Q&A With Bjørn Pfarr

‘Lord of the Bands’, and master mind of 592 concerts by 412 artists in 51 venues at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. Bjørn Pfarr, along with colleagues Arianne Mohr, Ciara George-Lynch and Max Domma, coordinates and curates one of the biggest European showcase festivals. The recent edition took place on September 18.-21, attracting 50.000 festival goers and 5.900 professionals from 52 countries. Reeperbahn also booked 25 ETEP-artists, ranking second on the ETEP Festival Chart.

Over twelve years Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the leading events on the calendar of annual international music conventions. Reeperbahn also features a massive conference agenda for international industry delegates plus various award shows such as the Helga Festival-Awards, the Anchor-Award, an award for music journalism and V.U.T-Indie Awards.

Besides all this the Festival is one of the cooperation partners for the Music Move Europe Talent Awards, presented by the European Commission which highlights new European border breaking acts.

ETEP.nl asked Pfarr about the current booking preferences for Reeperbahn Festival as well as the European music community’s changing market settings, which actually appeared to speed up this year.

ETEP.nl: What kind of talent-trends were important for this year’s edition of Reeperbahn Festival?

Bjørn Pfarr: For 2019 genre wise we had a slight focus on acts which we call ‘global’. In the past some of these acts were labelled ‘world music’. Also acts from the wide genre of country music featured more prominently in our line up. Plus we still represent more and more contemporary / neo classic acts as well as German rap artists

ETEP.nl: When looking forwards to this year’s overall festival season, do you foresee any new developments or changes that will affect this part of the music sector?

Bjørn Pfarr: I didn’t get the feeling this year that, especially the big open air festivals, had sensible changes in their line up’s but actually I do expect this for next year.

ETEP.nl: Germany apparently is a big music market. Please let us know your recommendations as to what new artists from abroad should consider when aiming to play in Germany?

Bjørn Pfarr: Tough question but I would still suggest being well prepared and not to try to play at our festival or other tastemaker events too early, as competition is high and there is so much talent that festival bookers will not book you again in following years even when those artists may need these shows even more if there is a buzz and product out that needs to be promoted.

ETEP.nl: How do you discover new artists that matter for Reeperbahn Festival?

Bjørn Pfarr: We have a massive network. Due to the fact that we are not a showcase Festival we are in contact with all the big agents, promoters, managers, label people and others regarding big acts as well as newcomers. And of course we try to see as many acts live before we book them, especially at ESNL and The Great Escape. But also at SXSW and very small (newcomer) festivals.

ETEP.nl: Reeperbahn Festival participates in ETEP. Which other EU-funded programmes does Reeperbahn Festival benefit from and how are these represented at Reeperbahn Festival?

Bjørn Pfarr: Well, for example we are now lead partner for KEYCHANGE – an initiative and movement of festivals and music organizations that promotes gender parity. The declared goal of Keychange is to trigger a global debate which will lead to sustainable change in the music landscape. Additionally Reeperbahn Festival in collaboration with Eurosonic Noorderslag provides the stage for the announcement of the nominees of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.

ETEP.nl: Are you concerned that the market concentration and consolidation within the market sectors of festivals and agencies is speeding up?

Bjørn Pfarr: Hard to answer as we can see both. More and more concentration but at the same time some small and fantastic boutique festivals and independently run agencies pop up and do a fantastic jobs. And people like what they do and love to attend such festivals and shows.

ETEP.nl: Which other festivals impressed you this year and which ones did you attend, or perhaps still intend to go to?

Bjørn Pfarr: Unfortunately due to a very busy work as well as private schedule I had no time to attend other Festivals this year apart from ESNS and TGE in Brighton

Text: Manfred Tari

ETEP SUMMER ROUND-UP

With only 17 more festivals to go, the ETEP season is almost coming to an end. So far, 2019 has seen a total of 371 festival shows by 159 acts from 27 countries. Fontaines D.C. was forced to cancel some shows, but remains at the top of the charts with 14 shows.

Helping European Talent cross borders

ETEP invests in the geographical spread of artists by working together with 130 festivals from 38 countries. Attracting a total of 7.716.250 visitors each year, the 130 festivals participating in ETEP create a huge potential audience for ETEP acts. Additionally, the programme offers artists from all European countries the chance to participate. In 2019 this resulted in acts from 27 countries performing at festivals in 32 countries.
 
