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Fontaines DC triumphant as Etep 2019 closes

The Irish band played 14 festivals this year, placing them top of the Etep chart as the programme looks to expand with more music export and festival partners in 2020

By Anna Grace on 02 Dec 2019

Fontaines DC triumphant as Etep 2019 closes

Fontaines DC at End of the Road festival

image © Sharon Lopez

Dublin post-punk band Fontaines DC are the most-booked act of this year’s European Talent Exchange Programme (Etep), followed by UK acts Black Midi and Flohio.

The ATC Live-repped Dubliners have amassed 14 festival slots in total, five more than their closest competitors, but falling short of the record 19 bookings set by indie pop band Superorganism in 2018.

Since Etep 2019 kicked off at Eurosonic Noorderslag in January, 164 acts have played 361 shows at the 130 participating festivals.

Five of the top ten most-booked acts of the 2019 season are British, with London rock band Black Midi and MC Flohio in joint second place with nine festivals each; songwriter and producer Elderbrook playing eight shows; and indie rock group Sea Girls and Brighton quartet Penelope Isles finishing the year with seven a piece.

The ATC Live-repped Dubliners have amassed 14 festival slots in total, five more than their closest competitors

The Netherlands’ Pip Blom and Austria’s Mavi Phoenix also clocked up eight shows each, with Norwegian singer Girl in Red and Danish act Iris Gold reaching a tally of seven.

Music export offices from Denmark and Latvia will join forces with the programme next year, adding to export offices from Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Etep is also aiming to expand outside of Europe, announcing Playtime festival in Mongolia as the first of 11 non-European participating festivals.

A full list of Etep 2019 results can be found here.


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