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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