Some new frontiers were crossed this year with Fontaines D.C., Farveblind, Karpov not Kasparov and Say Yes Dog playing the first Russian ETEP shows at Stereoleto in July and in November, Boy Azooga will play the first ever Hong Kong ETEP show at Clockenflap.

ETEP: The longest running European-funded programme for the music industry

Now in its 17th year, The European Talent Exchange Programme has confirmed 371 shows by 159 acts from 27 countries in 2019. In total the European Talent Exchange Programme has enabled 4372 shows by 1604 acts since the start of the programme in 2003, which makes it the biggest and longest running European Talent Exchange Programme for European Music. We are very proud to have contributed to the careers of so many talented European acts. Many of the artists that were supported by ETEP at the start of their careers have turned out to be very successful. Over the past 17 years, acts such as Agnes Obel, Ásgeir, Ben Howard, Benjamin Clementine, Calvin Harris, Franz Ferdinand, James Blake, MØ, Noisia, Selah Sue, The Editors, The Kooks, The XX, Within Temptation and Years & Years have greatly benefited from the support of the ETEP programme. More recently, acts such as Alma, Aurora, Dua Lipa, Idles, Fontaines D.C, Shame, Superorganism and Zeal & Ardor played some of their first international shows with the support of the European Talent Exchange Programme.  
 
Want to find out more about which acts benefited from ETEP? You can see a full overview of all ETEP shows on our website. Just select a year!

Discover the acts! 

You can still catch the ETEP acts live during: Lollapalooza Berlin (de), What’s Next in Music (lt), Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic (es), Reeperbahn Festival (de), Rock in Rio (br), MaMA Event (fr), BUSH (hu), BIME (es), Iceland Airwaves (is), Rolling Stone Park (de), Rolling Stone Beach (de), Linecheck (it), Winterthurer Musikfestwochen (ch), Clockenflap (hk), Spring Break Showcase festival (pl), Les Rencontres Transmusicales de Rennes (fr) and Waves Vienna (at).

ETEP SUMMER UPDATE:

30 ETEP festivals will take place over the next month, showcasing 56 acts from 16 countries to international audiences. 

Over the next month, 56 ETEP acts will travel to 15 countries to deliver 90 ETEP shows. Sziget festival in Hungary will showcase the largest number of ETEP acts:  Jungle by Night (nl), Pipes and Pints (cz), blackwave. (be), Ivan Dorn (ua), RENDEZ VOUS (fr), RUTHANNE (ie), Whispering Sons (be), Cavetown (gb) Elderbrook (gb), Her Skin (it) and Lord Esperanza (fr), With 11 acts from 8 countries, the festival is the perfect location to discover the diversity that European music has to offer.
 
If you’re visiting one of the 33 summer festivals over the next month, make sure to visit a show by one of these ETEP acts: Fontaines D.C., Elderbrook, The Murder Capital, Black Midi, Mahalia, Octavian, Flohio, Pip Blom, girl in red, Blu Samu, RENDEZ VOUS, Juniore, Fangclub, Iris Gold, Ivan Dorn, Penelope Isles, Gurr, whenyoung, Whispering Sons, Cavetown, Boy Azooga, Diron Animal, MAiKA, The Mauskovic Dance Band, Kompromat, Nova Materia, Gato Preto, LA FRAICHEUR, Say Yes Dog, Hugo Barriol, KAWALA, Adam Naas, Emma-Jean Thackray’s Walrus, The Blinders, Cassia, John Moods, MNNQNS, Sibiir, Jungle by Night, Pipes and Pints, blackwave., RUTHANNE, Her Skin, Lord Esperanza, 5K HD, Blanco White, Gerry Cinnamon, Maarja Nuut & Ruum, The Slow Readers Club, KOKOROKO, LAFAWNDAH, Free Love, APRE, Farveblind, Sea Girls and Mavi Phoenix.

BrETEP – better than Brexit

While the Brexit fiasco rumbles on in seemingly never-ending fashion, ETEP continues to prove that collaboration works better than separation. In fact, this year’s ETEP edition has worked extremely well for UK acts, scoring high in terms of the numbers of participating artists and overall shows.
 
One of the essential elements of the European Talent Exchange Programme since its launch in 2003, has been to support the circulation of upcoming artists at international music festivals. But it seems somewhat ironic that in the year of the supposed departure of the UK from the European Union, UK artists should experience an outstanding ETEP season: With 91 confirmed shows for 30 UK acts the Brits lead the ETEP Countries Chart, followed by Ireland with 11 bands playing 37 shows and the Netherlands with 17 artists booked for 36 shows.
 
So, this gives us good reason to ask Greg Parmley, chairman of the UK Live Music Group and director of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) to comment on the success rate of UK artists in the ETEP 2019 edition:

Q&A with Harry Jenner

The song “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish is an enormous hit, and listening to the track, you can’t help clicking your fingers, while the video features some cool looking bad guys. But is this song a soundtrack for Harry Jenner, one of three Austrians ruling the concert market in the alpine republic. Going by the lyrics “So you’re a tough guy, like it really rough guy” maybe, perhaps definitely, as an article in Thegap.at refers to him with the headline “Buhmann with Success.”
 
Harry Jenner is the founder and inventor of the Frequency Festival and according to Thegap.at a highly successful but nevertheless pretty much straight forward live music entrepreneur. Besides this, Jenner is also responsible for deciding that the Austrian music festival became an early adopter of ETEP, from the early days when the programme was first launched.

Discover the acts

Want to discover these breakthrough acts? This weekend will be host to 7 ETEP festivals, so there’s bound to be one near you.

Paleo Festival Nyon (ch): Kompromat (fr), LA FRAICHEUR (fr), RENDEZ VOUS (fr), The Mauskovic Dance Band (nl), Nova Materia (fr), Gato Preto )(de).
Kendal Calling (gb): Juniore (fr).
Y not festival (gb): Pip Blom (nl), Fangclub (ie), The Murder Capital (ie).
Standon Calling (gb): Iris Gold (dk), Juniore (fr), Fangclub (ie)
Juicy Beats (de): Say Yes Dog (lu), Blu Samu (be), KAWALA (gb), Hugo Barriol (fr)
Positivus festival (lv): Elderbrook (gb), Ivan Dorn (ua), Adam Naas (fr), Emma-Jean Thackray (gb),
Waves Vienna (at): Iris Gold (dk), Cassia (gb), John Moods (de), MNNQNS (fr), Penelope Isles (gb), The Blinders (gb)
Truck Festival (gb): whenyoung (ie), Pip Blom (nl), The Murder Capital (ie), Gurr (de)

BrETEP – Better Than Brexit

While the Brexit fiasco rumbles on in seemingly never ending fashion, ETEP continues to prove that collaboration works better than separation. In fact this year’s ETEP edition has worked extremely well for UK acts, scoring high in terms of the numbers of participating artists and overall shows.

One of the essential elements of the European Talent Exchange Programme since its launch in 2003, has been the support of the circulation of upcoming artists at international music festivals. But it seems somewhat ironic that in the year of the supposed departure of the UK from the European Union, UK artists should experience an outstanding ETEP season: With 91 confirmed shows for 30 UK acts the Brits lead the ETEP Countries Chart, followed by Ireland with 11 bands gaining 37 shows and  the Netherlands with 17 artists booked for 36 shows.

Five UK acts made it into the ETEP Top Ten Artist chart: Black Midi (9 shows), Flohio (9), Elderbrook (8), Octavian (7), Sea Girls (7), while Fontaines  D.C. from Ireland lead the chart with 13 shows and their countrymen The Murder Capital on place number nine secured 6 shows.  Despite this year’s UK-dominance the ETEP Top Ten Artist chart has nevertheless  demonstrated international artistic variety; Austrian artist Mavi Phoenix ranks on place five with eight shows, Pip blom from The Netherlands on place six with 8 shows and Iris Gold from Denmark comes in ninth with 7 shows. 

However, the circulation of artists on the ETEP-carousel kicks in to action when considering the overall results : Thirteen French acts gain 30 shows, another 13 from Belgium 30 shows, five Austrian artists 15 shows and four Danish acts 12 shows.

