The Irish at Eurosonic

Music-From-IrelandSpeaking of Cultural Attachés, something just in from First Music Contact.

As you know, they’ve been getting behind Irish bands for a number of years, whether via their Hard Working Class Heroes platform or by helping with funds for touring abroad.

Eurosonic takes place this week in Groningen and there are a bunch of Irish acts playing as usual.

You can check the full list in the blurb below. We’d like to think there’s a bit more scope across Irish musical activity at the beginning of 2014 than represented in that list.

Still, it’s hard to knock a good thing.

Eurosonic Noorderslag, the key exchange and networking platform for European music, runs from the 15th to the 18th of January in the Dutch province of Groningen. The festival, which has a proven track record for helping new acts break into the international music scene, consistently features a very strong Irish contingent and this year is no different.

Music From Ireland, a First Music Contact spearheaded project delivered in partnership with Culture Ireland, will fund eight Irish acts performing at the prestigious festival.

Irish acts featuring on the festival line-up are Daithi, Daniel James, Girl Band, Hudson Taylor, Kid Karate, Le Galaxie, The Strypes, and Hozier who played to a full room in the Button Factory at last year’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival.

For the artists, an appearance at Eurosonic can be of enormous value thanks to the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP). This programme ensures that many of the acts who play at Eurosonic go on to play at various European festivals at which there are various supports and initiatives available to them.

RTE 2fm have been the longstanding Irish reps for Irish Radio and you can follow their coverage here

Information on the acts and where they will perform can be found on the Music From Ireland website

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