(fr), Glastonbury

(uk), Hultsfred (se), Hurricane

(de), Lowlands (nl), Melt! (de),

Open Air St. Gallen (ch), Paleo

(ch), Pinkpop (nl), Provinssirock

(fi), Rock Werchter (be),

Roskilde (dk), Sziget (hu) and

many others.

Selection for ETEP takes place

at EuroSonic Noorderslag,

by the ETEP festival bookers

themselves. ETEP is a project

by the Noorderslag Foundation

working in cooperation

with Buma Cultuur, Yourope

and EBU, supported by EMO

and SENA performers.

More information at


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