Foto: Jorn Baars ©

13 ETEP festivals opened their hearts for Zeal & Ardor this year. Additionally they have just announced a US tour consisting of 18 shows in 15 different states. Proudly taking European music outside Europe and successfully breaking borders.

Being the number 3 most booked ETEP-artist with 10 ETEP shows, Sigrid is also conquering the world on the internet. After releasing her brand new song and videoclip ‘High Five’ on YouTube it gained almost 3 million views within three weeks time.

With most festivals around the corner a good number of ETEP acts have been confirmed. Currently 137 acts from 24 countries will make their way across Europe to perform 395 shows. The top acts:

  1. Superorganism (gb) – 19
  2. Zeal & Ardor (ch) – 14
  3. Sigrid (no) – 10
  4. Tshegue (fr) – 9
  5. Altin Gün (nl) – 8
  6. Dermot Kennedy (ie) – 7
  7. Tamino (be) – 7
  8. Alma (fi) – 6
  9. Alice Merton (de) – 6
  10. Cari Cari (at) – 6

A full overview of all ETEP acts and where they are performing can be found here. here.

This chart shows even tracks before their release!

Exciting stuff this week: the highest new entry is not even officially released on streaming yet when I write this!

This Friday, Finnish singer Alma released a mixtape called Heavy Rules (Universal). The first single from that collection is called Dance For Me, featuring Danish singer , which premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC1 Radio show as ‘Hottest Record’. This high profile pre-release airplay of the electro-pop song was enough to make it this week’s highest new entry at #37, as one of the fourteen newbies this week.

If you think last week’s number #96, Irish act Tadgh with Who Do You Think You Are (self-released), was a fluke, entering through airplay in Spain before its release, think again. The monitoring system for the European Border Breakers Chart is fine-tuned. So hipsters, beware, check this chart first!

Much hyped British indie act Superorganism release their eponymous debut album this Friday. While still charting with Everybody Wants To Be Famous at #6, and Something For Your M.I.N.D. at #44, they see even a third entry appear at #42: Reflections On The Screen (all Domino). This so-called ‘instant gratification’ track for everyone who bought the digital album in advance already gets airplay in twelve countries outside their home country Great Britain.

More exciting stuff entering this week: for instance, at #46 Danish producer Emil Wilk enters with Slow Emotions as M.I.L.K.(Universal) via Norway. He combines live instrumentation with electronic dance pop. More electronics at #49 where French duo The Blaze comes in with Heaven (Sony) through plays in Denmark, Great Britain and Sweden. If you have the chance, please check the cinematic video for this song, which shows an idyllic scene of a community of friends and family. Three notches lower at #52, a lush ballad appears by British singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, who teamed up with Colombian-Canadian chanteuse Jessie Reyez: Rush (Universal) gets support in Germany and Finland. And at #62, the Dutch language is no hindrance for French listeners as Nafthaly Ramona enters with her urban track Merry (Sony). The Dutch video blogger and DJ is singing in slang about a ‘merry’, meaning a car from the Mercedes-Benz brand…

And then… applause for the first Lithuanian entry in this chart ever! At #78 we welcome Severija with Zu Asche Zu Staub (BMG), meaning ‘forget it’. Severija Janušauskaitė is an internationally renowned Lithuanian actress and singer with a low pitched voice. The song appears as the main theme in the to date most expensive German TV series ‘Babylon Berlin’, in which she appears as a cabaret singer during the Weimar republic period in the 1920’s. The airplay comes from Germany, Spain, Poland and Slovakia.

A couple of funky releases now. At #79 French soulful rock band Theo Lawrence & The Hearts debuts with Never Let It Go (BMG). The Paris band crosses over to Sweden and Luxembourg. At #80, British singer Youngr samples the Michael McDonnaldclassic I Keep Forgetting, which also proved a hit for Warren G and Nate Dogg in the 90s on their song Regulate. This version from the son of Kid Creole, Remember (Universal) is picked up in Finland, Latvia and The Netherlands. And at #86 British electronic duo Hazers enters with Drive (Warner) via Germany.

