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Irish acts go out foreign

Four Irish acts will play the annual Eurosonic festival in Groningen in Holland in January. The festival, which began initially as an European Broadcasting Union outing called Eurorock over 20 years ago, now attracts festival bookers and radio programmers from …

Thu, Dec 3, 2009, 10:47

   

Four Irish acts will play the annual Eurosonic festival in Groningen in Holland in January. The festival, which began initially as an European Broadcasting Union outing called Eurorock over 20 years ago, now attracts festival bookers and radio programmers from all over Europe and is a brilliant showcase of new European music. It’s where the bookers go to find acts to fill their stages for the summer festivals (thanks to a great scheme called the European Talent Exchange Program) and where the radio folks get to fill their schedules with choice live sessions.

The Irish acts going Dutch in January are And So I Watch You From Afar (who have a bloody prime spot at the awesome Vera club on the Friday night), Imelda May, Delorentos and Villagers.

Other acts scheduled to play that we’re really looking forward to seeing include Maria Timm, Annie, Choir Of Young Believers, Ellie Goulding, Everything Everything, FM Belfast and Name the Pet.

As has always been the case since Eurosonic (and its predecessor Eurorock) began, 2fm will be covering the festival which runs in various venues in Groningen from January 14 to 16.

In March, the South By Southwest festival turns Austin, Texas from a swell town with great Mexican food and a hell of a lot of venues into a swell town with great Mexican food and a hell of a lot of venues with 2,000 visiting bands.

Irish bands confirmed for Texas so far include And So I Watch You From Afar (yep, they’re on every festival schedule going in 2010), Autumn Owls (whose lovely new single “Raindrops in the River” is released as a free download from December 11), Dark Room Notes, Fighting With Wire, Halves and So Cow.

Unasked for advice for these bands: make sure you’re playing gigs every single day. The more gigs you play, the more people will see you. There’s no point in going all that way just to play your official showcase and the annual Irish party. Hustle the various blogs, magazines, radio stations, labels and agencies who throw daytime parties for a spot on the bill. As a starting point, you’ll find info on the parties which happened in 2009 here.

Other acts playing SXSW 2010 that I’m looking forward to seeing: The Middle East (oh yes!), Fergus & Geronimo (oh yes, take two), Fanfarlo, Giulia y los Tellarini, Harlem, Mountain Man, Japandroids, 9th Wonder, Quantic & His Combo Barbaro, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (new album for Saddle Creek, “Summer of Fear” is very impressive), Trespassers William and XV. Only 104 days to go until SXSW kicks off on March 17.

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