Discover some of the best party hotspots on the planet this summer, make new friends and dance the night away under the stars in the most exciting international destinations imaginable. From a vibrant festival scene in The Netherlands, to the spiritual home of dance music in Ibiza, plus party and festival hotspots all over Eastern Europe, Spain, Morocco and beyond there’s plenty to keep you busy this summer. Why not combine your memorable party moments with a city break or beach holiday? Mix idyllic coastlines, picturesque views, unique architecture, culture and gastronomic delights for the perfect festival break. Here’s 10 of the best places to party in 2017!

It goes without saying that Ibiza is a paradise for party-goers, this sunny oasis has long been the spiritual home of dance music and club culture. Enjoy the warm sunshine and sun-drenched days pool side and party into the night at some of the world's best clubs and parties.  For those looking to balance out the party life with some much-deserved r&r, there’s a wealth of yoga retreats and tranquil sandy beaches on the island, making for the most picture-perfect party location.

This summer Ibiza enters an exciting new chapter with the much-anticipated launch of Hï Ibiza,  the brand new superclub by Ushuaïa Entertainment. The club formerly known as Space will be elevated to new heights, with a fresh new look and the most advanced sound and technologies on the island. From May through September Hï Ibiza will play host to the finest selectors from the global electronic music scene, including Apollonia, Black Coffee, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Luciano and  Nic Fanciulli. Don’t miss the club’s Opening Party on Sunday 28th May, which promises to be a historic moment in club culture and one of this year’s essential party destinations.

Be like a local…
Drink: Hierbas
Eat: Sobrasada
Say Cheers: Salud!

Hï Ibiza parties all through the summer from May - September. To book tickets visit

There must be something in the water in Holland, with the sheer number of festivals that take place in the country every year! Whether you’re into rock, pop, indie or electronic music there’s literally hundreds of events to choose from. With a flourishing Dutch music scene too, it’s the perfect time to look out for emerging acts like Klangstof and Amber Arcades or Dutch DJs Tom Trago, Mirella Kroes, Hunee, Steve Rachmad and more. Why not combine a festival with a city break to Amsterdam, where you can take in the laid back atmosphere, wander the cobbled streets and canals and check out one of the most cutting-edge nightlife scenes in Europe?

Join one of the biggest parties of the year at the  25th edition of Lowlands festival! The Dutch answer to Reading & Leeds, has an extensive multi-genre line-up featuring over 250 acts including Mumford & Sons, The xx, Editors, alt-J, Bastille, Cypress Hill, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Klock, Dixon, Glass Animals, Talaboman and more. When it comes to electronic music, the world’s longest running dance music festival Mysteryland has it all. Over 346 acts, criss-crossing house, techno, disco, African beats, vinyl-only, hardstyle, hip hop and feel-good bands, plus an extensive arts and culture line-up. For the underground heads there’s also Welcome to the Future festival, a celebration of underground electronic music culture with a cutting-edge house and techno lineup, featuring Audion, Claptone, Jackmaster, Lil Louis, Loco Dice, Ross From Friends, Sandrien, Tom Trago and many more.

Be like a local…
Drink: Kopstoot
Eat: Stroopwafel
Say Cheers: Proost!

Lowlands takes place from 18th - 20th August. To book tickets visit
Mysteryland takes place from 26 - 27 August 2017. To book tickets visit
Welcome to the Future takes place on 22 July. To book tickets visit

Few countries hold as much dreamy fascination for travellers as Morocco. From the Sahara desert, Berber towns and sandy coastlines there is so much to be explored, especially in the ‘Red City’ of Marrakech. The winding alleyways of the Medina give way to the bustling souks, filled with brightly coloured silks, spice baskets and the most delicious local cuisine. Relax and unwind at the hammam and indulge yourself with massage or take in the breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains, the Jardin Marjorelle and stunning architecture that the country has to offer. The city also has a growing music and festival scene, thanks in part to Oasis festival, which kick-started the festival scene there back in 2015.

Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech in the luxurious surroundings of the Source music resort, Oasis brings a slice of festival paradise to Morocco, shining the light on North Africa as the latest must-visit festival destination. In addition to the cutting-edge music programme featuring Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Marcel Dettmann ,Charlotte De Witte, Chloe, and many more, there is ample opportunity to nourish the mind, body and soul with daily yoga, massage and reflexology. Guests can also experience Moroccan culture on-site with authentic local street food, a wide selection of locally produced and organic products, market vendors, henna artists and more. There’s no doubt Oasis is one of this year’s most unique party experiences!

