Nevertheless, Lowland Festival (LL) aims to send a signal, and is moving ahead to stage an event that in the best case scenario is synchronised with the speed rate of the vaccine campaign against Covid-19.

We took the chance and asked Eric van Eerdenburg a few questions by e-mail, which he kindly answered as displayed below. Even if LL will be one of the few very festivals to take place this summer in Europe, some of the answers from van Eerdenburg are infused with a kind of optimism that is currently much needed across the entire live music community in Europe.

How do you expect Covid-19 to change the live music sector?
Eric van Eerdenburg: I think it’s a bit early to say. I think that a key factor will be what will the insurers do after everybody is vaccinated. will they stop the exclusions in their insurance policies that they added by the end of the year?

We may have to comply with different standards for ventilation in clubs & venues. I do not think – once vaccination schemes are in place – audiences will be afraid. I think the demand for shows will be as big as it is always been.

Are big festivals and stadium shows the dinosaurs of live music events for the (pandemic-time) being?
No. Big shows and festivals are sold out in hours. Look at Lowlands, Leeds/Reading and others… if the talent is relevant the people will come.

European festivals are facing the second year in a row of extreme turmoil, being far away from any kind of normality. The situation for live events in Australia, New Zealand and even in China apparently seems to be better.
Are you jealous and what should be the lessons learned over here in Europe?
In Europe everyone will be vaccinated by September. The hospitals will be empty of Covid-19 patients. The death rate will be back to normal. I’m optimistic that we can return to ‘normal-normal’ within months from now.

Would say that the live music community including artists now realised how important political engagement is?
Promotors, cultural entrepreneurs, representatives of artist unions and agents have worked more closely with politicians than ever before. Also, usually competing promotors have formed alliances to speak with one voice to politicians.  I think that is good. Politicians – in our country at least – have a far better understanding of how professional we are as a sector. They have also seen how much we are missed by the audience when the whole of the cultural sector stops. I would not call it political engagement though…it’s economic self-interest to be in contact with the people that have authority over the very rules and regulations that allow you to operate the way you think is best. They must have an understanding of what you do and why you do things the way you do.

Will Lowlands 2021 also will be accessible digitally and what do you think about digital live music events in general?
Lowlands 2021 will be live. I’m very confident that that will be the case. We have a great line up and LL is sold out. All risk groups for COVID will be vaccinated, and the government should have set the world free by then. No limits on capacity will be in place and no social distancing.

There may also be a digital component to it. We learned a lot about that last year when we had a digital version only. It’s a matter of budget really. But there are some good ideas that we would like to present.

The artist agenda for Lowlands foresees the appearances of Altin Gün, Amelie Lens, Arlo Parks, AURORA, Balthazar, Bazart, Bendik Giske, Biig Piig, Caribou, Cavetown, The Chemical Brothers, Cleopatrick, Declan McKenna, Denzel Curry, Droeloe, Dry Cleaning, Eefje de Visser, Ezra Collective, Fatima Yamaha, Franc Moody, Froukje, Georgia, Goldlink, Gotu Jim, Heilung, Igorrr, Imanu, Jack Garratt, Joe & the Shitboys, Kaytranada, Kelly Lee Owens, Kevin & The Animals, KOFFEE, Liam Gallagher, Mirella Kroes, Moses Boyd, Murdock, Noisia DJ Set, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Nova Twins, Octo Octa b2b Eris Drew,  Oliver Tree, The Opposites, Orla Gartland, Palaye Royale, Pendulum Trinity, S10, shame, Sleaford Mods, slowthai, Stormzy, Typhoon, Working Men’s Club, YUNGBLUD, Yves Tumor and as a sidekick, nothing less than the world largest solar carport!

Interview: Manfred Tari

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!

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.

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

Among her many scheduled shows, Aurora is performing on festivals such as Roskilde (DK), Montreux Jazz (CH), Lowlands (NL) and Krakow Live Festival (PL), while Blossoms will be visiting Eurockéennes (FR), Best Kept Secret (NL), Hurricane (DE) and Rock Werchter (BE). Lost Frequencies will be performing at festivals as far apart as Exit (RS), Lollapalooza Berlin (DE) and Coachella (US). My Baby continue their extensive world tour this summer at Westway Lab (PT), Orange Blossom Special (DE) and can also to be seen at Exit Festival (RS).

