After its successful inception in 2016 ADE Global Sessions Mumbai, co-presented by the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) and Guestlist4Good, is getting ready for the second edition. From February 23rd to 25th, Mumbai will be the centre of the Indian and Asian electronic music scene with a conference and workshop program that will play host to leading artists, top labels, innovative brands and electronic music professionals from around the world.
Today in Dublin/Ireland, Walking On Cars was announced as the fourth winner of the 2017 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), the European music awards for emerging artists. Walking On Cars was surprised by RTÉ 2fm’s Tracy Clifford live on air.
Originating from Dingle in County Kerry, Walking On Cars has made its name for its passionate folk-influenced rock music. With yearning vocals, powerful choruses and energetic piano-driven hooks, the band saw their first two singles land high in the Irish charts, followed by their debut album in January 2016. Third single Speeding Cars brought them an international breakthrough, with chart entries in the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the UK.
Earlier, Alan Walker (no), Jaakko Eino Kalevi (fi) and Namika (de) were also announced as winners of an EBBA. A total of ten EBBA winners will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 11 January in Groningen, as part of the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival.
The EBBA celebrate new and border-breaking artists who create today and tomorrow’s music. From Adele (United Kingdom) to Christine & the Queens (France), the EBBA winners represent some of the standout European sounds of recent years. Other previous winners include Stromae, Gabriel Rios, Hozier, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, Aurora, Disclosure, John Newman, C2C, Tokio Hotel, The Script, Years and Years, Robin Schulz, Carnival Youth, MØ and Selah Sue.
From the group of enthusiastic gig-goers out on the weekend to the industry dedicated to making the music you love, Music Moves Europe. The EBBA are one of the EU’s ways of celebrating European popular and contemporary music, by bringing the artists, the industry and the fans together to celebrate European music.
Every year, 10 European artists receive an EBBA to recognise their success in countries other than their own. This success is measured by:
- live performances in Europe
- position in the European Border Breakers Charts
The European Border Breakers Charts, launched earlier this year and compiled by Radiomonitor, rank tracks from around Europe based on airplay abroad.
To be eligible for the 2017 awards, the artists must have achieved border-breaking success with their first international release in Europe between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016 and come from a country participating in the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
The EBBA, now in their 14th year, is an EU Prize, organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag in partnership with the European Commission (Creative Europe) and the European Broadcasting Union, with support from Buma Cultuur, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, the City of Groningen and Music Week.
One of the winners will receive a Public Choice Award based on votes cast on the EBBA website from the end of November 2016 to Christmas. Up to ten voters, chosen at random from different countries, will be invited to the award ceremony. Each will be able to bring a friend and the flight and hotel costs will be taken care of.
The winners will receive their award in a ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, Netherlands, on 11 January 2017. The ceremony will feature performances by the winning acts.
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
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Sziget, the week-long festival in the middle of the river Danube in Budapest, has a colorful and exciting program variety which is now complete.
The more than 1500 programs taking place non-stop on the island can now be checked on the festival website. Less than 5% of the Sziget passes are available at the moment and with the current sales dynamic they will most probably sell out by the end of June.
A beautiful green island on the Danube, is the location of the non-stop music and arts festival, Sziget, in the middle of August. The program is now complete and there will be around 1500 things to do during the 168 hours. The multicultural gathering where Szitizens are already coming from 98 countries will be a massive celebration. The Main Stage will host The Chemical Brothers, Rihanna, Manu Chao La Ventura, Muse, David Guetta, SIA, Hardwell, Die Antwoord, Jake Bugg, Bastille, John Newman, Sigur Rós, Tinie Tempah, Years & Years, Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Lumineers, The Last Shadow Puppets and more! The OTP Bank A38 stage will bring its well-known vibrant atmosphere this year with: MØ, Travis Scott, Kovacs, Editors, Unkle, Kodaline, Róisín Murphy, Boy, Bloc Party, Tourist, The Neighborhood, CHVRCHES, M83, Fidlar, Jess Gylnne, Crystal Castles and many many more! The electronic party scene will shift this time as well to the Telekom Arena where Afrojack, Vinai, Dyro, Fedde Le Grand, DVBBS, Zedd, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke and many more will entertain Szitizens. Moreover more than 10 other stages will wait the music lovers with different genres as well as more than 40 other program venues, where art, fun and many activities will be in the focus!
Károly Gerendai, founder of Sziget Festival, said: “If tickets will sell with this dynamic, they will be sold by the end of June. After this point only day tickets will be available that are also selling out with record-speed. Our previous experience was that day tickets were bought on-the-spot, but now more than 40% of day tickets are sold in advance.”
Complete program is available here
Tickets and information: www.szigetfestival.com
They say it’s a good day if you don’t have to use your AK, but we’ll settle for a day when we get to announce the addition of a Polish hip-hop legend and five other excellent artists to the OFF Festival 2016 lineup: Anohni, The Kills, Thundercat, Kaliber 44, Willis Earl Beal, and FIDLAR.