Currently ETEP provides a total of 327 festivals shows for 144 artists. But these are only the half time results as ETEP 2019 continues with a few more confirmations by international festivals still to be finalized.

Considering the number of 129 participating festivals across the world, ranging from major events such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Montreux Jazz Festival or Wacken to smaller but still prestigious boutique festivals such as Maifeld Derby, Les Nuits Botanique or Bad Bonn Kilbi, ETEP is undoubtedly delivering artists to a pan – European audience.

Bearing in mind that the British showcase festival The Great Escape alone booked  25 ETEP-artists, this year’s ETEP results delivered valuable reasons for UK artists & festivals to remain part of this unique programme.

So consideration of these arguments gives good reason to ask Greg Parmley, chairman of the UK Live Music Group and director of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) to comment on the success rate of UK artists in the ETEP 2019 edition :

“The UK has always punched far above its weight musically, and Europe is an incredibly important market – Ten percent of the UK music industry workforce is European, while Sixty percent of PRS for Music’s international revenue comes from the continent. It’s too early to understand the full impact of Brexit, but UK artists will be wanting to hone their skills in clubs from Amsterdam to Zagreb for many decades to come.” - Greg Parmley

Q&A With Harry Jenner

The song “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish is an enormous hit, listening to the track, you can’t help clicking your fingers, while the video features some cool looking bad guys. But is this song a soundtrack for Harry Jenner, one of three Austrians ruling the concert market in the alpine republic. Going by the lyrics “So you’re a tough guy, Like it really rough guy” maybe, perhaps definitely, as an article in Thegap.at refers to him with the headline “Buhmann with Success.”

Harry Jenner is the founder and inventor of the Frequency Festival and according to Thegap.at a highly successful but nevertheless pretty much straight forward live music entrepreneur . Besides this, Jenner is also responsible for deciding that the Austrian music festival became an early adopter of ETEP, from the early days when the programme was first launched.

Jenner started in the mid nineties as a DJ and local concert promoter . Meanwhile, together with his business partners  Ewald Tatar und Martin Vögel he became a stake holder of Barracuda Holding, by far the biggest concert promoter in Austria, presenting festivals such as Frequency Festival or Nova Rock,  as well as arena shows and small club gigs. 

ETEP.nl: FM4 Frequency has been part of ETEP since the beginning in 2003. Do you remember what convinced you to join the programme?

Harry Jenner: Tough question 16 years on… I guess it was my second or third Eurosonic and I loved the idea of seeing new talent and supporting them in a simple way, also the financial support of the ETEP programme was an extra persuasion to get involved.

ETEP.nl: Do you have any personal highlights concerning ETEP-artists that still stand out for you?

Harry Jenner: Well I guess I saw about 60 artists connected to Frequency Festival  and with Novarock probably around the same, so it’s really hard to tell. Mostly I liked seeing them getting bigger and bigger… 

ETEP.nl: ETEP receives funding from former and current EU-programmes for culture. Should the EU expand its support schemes for popular music and if so, what kind of support is needed?

Harry Jenner: In my particular case it is good that the EU supports this, as the “official” Austria music support only recognises Mozart and traditional Austrian local music. I guess Austria is the only country left in Europe where national TV (or any other TV) doesn’t  broadcast any parts of the festival… 

ETEP.nl: ETEP is focused on European artists and festivals. Wouldn’t it be good to have a kind of ETEP-programme dedicated to attracting European audiences to festivals?

Harry Jenner: Well from a promoter point of view yes of course!

ETEP.nl: Have you increased promotional efforts for your events in other EU-countries over the years? And if so, what territories and efforts were these?

Harry Jenner: Well, we tried several options and ways, but for Austria it always comes down to Germany, Italy and some UK people. I know a lot of countries where the beer price is very low and, for some unknown reason, they have huge numbers in foreign audience…  Just kidding!

ETEP.nl: For
 decades Frequency and Nova Rock have served new generations of festival goers. What kind of changes in terms of audience preferences have you discovered over the years?

Harry Jenner: Well, Novarock has been very stable in its audience structures which is a huge part of its ongoing success, but we’ve always been open for some new music styles besides rock or metal and opening for new genres … which works very well and ticket sales are very strong.

