Five Catalan bands to take part in the 2019 Eurosonic music festival and Rosalía picks up a Music Moves Europe Talent Award
Five Catalan bands to take part in the 2019 Eurosonic music festival and Rosalía picks up a Music Moves Europe Talent Award


  • Akkan, Boxinbox, Muyayo Rif, Pavvla and Tversky are the five acts selected to perform at Eurosonic from 16 to 19 January, and will become part of the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP), facilitating their inclusion as part of the line-up at numerous European festivals
  • Music Moves Europe Talent Awards winner, Rosalía, will also be present to collect her award
  • Since 2012, a total of 28 Catalan bands have performed at Eurosonic as part of the ETEP with the support of the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies


Catalan bands Akkan, Boxinbox, Muyayo Rif, Pavvla and Tversky will perform at the forthcoming Eurosonic festival, with the support of the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) through Catalan Arts, the internationalisation brand for cultural and creative companies. The 33rd Eurosonic event, one of the most influential festivals and a leading professional meeting place for indie and pop-rock music, will be held in Groningen (The Netherlands) from 16 to 19 January, 2019.

Open to the general public and industry professionals alike, Eurosonic is both a music festival and marketplace, which showcases the latest trends in music and emerging European artists. The Dutch event brings together hundreds of professionals (managers, bookers, programme coordinators, artists, etc.) in what has become a world-class talent exchange and networking opportunity for the sector.

Professionals attending Eurosonic in January will discover the talents of Akkan, the joint project from electronic music producer, beGun, and neo-psychedelia pop group, Ocellot; experience the sensitivity of Pavvla performing tracks from her second album; pulsate to the cosmic electrofunk of Tversky; enjoy the funky, drum & bass and 808 trap mixes of Boxinbox, and revel in the energy and groove of Muyayo Rif, as well as link up with their respective managers to discuss potential future bookings.

The five Catalan bands will also form part of the ETEP (the European Talent Exchange Programme), an initiative supported by the European Union that aims to facilitate the exposure and booking of European groups at festivals across the continent.

The Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), as an ETEP partner, will help the bands with travel expenses to the Groningen event and provide promotional support through its internationalisation brand for cultural and creative companies, Catalan Arts.

Since 2012, a total of 28 Catalan bands have performed at Eurosonic as part of the ETEP programme with the support of the ICEC. Last year, the chosen bands were Mueveloreina, Museless, Odina and The Zephyr Bones, who were also able to join the ETEP and benefit from contracting opportunities with European music festivals in 2018.

Rosalía, Music Moves Europe Talent Awards winner

Rosalía has been selected as one of the winners in the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, picking up the prize in the R&B/Urban category, along with the French singer Aya Nakamura, with which she will be presented at a ceremony to be held during the Eurosonic festival in Groningen on 16 January 2019.

Following the announcement of the 24 nominees at the Reeperbahn festival, an international jury has selected Rosalía as one of the twelve breakthrough artists representing the European sounds of today and tomorrow.

Rosalía and her hugely successful album, El Mal Querer (Sony Music Entertainment, 2018), has received rave reviews from around the world (The Guardian, Pitchfork, etc.) and recently won two Latin Grammys (Best Alternative Song for “Malamente” and Best Urban Fusion/Performance).

The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the new EU annual music awards for popular and contemporary music that aims to celebrate new and upcoming artists in Europe, and help support their development and accelerate their international careers. The prize package includes a sum of €5,000 to support the tours and promotion of the artists.

This year’s international jury is made up of Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1 presenter), Julia Gudzent (Melt! Festival programmer), Katia Giampaolo (Estragon Club CEO, Italy), Kristian Kostov (EBBA and Public Choice Award 2018 winner) and Wilbert Mutsaers (Spotify Benelux, head of Content). With Robert Meijerink (Eurosonic booker) representing the organisers as chairman of the jury, alongside deputy chairman Bjørn Pfarr (Reeperbahn Festival booker).

Music fans can also get in on the act by choosing another winner in each category in the Public Choice Award. Voting is currently open to the public and the winners will be revealed at the ceremony in Groningen.

ETEP, the European Talent Exchange Programme

Eurosonic provides a platform for the ETEP (European Talent Exchange Programme) and brings together, over the course of the four days, some 4,000 professionals from all over Europe (managers, programmers, agents, producers, bands and major festival directors) responsible for negotiating booking, exchange and contract deals.

