ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the key exchange for emerging European music, in collaboration with Italia Music Export, proudly announces Italy as the Focus Country for 2025. Every year, ESNS highlights the best-emerging acts from a European country, showcasing the diversity of musical talent across Europe. Applications for the upcoming edition—for all European artists—will open on May 1 via

Starting today, a limited amount of Delegate Passes for ESNS 2025 are available at a Super Early Bird rate. Join ESNS25 as a delegate and meet with tastemakers from the European music industry. Delegate Passes include access to ESNS Conference and ESNS festivals Eurosonic and Noorderslag with fast-lane access, networking lounges and hospitality options, and the ESNS Delegates Database and ESNS Analytics.  ESNS 2025 will take place from January 15 – 18, 2025 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Focus on Italy
ESNS has proven essential in kickstarting the international careers of European artists and has grown to be the key event where music fans and industry delegates tune in to hear it first. Focus on Italy showcases the latest music acts from Italy on the ESNS stage and puts them in front of an audience of industry professionals, media and music lovers.

Nur Al Habash from Italia Music Export comments: “After many years of work to strengthen Italian music abroad we’re ready to take the lead at ESNS with a wave of incredible musicians and valuable music professionals. The last few years have seen an impressive economic and cultural growth for the Italian music industry, and we feel 2025 is the right moment to cast a light on our scene to further connect it to the world. There is still so much potential to grow and we can’t wait to take center stage at Eurosonic.”

ESNS Head of Programme Robert Meijerink is proud to have Italy on board as the focus country for the 39th edition of ESNS: “We are delighted to welcome Italy as the Focus Country of ESNS 2025. Italy has a remarkably rich history in various genres and currently has a very strong domestic market with more and more focus on export. We look forward to showcasing the best up-and-coming artists from Italy and Focus on the ever-growing and interesting live music scene including an impressive amount of venues and festivals.”

In the past, Italian artists like Joycut, Lorenzo Senni, Meduza, Sans Soucis, and The Bloody Beetroots played at ESNS. In 2024, artists such as Colombre, Daniela Pes, Elasi, Laura Masotto, Leatherette, Marta del Grandi, Parbleu, and Psyché played Eurosonic.

Focus on Italy at ESNS25 will be supported by Italia Music Export, Emilia Romagna Music Commission, Ater Fondazione, Regione Puglia – Puglia Sounds, national European Broadcasting Union partner RAI Radio2, European Talent Exchange partner festivals Apolide Festival, Home Festival, Linecheck Music Meeting & Festival, Sudwave Festival & Conference, and Ypsigrock Festival, and ESNS.

Applications to showcase at the upcoming edition—for all European artists—will open on May 1 via

Join ESNS25 as a delegate in January 2025 and meet with tastemakers from the European music industry, including representatives from companies like Spotify, Universal Music, Google/YouTube, Live Nation, UTA, See Tickets, MIDiA Research, Pollstar, IQ, and over a hundred European festivals and live music venues.

A limited amount of Delegate Passes for ESNS25 are now available at a Super Early Bird rate at
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ESNS Delegate Passes include:
-Access to ESNS Conference and ESNS festivals Eurosonic and Noorderslag with fast-lane access.
-Access to networking lounges and hospitality options.
-Access to the ESNS Delegates Database to network with other delegates in advance.
-Access to ESNS Analytics, where you can find up-to-date data on artists who performed at previous editions.

About ESNS
ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is a non-profit organisation and independent platform dedicated to promoting and discovering new European and Dutch music. Founded in 1986, ESNS annually hosts the annual four-day showcase festival and music conference across venues in Groningen, the Netherlands. Uncover the most enthralling emerging European (Eurosonic) and Dutch (Noorderslag) acts ranging from mainstream pop to progressive finds during the festival, which sets the stage for leading European festivals. Expand your knowledge of industry-leading topics and innovation during the conference, geared at trailblazing the music industry towards a sustainable future.

ESNS has proven track record in breaking new European acts into live music scenes throughout Europe and beyond. Launched in 1986, the showcase festival has an impressive history and proven track record of kickstarting the international careers of artists like Altin Gün, Alina Pash, Arlo Parks, Baby Volcano, Deki Alem, Dua Lipa, Fontaines D.C., girl in red, Hania Rani, The Haunted Youth, July Jones, Meduza, Priya Ragu, Pongo, Queralt Lahoz, Sigrid, Tramhaus, Trupa Trupa, and Wet Leg.

Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity