Every year for a few days in mid-January Groningen is the European capital of music when it hosts the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival. This year again the focus is on new talent, showcasing Europe’s most promising new acts that haven’t yet made a name for themselves beyond their own borders. The Aa Church too will feature many international bands.
Wednesday 16 January
Maarja Nuut & Ruum (Estland) | 20.00 – 20.45
The Estonian duo Maarja Nuut & Ruum unite the deeply rooted, intuitive world views of bygone times with the hyper modified realities and seemingly infinite technological possibilities of today and tomorrow.
Hania Rani (Polen) | 21:20 - 22:15
A Polish pianist, composer and vocalist operating from Warsaw and Berlin, she received an honourable mention at the International Transatlantyk Festival in Lódz and won the Firestone Headliners of Tomorrow competition.
Blanco White (Groot-Brittannië) | 23:00 - 23:45
Blanco White began in 2014 as a solo project by Josh Edwards from London. After studying guitar in Cádiz (Spain), and taking lessons in charango in Sucre (Bolivia), Edwards’ goal was to unite elements of Andalusin and Latin American music.
Bohemian Cristal Instrument (Czech Repulic) | 00:30-01:15
Lenka Morávková is on an adventurous musical journey with a uniqe instrument made from glass: Bohemian Cristal Instrument.
Thursday 17 January
Haerts (Germany) | 20:45 - 21:30
Nini Fabi (vocals) en Ben Gebert (keyboard and guitar) grew up in Münich, but formed Haerts when living in New York in 2011. This German indie pop act released their second album New Compassion in October 2018. Their music featured in films and TV shows like Pretty Little Liars and 13 Reasons Why.
Moncrieff (Ireland) | 22:15 - 23:00
Chris Breheny aka Moncrieff is a talented and highly sensitive songwriter, influenced by modern pop and blues. With his hooks he can build compositions reminiscent of many musical eras and genres.
Laura Misch (Great Britain) | 23:45 - 00:30
Saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch combines saxophone and vocals with a nod to electronic music.
Friday 18 January
Hilary Woods (Ireland) | 20:45 - 21:30
Hilary Woods' art is as sensitive as it is intense. After two well received EP's her debut album Colt was released globally in June of 2018.
Vivii (Sweden) | 22:15 - 23:00
ViVii is comprised of Emil and Caroline Jonsson from Stockholm and their good friend and producer Anders Eckeborn. Their dreamlike pop is often compared to Beach House, Lykke Li and Bon Iver and their first single Siv (You and I) received global acclaim and reached the #2 position on the Hype Machine. Their Debut EP Savant followed in May 2018 when the title track peaked at #2 on Hype Machine.
De Beren Gieren (Belgium) | 23:45 - 00:30
This young trio, founded in 2009, is a prominent member of the Belgian jazz scene. It was artist in residence from 2010 to 2015 in Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent) and has received three Jazz awards.
For more information please see the Eurosonic Noorderslag website.