Be like a local…
Drink: Mint Tea
Eat: Pastilla
Say Cheers: Fe sahetek

Oasis takes place from 15-17 September 2017. To book tickets visit

Spain is a mix of old and new, modern and traditional. Think cathedrals, world-class art, stunning architecture, beautiful sandy beaches, a buzzing nightlife and a thriving festival scene. It’s no wonder Spain has long been the go-to destination for British travellers and the Basque country’s Bilbao has everything to offer, and more! This culture-rich city is full of character and there’s plenty to keep you busy. Visitors can head to one of the many museums and art galleries, including the world-famous Guggenheim, take a street art tour,  check out the world-famous Basque gastronomic scene or sample some of the region’s famous Pintxos and Kalimotxos (Cola and Red Wine!) along the way.

The Spanish sure know how to party too! When it comes to Bilbao, it’s fiesta time when Bilbao BBK Live festival comes to town, taking over the stunning Kobetamendi Hill with breathtaking views across the city. This year’s line-up features acts including Depeche Mode, The Killers, Justice, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Fleet Foxes, The 1975, Sundara Karma and a whole host of Spanish musical talent. Plus, Basoa, the festivals carefully curated dance music space will also play host to uninterrupted party sessions from many of the most-respected names in electronic music including Dixon, The Black Madonna, Andrew Weatherall and Motor City Drum Ensemble.

Be like a local…
Drink: Kalimotxos (Cola and Red Wine!)
Eat: Pintxos
Say Cheers: Salud!

Bilbao BBK Live takes place from 6-8 July 2017. To book tickets visit

This friendly, warm and welcoming country is a hell of a lot of fun. Capital city Belgrade has become one of the most happening cities in Europe rivalling Berlin as the go-to party destination but the best place to get your music fix is Novi Sad’s Exit Festival which sees music fans from all over the world descend on this cultural hotspot. Visitors can take in the beautiful, scenic views across the River Danube, wander through pretty parks, outdoor cafes and its bustling bars. Nicknamed the ‘Athens of Serbia’, this vibrant, creative city oozes history and it’s laid-back liberal vibe makes for the perfect festival spot.

Just a short ride away from Belgrade, the magical Petrovaradin Fortress set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad provides the perfect setting for EXIT Festival.  Started as a student protest in 2000 fighting for political change and freedom, EXIT continues to spread positive vibes, promoting change and positive education, supporting many community and humanitarian missions, while throwing a damn good party. The award winning festival has something for music lovers of all genres with a diverse mix of artists performing on numerous stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels.  Also renowned for it’s amazing atmosphere and energy the Dance Arena champions the who’s who in the electronic music world  set in the awe-inspiring moat of the fortress! With acts including Liam Gallagher, Solumum & Dixon B2B, Paul Kalkbrenner, Hardwell, Rag’n’Bone Man, Jake Bugg, Hot Since 82 and more this is set to be a huge year.. EXIT. Where hedonism meets activism.

Be like a local…
Drink: Rakija
Eat: Sarma
Say Cheers: živeli

Exit Festival takes place from 6-9 July 2017. 4-day tickets from £79 available at

Best described as a quaint unspoilt parkland with its cosmopolitan city of Riga, Latvia has retained its charm whilst also offering the best in nightlife. Riga is the perfect pre-festival pit stop, take in the stunning art-nouveau architecture, wander the winding cobbled streets of the old town and dip into the city’s burgeoning nightlife scene before you escape to one of the country’s biggest summer party destinations - Positivus Festival.

Taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Salacgriva, Positivus is the largest music and arts festival in the Baltic States, transporting chart-topping headliners, underground emerging talent and exciting art and dance stages to their unspoiled atmospheric coastal setting amid stunning woodland. Festival goers can dip their toes in the baltic sea or take in the atmosphere in a hammock beneath the trees while enjoying a rich diversity of international chart toppers and underground emerging talent in this idyllic holiday location. Positivus also offers art and dance stages giving festival goers a variety of activities and stalls selling locally made designer clothing and accessories, giving festival goers plenty to see and do during the 3 day event.

Be like a local…
Drink: Riga Black Balsam
Eat: karbonāde
Say Cheers: Priekā

Positivus takes place from 14th to 16th July. 3 day festival passes from £67

Poland offers the perfect getaway for party people wanting to get their culture fix. Steeped in history, travellers can explore museums, monuments, castles and the country’s well known club culture. Made famous in the 90’s, the underground techno scene was compared to that of Berlins with a pioneering outlook on electronic music. This has been culminated today through the curation of some of the most interesting and unique festivals on the scene including Katowice’s OFF Festival..

OFF is a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world.  A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in ‘Three Lake Valley’, Katowice  – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia.  OFF Festival’s reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward–thinking, eclectic music policy and  it’s bold and eclectic lineups.  From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music, this year will see Swans, Daniel Johnston, Shellac, Jessy Lanza and many more take to the stage.