Anohni calls her debut release “an electronic record with some sharp teeth.” The voice and charisma familiar to fans of her work with Antony and the Johnsons returns in a new and original context on an album recorded in collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, two of the leading names in contemporary electronic music. Hopelessness juxtaposes dance beats with political lyrics that touch upon such topics as mass surveillance and drone warfare. Anohni takes her work to the stage with an unexpected twist, performing inside a live avatar.
At the turn of the century, the American singer Alison Mosshart and the English guitarist Jamie Hince reinvented the sound of British garage rock, giving us something as loud and dangerous as it is catchy and sexy. And while in recent years Alison has spent more time appearing alongside Jack White in The Dead Weather than with her own band, and the tabloids have devoted more coverage to Jamie’s private life than his music, The Kills are just as deadly onstage as they’ve always been. Much time has passed since the 2011 release of Blood Pressures, the duo’s last album to date, and the word is that they’re working on a new record. Let’s hope we catch a glimpse of things to come this year in Katowice.
Stephen Bruner has lived and breathed music since the day he was born. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., played the drums for The Temptations and Diano Ross, while his brother, also a percussionist, has collaborated with Wayne Shorter and others. For a couple of years, the two brothers made up the rhythm section of hardcore legend Suicidal Tendencies. But Stephen’s true musical love lies elsewhere: it’s jazz and its ilk, it’s soul, funk, and hip-hop, and finally, it’s an original blend of all the above genres — a blend with which Thundercat charms his listeners on his own albums and as a guest musician for such artists as Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Kamasi Washington. We’re proud to host an artist of his caliber at the OFF Festival.
Willis Earl Beal
A charismatic outsider from Chicago who’s hard to keep up with and impossible to label. When critics and fans — enchanted with the rawness of his debut album Acousmatic Sorcery and the fervor of Nobody Knows — pigeonholed him as “new dark soul,” Beal opted not to mine the genre that brought him success, instead redirecting his efforts into musical experimentation. The result was the 2015 LP Noctunes, with its poignant, lazily-flowing hymns, brimming with pain and longing. But to truly comprehend the phenomenon that is Willis Earl Beal, you need to see him in concert, where neither emotion nor vocal talent can be faked — and you’d be hard pressed to find a more authentic singer.
This is what it sounds like when you let a little sunlight shine into the garage. California’s FIDLAR (short for Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk) will sweep you away with their skate punk energy and laid-back surf rock riffs. There’s no way you’re not going have fun with these guys at a summer music festival, though the lyrics on their latest album, Too, are no mere party anthems: quite the opposite, in fact. They’re a warning about what happens when partying takes over your real life. Unless your drug of choice is music, that is.
Kaliber 44 needs no introduction in Poland and particularly in Silesia. They’re a living legend, one of Poland’s first hip-hop bands and the only one of their kind, though their psycho-rap style continues to inspire legions of imitators. If we could wait 16 years for AbradAb and Joka to release their latest album, Ułamek tarcia, we can wait another few months to see them live at the OFF Festival, especially now that we know what to expect. The brothers are back in top form and they can look forward to “a whole year of hands in the air,” to quote a line from one their new tracks.
Experience the best in alternative music this summer at OFF. Already confirmed acts: Anohni, The Kills, Mudhoney, GZA, Lush, GusGus, Thundercat, Napalm Death, Jaga Jazzist, SBB, Sleaford Mods, Lightning Bolt, Andrew Weatherall b2b Roman Flügel, Brodka, Kaliber 44, Daniel Avery, Clutch, Beach Slang, Willis Earl Beal, Flatbush Zombies, Machinedrum, Yung Lean & Fidlar.
OFF Festival Katowice 2016 – August 5th – 7th
More info and tickets: www.off-festival.pl
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
We know you’ll most likely skip whatever we write here, so without further ado here are the winners of the 2015 European Festival Awards…
Best Major Festival
In association with Charge Candy
Untold Festival, RO
Best Medium-Sized Festival
In association with Eventbrite
Telekom Volt Festival, HU
Best Small Festival
Happiness Festival, DE
Best New Festival
Lollapalooza Berlin, DE
Best Indoor Festival
Les Transardentes, BE
Festival Anthem of the Year
Major Lazer – Lean On
Newcomer of the Year
In association with Eurosonic Noorderslag
The Prodigy, UK
Best Line Up
In association with IFF
Artists’ Favourite Festival
Rock Werchter , BE
Promoter of the Year
In association with Bucks New University
Horstmann Unternehmensgruppe, DE
Agent of the Year
Emma Banks (CAA), UK
Green Operations Award
In association with Go Group, Yourope
Tollwood Festival, DE
Yes Group H&S Innovation Award
Das Fest, DE
Excellence and Passion Award
Chris Kemp, UK
Lifetime Achievement Award
In association with PlayPass / PayPal
Jean-Louis Brossard and Beatrice Mace, FR
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity