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Superorganism help get Etep 2018 off to a flying start

The first results from the European Talent Exchange Programme show the hotly tipped UK act with the most festival slots booked, followed by Switzerland's Zeal & Ardor

By Jon Chapple on 10 Apr 2018

Superorganism perform at ESNS 2018 in January

Superorganism perform at ESNS 2018 in January


image © Jorn Baars

The European Talent Exchange Programme (Etep), the Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS)-led initiative that aims to stimulate the circulation of music across European borders, has released its first set of results for 2018, showing hotly tipped British act Superorganism leading the charge.

In the three months since Etep 2018 kicked off at ESNS 2018, a total of 257 shows by 106 Etep acts have been confirmed for the programme’s 116 participating festivals. Superorganism – represented outside the US by Coda’s Natasha Bent – have 13 confirmed festival slots at events including Spain’s Primavera Sound, the Netherlands’ Best Kept Secret and Germany’s Melt Festival, with Swiss-American black metal act Zeal & Ardor just behind with 12.

The preliminary top ten as it stands is:

1) Superorganism (GB) – 13 shows
2) Zeal & Ardor (Ch) – 12 shows
3) Sigrid (No) – 8 shows
4) Yonaka (GB) – 7 shows
5) Tshegue (Fr) – 7 shows
6) Altin Gün (NL) – 6 shows
7) Alice Merton (De) – 6 shows
8) Tom Walker (GB) – 6 shows
9) Tom Grennan (GB) – 6 shows
10) Meute (De) – 5 shows

Since its launch in 2003, Etep has facilitated 3,775 shows by 1,360 artists in over 30 countries in total, and last year once again celebrated its best-ever year after a record-breaking 2016.

In other Etep news, seven new festivals have joined the programme for 2018. They are Apolide (It), by:larm (No), Focus Wales (GB), Grape Festival (Sk), Tuska Open Air (Fi), OppiKoppi (ZA) and Canadian Music Week (Ca).

 


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