Be like a local…
Drink: Balsam Pomorski
Eat: Bigos
Say Cheers: Na zdrowie

OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. 3-day tickets from £52 available at

Famed for its architecture and romantic scenery, Hungary has become to be known as ’The Paris of the East’. Wander through the sunny streets making pit stops at local eateries to sample the delicious local cuisine and visit the Palatinus Baths to relax and unwind the mind. At night the vibrant city comes alive, explore the special ‘ruin pubs’ and if you want the best tips on where to go ask the friendly locals who are always happy to help! After a night in Budapest you’re sure to be in the party spirit ready for a week long adventure at Sziget festival which offers the ultimate party holiday experience.

Proud winner of the ‘Best Major European Festival’ award in 2015 and 2011, and ‘Best Festival Line Up’ in 2016, Sziget Festival is one of the biggest multicultural events of Europe. Taking place on the picturesque Óbuda Island in Budapest, Sziget welcomes over 490,000 visitors from over 100 countries to express themselves at the week long party on their self-proclaimed Island of Freedom.  Sziget is not just about music, with more than 50 program venues offering festival goers the chance to experience many different things including; circus, theatre and dance, art and installations, yoga and sports and a huge variety of food. There is also has a beach area where fans can truly enjoy the summer and the Danube. Acts for 2017 include PJ Harvey, The Kills, Alt-J, Major Lazer and many more!

Be like a local…
Drink: Pálinka
Eat: Goulash
Say Cheers: Fenékig

Sziget takes place from 9-16 August 2017. 7-day tickets from £175 available at

Recently listed by Skyscanner as the number 1 cheapest holiday destination for 2017 this country is well worth checking out.  Montenegro has towering mountains perfect for hiking and mountain biking as well as some of the world’s best unspoiled beaches on the Adriatic Sea.  And if that wasn’t enough Montenegro featured in the James Bond Film Casino Royale and if it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for us!

Award winning Sea Dance festival gathers each year fans from over 50 countries from all over the world, and impressive line up of more than 100 hottest international music stars. This year, fourth edition of the festival, will be held in Budva  from 13th to 15th July, in Budva, Montenegro with acts including John Newman and Sean Paul. Voted best European medium-sized festival, Sea Dance has proven much within just three short years. Stunning location, world renowned artists and outstanding productions make this festival a must see. Save the date and experience Sea Dance festival on Europe's hottest summer destination, city of Budva, Montenegro.

Be Like a Local...
Drink: Prvijenac
Eat: Punjene paprike
Say Cheers: Zivjeli

Sea Dance Festival  takes place from 13-15th July 2017. To book tickets visit

The famously beautiful Austria offers the most stunning alpine scenery, incredible architecture and also plenty of museums, bars, cafes and a buzzing club scene. Fading between the cultural capital of Vienna and the natural beauty of the Austrian Alps there’s so much to be explored.  Home to the annual Snowbombing festival, the Alpine village of Mayrhofen has even earned the title of ‘Party Capital of the Alps’!

When it comes to snow and music festivals, Snowbombing is the reigning king of the scene. A festival up a mountain 8,497ft above ordinary, in one of the finest ski resorts in Europe, showcasing world class acts in the most unique venues imaginable - think igloo raves, enchanted forest parties and mountain-top stages! The world’s no. 1 festival on snow takes place from 3-8 April, with acts including Run The Jewels, Chase & Status, Giggs, Dixon, Blossoms, Slaves, Novelist, Grandmaster Flash, KiNK, Groove Armada, Eats Everything, Stefflon Don and many, many more. All this plus, luxurious spas, rooftop hot tubs, authentic alpine cuisine, 650km of unadulterated piste and not a tent in sight, make Snowbombing a piste and party lover’s paradise.

Be Like a Local...
Drink: Schnaps
Eat: Wiener Schnitzel
Say Cheers: Prost!

Snowbombing takes place from 2-8 April 2017. To book tickets visit

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Festival Friday - Explore the best of local talent!

This #festivalfriday is all about #localtalent. Heading to a festival this summer? Why not branch out and enjoy some of the home grown talent on the bill!  Here’s our guide to the best local acts to catch at this summer’s festivals!

Drawing from all areas of house and techno, Spanish DJ-producer Baldo’s music includes elements of ambient-acid moods and flavours of Chicago and Detroit. With a residency at Barcelona’s iconic Razzmatazz Club under his belt he is renowned for bringing the party vibes and elevating crowds to new heights.

Set atop the stunning Kobetamendi Hill, Bilbao BBK Live boasts breathtaking views across the city and is the perfect excuse for a long weekend in Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum, a vast cultural hub, and the world-famous Basque gastronomic scene. Other acts set to play the festival include The Killers, Die Antwoord, Justice, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Fleet Foxes, Dixon, The Black Madonna, Andrew Weatherall, The 1975, Sundara Karma, Cabbage, Daphni, Job Jobse and a whole host of Spanish musical talent.

Bilbao BBK Live takes place from 6-8 July 2017. To book tickets visit

Dutch DJ Mirella Kroes favours the contemporary deeper side of techno that entices audiences in her native Amsterdam and beyond. With sets that echo a longing for the mysterious, her meticulously crafted DJ sets allow for time to appreciate the space between sounds and the crispy little details that keep it fresh. Audiences can submerge themselves in her deep sounds and musical vision at this year’s Welcome To The Future festival.

For the eleventh year in a row, Het Twiske’s mesmerising nature reserve will host one of the Dutch summer’s most extraordinary electronic music events. Welcome to the Future festival features many of house and techno’s most relevant DJs and live-acts. Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Kölsch, Damian Lazarus, Kerri Chandler and Lil Louis are among those headlining the eight stages, with acts including Artefakt, Monoloc, Audion, Jackmaster, Claptone, DJ Seinfeld and Ross From Friends also confirmed to play. And, as always, the Dutch scene is strongly represented, with names like Tom Trago, Steve Rachmad, ROD, De Sluwe Vos, Sandrien, Joran van Pol and Wouter S.

Welcome To The Future takes place on 22 July 2017. To book tickets visit

A Polish duo that’ll leave you puzzled yet enthralled with their raw form and uncompromising lyrics. In their own words, “SIKSA is an infantile and antisocial nightmare that emerged from the punk rock, theater, and literature scenes.” It’s “loud-mouthed literature shouted over vulgar bass marches, spat out here and now by a non-actress and non-musician…” And to make things easier for their lazier listeners, they offer the following comparison: “SIKSA is part Britney Spears and part Geurnica y Luno.”

Truly a festival for the discerning music fan, OFF is the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. The festival’s reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward–thinking, eclectic music policy and  it’s bold and eclectic lineups.  From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music. Other acts confirmed include Shellac, Daniel Johnston, Silver Apples, Anna Von Hausswolff, Jessy Lanza, The Black Madonna, Beak and many more!

OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. To book tickets visitt

SMIB WORLDWIDE is an independent creative organisation started in Amsterdam' s South-East. These young punks have created a brand with the main aim to make a difference through music & fashion. Their passion and love for what they do is sure to spark a fire and their incendiary, shocking live show is one to watch at this year’s festival.

Other acts confirmed for the 25th anniversary edition of Lowlands include Mumford & Sons, Editors, alt-J, Bastille, Cypress Hill, Elbow, Flume, Iggy Pop, London Grammar, Michael Kiwanuka, Moderat, Dixon, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Nina Kraviz, Nothing But Thieves and more. Lowlands offers impressive installations including the renowned red and white chimney stacks, covered stages so you can enjoy the music come rain or shine. There’s a wellness village with saunas, hot tubs and sports facilities, dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, food and drink stalls, a large market with everything from clothes and vinyl stores to a barber’s shop, its own currency and even a local radio station.

Lowlands takes place from 18–20 August 2017. To book tickets visit

Amine K has been an integral part of Oasis since the festival’s first edition in 2015. Co-founder of Morocco’s influential Moroko Loko parties, the enigmatic performer is a true ambassador for the country’s underground scene. Mixing up Moroccan influenced music with sounds from all over the world, Amine has built a loyal following not only amongst the Oasis crowd, but on the international scene too, and his set at Oasis 2017 is sure to be another standout performance.

Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech in the luxurious surroundings of the Source music resort, Oasis brings a slice of festival paradise to Morocco, shining the light on North Africa as the latest must-visit festival destination. Acts lined up for 2017 include Auntie Flo, Charlotte De Witte, Karenn live, KiNK live, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Moodymann and Young Marco with lots more to be announced.

Oasis takes place from 15-17 September 2017. To book tickets visit

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Festival Friday: This summer’s best festival headliners

This #festivalfriday is all about #headliners. Check out our guide to where to see the best festival headliners this summer!

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First ETEP shows of 2017 announced

2017 may only just have started, but the first 45 ETEP shows have already been confirmed. Aiming to promote European music across the European continent, the European Talent Exchange Programme supports the booking of emerging European talent on European festivals. In 2017, over 100 festivals are participating in this programme and therewith stimulate the cross border success of European artists and help them build European and international careers.

First results
Currently, a total of 45 shows by 36 artists from 15 countries have been confirmed at ETEP festivals across Europe and beyond. These are the top-scoring acts per country:

Shame gb 3
Fil Bo Riva it/de 3
Klangstof nl 2
Roosevelt de 2
Møme fr 2
Viagra Boys se 1
Rejjie Snow ie 1
Communions dk 1
Bazart be 1
Mario Batkovic ch 1

ETEP Festivals
We would very much like to welcome Juicy Beats to ETEP this month. Interested to see where else emerging European talent is performing? Find the full roster of festivals participating in ETEP here.

The first ETEP charts of the year have just been released. Wanna keep an eye on emerging European talent and discover ahead of time who have been booked on festivals and may make a major breakthrough in 2017? Check out the European Border Breakers Charts!

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EXIT Festival's New Acts Include Rag'n'Bone Man and rare b2b set by Solomun & Dixon!

British soul musician Rag’n’Bone Man is heading to Exit Main Stage on Sunday, July 9th. Author of one of the greatest hits in the world at the moment, “Human”, audiences and critics alike have been won over by the combination of his deep voice, sincere lyrics and raw emotion. Having already won this year’s BRIT award in the Critics’ Choice category and been nominated in the British Breakthrough Act category, not to mention one of the Sony's executives stating that “Human”, out on February 10th, will be one of the best-selling albums of the year, many see 2017 as Rag’n’Bone Man’s year.

On Friday, July 7th, EXIT Dance Arena will host two of the undisputed leaders of the world house scene, Solomun and Dixon, in a special, three-hour back2back set! On July 8th, the official Faithless DJ Set will be brought by Sister Bliss herself, the author of this cult band’s greatest hits, while the same stage will welcome the Aussie hit trio, RÜFÜS, on July 6th.

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Arising from the hip-hop scene, bluesman with a characteristic voice, Rag'n'Bone Man is recognizable for his piercing and numerous tattoos, as well as height, and among friends and fans he is known as the “gentle giant”. His song, “Human”, already has over 125 million YouTube views, and a week ago his new song, “Skin”, came out, already up in the millions even before he official video, just like his debut single, “Lay My Body Down” from 2014. His fans include the great Elton John, who has been very public in his praises, just like it was the case with Ed Sheeran, who soon after sold out his first stadiums!

Longtime friends, Solomun and Dixon, are among the top five on the list of the revered Resident Advisor DJ Poll, with Dixon holding the throne for a record-breaking four years in a row! Both are among the top five on another prestigious list, that of the Beatport website, with Solomun on the top spot! They are the owners of the two most successful labels in the last few years, Innervisions (Dixon) and Diynamic (Solomun), publishing anthologies of today's electronic music.

Sister Bliss, the music force behind the legendary band Faithless, is one of the most important people of the British electronic scene. This talented multi-instrumentalist started her career as one of the first female house DJs in Britain, and created the revolutionary new sound with Faithless. The result of it all is six top 10 singles and over 15 million records sold, numerous awards and gigantic hits such as “Insomnia”, “Salva Mea”, “God is a DJ” and “We Come 1”.

The electronic trio RÜFÜS has already achieved notable success in their native Australia, where their debut album, “Atlas” finished first on top lists, and this was replicated with their second album, “Bloom”, at the start of 2016. They have received numerous awards, thanks to the hits such as “You Were Right”, “Take Me”, “Innerbloom” and many others with millions of YouTube views!

Golden VIP tickets for EXIT are on sale!
EXIT Festival tickets are on sale now from 99 EUR  +b/f (, and as of today VIP Gold tickets for the entire festival are available for 250 EUR, as well as VIP GOLD Dance Arena, at the price of 150 EUR. This year connects four regional festivals in a unique EXIT Summer of Love 2017. First in line is Sea Star which is held on May 26th and 27th in Umag, followed by the Revolution Festival in Timisoara, on June 2nd and 3rd, and right after the EXIT Festival, held between July 6th and 9th, the fourth edition of the Sea Dance Festival is waiting, from July 13th to 15th!

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Ever danced inside an igloo with the stars as your canvas and the world’s greatest DJs as your soundtrack? The Smirnoff Arctic Disco at Snowbombing festival needs to be seen to be believed. The lineups for 2017 are revealed today - choose from acts including Gorgon City, Disciples, Redlight, DJ Yoda and Super Hans!

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With the growing success of Dutch acts in their home country and beyond, here are four up and coming artists set to make their mark internationally this year.

Having released successful debut albums in 2016 such as Amber Arcades ‘Fading Lines’, Klangstof’s ‘Close Eyes to Exit’ and with new albums on the way from Dool with debut release “Here Now, There Then” and Navarone’s ‘Oscillation’ coming early 2017, these are certainly the acts to keep your eyes (& ears!) on this year.

Find out why they’re the one’s to watch in 2017.

  1. Amber Arcades

Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf. Her 2016 record, recorded in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (Beach Fossils, The Men, Destruction Unit) and backed by a band consisting of members of Real Estate, Quilt and Kevin Morby is as dreamy and esoteric as it is gripping, presenting floating pop melodies over a mixture of kraut-inspired drums, cutting guitars and fuzzed-out organs.