Frequency recently had  a big change in its audience structure and even more in its musical direction, as indie and alternative acts don`t pull as many as they used to do over here and we had to change more towards Hip hop, electro, rock, pop and only a very few indie and alternative acts … so this is a huge crossover mix these days, and it works very well since we started the change in 2017 and from 2018 Frequency Festival has been sold out well in advance. Which is new for the Austrian market, normally we sold out in the week of the festival (if we sold out at all)… but I’m certain this will change in the next 5 years back to more guitars …

ETEP.nl: Austria , like Germany, invested heavily in the support of classical music. Do we need a new generation of politicians to reconsider the imbalance of funding for music, serving all kind of music genres more equally than it is currently the case?

Harry Jenner: This is a very good point and I guess in Austria the situation is without any doubt fully on the classical side, not only with funding, but as mentiond before, also with media. Especially with national media, who should support all kinds of national culture and strong events. You can watch 4 hours of Nordic cross country skiing through the woods with round about 100 people as audience, but you can not watch Frequency Festival or Nova Rock with more than 50.000+ people attending daily. Or in short: Yes, we need them.

ETEP.nl: The live music sector has absorbed the ‘corporatisation’ of companies for almost two decades. Recently, loads of fresh money has come into the market from external investors via the financial community. Leading to new and bigger networks of concert companies. Is this a positive development for this business or is it one that rather raises your concerns?

Harry Jenner: The future will tell, but from my point of view, for the customer this is not a good development as the ticket prices will rise and rise,  for example Frequency Festival and Nova Rock both are still well below 200 euro per ticket including camping and parking, the same applies to our stadium shows or greenfield shows. 

ETEP.nl: Which other festivals and events you will go to this summer?

Harry Jenner: Electric Love Festival, Frauenfeld Festival, Wacken, Airbeat One, and almost Burning Man (but had to move this to 2021). 

Text: Manfred Tari

37 new confirmations over the last month, causing some major shifts in the ETEP Artist Chart. 

Glastonbury and INmusic are the latest ETEP festivals to open their hearts to Fontaines D.C. With 18 confirmed festival slots, Fontaines D.C. is getting dangerously close to last years’ record set by Superorganism. Playing in 12 European countries, they have the perfect tour mapped out with confirmed spots at Dour Festival (be), End of the Road Festival (gb), Haldern Pop (de), Immergut Festival (de), Les Eurockéennes De Belfort (fr), Øyafestivalen (no), Paléo Festival Nyon (ch), Release Athens (gr), Roskilde Festival (dk), Stereoleto (ru), TRNSMT (gb), Truck Festival (gb), Vida Festival (es), Vieilles Charrues (fr), Y Not Festival (gb), Ypsigrock (it), plus latest additions Glastonbury (gb) and INmusic Festival (hr).

Black Midi and Flohio are respectively in second and third position, both have been there since February. Black Midi have just announced that their new album “Schlagenheim” will be released on the 21st of June, with the band touring through Canada, Europe, Japan and the US in the autumn. Truly a band taking European music outside Europe and successfully breaking borders.
 
Since her show at ESNS, Flohio has been touring the world. She has played in Australia, Canada, Mexico and the US already this year, and will be visiting ETEP festivals in eight European countries over the summer.

Top 10 acts

1. Fontaines D.C. (ie) – 18 shows
2. Black Midi (gb) – 9 shows
3. Flohio (gb) – 9 shows
4. Mavi Phoenix (at) – 7 shows
5. Pip Blom (nl) – 7 shows

6. Elderbrook (gb) – 7 shows
7. The Murder Capital (ie) – 6 shows
8. Octavian (gb) – 6 shows
9. Penelope Isles (gb) – 6 shows
10. SEA GIRLS (gb) – 6 shows

Festival Chart

1. The Great Escape (gb) – 25 acts
2. Iceland Airwaves (is) – 12 acts
3. Sziget (hu) – 12 acts
4. Dour (be) – 9 acts
5. Europavox (fr) – 8 acts

6. Haldern Pop (de) – 8 acts
7. Les Nuits Botanique (be) – 8 acts
8. by:larm (no) – 7 acts
9. Paléo Nyon Festival (ch) – 7 acts
10. Reeperbahn Festival (de) – 6 acts