The results presented include 301 confirmed shows by 122 artists from 27 different European countries. A total of 2690 shows by 972 European artists from 30 countries have taken place at the 100 ETEP festivals (2003 – 2015). These are the top scoring countries with their top scoring ETEP act:

AURORANO12
BlossomsUK11
My BabyNL6
Lost FrequenciesBE5
FEWSSE5
Alex VargasDK5
Have you ever seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?FI5
Dubioza KolektivBA4
The ChikitasCH4

The results presented include 394 confirmed shows by 132 artists from 21 different European countries. Eurosonic Noorderslag started organising the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) in 2003. Since then a total of 2294 shows by 810 European artists from 30 countries have taken place at the 90 ETEP festivals (2003 – 2014).

ETEP

AURORA (NO) 13
Ibeyi (FR) 13
MØ (DK) 12
SOAK (IE) 12
Kate Tempest (IE) 11
Years & Years (UK) 10
Jack Garratt (UK) 10
JoyCut (IT) 10
Batida (PT) 9
Alo Wala (DK) 9

All ETEP results.

CEETEP

Presenting the final CEETEP results of 2015. 43 confirmed shows by 25 artists from 10 different European countries. The top scoring CEETEP acs are:

Repetitor (RS) 4
Ludovik Material (SI) 4
Momend (LV) 3
Alina Orlova (LH) 3
Elephants from Neptune (EE) 3
Middlemist Red (HU) 2
Golden Parazyth (LV) 2
BA. (LH) 2
Iza (PL) 2
Jimmy Pé (SK) 2
Project 2501 (MK) 2

In July 2011, CEETEP became an expansion of the already successful European Talent Exchange Programme, which aims to promote the circulation of artists and repertoire across Europe. During this time training workshops have taken place annually at Serbia’s EXIT festival with 2015 being the final gathering for members of the programme.

Workshops at this years event will cover a variety of topics including; Revenue Streams & Export Readiness, Artist/Management Business Model & International Business Partners, International Touring, Music Media & Marketing, Artist/Fan Relationships and Working with Artists & Band Members, A&R, Studio-Producers, Label Services & Digital Service Providers. The updated results and achievements of the CEETEP programme will also be revealed in a special press conference, along with more detailed information about the focus for Eurosonic Noorderslag.

Together with 18 CEETEP festivals from 13 countries in the CEE region and selected CEE media partners, Eurosonic Noorderslag and co-organisers Sziget and Exit Festival developed a plan to encourage the circulation of CEE artists and repertoire in Central and Eastern Europe, both at festivals and in the media. By working together, the CEETEP festivals and their media partners have helped more CEE artists perform across borders within Central Eastern Europe, and via shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag, throughout the whole of Europe and beyond.

Since the start of the CEETEP programme in 2011 a total of 78 shows by 56 CEETEP artists were presented at the 18 CEETEP festivals with the updated results to be announced at the EXIT Festival press conference.

The conclusion of the project will see artists from13 Central East European countries take centre stage as the focus for 2016 at the 30th Edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The CEE-focus will be organised by: Fruzsina Szép (HU/DE), Exit (RS), Open’er Festival (PL), Pohoda (SK), Waves Bratislava (SK), Talinn Music Week (EE), Guna Zuika (Creative Industries Council at the Ministry of Culture, Latvia) (LV) and Eurosonic Noorderslag (NL).

The 30th Edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag will be the conclusion of the 5 year Central Eastern European Talent Exchange Programme (CEETEP) project, with the Central East European regions taking centre stage as the focus for 2016. Together with 18 CEETEP festivals in the CEE region and selected CEE media partners, Eurosonic Noorderslag and co-organisers Sziget and Exit Festival developed a plan to encourage the circulation of CEE artists and repertoire in Central and Eastern Europe, both at festivals and in the media. By working together, the CEETEP festivals and their media partners have helped more CEE artists perform across borders within Central Eastern Europe, and via shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag, throughout the whole of Europe and beyond.

Fruzsina Szép (Director of Festival Coordination and Public Affairs Berlin Festival and Lollapalooza Berlin – former programme director of Sziget (HU); “My deep wish has always been to strengthen the circulation of artistic repertoire and the cooperation and exchange of know-how between the cultural workers, festivals and media in the CEE. In January 2016 we will unite all the positive energies and the region which we call Central and Eastern Europe and we will become ONE within the stages of Europe. January 2016 at Eurosonic a long time dream will come true… I can only say that I´m so happy, honoured and thankful to be part of making the CEETEP project possible.”

Peter Smidt (creative director Eurosonic Noorderslag): “With more or less half of the European people living in what we call Central Eastern Europe, Eurosonic Noorderslag feels it is crucial to make much more and better connections between Western Europe and Central Eastern Europe. We are curious for all talents in this large area and would like to facilitate much more and better business relations between music professionals and media.”

All girl indie rock trio from Croatia, Puncke gained 2 festival shows at EXIT in Serbia and Sziget in Hungary as part of the programme and was invited to perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag. “We had an amazing time during Eurosonic Festival. It was a great chance to present our music far from home and afterwards we got some calls from booking agents in Germany and Poland. Sziget and Exit were excellent, there was a lot of great feedback and we got the opportunity to experience these two huge festivals.”

Guna Zucika from Barinstorm in Latvia also speaks highly of the initiative. “Both bands I work with – Prata Vetra and Carnival Youth has been on CEETEP and with the best results the years they took part. Prata Vetra played in 2013 and Carnival Youth in 2014 and in both cases we managed to be on top 3 acts of the programme that secured automatic slot at Eurosonic,” explains Guna. “With Prata Vetra we played festivals like Sziget in Hungary and Rock For People in Czech Republic. The icing on the cake was possibility to play at European Festival Awards during Eurosonic. Speaking of Carnival Youth who only released debut album last year – CEETEP programme actually secured their first ever festival slots outside of native Latvia on stages like Open’er in Poland and Sziget in Hungary. I can definitely say the CEETEP programme has been instrumental to get new audiences and building new networks since I have been to CEETEP managers meetings and trainings at Exit Festival.”

The 30th Edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag will be the conclusion of the 5 year Central Eastern European Talent Exchange Programme (CEETEP) project, with the Central East European regions taking centre stage as the focus for 2016. Together with 18 CEETEP festivals in the CEE region and selected CEE media partners, Eurosonic Noorderslag and co-organisers Sziget and Exit Festival developed a plan to encourage the circulation of CEE artists and repertoire in Central and Eastern Europe, both at festivals and in the media. By working together, the CEETEP festivals and their media partners have helped more CEE artists perform across borders within Central Eastern Europe, and via shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag, throughout the whole of Europe and beyond.

Fruzsina Szép (Director of Festival Coordination and Public Affairs Berlin Festival and Lollapalooza Berlin – former programme director of Sziget (HU); “My deep wish has always been to strengthen the circulation of artistic repertoire and the cooperation and exchange of know-how between the cultural workers, festivals and media in the CEE. In January 2016 we will unite all the positive energies and the region which we call Central and Eastern Europe and we will become ONE within the stages of Europe. January 2016 at Eurosonic a long time dream will come true… I can only say that I´m so happy, honoured and thankful to be part of making the CEETEP project possible.”

Peter Smidt (creative director Eurosonic Noorderslag): “With more or less half of the European people living in what we call Central Eastern Europe, Eurosonic Noorderslag feels it is crucial to make much more and better connections between Western Europe and Central Eastern Europe. We are curious for all talents in this large area and would like to facilitate much more and better business relations between music professionals and media.”

All girl indie rock trio from Croatia, Puncke gained 2 festival shows at EXIT in Serbia and Sziget in Hungary as part of the programme and was invited to perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag. “We had an amazing time during Eurosonic Festival. It was a great chance to present our music far from home and afterwards we got some calls from booking agents in Germany and Poland. Sziget and Exit were excellent, there was a lot of great feedback and we got the opportunity to experience these two huge festivals.”

