With Jake Bugg, Frightened Rabbit, Ghostpoet...
Eurosonic-Noorderslag 2013

Early January is a bit of a wasteland for, well, pretty much everything really, as the western world waves a gloomy farewell to the decadence of December, tightens its belts and hibernates for a month. Apart from in one north-Netherlands location, that is, where the festive season goes on a wee bit longer. They even leave the decorations up.

Eurosonic-Noorderslag takes over the lovely city of Groningen for four days from January 9th, enticing a rich selection of 2013’s must-see bands to the city’s impressively numerous and varied music venues. It’s always a cracking line-up (there isn’t much competition at this time of year, after all) with a mighty mix of the up-and-coming and well-established.

Buzzing over from the UK in January will be the precocious Jake Bugg, the similarly gifted Bastille, intriguing Anglo-French former-lovers Elephant and much-hyped Rough Trade signings Palma Violets, along with older hands Frightened Rabbit, wordy rapper Ghostpoet and singer/producer Kwes. Also on board are folky Londoners Treetop Flyers, Irish Mercury nominees Villagers and the mysterious Public Service Broadcasting, who sample old information films: should be an interesting live show.

As the first chunk of the name suggests, Eurosonic-Noorderslag features the finest acts from across the continent, and several on that hefty bill catch the eye, notably the classically-trained Tame Impala associate Melody’s Echo Chamber, from Paris. Representing this year’s featured country, Finland, are dance-poppers LCMDF, while also from the Nordic nations come Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgasun (best known in the UK for his work with Olof Arnalds), catchy Norwegians Young Dreams, quirky Danish producer Rangleklods and stylish Swedish electro-popper Karin Park.

Further east, Estonian outfit Ewert and the Two Dragons return after packing out last year’s shows, along with their quirky compatriot Iiris and grand Lithuanian rockers Instrumenti. There are also a plethora of Dutch acts taking part – that’s the Noorderslag bit – and several high- profile awards shows open proceedings, including the European Festival Awards and European Border Breaker Awards. The latter event – celebrating its 10th year - recognises acts who’ve made an impact across the continent over the previous 12 months; among this year’s nominees are Emeli Sande, Niki and the Dove and Of Monsters of Men.

Quite a few days in prospect then. Eurosonic-Noorderslag takes place in Groningen from Jan 9 – 12, for further details visit festival.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl


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