Sponsorship by Coca Cola, the beer brand Krombacher or even energy drink Red Bull? Certainly not at OBS, due to their awareness of aspects of disregard for fair labour conditions, ‘green washing’ or the political mind-sets of Company owners, not exactly in favour of democratic standards.
Instead OBS is a festival that applies a very polite policy for festival goers, featuring a kid-friendly approach, pursuing sponsors that may not be the biggest, such as Sinalco-Cola, involving charity organisations such as Sea-Watch, or offering water for free on the site. And yes, of course, there is music! Including, among others, this year’s ETEP artists The Holy, Lewsberg and Linn Koch-Emmery.

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ETEP.nl spoke with Rembert Stiewe, the OBS festival director about ETEP, culture policies and the impact of music and festivals in terms of ‘Love, Peace & Happiness’

ETEP.nl: ETEP is one of the very few support-programmes for festivals on an EU-level. Do you think we should have more of these for festivals or live events and if so, what kinds of support are needed?

Rembert Stiewe: As proven by ETEP’s success, support-programmes can work for the benefit of all involved parties – and without too much bureaucratic effort. So, yes, I think there should be more of this kind of support for festivals. This could be programmes that e.g. enable festivals to focus on sustainability, to minimise their carbon footprint, or to optimise their waste management. Often investments are needed to start a process like smart waste management etc. – and due to limited budgets they often fall through before they get started. There’s certainly room for support programs in this area.
I think a support program calling for inventive and sustainable ideas and projects would help to boost awareness and help festivals to become future-proof. In any case, any support program should not add to the bureaucratic nightmare festivals have to struggle with anyway. Ideally it should be set up to be as lean and easy to operate as ETEP.

ETEP.nl: You work as a journalist for WDR-Rockpalast.yourself. The loss of music magazines all over Europe is massive, mostly lost due to the emergence of online giants such as Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or Youtube replacing music media. Should this development be left to pursue the idea of a ‘free market’-philosophy or is there a political need for protection such as is afforded public broadcasters?

Rembert Stiewe: This is a delicate topic, of course. The ‘free market’-philosophy certainly is rubbish.  Yes, I see a political need for protecting media – though without transforming them into their own lobby.

ETEP.nl: The Council for Culture in the Netherlands came up with the recommendation to support popular music in a similar manner to classical music, arguing that all parts of society should have the same access to the funding of culture according to their cultural preferences. Do you think that the majority of the current generation of politicians is ready for such a policy?

Rembert Stiewe: Hell, yes! Why shouldn’t they be? No, just kidding. I don’t think they’re ready yet. I never got why there’s so much denial of the idea that popular music should be treated like classical music. No one ever could give me a reason why there’s a lack of the same access to the funding of culture according to people’s cultural preferences. C’mon, this is elitist bullshit. Of course popular music and classical music should be supported equally. The “classical music is superior to popular music”-agenda some politicians still seem to be after is a sign of ridiculous  “my shit doesn’t stink” –arrogance!

ETEP.nl: When Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, was asked at ILMC 2019 about the band’s concert at Woodstock (1969), he said that it was “the first nail in the coffin of the Vietnam War, the first thing to make the government sit up and take notice.” Today we see spending on military budgets reaching a new level of $1.8trn! Should there now be a return to a demand that festivals should again empower ‘Love, Peace & Happiness’ (The Chambers Brothers )?

Rembert Stiewe: To quote Elvis Costello: “I ask myself: Is all hope lost? Is there only pain and hatred, and misery? (…) What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?”, Yeah,what IS so funny about it? It might sound naive – but I think that every engagement for the collective good counts, even small-scale activities. That’s why Orange Blossom Special has always had an attitude, we are aware of the social responsibility that we all – especially we as festival organizers – have. We reach more people through our events than it would otherwise be possible in our private environment and in other professional networks. We transport a way of living. That’s why all festivals should take a stand to take on board social responsibility; they should raise awareness of grievances, and should support tolerance, respect, openness, peacefulness and demonstrate and discuss solidarity. Not just lip service, but action.
We know that we may, for the most part, preach to the converted – nevertheless, it can certainly be positive to keep pointing out what is obviously going wrong. This does not mean that we only pursue altruistic goals here. Pretty much all festivals are forced to compromise here and there when it comes to preserving the future of the event. It’s that simple and not very romantic. But we try our best to be good – and to become better. Every festival should at least try to do so. Because nothing is funny about peace, love and understanding!

