ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is the place to discover emerging European music talent. The festival takes place every year 4 days in Groningen. The festival once started in 1986 with Noorderslag as a competition between Belgian and Dutch bands. These days the festival focuses on Dutch pop music and the annual stage offers more than 50 Dutch acts. The Eurosonic showcase festival has become the largest of its kind in all of Europe. As a result, there are a total of around 300 performances to be admired during ESNS and the event attracts more than 40.000 visitors every year, a considerable number of whom are professionals from the music industry.
Eurosonic Noorderslag Foundation organizes ESNS. This foundation aims to strengthen the European pop sector and promote European pop music. To achieve this, the foundation offers a platform for the presentation of European music talent. With this they promote the international exchange of music talent. That is why they organize the two aforementioned festivals (Eurosonic and Noorderslag), a conference, a talent exchange program (European Talent Exchange Program) and the presentation of various music prizes, including the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, Popprijs, European Festival Awards and Pop Media Prijs.
Hotelships in the port of Groningen
During the event in Groningen, several ships of Slaapschepen.nl will be moored in Groningen. They are located near the Oosterpoort and therefore next to the bustling center of Groningen. Slaapschepen.nl has been bringing hundreds of overnight accommodations to the Groningen capital for bands, organization and visitors since 2001. For the artists, large passenger ships sail to the Suikerunie, where they have their own Artist Village. It is a household name among visitors and artists alike.
All current information about this festival can be found on the website of Eurosonic Noorderslag 2023.
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