Every year, the small town of Groningen, Netherlands, is host for one of the most exciting festivals in europe: The Eurosonic Noorderslag. From January 11-14th, the showcase festival presents you more than 300(!) acts and artists from all over the world in different venues throughout the city. These artists get the chance to play their music in front of thousands industry professionals – labels, festivals, booking agents, etc. Artists like James Blake, Royal Blood or Milky Chance used this platform to kickstart their career. Thus, the density of young and aspiring musicians is as high as maybe nowhere else (at least this time of year).
In preparation of our visit of this phenomenal event, we dug through the Lineup and want to recommend you 5 acts, that might stir up some dust this summer:
Amber Arcades (NL)
Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf. Her debut album „Fading Lines“ was released in spring last year and is backed by a band consisting of members of Real Estate, Quilt and Kevin Morby. It’s a remarkable record, combining Indie-Rock with Dream-Pop, and her concert will be one of the highlights of the festival for sure.
Best Youth (PT)
Breathy vocals, sleazy synths: The duo Best Youth from Portugal knows how to suck people into their music. It’s dramatic, yet catchy. It’s modern, yet it’s not afraid to refer to past decades. Somewhere between The XX and Daughter, Best Youth are eager to claim the spot as one of the most promising portugese bands out there.
Declan McKenna (UK)
When you’re 18, but your critically-thinking Indie-Rock is already longlisted on BBC Music’s Sound of 2017, then you have pretty good chances for a bright future. After Declan McKenna’s debut performance at Glastonbury the NME called him „one of the most sought-after new acts“ and Columbia Records instantly offered him a record deal. Now, after his sucess in the UK, he is up to conquer the european mainland.
Declan McKenna will support Blossoms at Frannz Club on February 15, 2017.
The french duo Her is propably one of the brightest prospects of this year’s Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. It’s Pop music at its finest: Soulful, melodic, on the edge of being cheesy, but always staying classic, simpy timeless. Her are up to bring some love into this troubled world.
Her will play at Prince Charles on April 12, 2017.
Sløtface is a quartet from Bergen, Norway, that will surely make you dance like there is no tomorrow. They fuse 90s-influenced Pop-Rock with 80s-Punk and the riot grrrl movement, creating an explosive and moshable mixture: „We try and encourage [girls in their teens] to stage dive for the first time, because it should be really empowering, and you shouldn’t have to be scared.”