Guna Zucika from Barinstorm in Latvia also speaks highly of the initiative. “Both bands I work with – Prata Vetra and Carnival Youth has been on CEETEP and with the best results the years they took part. Prata Vetra played in 2013 and Carnival Youth in 2014 and in both cases we managed to be on top 3 acts of the programme that secured automatic slot at Eurosonic,” explains Guna. “With Prata Vetra we played festivals like Sziget in Hungary and Rock For People in Czech Republic. The icing on the cake was possibility to play at European Festival Awards during Eurosonic. Speaking of Carnival Youth who only released debut album last year – CEETEP programme actually secured their first ever festival slots outside of native Latvia on stages like Open’er in Poland and Sziget in Hungary. I can definitely say the CEETEP programme has been instrumental to get new audiences and building new networks since I have been to CEETEP managers meetings and trainings at Exit Festival.”

(CE)ETEP is an initiative of Eurosonic Noorderslag to stimulate the circulation of European repertoire on festivals, radio and media in Europe.
ETEP: 321 confirmed shows by 102 artists from 21 different European countries.
CEETEP: 19 confirmed shows by 15 artists from 9 different European countries.
Also we are happy and proud to welcome WestWay Lab (PT) into the ETEP family.

Final ETEP Results 2014 in alphabetic order:

AfterparteesNL1
Alice BomanSE5
ÁsgeirIS2
Baby in VainDK5
Ballet SchoolDE7
BaskervilleNL1
Benjamin ClementineFR6
BerndsenIS1
Birth of JoyNL7
BlaenavonGB3
Bo SarisNL1
BondaxGB2
Brother & BonesGB1
C + C = MaxigrossIT1
Cairo Liberation FrontNL2
Charity ChildrenDE1
CheveuFR1
Cid RimAT1
Circa WavesGB6
ClaireDE3
CoelyBE2
Compact Disk DummiesBE1
Den Sorte SkoleDK2
Denai MoreGB3
DJ PravdaIT1
DjaikovskiMK2
DrengeGB5
East India YouthGB4
Electric EyeNO1
ElliphantSE4
Emilie NicolasNO4
FaraoNO3
Float FallBE1
George EzraGB7
Girl BandIE4
Gudrun von LaxenburgAT1
HermigervillIS3
HozierIE9
Hudson TaylorIE5
I’am LegionGB/NL4
INVSNSE1
Ja PanikAT1
Jaakko Eino KaleviFI6
Jenny WilsonSE2
JungleGB15
Jungle by NightNL2
KadebostanyCH7
KAMP!PL1
Kate BoySE3
KensingtonNL3
Kid KarateIE2
KiTNL1
KlangkarussellAT2
KodalineIE6
La FemmeFR1
La PegatinaES3
Larry GusGR5
Le GalaxieIE1
LinkobanDK2
Lonely the BraveGB3
Luca SapioIT1
Lulu JamesGB4
Manu Delago HandmadeAT2
Mariam the BelieverSE2
Melanie De BiasioBE4
Mighty OaksDE6
Milky ChanceDE8
Mister and MississippiNL2
DK9
MonomythNL1
Mozes and the FirstbornNL1
N’tokoSI2
Nadine ShahGB2
NavaroneNL1
Noah KinFI2
NononoSE2
Pablo NouvelleCH3
PionalES7
RepetitorRS2
Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co.DK1
RhodesGB2
Royal BloodGB14
RusskajaAT2
Saint RaymondGB1
Sam SmithGB4
Scarlett O’HannaBE1
SewardES4
Slick ShootaNO2
Soul Sister Dance RevolutionNL1
TaymirNL3
TensnakeDE1
The AnimenCH6
The MispersGB3
The OppositesNL1
The StrypesIE4
The WandsDK1
The WeathermanPT1
Thomas AzierNL3
TouristGB4
TraumahelikopterNL2
TruckfightersSE3
Wild BeastsGB6

Number of artists: 102
Number of confirmed shows: 321
Number of countries: 21
Video registrations of ETEP artists Ásgeir (IS) and Kadebostany (CH) performing at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014.

Final CEETEP Results 2014 in alphabetic order:

BaLakoRO1
Beissoul & EiniusLT1
Bernays PropegandaMK1
Carnival YouthLV3
FismollPL1
Goodbye to GravityRO1
Hornsman CoyoteRS1
OratnitzaBG2
ÓriásHU1
Péterfy Bori & Love BandHU1
PunckeHR2
QuimbyHU1
SuperhiksMK1
The Sound PoetsLV1
TiRS1

Number of artists: 15
Number of confirmed shows: 19
Number of countries: 9