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ATC Live acts dominate first Etep charts of 2020

ATC Live acts are off to a strong start in this year’s European Talent Exchange Programme (Etep), making up half of the top ten most-booked artists so far.

A total of 58 acts from 23 different countries have secured 94 festival slots through the Eurosonic Noorderslag-run programme this year.

Squid and Black Country, New Road – who are both repped by ATC outside of the US – top the charts with six shows a piece, followed by fellow ATC-repped act Georgia with five.

In the US, the acts are represented by Paradigm, Ground Control and Partisan Arts respectively.

A total of 58 acts from 23 different countries have secured 94 festival slots through the Eurosonic Noorderslag-run programme this year

Altin Gün (four shows) and Los Bitchos (two shows) are the other ATC artists to make it into the top ten. Altin Gün are booked by Paradigm in North America.

Italian electronic trio Meduza (Spin Artist Agency in North and South America; CAA in RoW), Greek-Sudanese singer Marina Satti and Fonés (Dionysiac Tour in Europe), Muthoni Drummer Queen, Arlo Parks (UTA) and Inhaler (WME in North America; 13 Artists RoW) make up the remainder of the Etep top ten.

Dublin post-punk band Fontaines DC topped the 2019 Etep charts, with appearances at 14 festivals. The band is represented by ATC in Europe and Paradigm in the US.

 


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Fontaines DC triumphant as Etep 2019 closes

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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Etep: Fontaines DC lead way as season end approaches

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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Radar Station: Megan thee Stallion makes it two months at the top

After becoming the first woman to reach the top of the Radar Station chart in April, US rapper Megan thee Stallion last month become the first to successfully defend her title, retaining her crown as the fastest-growing new artist in May.

Born in Houston, Texas, in 1995, Megan thee Stallion (aka Hot Girl Meg, real name Megan Pete) learned to rap from her mother, who performed under the name Holly-Wood. She released her debut single, ‘Like a Stallion’, in 2016, with her first EP, Make it Hot, following in 2017.

Pete (pictured) signed to the 300 Entertainment label, co-founded by YouTube head of music Lyor Cohen, late last year, and released her debut album, Fever, earlier this month.

In a positive review, the New York Times praised Fever as a welcome antidote to the largely male-dominated hip-hop scene. NYT reviewer Jon Caramanica writes:

There has long been a numbing calculus at work in hip-hop that has largely only afforded oxygen to one female rapper at a time, or at most, two. The internet has exploded that logic, thankfully — Megan Thee Stallion is part of a robust generation of women with wildly differing styles, though many of them share an affinity for sexual frankness. Megan Thee Stallion’s sex raps (“Pimpin,” “Sex Talk” and many more) are raw, luridly detailed and completely unfazed. (And largely in newspaper-unfriendly language.)

On “Fever,” there are only two guests, both men: Juicy J, a pioneer of hip-hop filth, and the up-and-comer DaBaby. Both provide verses that, had they appeared on their own albums, might have seemed unduly crass or cringey. But here, the ridiculous brags seem almost charming — they’re just trying to keep up.

Megan thee Stallion’s 2018 mixtape Tina Snow was streamed more than 11m times

The album also received an 8/10 rating from the notoriously hard-to-please Pitchfork, and has commercially outperformed Megan thee Stallion’s previous releases, including 2018 mixtape Tina Snow, which was streamed more than 11 million times across all platforms.

The Radar Station algorithm calculates the fastest-growing new artists by combining data across a number of online platforms, including Spotify, Facebook, Songkick and Last.fm. For more details about the Radar Station, contact info@theradarstation.com.au.

Irish five-piece Fontaines DC, who signed with ATC Live’s Sarah Besnard in Europe last September, held the #2 spot in May, climbing from no 68 the previous month.

In addition to their streaming success, the band are also closing in on the record for the all-time highest number of European Talent Exchange Programme (Etep) festival bookings, with 18 so far in 2019, including Glastonbury, Roskilde and Trnsmt.

In third place are American rapcore act the Fever 333, whose debut album, Strength in Numb333rs, was released in January. A strong early-summer showing on streaming services sees them climb 29 places, from 32, in April.

See the full chart, along with links to artists’ Facebook pages and booking agency details, below.

