Since its introduction in 2003, the ESNS Exchange - formerly known as ETEP, or the European Talent Exchange Programme - has worked alongside Dutch tastemaker festival ESNS to help new artists break through on the European festival circuit.
Putting some of the continent’s most exciting new talent in front of thousands of eyes at the annual event, for nearly twenty years now, the ESNS Exchange has helped over 1,500 artists across 37 countries book festival shows over the years. And while 2022’s ESNS event looked a little different than originally hoped, a slew of music’s brightest new artists still got to attend and perform in front of live audiences across Groningen.
What’s more, lots of those acts have since been booked at festivals across the world, with DIY favourites (and the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW-shortlisted) Yard Act being one of programme’s most popular bookings.
Elsewhere on results table - yep, there’s one of those - are the likes of Dublin noiseniks Sprints, Ukraine’s striking dark electronic band Go_A, rising South London rapper ENNY and the slinky and percussive stylings of Sylvie Kreusch. What’s even more exciting is that you can revisit their performances from this year’s edition of ESNS below and get a glimpse of exactly what all the fuss is about.
Check out their performances below.
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