What’s left is the catchy pop of German chanteuse Kim Petras at #87, whose Heart To Break (Bunhead) is liked in the Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain and Sweden. She already worked with British singer Charli XCX and American producer Dr. Luke. At #88, British classical cello player Sheku Kanneh-Mason comes in with Sardana (Decca) through French airplay, although the title refers to a type of circle dance typical of Catalan culture. Irish hiphop is en vogue at the moment, just think of the success of Reijjie Snow, so now Dublin trio Hare Squead enters with Flowers (Sony), thanks to Sweden. And the British dreams for Amsterdam based indie popper Pip Blom continue: her third hit in this chart, I Think I’m In Love (self-released), enters at #99. Her dreams are quite big, and although the ratio is 100 to 1 in chart points at the moment, she wishes to dethrone Liam Payne, the current number 1 with For You (Universal). Let’s see what next week brings!

Menno Visser, @menjodepenjo
Music journalist and radio programmer from The Netherlands

In its 15th year, ESNS’s European Talent Exchange Programma (ETEP) has generated a record number of bookings for upcoming music talent at European festivals for the third consecutive year. With a total of 424 shows by 164 acts in over 30 countries, ETEP continues to ensure the circulation of fresh, bright, young talent across the continent.
We are delighted that over 100 festivals are offering these European acts a chance to perform to new audiences at events ranging from the small and intimate such as at Haldern Pop, to the talent-driven such as The Great Escape as well as at major, award winning festivals such as Rock am Ring and Roskilde. 
From the start of the programme in 2003, ETEP has facilitated 3518 shows by 1254 artists in over 30 countries in total.

ETEP 2017 Results
British band SHAME is at the top of the ETEP 2017 list with a record-breaking 17 ETEP shows! ‘It was good for us to play Eurosonic, it enables you to play for so many more people, it’s a good stepping-off point!’ the band added.

This year’s top performing acts (by country) are:

ShameGB17
HerFR8
KlangstofNL8
Rejjie SnowIE8
AlmaFI7
J. BernardtBE7
Tommy CashEE6
Fil Bo RivaIT/DE6
FaberCH6
Throes + The ShinePT5

Warm welcome!
We proudly welcome Acoustic Lakeside Festival (AT), BUSH (HU), Immergut Festival (DE), Metronome Festival (CH), Revolution Festival (RO), Rock in Rio (PT), Tremor (PT), TRNSMT (GB), Woodstock Festival (PL), Zermett Unplugged (CZ) to ETEP in 2018, bringing us to a total of 110 ETEP-festivals. Furthermore, we’d like to welcome our new partners: Why Portugal, Music Estonia, Iceland Music Export (IMX) and the PRS Foundation to the platform. By welcoming them to the ETEP family, we generate even more opportunities for European artists to showcase their music!

We are delighted that over 100 festivals are offering these European acts a chance to perform to new audiences at events ranging from the small and intimate such as at Haldern Pop, to the talent-driven such as The Great Escape as well as at major, award winning festivals such as Rock am Ring and Roskilde. 
From the start of the programme in 2003, ETEP has facilitated 3518 shows by 1254 artists in over 30 countries in total.

ETEP 2017 Results
British band SHAME is at the top of the ETEP 2017 list with a record-breaking 17 ETEP shows! ‘It was good for us to play Eurosonic, it enables you to play for so many more people, it’s a good stepping-off point!’ the band added.

This year’s top performing acts (by country) are:

ShameGB17
HerFR8
KlangstofNL8
Rejjie SnowIE8
AlmaFI7
J. BernardtBE7
Tommy CashEE6
Fil Bo RivaIT/DE6
FaberCH6
Throes + The ShinePT5

Warm welcome!
We proudly welcome Acoustic Lakeside Festival (AT), BUSH (HU), Immergut Festival (DE), Metronome Festival (CH), Revolution Festival (RO), Rock in Rio (PT), Tremor (PT), TRNSMT (GB), Woodstock Festival (PL), Zermett Unplugged (CZ) to ETEP in 2018, bringing us to a total of 110 ETEP-festivals. Furthermore, we’d like to welcome our new partners: Why Portugal, Music Estonia, Iceland Music Export (IMX) and the PRS Foundation to the platform. By welcoming them to the ETEP family, we generate even more opportunities for European artists to showcase their music!

