ESNSTO kick off 2019, Tenement TV joined thousands of others in the Netherlands, for the 33rd edition of ESNS. Hailed as the showcase of new music from across the continent, it is no surprise that over 300 acts made the journey to Groningen this year looking to win over new fans and catch the eyes of label bosses.

ESNS 2019 kicked off in incredible fashion with the European Music Awards Night, the EU’s latest prize for contemporary musicians from across nations and genres, all representing the sounds that will shape 2019. Bishop Briggs, Selatronic and Rosalia were among the winners, while the work of NorthSide Festival and Rolling Stone Park scooped the top prizes at the European Festival Awards.

With a huge focus on paving the way of ideas for the coming year, ESNS provide music professionals with an incredible programme of insightful panels and workshops. Mojo celebrated it’s 15th anniversary at ESNS, with former and current board members offering a unique insight into the media giant’s history and future. A keynote interview with Jan Smeets, Pinkpop Festival’s director, saw a huge audience being treated to an insight into the diverse 50 year history of the iconic festival.

With over 50 stages, an incredibly diverse lineup of emerging talent was also on show, with local acts paving the way, across all genres. From RIMON’s soulful r&b to Lewsburg’s classic indie sound, and the room-shaking punk of Ploedgendienst. You can keep an eye on who from ESNS is making 2019 theirs, with their official chart this year, which monitors the radio-play of the acts OUTSIDE of their home nation.

ESNS 2019 in numbers…

  • 42,789 visitors
  • 44 nationalities
  • 342 acts
  • 52 stages
  • 447 journalists
  • 423 festivals


Find how you can get involved in Eurosonic Noorderslag next year.