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Etep: Fontaines DC lead way as season end approaches

The ATC-repped Dubliners end the summer as the most-booked European Talent Exchange Programme band, ahead of the UK's Black Midi and Flohio

By Jon Chapple on 03 Sep 2019

Despite several cancellations, Fontaines DC end the summer as the most-booked Etep 2019 band

Despite several cancellations, Fontaines DC end the summer as the most-booked Etep band

image © ATC Live

As the European festival season comes to a close, Fontaines DC are still riding high on the Etep charts, with five more festival appearances than second-placed Black Midi.

The Irish five-piece, who have led Etep (European Talent Exchange Programme) results throughout 2019, head into the close of the summer with 14 shows to their name, with Britain’s Black Midi and Flohio tied for second place on nine each, and Elderbrook (UK), Pip Blom (NL) and Mavi Phoenix (AT) on eight apiece.

Since Etep 2019 kicked off at Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) in January, a total of 159 acts from 27 countries have played 371 festival shows at the programme’s 130 participating festivals.

Etep, funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe scheme, is now in its 17th year.

2019 saw Etep’s first shows in Russia and Hong Kong

Some firsts for the programme, which aims to support the circulation of music across European borders, in 2019 include Fontaines DC, Farveblind, Karpov not Kasparov and Say Yes Dog playing the first Russian Etep shows, at Stereoleto, in July, as well as the first ever Hong Kong Etep booking, Boy Azooga, at at Clockenflap in November.

The top Etep festivals by number of bookings, meanwhile, are the UK’s Great Escape (25), Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival (23) and Iceland Airwaves (16).

Fontaines DC, represented in Europe by Sarah Besnard at ATC Live, hold onto their first place despite a string of cancellations for health reasons earlier in the summer. They were previously on course to break the all-time Etep booking record set by Superorganism in 2018.

With just 17 Etep festivals to go, see the full end-of-summer 2019 Etep charts at etep.nl/etep-results.


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