  1. Klangstof

For Koen Van De Wardt, making music is a far greater pursuit than simply creating something to catch someone else’s ear. “The more people that respond to my music the less lonely I feel,” admits the singer and musical architect who records ethereal, soft- hushed but forever gripping synth-anchored music under the moniker Klangstof. “For me it’s just about getting in the studio and erasing all the bad feelings I have in my mind.”



  1. Dool

From the emptiness which arose from the omnipresence of materialism and technology, something new can manifest in it’s wake. Turning their backs to the metropole’s mass-identity and urban-individual, the unavoidable birth of Dool has taken place. The band, led by vocals and guitarist Ryanne van Dorst (Elle Bandita), also consists of Micha Haring (The Devil’s Blood, The Hands) on drums, Job van de Zande (The Devil’s Blood, Malkovich) on bass, Reinier Vermeulen (The New Media, Liar of Golgotha) on guitar and Nick Polak (Gold) on guitar, are aggressive as well as dynamic, alternating shreds of dark rock, gothic pop, as well as parts of psychedelic metal in an ever surprising manner. Audibly influenced by bands such as Sisters of Mercy and Sonic Youth, Dool bends their musical nurture to their own creation, searching for a true identity.



  1. Navarone

Classic rock, progressive 70s, grunge, alternative rock, this 5-piece combines it all. Sometimes heavy and bombastic, sometimes very intimate, but always really authentic. On top of that they have a singer that makes even Robert Plant look like an amateur. Their first two albums received much critical acclaim in their home country and brought them major festivals and a sold out tour. With their newest album Oscillation (Jan 2017) also internationally released, Navarone are now ready to take on the rest of Europe as well.



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Invite only live showcase
If you’d like the chance to see these bands live there is a special invite only Dutch Impact party at this years ILMC 2017 on Wednesday, March 8 2017.

Dutch Impact running order:
6.00: doors
6.30-6.55: Navarone
7.20-7.45: Dool
8.10-8.35: Klangstof
9.00-9.25: Amber Arcades

Venue details: Bodo's Schloss, 2A Kensington High Street, London
Nearest tube station:  Kensington High Street, Circle & District Line

RSVP: Anyone interested in attending, should RSVP to before March 8, 2016. Capacity is limited (first come first served), so if you want to attend, let us know in time.

Brought to you by Eurosonic Noorderslag, powered by Dutch Performing Arts and Buma Cultuur. With the kind support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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OFF Festival Katowice 2017: Challenge your ears

Taking place from 4-6 August in Katowice, OFF is truly a festival for the discerning music fan bringing together some of the boldest, most unique and iconic independent artists in alternative music. Joining the lineup for 2017 are Steve Albini's legendary noise rock band Shellac, cult singer songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston, Silver Apples, BEAK> and Wolves in the Throne Room who join the previously announced Swans, The Black Madonna, Circuit des Yeux and Kikagaku.

If we were to put together a list of the artist's most requested by OFF Festival veterans, Shellac would definitely have a spot on the podium. We’re not in the least bit surprised: headed by the charismatic musician and producer Steve Albini, this trio is in all respects a perfect match for our OFF Festival philosophy: they play their own music on their own terms, and they don’t care what anyone else thinks. Shellac upholds the best traditions of independent American guitar rock, but this is no museum of hardcore and noise rock; just listen to their latest album, Dude Incredible (2014), to find out how alive their sound is! And their live shows can be a real kick in the ass, too.

A Bristol-based trio featuring Geoff Barrow (the backbone of Portishead), Billy Fuller (best known for his work with Robert Plant), and Will Young. Why would the former embark on yet another musical adventure, seeing that he’s already the co-founder of one of the most important bands of our time? Just have a listen: BEAK> is a completely different set of inspirations and emotions. With its nods to Krautrock, the minimalist roots of contemporary electronic music, and British underground dance music, this English trio rises to entirely new levels. An engrossing yet irritating trance, one that throws down the gauntlet to its listeners, like any good music should.

Daniel Johnston
Hi, how are you? When Kurt Cobain posed for a photo wearing that t-shirt, the world finally noticed Daniel Johnston, a musical outsider and one of the most legendary figures on the independent music scene. Beautifully portrayed in the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, this bipolar artist is a lo-fi icon and the author of several hundred captivating songs released on a few dozen albums, along with innumerable fascinating illustrations. The leader of Nirvana isn’t the only artist to take inspiration from Johnston: the list includes such names as Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and Mark Linkous. We’re happy to host Daniel at the OFF Festival and we’re certain he’ll be right at home here.

Silver Apples
This band has spent half a century in the musical avant-garde without taking a single step back. Put on their 2016 record Clinging to a Dream, their first new material in nearly two decades, to find out just what Simeon Coxe can conjure up in his electronic lab. We’ve already featured Krautrock heroes and the visionaries of exploratory electronic music here at the OFF Festival, and now it’s time to go back to the source and find out where it all began.

