European Talent Exchange Programme publishes first results for 2019, with AKKAN and PAVVLA appearing on festival programmes throughout Europe
European Talent Exchange Programme publishes first results for 2019, with AKKAN and PAVVLA appearing on festival programmes throughout Europe

The European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) has released its results for the first half of 2019, offering an overview of the festivals it's taking part in. The initial figures prove once again the excellence of the ETEP initiative in bolstering its bands' international profile.

The number of contracts some of ETEP's participating artists have been offered this year is one great example. The duo AKKAN, for instance, have been confirmed to appear at the c/o pop Festival Cologne as well as the Iceland Airwaves festival, where PAVVLA will also perform. What's more, the musical group Muyayo Rif has snagged a tour around the Netherlands that will also venture into France, Italy and Portugal.

The following list shows the festivals that have booked the most bands with support from the ETEP: The Great Escape (25), Iceland Airwaves (12), Sziget (12), Dour (9), Europavox (8), Haldern Pop (8), Les Nuits Botanique (8), by:Larm (7), Paléo Festival Nyon (7), Roskilde (6) and Reeperbahn (6).

The European Talent Exchange Programme was born in 2003 to help European artists play at festivals throughout the continent, and 16 years later, there are now 129 festivals taking part across 37 countries. Three festivals in Catalonia are on the roster: Primavera Sound, which has programmed the artist Flohio; Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (MMVV), which which has programmed the groups Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions and Gato Preto and Vida Festival, which has programmed the group Fontaines D.C. All of them within the framework of the ETEP program this year.

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

Eurosonic, a music festival and market held in January in Groningen, Netherlands, acts as a platform to gather representatives from affiliated festivals, who can get a look at the up-and-coming European bands participating in the ETEP for the year. The event has become a music industry hot spot for high-level exchange and networking, and more than a few bookings, exchanges and agreements are made before the day is up.

Eurosonic and ETEP also count on the active participation of 16 international music export offices, including the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) – Catalan Arts, which, as one of the most important international tools for promoting up-and-coming talent, offers support to the Catalan artists who decide to take part.

And let's not forget the great work carried out by the professionals working during and after the Eurosonic event. Without them, these results would not be possible.



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