The ETEP began in 2003 with the aim of alleviating the difficulties experienced by the European pop music scene, in terms of international promotion and distribution. Despite its great diversity and quality, European music has always struggled to compete with the Anglo-American repertoire that has historically taken centre stage with regard to professional music distribution and promotion. Therefore, the ETEP was established to stimulate cultural, business and media cooperation in the European music industry and develop a solid network for promoting, supporting, driving and encouraging the free flow of European musical talent across the continent.

The festivals attending Eurosonic that are affiliated with the ETEP receive economic incentives to book at least one of the artists performing, as long as they are not from the same country as the hosting festival. This system is supported by the European Commission, the EBU radio broadcasters and the European festival association Yourope.

There are currently 113 festivals involved with the ETEP programme, representing 32 countries, including the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (Vic Live Music Market), Primavera Sound and VIDA festival. Seven festivals have joined in 2018: Apolide (Italy), by:larm (Norway), Focus Wales (United Kingdom), Grape Festival (Slovakia), Tuska Open Air (Finland), OppiKoppi (South Africa) and Canadian Music Week (Canada).

According to ETEP figures (cited in the 2018 ETEP information brochure), a total of 3,518 shows performed by 1,254 European artists have been booked for festivals affiliated to the programme since its inception in 2003.

Catalan involvement in the ETEP programme

With the aim of supporting and promoting Catalan artists, the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) joined ETEP in 2011 and since 2012 has supported the Catalan bands chosen each year.

A total of 28 Catalan groups have performed at Eurosonic as part of the ETEP programme and with the support of the ICEC:

2012 - MujeresMuchachito Bombo InfiernoThe Suicide of Western CultureZa! 

2013 - Evripidis and his TragediesThe Excitements, Za! 

2014 - Bongo BotrakoHeadbirdsLa PegatinaSeward 

2015 - Joana SerratLa Sra TomasaMaika MakovskiMournOso Leone 

2016 - beGunCabo San RoqueNúria Graham, Ocellot, Svper

2017 - Beach BeachBearoidOlde Gods, Txarango

2018 - Mueveloreina, Museless, Odina, The Zephyr Bones

2019 - Akkan, Boxinbox, Muyayo Rif, Pavvla, Tversky

After appearing at last year’s Eurosonic festival, Catalan bands Mueveloreina, Museless, Odina and The Zephyr Bones have subsequently performed at 103 festivals.

Music from Akkan, Boxinbox, Muyayo Rif, Pavvla and Tversky

Akkan is the joint project of electronic music producer, beGun, and the neo-psychedelia pop group, Ocellot. A two-man outfit with a fresh, spontaneous electronica sound which they have performed at festivals such as Sónar, BBK Live, DGTL and SXSW. The Catalan duo have just released a new EP, Regaliu (Foehn Records, 2018), featuring two tracks and a remix by DJ Raff, one of the greatest exponents of Chilean electronic music.

Boxinbox has successfully developed his own individual brand of funky grooves mixes with drum & bass and 808 trap. It's a unique and powerful sound that has proved to be a big hit on streaming platforms and has secured him gigs at top club venues and festivals such as Sónar, Daydream (Mexico), SXSW (United States), Razzmatazz, The End of the World Festival, among others.

Muyayo Rif, with a musical career spanning more than a decade, national and international tours and several albums under their belt, 2018 marks their return with an international tour to showcase their explosive live show around the world. On their latest album, All In, the group from Cornellà de Llobregat maintain their incredible energy and groove, while reinventing their sound as they experiment with various styles, such as electro-swing, Balkan and disco.

Pavvla is the musical project of the young actress Paula Jornet. Secretly Hoping You Catch Me Looking (Luup Records, 2018) is her hotly anticipated second album for release this November, following on from the success of her highly acclaimed debut album Creatures (Luup Records, 2016), which she performed at festivals such as SXSW, Primavera Sound, Tomavistas Festival and VIDA festival.

Tversky is Alan Imar and Xavier Paradís, a cosmic electrofunk duo with a French vibe that harmonises their seventies and eighties-influenced sounds with current dance and house music. A project that, with their debut offering, Introducing (Foehn Records, 2016), the partnership shows off its syncopated grooves, its rich instrumental roots and its retro-futuristic brand of electronica.

More information:

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Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies:

Video summary of the Catalan artists taking part in the 2018 Eurosonic festival:


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