Wolves in the Throne Room
Extreme metal has a way of provoking strong emotions and controversies: some people are enchanted by it, others find it revolting. And that’s precisely why it’s been a constant feature of the OFF Festival. But there’s another, more important reason: metal, in its radical forms, has been one of the most creative scenes in music for many years, not just just building upon its nearly half-century-long heritage, but also borrowing from 20th century avant-garde and experimental electronic music. This is particularly true of the American group Wolves in the Throne Room, founded by the Weaver brothers in 2003. Nearly a decade and half and five albums later, the artists behind Celestial Lineage consistently prove that black metal has about as much respect for boundaries as it does for anything sacred.

BEAK> | Daniel Johnston | Circuit des Yeux | Kikagaku | Silver Apples | Swans | The Black Madonna | Wolves in the Throne Room with more to be announced

About OFF
OFF is a festival for the discerning music fan and the place to discover the best alternative acts from around the world. A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in ‘Three Lake Valley’, Katowice  – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia.  OFF is a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself, and the ethos of organiser Artur Rojek is firmly aimed at supporting art and music with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time. OFF Festival’s reputation is growing year on year driven by the festivals forward–thinking, eclectic music policy and  it’s bold and eclectic lineups.  From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance and the organisers and crowd have one serious finger on the pulse when it comes to music.

OFF Festival takes place from 4-6 August 2017. 3-day tickets from £52 available at

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Eurosonic Noorderslag celebrates another successful year

The 31st edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag took place from 11-14 January 2017, welcoming over 40,300 music fans and 4.200 delegates from all over the world to the city of Groningen. The festival saw showcase performances from 382 acts from over 31 European countries across the three day event. Eurosonic Noorderslag was also aired by radio and television stations from all over Europe, making it one of the biggest media events in Europe. The festival was also honoured with the ‘best festival’ award by the VNPF, the Dutch association of venues and festivals.

“It’s good to see so much interest in European Music” comments Peter Smidt, creative director of Eurosonic Noorderslag. “Eurosonic Noorderslag unites talent, festivals and media, and is directly involved in causing more people to listen to European music.”

The comprehensive Eurosonic Noorderslag conference covered the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries such as legal matters, streaming, blockchain and new live and media formats.

European Border Breakers Awards
The event kicked off on Wednesday with the 14th edition of EBBA at MartiniPlaza. The award ceremony, presented by Jools Holland, featured nine out of the ten EBBA winners, all performing during the show. The Public Choice Award was won by British artist Dua Lipa. The EBBA will be broadcasted in 12 different countries.

European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP), an initiative of Eurosonic Noorderslag, had their first meeting of 2017 in which 100 festivals named their favourites of this year’s Eurosonic line-up. Acts such as Klangstof (nl), Baloji (be), Roosevelt (de), Skott (se), Shame (gb), Onuka (ua), Tommy Cash (ee) and Her (fr) will be seen at festivals across Europe and beyond.

During the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference the present state of the European music industry was covered from several perspectives. Amongst the 150 panels and meetings of the conference programme, Eurosonic Noorderslag hosted a special programme about the Future of Media. Chris Price’s (BBC) keynote and the Data or DJ panel started a discussion on whether or not the future will be dominated by algorithms or curators. Buma Music Meets Tech presented a keynote by SXSW head of conference programming Todd Hansen. The BMMT pitch was won by the Guts, an app which counteracts secondhand ticketing and ticketing fraud.

Other highlights of Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017:

  • International media. This year, Eurosonic Noorderslag was aired live in 17 different countries. In total, the event was broadcast on television and radio in 34 different countries. Amongst others, BBC Radio 1 did a live broadcast and French/German channel Arte did a livestream from Der Aa-Kerk. Furthermore, VPRO hosted ESNS 3voor12 sessions with many different Eurosonic Noorderslag acts. German television show Rockpalast filmed a great amount of acts, Noorderslag was broadcasted live on television by NPO 3 and more than 10 hours were broadcast live by Portuguese radio-station Antena 3.
  • The second year of the European Production and Innovation Conference (EPIC) witnessed a growth in the number of delegates participating and the amount of programme items, which highlighted themes such as sustainable garbage-disposal, energy, crowd-control and terrorism. ‘The high quality of panels, participating speakers and the growth in the amount of Dutch and international professionals was a pleasant surprise,’ says Willem Westerman of the Dutch Coöperation of Event-organisers. (VVEM).
  • Music Moves Europe: Barbara Gessler, head of Creative Europe, spoke out for a continuous dialogue with the European music sector on a possible support programme of the European Union.
  • Awards: As in previous years, Eurosonic Noorderslag hosted award ceremonies such as the European Festival Awards, European Border Breakers awards, the Dutch Pop Media Award and the ‘IJzeren Podiumdieren’ by the VNPF.

Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 in numbers:

  • Total number of visitors: 40,300 (sold out)
  • Conference visitors: 4,200 (sold out)
  • Nationalities: 42
  • Acts: 382, with a total number of 442 performances
  • Media & journalists: 465
  • EBU radio stations: 37
  • ETEP festivals: 100
  • International festivals: 424
  • Number of venues Eurosonic: 48
  • Number of venues Noorderslag: 10
  • Live broadcasts from ESNS: 27 confirmed from 13 stations

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Eurosonic Noorderslag showcase the finest Portuguese talent

Each year Eurosonic Noorderslag highlights a different country, showcasing the diverse musical talent across Europe. This year Portugal will be the focus country taking centre stage, organised in cooperation with WHY Portugal. With a total of 21 new and exciting Portuguese acts set to take to the stage and a conference programme exploring the music scene in more depth there’s lots to add to your Eurosonic Noorderslag schedule.

Nuno Saraiva of WHY Portugal comments: “With Eurosonic Noorderslag as a platform for European music, we are excited to present new Portuguese music. There are so many great artists in present-day Portugal that it is no doubt a tough job for the Eurosonic team to pick which ones to invite, in order to offer the music business professionals and European audiences the very best talents from Portugal in this important year.”

Come and find out WHY Portugal is one of Europe’s most promising breeding grounds for new music.

Portuguese acts at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017

A total of 21 acts from Portugal will be performing at the showcase festival in January:
:Papercutz, Batida apresenta: The Almost Perfect DJ, Best Youth, DJ Firmeza, DJ Ride, First Breath After Coma, Gisela João, Glockenwise, Holy Nothing, Martha Ren & the Groovelets, Memória de Peixe, Moonshiners, NEEV, NoiseRV, Octa Push, Rodrigo Leão, Sam Alone and The Gravediggers, The Gift, The Happy Mess, Throes + The Shine, We Bless This Mess. Find out more about the Portuguese acts at #ESNS17.

The Music Scene in Portugal
Alongside the acts playing in the festival program, the focus on Portugal continues at the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference where we delve deeper into the music and festival scene. During the conference there will be a Portugal focus lounge and WHY Portugal will be presenting the following panels and events:

Portugal Lounge
Thursday, 11:00 - 18:00
Friday, 11:00 - 17:30
HAPPY HOUR: Friday 17:30
De Oosterpoort, G3 - Portugal Focus Lounge
Meet the Portuguese professionals at the Portugal Lounge and enjoy some wine and food from Portugal.

WHY Portugal: Country Focus Panel.
Thursday, 15:00 - 16:00
De Oosterpoort, R10 - Panel Room
Come and find out WHY Portugal is one of Europe’s most promising breeding grounds for new music. Get to know the Portuguese music industry from some of its leading cross-generational figures in this unique conversation moderated by Rui Miguel Abreu, the man with the biggest vinyl collection in all Portugal. With: David Ferreira (RTP), Pedro Coquenão (Batida), Márcio Laranjeira (Lovers & Lollypops), Moderator: Rui Miguel Abreu.

Portugal Country Focus Reception
Thursday, 17:30
Stadsschouwburg Groningen
WHY Portugal invites you to come celebrate Portugal and meet the Portuguese delegates and artists at the Portugal Reception, on the evening of Thursday 12th from 17:30 to 19:30, with Portuguese drinks and finger foods. There will be short sets from new artists including singer-songwriter Emmy Curl with DIY alt-pop champs The Gift, DJ Ride meeting Stereossauro on the decks, aka Beatbombers - IDA World Champions, followed by Fado artist Gisela João at 20:00 offering something for everybody in Portuguese new music!

WHY Portugal: Land of Festivals.
Friday, 16:30 - 17:30
De Oosterpoort, R10 - Panel Room
Portugal has a population of 11 million, over 3 million festival goers and over 400 music festivals. The country is a rich and flourishing home to festivals of all sizes covering every genre. At this panel you will be introduced to APORFEST (The Portuguese Music Festivals Association), who will present the festivals that make up the association, as well as to two festival promotion companies responsible for several major Portuguese festivals: Música no Coração (MEO Sudoeste, Super Bock Super Rock) and Ritmos who organise Paredes de Coura and also partner in NOS Primavera Porto. With: Ricardo Bramão (APORFEST), Vanessa Careta (Música no Coração), José Eduardo Martins (Ritmos), Moderator: Vitor Belanciano  (O Público).

Eurosonic Noorderslag: Platform for European music

Eurosonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, with a proven track record for helping to break new acts on the international live music scene. Selling out each year, the event attracts more than 4,000 professional delegates, including representatives of over 400 international festivals. Each year, Eurosonic Noorderslag presents showcases by more than 350 acts alongside a conference program covering the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries.

Eurosonic Noorderslag takes place on 11, 12, 13 and 14 January 2017.

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