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16 Irish Acts To Showcase at ESNS, Groningen Next Week

January 12, 2023

ESNS will take place next week in Groningen, Netherlands, and 16 Irish acts will be showcasing across three nights at the festival. A most welcome return after two years online. Every year, the international music industry descends on the city on the hunt for artists and bands to book for their festivals and venues.

The full list of Irish acts selected for this year’s festival are:

Ailbhe Reddy / Bricknasty / Caleb Kunle / Dea Matrona

Kysny / KhakiKid / Gurriers / M(h)aol

modernlove. / New Pagans / SELLÓ / Somebody’s Child

Sprints / The Mary Wallopers / The Scratch / 49th & Main

Music from Ireland, the Irish Music Export Office funded by Culture Ireland, co-ordinate the Irish presence and promote the Irish acts to the over 4,000 delegates in attendance. The event also brings together all the national radio stations from around Europe under the European broadcasters’ banner (EBU), of which RTE2FM is a prominent member. This year SELLÓ is the station’s chosen artist to be presented by them at the festival.

CMAT is nominated for a MUSIC MOVES EUROPE AWARD 2023, one of 15 nominated international artists, and is eligible to win one of 7 Music Moves Europe Awards to be presented at the Awards Ceremony next Thursday 19 January. Previous Irish recipients include Fontaines D.C., Inhaler, Denise Chaila and more. (Unfortunately, CMAT is unable to perform at the festival as she’s resting her voice as per doctor’s orders).

ESNS (Eurosonic) and Ireland have an incredibly productive history together, with Irish acts receiving multiple European festival bookings and booking awards each year.  It is an essential step for Irish artists to build their audience and footprint in Europe and a key target event for all emerging and developing Irish artists and their teams. This year marks our second largest number of invites to the event (the most was in 2011 when we were spotlight Country), in part thanks to ESNS bookers attending Ireland Music Week annually” – Angela Dorgan, Director MFI

Angela will be taking part in four panels whilst in attendance, in particular a discussion on Universal Basic Income for Artists. Further info via https://esns.nl/en/conference/

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