With more than half of the ETEP festivals taking place between June and August there is no way you can miss them.  Next to the South London five piece, another 148 ETEP acts will play at one of the festivals, with French artist Her in second place with 8 confirmed shows and joint third with 7 bookings, Ireland’s Rejjie Snow and Alma from Finland. It is great to see such a wide variety of acts and musical genres breaking through and getting the chance to play to new audiences in other countries than their own.

Results
Up till now, 344 ETEP shows have been confirmed at 103 ETEP festivals and 149 new artists will be presented to audiences across Europe. Here’s the top 10 booked acts per country:

ShameGB16
HerFR8
Rejjie SnowIE7
AlmaFI7
KlangstofNL6
SkottSE6
Fil Bo RivaIT/DE6
FaberCH6
RooseveltDE5
Throes + The ShinePT5

Festivals
We would very much like to welcome Swiss festival Zermatt Unplugged to ETEP this month. Interested to see where you can check out new European talent this summer? Find the full roster of festivals participating in ETEP here.

Discover new music
No time to visit all the summer festivals? Check out the music of the hottest ETEP acts on the ETEP chart. When you are there do also browse the European Border Breakers Charts to see what is hot in countries across Europe.

With more than half of the ETEP festivals taking place between June and August there is no way you can miss them.  Next to the South London five piece, another 148 ETEP acts will play at one of the festivals, with French artist Her in second place with 8 confirmed shows and joint third with 7 bookings, Ireland’s Rejjie Snow and Alma from Finland. It is great to see such a wide variety of acts and musical genres breaking through and getting the chance to play to new audiences in other countries than their own.

Results
Up till now, 344 ETEP shows have been confirmed at 103 ETEP festivals and 149 new artists will be presented to audiences across Europe. Here’s the top 10 booked acts per country:

ShameGB16
HerFR8
Rejjie SnowIE7
AlmaFI7
KlangstofNL6
SkottSE6
Fil Bo RivaIT/DE6
FaberCH6
RooseveltDE5
Throes + The ShinePT5

Festivals
We would very much like to welcome Swiss festival Zermatt Unplugged to ETEP this month. Interested to see where you can check out new European talent this summer? Find the full roster of festivals participating in ETEP here.

Discover new music
No time to visit all the summer festivals? Check out the music of the hottest ETEP acts on the ETEP chart. When you are there do also browse the European Border Breakers Charts to see what is hot in countries across Europe.

These are the current top-scoring acts per country:

ShameGB 10
Fil Bo RivaIT/DE 5
KlangstofNL 5
BalojiBE 3
MømeFR 3
Tommy CashEE 3
SløtfaceNO 3
FaberCH 3
RooseveltDE 2
Rejjie SnowIE 2

 

Want to discover some of these artists’ music? Visit the European Border Breakers Charts.

These are the current top-scoring acts per country:

ShameGB 10
Fil Bo RivaIT/DE 5
KlangstofNL 5
BalojiBE 3
MømeFR 3
Tommy CashEE 3
SløtfaceNO 3
FaberCH 3
RooseveltDE 2
Rejjie SnowIE 2

 

Want to discover some of these artists’ music? Visit the European Border Breakers Charts.

This year, the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) has generated a record-breaking number of shows by European artists on festivals across Europe. With 404 shows by 148 European artists, ETEP continues to stimulate cross border success of European artists and helps build artists’ European and international careers.

ETEP 2016 has resulted in a total of 404 shows by 148 artists from 27 different European countries. These astonishing numbers bring the grant total to 3091 shows by 1082 artist on 100 ETEP festivals since 2003. For 2016, these are the top scoring countries with their top scoring ETEP act:

AuroraNO  13
BlossomsGB  12
LiimaDK/FI  8
My BabyNL  7
Have you ever seen the
Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
FI  7
FewsSE  6
LeyyaAT  6
The AcademicIE  6
Lost FrequenciesBE  5
JainFR  5

ETEP 2016 has resulted in a total of 404 shows by 148 artists from 27 different European countries. These astonishing numbers bring the grant total to 3091 shows by 1082 artist on 100 ETEP festivals since 2003. For 2016, these are the top scoring countries with their top scoring ETEP act:

AuroraNO  13
BlossomsGB  12
LiimaDK/FI  8
My BabyNL  7
Have you ever seen the
Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
FI  7
FewsSE  6
LeyyaAT  6
The AcademicIE  6
Lost FrequenciesBE  5
JainFR  5