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Groningen, December 18, 2014

EBBA adds new award: Best Festival Act


Starting in 2015 a new award will be added to the European Border Breakers Awards, the EBBA Best Festival Act. The new category has been added to the existing European Border Breakers Awards which are for ten European acts that have had cross border success. The first EBBA for Best Festival Act will be handed to the British band Jungle.

EBBA Best Festival Act
The EBBA for the Best Festival Act is a new award for the band or artist that a majority of the festivals within the European Talent Exchange Programma (ETEP) have judged to be the best. Within ETEP, an initiative of Eurosonic Noorderslag, 90 festivals, among them Glastonbury, Exit, Sziget and Lowlands, work together with European radio stations and other media to stimulate the circulation of festival shows by European acts.

The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) are about breaking down borders and recognising emerging European rock, pop and dance artists who have achieved success in countries other than their own. De 2015 EBBA winners are: Klangkarussell (AU), Melanie De Biasio (BE), Milky Chance (DE), MØ (DK), Indila (FR), Hozier (IE), The Common Linnets (NL), Todd Terje (NO), Tove Lo (SE) and John Newman (UK).

Tomorrow, Friday December 19, will be the last day that the European audience can vote for their favourite EBBA winner. Fifteen voters have the chance to win a trip to Groningen and a ticket for the EBBA show. Votes can be cast at www.europeanborderbreakersawards.eu.

Both the EBBA and the Best Festival Act awards will be handed out on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, in the Stadsschouwburg Groningen, during the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The EBBA show is presented by BBC legend Jools Holland and will be broadcast in the whole of Europe.

The European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) is an initiative of the Noorderslag Foundation aimed at stimulating the circulation of European repertoire at festivals, on radio and in the media throughout Europe. As the exchange and support of new European music in Europe is one of the main goals of Eurosonic Noorderslag, ETEP was introduced in 2003. Each year ETEP brings together the leading European festivals, radio and other media and encourages them to ‘exchange’ a selection of artists. Since the start of the ETEP programme in 2003 a total of 2294 shows by 810 European artists were presented at 90 ETEP festivals in 30 countries (2003-2014).

Eurosonic Noorderslag
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. A sold-out event for many years, Eurosonic Noorderslag attracts over 3,200 professional delegates, including representatives of over 400 international festivals. Eurosonic Noorderslag presents showcases by more than 350 acts alongside a conference programme featuring 150 panels, keynote speakers, interviews, and workshops. The event also hosts dinners, pitches, parties and meetings covering the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries.

Eurosonic Noorderslag has been responsible for kick-starting the careers of European acts like Ásgeir, Benjamin Clementine, Birth of Joy, Coely, Emilie Nicolas, Ewert and the Two Dragons, George Ezra, Hozier, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jungle, Kadebostany, Larry Gus, Mighty Oaks, Milky Chance and MØ.

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On Wednesday January 14, 2015 the above mentioned winners of the EBBA 2015 will be presented in Groningen/The Netherlands and are available for interviews, photo shoots and live sessions. Media interested in attending the EBBA ceremony are invited to contact us. We can facilitate you in our media compound with radio studios, hi-speed internet, a music library, photo wall and a network lounge.

Information / accreditation

Cathelijne Baron: cathelijne.baron@noorderslag.nl


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