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Attendance up at ESNS

World News
January 29, 2020

EUROSONIC NOORDERSLAG (ESNS) wrapped up another successful conference and showcase festival, reporting more than 4,300 music professionals – up from 4,000 last year – attending from 52 countries.

The conference, which took place in Groningen between the 15-17 January, featured speakers including the Dickins family – Barry from ITD, Lucy from WME and Jonathan from September Management – together in one session, Solo Agency’s John Giddings and Beckie Sudgen from X-ray Touring.

“This year’s edition is was hallmarked by a great variety of music styles, highlighting the music diversity of Europe,” says ESNS head of programme Robert Meijerink.

“The success of ESNS is based on the quality of its delegates, our advanced programme and up-to-date conference topics.”

The Eurosonic music festival hosted 347 artistes from 33 countries in 48 venues across the town. Over 42,000 people watched performances from artistes including Squid, Yīn Yīn and Alyona Alyona.

The event also hosts a number of awards ceremonies, including the European Festival Awards which honoured the UK’S Glastonbury (cap. 147,000) for Line-up of the Year, Romania’s Electric Castle (40,000) for Best Medium-Sized Festival, and Poland’s Open’er (60,000) for Best Major Festival.

Meanwhile, A Greener Festival (AGF) announced the 37 recipients of its award to festivals that “demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and a reduction of environmental impacts”.

Among the winners, which included festivals and events from 15 countries, are Norway’s Øya Festival (15,000), Hungary’s Sziget Festival (90,000) and Glastonbury.

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