ETEP.nl: OBS is sold out. Any idea how many visitors usually come from abroad?

Rembert Stiewe: This is hard to tell –there are quite a few guests from the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria coming to OBS every year. But I’d say all in all no more than 5% are coming from abroad.

ETEP.nl: Which other festivals will you go to  this summer?

Rembert Stiewe: I’m planning on going to Maifeld Derby, Haldern-Pop, T-Mania, Rockpalast-Crossroads and Reeperbahnfestival.

For more information on OBS, please check this

Text: Manfred Tari /Allan McGowan

The line up for this mission is impressive, featuring non-Yourope industry professionals as well as the current membership of the organisation itself. The message is clear; European citizens should support European values and become actively involved by voting in the upcoming elections.

Yourope issued the following joint statement,

“Today, for some of us, it may appear that there is nothing left to fight for. But many of you still fight, and must fight, for many things; for the climate; for the end of sexism; for the right to love who you choose to love; and to be who you are. We must also fight for an end to atrocities like gun violence and injustice throughout the world.

We, the festivals in Europe, try our best to keep pace with you, your needs, wants, and opinions, and create spaces where everybody can be free and enjoy each other and the music. Thank you for engaging. Thank you for celebrating your freedom at our festivals. Thank you for participating in the fight for a better world and for voting in the European Elections for a future in which we can continue to celebrate together at the European Festivals.

We want to demonstrate the results of voting. We want to celebrate and stimulate solidarity across Europe. We want to encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote in the European Election.”

The range of festivals includes big and small events from all parts of Europe, from Portugal to Finland and even from the UK, which, due to various reasons, will be taking part in the current elections.With the current campaign Yourope, also one of the co-founders of ETEP, aims to stand alongside those music initiatives actively addressing and supporting civic engagement.

For further information please check www.wevoteforeurope.eu and spread the news about #WeVoteForEurope.

Fontaines D.C are still leading the chart, getting closer to last year’s record result set by Superorganism with 19 shows. However, Fontaines D.C. also scores high in terms of international media coverage with an appearance on the popular US show, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last week and their track ‘Boys in the Betterland’  is currently getting airplay in 11 European countries.

ETEP artist chart
1. Fontaines D.C. (ie) – 16 shows
2. Black Midi (gb) –  9 shows
3. Flohio (gb) – 9 shows
4. The Murder Capital (ie) –  6 shows
5. Pip Blom (nl) – 6 shows
6. Octavian (gb)-  6 shows
7. girl in red (no) – 5 shows (new entry)
8. Whispering Sons (be) – 5 shows (new entry)
9. Mavi Phoenix (at) – 5 shows (new entry)
10. Elderbrook (gb) – 5 shows

Want to discover these breakthrough acts? You can catch them live at an ETEP festival near you. Next up: The Great Escape, Focus WALES, Les 3 Éléphants, Badd Bonn Kilbi, Immergut, Primavera Sound, Best Kept Secret and Orange Warsaw Festival.

View all ETEP results here


ETEP Festivals

Aiming to promote European music across the world, ETEP supports the booking of emerging European talent at festivals in 37 countries.

ETEP Festival Chart
1. The Great Escape – (25 ETEP acts)
2. Iceland Airwaves – (12 ETEP acts)
3. Sziget – (12 ETEP acts)
4. Dour – (9 ETEP acts)
5. Europavox (8 ETEP acts)
6. Haldern Pop – (8 ETEP acts)
7. Les Nuits Botanique – (8 ETEP acts)
8. by:Larm – (7 ETEP acts)
9. Paléo Festival Nyon – (7 ETEP acts)
10. Roskilde – (6 ETEP shows)

With 25 confirmed ETEP acts, The Great Escape is at the top of the ETEP festival chart. The Brighton based showcase festival joined ETEP in 2006, and has since booked a total of 285 ETEP acts. Showcase festivals such as Eurosonic and The Great Escape are highly meaningful as career boosters for many new artists, and, given that The Great Escape is happening this weekend, ETEP asked booker Adam Ryan what makes these festivals so valuable for bands:

“Showcase events are the best way to perform in front of so many music industry bodies at once. Some of them may seem a little sterile as they’re not open to the public and others might not give you a sound check, but one thing’s for sure, if your live show is good you will grab someone’s attention and get something out of it. Could be festival bookings, could be a live agent…it could even be a big money sync for a chocolate bar advert.”
Adam Ryan, The Great Escape


ESNS Chart

This year, ESNS will publish even more insights into new European music. Aside from the latest improved Music Moves Europe Talent Charts, ESNS has launched the ESNS Chart this year, tracking the radio airplay of approximately 350 ESNS2019 artists on radio stations outside their home country.

Current chart leaders include Elderbrook, Fontaines D.C., Mahalia, Nielson, Ina Wroldsen, Blu Samu and Sports Team. ETEP highscorer Fontaines D.C. is in the top 10 with three tracks: Boys in the Betterland, BIG and Roy’s Tune.

 

TGE is also about networking and of course, let’s not forget, parties; both essential elements necessary, besides the joy of music, to move things forward in this business! However, at the end of the day there must be those that put in all the work to make such events possible. Adam Ryan is one of these, to complete his work as a booker for TGE he apparently uses Google Doc and says about the Internet: “It’s pretty good. I think its gonna catch on.” It seems he also travels a lot, mentioning, for instance in a recent interview with Festicket.com, long distance trips to Australia and China. In January this year he stopped over in Groningen for one of the famous Beer Crate Sessions at Eurosonic 2019. Regarding ETEP a highly relevant connection reveals that TGE leads the current ETEP Festival Chart with 25 bookings.

For ETEP.nl Adam responded to our questions about support programmes, the role of showcase festivals and which other festivals he will attend this summer:

ETEP.nl: Would you like to see a similar support programme such as ETEP set up for artists and festivals in the UK as well?
Adam Ryan: Any additional support you can give to emerging artists is always welcome in my eyes.

ETEP.nl: Particularly for new acts, the music business has of course become highly competitive. Please explain the role of showcase festivals for artist development these days…
Adam Ryan: Showcase events are the best way to perform in front of as many music industry bods at once. Some of them may seem a little sterile as they’re not open to the public and others might not give you a sound check but one things for sure, if your live show is good you’ll grab someone’s attention and get something out of it. Could be festival bookings. Could be a live agent. Could even be a big money sync for a chocolate bar advert.

ETEP.nl: When an artist is booked for TGE, how do you advise them to go about gaining the best results from playing your event?
Adam Ryan: Try and turn up to the venue early and catch a few of the other acts on the same stage. Learn from their performance. Be prepared to not have a sound check so make your first track something simple and straight forward to help set the levels. After that I would play your best tracks and keep it short. Also make yourself available after the gig, go into the crowd and if you’re any good people will approach you.

ETEP.nl: Which other music conferences do you usually visit and which ones of those do you enjoy most?
Adam Ryan: Reeperbahn, Eurosonic, Big Sound and any other one that drops me an invite outside of my booking period.

ETEP.nl: More than 100 festivals are active members of the ETEP programme.  Which festivals you are particularly looking forward to visiting to this summer?
Adam Ryan: The ones we run. Lovebox, Wilderness, Reading and Leeds, Wireless, Latitude. Outside of that I’ll be going to Glastonbury, Greenman, End of The Road, Primavera.

The list of ETEP-Acts appearing at TGE features: Pip Blom, Jarreau Vandal, EUT, blackwave., The Mauskovic Dance Band, Any Other, 5K HD, girl in red, Vulpynes, Amanda Tenfjord, Fieh, Juniore, Kojaque, Long Tall Jefferson, Petrol Girls, Portland, The Murder Capital, The Pier, whenyoung, Whispering Sons, Lewsberg, BRIET, Thorsteinn Einarsson, The Visual and FATA BOOM…

For more information on TGE please check: https://greatescapefestival.com/

Text: Manfred Tari /Allan McGowan