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Aurora most-booked ETEP act of 2016 so far

The Norwegian singer-songwriter has notched up bookings from seven festivals participating in the European Talent Exchange Programme

By IQ on 10 Mar 2016

Aurora Aksnes, Hovefestivalen 2014, Rashid Akrim/NRK P3

Aurora Aksnes at Hovefestivalen 2014


image © Rashid Akrim/NRK P3

Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora tops the list of most-booked acts in the latest results from the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP), released today.

Nineteen-year-old Aurora – who is signed to Decca and probably best known to English-speaking audiences for her cover of Oasis’s ‘Half the World Away’, which appeared on John Lewis’s 2015 Christmas advert – has notched up bookings from seven ETEP-affiliated festivals since performing at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen in January.

She will perform at Lollapalooza Berlin, Krakow Live Festival, Roskilde Festival, Lowlands, Festival №6 in Wales and Finland’s Ilosaarirock and Provinssirock.

British grime act Stormzy and Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies are joint second, with five apiece, followed by Dutch blues act My Baby and English five-piece Nothing but Thieves (both four).

Scottish acts Soom T and C Duncan and Dutch indie-folk singer Amber Arcades have three each.

The results, the second of 2016 (Stormzy led the field in mid-February, when the first data was released), include 121 confirmed shows by 74 artists from 22 European countries.

Eurosonic Noorderslag launched ETEP in 2003. Since then a total of 2,690 shows by 972 European artists from 30 countries have taken place at 100 ETEP festivals.