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Eurosonic 2021 will be fully digital

Eurosonic 2021 will be fully digital

No big surprise here but the conference and showcase festival ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) that takes place in Groningen in the Netherlands every January is going fully digital for 2021.

It was the only actual festival I attended in 2020. 😦

The festival and the conference will be presented as a digital platform from 13th to 16th January 2021. 

‘The road to recovery’ as the theme of the conference and there will be discussions around the re-opening of the live music scene, medications, vaccines,  and fast testing.


Speakers already confirmed for the upcoming edition include Keith Harris talking with Sammy Andrews about equality and racism in the music industry, Mark Mulligan (CEO and analyst at MIDiA Research), Tom Windish & Mike Malak (agents with Paradigm for Billie Eilish, among others) talk to Cherie Hu, Warner Music’s Scott Cohen interviewed by Muki Kulhan,Prof. Dr. Katja Ehrenburg in conversation with Holger Jan Schmidt on mental health, Raphaella Lima (EA Games) on music in games, and Claire O’Neil (A Greener Festival) will talk about the importance of sustainability.

 There will be online showcases from bands too to be announced.

The ticket price for a digital ESNS is €50,-.This includes access to the digital environment with live streams, on demand panels, keynotes, sessions and showcases, access to a networking platform and database.

Tickets for ESNS 2021 will give a year round access to the program and database of this digital edition and discount on the registration of the subsequent edition in 2022. Registrations are available through esns.nl.


“Although we are sad that the the acts, audience and music professionals cannot meet each other live in Groningen we think that’s it’s very important in these challenging times, to bring the people of the live music sector, artists, venues & festivals and media together during the digital edition of the ESNS and as the key exchange for emerging European music talent we will work hard to make sure we continue to provide that platform to new artists. ESNS Digital will consist of a Showcase Festival, The Conference focussing on the “Road to Recovery” and an online edition of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards”.

Robert Meijerink, ESNS Head of Programme

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