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

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Text: Manfred Tari /Allan McGowan

Just two months after ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the first effects of ESNS’s European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) are starting to show. Just 51 out of the 129 ETEP festivals have revealed (parts of) their line up, but already 143 ETEP shows have been confirmed. With 10 ETEP festival slots 2019 promises to be a great year for Irish band Fontaines D.C., but the Irish post-punkers are definitely not the only ETEP acts that can be found on many festivals this year. You can find the 10 most booked ETEP acts below:

Top 10 acts
1. Fontaines D.C. (ie) – 10 shows
2. Black Midi (gb) – 7 shows
3. Flohio (gb) – 6 shows
4. Pip Blom (nl) – 5 shows
5. The Murder Capital (ie) – 4 shows
6. Iris Gold (dk) – 4 shows
7. Yegor Zabelov (by) – 3 shows
8. Whispering Sons (be) – 3 shows
9. Lewsberg (nl) – 3 shows
10. Whenyoung (ie) – 3 shows

Top 10 By Country

1. Ireland, Fontaines D.C. – 10 shows
2. Great Britain, Black Midi – 7 shows
3. The Netherlands, Pip Blom – 5 shows
4. Denmark,  Iris Gold – 4 shows
5. Belarus,  Yegor Zabelov – 3 shows
6. Belgium, Whispering Sons – 3 shows
7. Norway, girl in red – 2 shows
8. Sweden, Linn Koch-Emmery –  2 shows
9. Austria, Mavi Phoenix (at) – 2 shows
10. The Czech Repulbic, Zabelov Group – 2 shows

Want to see a full overview of all ETEP acts and where they are performing?

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. Alongside working closely together with these festivals, ETEP also actively cooperates with 16 export offices and the European Broadcasting Union.

The following festivals have confirmed the most ETEP 2019 shows so far: The Great Escape (20 ETEP acts), by:larm (7 ETEP acts), Les Nuits Botanique (7 ETEP acts), MENT Ljubljana (6 ETEP acts), Best Kept Secret (5 ETEP acts) Lollapalooza Berlin (5 ETEP acts).

“ETEP selection results are always a surprise – No one can predict the ten most booked acts. I am really pleased to see how ETEP is helping the circulation of European artists in the live sector already so early in the year. The first results also prove that festivals across the world are interested in putting on a wide variety of different styles/genres by European artists on their events”
Robert Meijerink, Head of programme & Programme manager EU talent at ESNS.

ETEP artist top 10:

Superorganism (gb) – 19 shows
Zeal & Ardor (ch) – 13 shows
Altin Gün (nl) – 10 shows
Sigrid (no) – 10 shows
Tamino (be) – 10 shows
Cari Cari (at) – 8 shows
Tshegue (fr) – 8 shows
Alma (fi) – 7 shows
Dermot Kennedy (ie) – 7 shows
Alice Merton (de) – 6 shows

ETEP 2018 Festival top 10:
Reeperbahn – 33 ETEP acts
The Great Escape – 29 ETEP acts
Iceland Airwaves – 16 ETEP acts
Waves Vienna – 15 ETEP acts
Roskilde – 13 ETEP acts
Lowlands – 11 ETEP acts
Rock Werchter – 11 ETEP acts
Tallinn Music Week – 11 ETEP acts
By:Larm – 10 ETEP acts
Haldern Pop – 9 ETEP acts

View the full ETEP results via here. Please filter on the year 2018.

ETEP 2019: even more possibilities!

We proudly welcome Clockenflap (cn), Kendal Calling (gb), Mad Cool festival (es), Rolling Stone Park (de), Stereoleto (ru), Truck Festival (gb), Wacken Open Air (de) Y Not Festival (gb) to ETEP in 2019, bringing us to a total of 128 ETEP festivals. Furthermore, we’d like to welcome our new partners: Czech Music Office, LaLa Slovak Music Export and Italia Music Export to the platform. By bringing them in to the ETEP family, ETEP further strengthens the opportunities for emerging European artists both inside and outside Europe.

Looking back at 4.001 ETEP shows

Since the start of the programme in 2003 ETEP has facilitated 4.001 shows by 1.445 acts in 34 countries, and we are very proud to have contributed to the careers of so many talented European acts. Many acts that received support from ETEP at the start of their careers have grown 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 Idles, Shame, Alma, Aurora and Dua Lipa played some of their first international shows with the support of the European Talent Exchange Programme.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the future brings, but one thing is set in stone: ETEP will continue to grow and offer even more artist great opportunities!