 

This monthLast monthArtistCountryAgency
11Megan Thee StallionUSN/A
268Fontaines D.C.IEATC Live (EU), Paradigm (US)
332Fever 333, theUSAGI (US), X-ray Touring (RoW)
421Jade BirdUKCoda (UK), Paradigm (US)
5320Lolo ZouaïUSParadigm (North America), Coda (RoW)
623Maisie PetersUKCAA
7227Drax ProjectNZCoda (UK & EU), Eccles Entertainment (NZ), Paradigm (RoW)
8128Chats, theAUSelect Music (AU), X-ray Touring (UK & EU), ICM Partners (North America)
9-Kelsey LuUSWME, Primary Talent
1026BülowUKUTA (US), CAA (UK), APA (Canada)
11236RutiUKN/A
12280BlackwayUSN/A
1345Joy CrookesUKPrimary Talent
1490No RomeUKPrimary Talent
15137Bang Bang RomeoUKParadigm (Americas), UTA (RoW)
1617Comet Is Coming, theUKSolo
17337Fat TonyUSRogue Agency
1815Flora Cash SWE/ USParadigm (Americas), UTA (RoW)
19215Social HouseUSUTA
2063Cautious ClayUSParadigm

 


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Fontaines D.C. close in on ETEP record

The latest European Talent Exchange Programme (Etep) results show swift progress for Irish post-punk band Fontaines D.C., with 18 festival slots booked including Glastonbury Festival, INmusic Festival, Trnsmt and Roskilde festival.

The results take into account 37 new confirmations over the past month, welcoming newcomers Penelope Isles and Sea Girls into the top ten most-booked artists. The same artists remain in the coveted top three chart positions, as Fontaines D.C. widen their lead from a three-show to eight-show difference.

With 18 festival slots already under their belt, Fontaines D.C. are shaping up to challenge last year’s top artist, UK eight-piece band Superorganism, who were booked at a record-breaking 19 Etep festivals. The Dublin-based band are represented by ATC Live in Europe and Paradigm in the United States.

Following Fontaines D.C. on the Etep chart are London-based artists Black Midi and Flohio, each with nine festival bookings under their belts. Austrian rapper Mavi Phoenix, Dutch quartet Pip Blom and British songwriter and producer Elderbrook remain hot on the heels with seven bookings each.

“As proven by Etep’s success, support programmes can work for the benefit of all involved parties – and without too much bureaucratic effort”

Now in its 17th year, Etep continues to support the booking of emerging acts at 129 festivals across Europe. Brighton-based showcase festival the Great Escape heads up the Etep festival chart, booking 25 acts through the programme. Iceland Airwaves and Hungary’s Sziget festival also feature a strong Etep representation, with 12 acts booked each.

In an interview with programme organisers, Rembert Stiewe, the director of boutique festival Orange Blossom Special, comments: “As proven by Etep’s success, support programmes can work for the benefit of all involved parties – and without too much bureaucratic effort.”

Etep, a Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS)-led initiative, has supported the early stages of successful careers for artists including Calvin Harris, Franz Ferdinand, the xx, Idles and Dua Lipa.

See the full chart below:

1. Fontaines D.C. (ie) – 18 shows
2. Black Midi (gb) – 9 shows
3. Flohio (gb) – 9 shows
4. Mavi Phoenix (at) – 7 shows
5. Pip Blom (nl) – 7 shows
6. Elderbrook (gb) – 7 shows
7. The Murder Capital (ie) – 6 shows
8. Octavian (gb) – 6 shows
9. Penelope Isles (gb) – 6 shows
10. SEA GIRLS (gb) – 6 shows

 


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New signings & rising stars (Sep–Oct 2018)

Fontaines DC (Ie)

Agent: Sarah Besnard, ATC Live

Fontaines DC met as a quintet in Dublin, where, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counterculture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.

Following the release of a handful of singles in the past year, the band has played a number of shows across Europe, the Republic of Ireland and the UK, supporting the likes of the Horrors and Idles, as well as playing festival slots at the Great Escape, Off Festival, Primavera Pro, Electric Picnic and Cabaret Vert.

Fontaines DC’s debut album is expected to be out early 2019, via Partisan Records. In the meantime, they will be touring the UK this autumn with Shame.

 


John J. Presley

John J. Presley (UK)

Agent: Amber McKenzie, ITB

John J. Presley grew up in Birmingham and, after some years in London, now resides in Brighton. With two hugely successful singles and an EP under his belt, he is gearing up for the release of his debut album this year, which is coming out through BMG and AWAL.

With his first few releases, Presley gained an army of fans – his first radio play coming from Zane Lowe as his ‘Next Hype’ track, with follow-up support from radio DJs Phil Taggart, Alice Levine, John Kennedy, Tom Robinson and hitting the Radio X, Virgin and Amazing Radio playlists.

The Guardian, Independent and Times have also noticed his work, which has helped catapult his reputation across the Channel to Europe where he’s also found support on national radio stations and huge festival billings.

 


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