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:
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.
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)